PCT to open season with 'M*A*S*H'

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre presents "M*A*S*H," a comedy about two unpredictable madcaps, Hawkeye and Duke, two of the best surgeons in South Korea.

The comedy will be performed in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus, 250 School St.

Directed by Diane Schepers, the play promises comic adventures right before your eyes.

The play will feature a special appearance by Eddie Hart, 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist, as "Spearchucker" Jones.

Performance are at 8 p.m. Friday, and Oct. 19 and 20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 20 and 21.

Tickets are $12 to $15. For reservations, call 925-439-PLAY.

Military servicemen and women can see the play for free when accompanied by one paid admission. Email military ticket requests to pct@pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org.

BD Lines to host model railroad show

ANTIOCH -- Black Diamond Lines hosts its fall model railroad club show at the clubhouse at 425 Fulton Shipyard Road.

The event features an operating HO-scale model train layout.

The show is set for 10 a. m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28. Additional dates are Nov. 3 and 4.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and children (6-12) and free for those younger than 6.

For more information, call 925-779-1964 or go to www.blackdiamondlines.com.


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U.S. Air Force Band to perform in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Pittsburg High School Creative Arts Building at 250 School St.

The concert is sponsored by the Black Diamond Ballet Theatre's "Nutcracker" troupe.

Sharon Sobel Idul, Black Diamond Ballet Theatre's artistic director, was excited by the opportunity to sponsor the event.

"This concert provides our dancers an opportunity to support fellow artists in their most impressive form -- a live performance. It's important for the community to be exposed to all genres of the performing arts," she said.

"We are honored to welcome these men and women proudly serving in the United States military, as they bring a wonderful concert filled with music and song to the Pittsburg Creative Arts Building."

The 52-piece band, which is based in Washington and has traveled the globe, is currently on a tour of Arizona and California. The theme of the concert is "Airpower" and features patriotic selections, Broadway tunes and two world premieres by U. S. Air Force Band arrangers.

Concert Band members are top-flight musicians such as bass trombonist Master Sgt. Jay Heltzer, who was the Cal State-Northridge Most Outstanding Baccalaureate Candidate upon his graduation and earned a master's degree at Indiana University.

Heltzer, who joined the Air Force in 2004, is typical of the members of the U. S. Air Force Concert Band. He has performed with the Nation Symphony Orchestra, Washington Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Reserve tickets from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, 985 Railroad Ave. (925-432-7301) or 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Delta Ballet Academy, 300 G St. in Antioch 925-754-9833.

The free concert is part of a 14-day tour through California and Arizona. For more information, go to www.usafband.af.mil/events/index.asp.

New exhibit set to open in Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- The Gallery On Second will host the fine art of Jack Gaughan through Nov. 10 at the gallery at 741 Second St. in downtown Brentwood.

The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 925-516-1741 or 925-513-3863.

Artwork being sought for Happy Holidays art exhibit

BRENTWOOD -- The Gallery on Second is looking for artists for a Happy Holidays exhibit set to open on Nov. 16.

Entry forms will be accepted through Oct. 20. Each entry will require a set of four digital images formatted as jpeg files.

The artwork submission dates for the exhibit are Nov. 7 through 10. Each artist may submit four pieces for a $30 first entry fee, with additional submissions $10.

Artwork selections will be made Oct. 26.

The exhibit's opening reception will be held at The Gallery on Second at 741 Second St. from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17.

For details and entry forms, call 925-516-2741 or email jack@thegalleryonsecond.org.

Renowned Lennon vocalist to perform at El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- Drew Harrison, the renowned Lennon vocalist of the San Francisco Bay Area's premiere Beatles tribute band, The Sun Kings, performs at 8 p.m. Friday at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

A singer-songwriter in his own right, Harrison has been in several original groups over the years, and has recently released a solo acoustic CD, "Go It Alone."

Harrison also joins Santa Cruz's White Album Ensemble from time to time as its guest Lennon vocalist. Tickets are $22 (general admission), $20 seniors, $10 for children 17 and younger.

For more information, go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500.

Stage Right presents 'Frankenstein: The Monster Play'

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. presents "Frankenstein: The Monster Play," at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center at 213 F St.

The play is an adaptation by Christopher O'Neil and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company. Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, this drama is directed by Bryan Anthony.

Performances are 7 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28.

Cost is $10 general, $8 students and seniors, $5 children 10 and younger. Seniors pay $5 on both Sunday matinees. This production may not be suitable for young children. For information and tickets, call 925-216-4613 or go to www.srctgrp.org.

John Marsh 'Taste of California' is Sunday

BRENTWOOD -- Some of California's best kept secrets are right here in Contra Costa County and their history, both origins of statehood and archaeological treasures, are about to unfold.

The John Marsh Historic Trust will unveil this history at its "A Taste of California" gala from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, and learn about Central California's first American settler and his role in the Golden State's road to statehood. Also on hand will be a California State archaeologist who will share the historical value of the artifacts discovered immediately adjacent to the historic John Marsh House.

"Just a few hundred feet north of the house, California State archaeologists have unearthed hundreds of artifacts showing evidence of human inhabitation dating back 7,050 years," said JMHT Chairman Alex Ghiozzi. "These finds predate the pyramids in Egypt."

Harvard graduate Dr. John Marsh also made his mark on the land. A decade before the sighting of shimmering pieces of gold busted opened into the craze, which would soon bring gold-seekers from around the world flocking to California in search of riches, Marsh had already settled on the vacant landscape east of Mount Diablo.

Come talk with local historians as they share the story of how Marsh forged his way through Indian Territory to Alta California, how in 1836 he became the first person to practice medicine in Los Angeles. Marsh then made his way north to a small coastal town consisting of three buildings called Yerba Buena (now known as San Francisco).

By 1837, Marsh left Yerba Buena and journeyed east, where he bought and settled on a 50,000-acre oasis of land on the eastern side of Mount Diablo making him the first settler in Central California and the first American pioneer of what would in time become Contra Costa County.

It was there that Marsh began his prolific letter writing back east, urging others to come west to the land of plenty. Join JMHT in saving one of America's treasures at Hannah Nicole Vineyards, located at 6700 Balfour Road, Brentwood, for an afternoon of fascinating history, wine, entertainment and fundraising. Tickets are $40 per person and are available online at www.JohnMarshHouse.com, by mail at P.O. Box 1682, Brentwood, CA 94513, or in person at Hannah Nicole Vineyards.