Fireworks concert fundraiser set

PITTSBURG -- Old Town Pittsburg Business District Association will hold a torch song revue concert 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Steeltown Coffee & Tea, 695 Railroad Ave.

The proceeds will raise funds to bring back the Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Pittsburg s Old Town.

Enjoy an evening of sultry American standards and other tunes in a cabaret setting.

No host beer and wine will be available.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Steeltown Coffee & Tea or online at www.oldtownpittsburgca.com/torchsong.

For more information, call 925-246-5840.

Gem show set for Feb. 16 and 17

ANTIOCH -- The Antioch Lapidary Club will hold its annual Jewelry, Rock and Gem Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St.

The show will include demonstrations of lapidary arts, dealers of faceted stones, lapidary tools, findings, handmade jewelry, rocks, beads, supplies, opals, fossils and minerals.

Admission is $4 per person; active military with identification and spouse, Scouts in uniform and children 12 and under are free.

For more information and a discount admission flyer, go to www.antiochlapidaryclub.com/default.html or email info@antiochlapidaryclub.com.


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Music Studio hosts trio Feb. 17

BRENTWOOD -- Thompson Music Studio presents The Villa Trio 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at 2628 Saint Andrews Drive in Brentwood.

The trio, consisting of Roy Oakley, violin, Nancy Bachmann, piano, and David Wishnia, cello, perform Piano Trio No. 2 in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nine Miniatures for Piano Trio by Nancy Bachmann and Piano trio in G Major by Claude Debussy.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Complimentary food and drink will be served.

General admission is $15, students $10, children 12 and younger are free.

Tickets can be reserved by call 925-513-7156 or go to www.thompsonmusicstudio.com.

Tribute to Elvis show set in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- James Clark and the Jailhouse Rockers present "A Tribute To Elvis at 8 p.m. Saturday at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The concert takes you on a guided tour of Elvis entire career, from the baggy suits of the 1950s, to the black leather of the 1968 Comeback special, and the fabulous collection of detailed jumpsuits of the Las Vegas years. Clark has opened for Jerry Lee Lewis, The Drifters, Juice Newton, Steppenwolf, Mark Lindsay/Paul Revere and The Raiders and others.

Tickets are $25 adults, $23 seniors, $15 children 17 and younger.

For more tickets, call 925-57-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Sketching workshops open to artists, students

BRENTWOOD -- The Discover Art League hosts a figure sketching workshop at CR Framing, 700 Harvest Park Drive, Brentwood.

The art group meets on Monday evenings on a varying schedule. All models are clothed, often in costumes inspired by dance and the theater. Each session features a series of short, creative poses ranging from two to 20 minutes. The participation fee is $15 for Discover Art League members and students, and $20 for nonmembers. Drop-ins are welcome, no registration required. The next workshop will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9. For more information and a schedule of upcoming sessions, go to www.pinupshow.com, or email bigalcaricature@mac.com.

Blues benefit concert at El Campanil Theatre

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Theater will present a Blues Benefit Concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 9.

Held at the historic El Campanil, the event will raise money for the free, annual Delta Blues Festival held each September in downtown Antioch.

The benefit concert s lineup includes Lionel Young Band, winner of the 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.; Andrew Jr. Boy Jones; local high energy blues band Frankie G & the Conviction featuring Kathy Tecjka and more.

Tickets are $35 (gold circle), $28 adults, $26 seniors, and $15 for children 17 and younger. For tickets, call 925-757-9500 or visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Youth art classes begin February in Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Parks and Recreation kicks off a new program of art classes for youths starting in February.

"Art Fun for ages 5 through 7 meets 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through March 12. Kids create beautiful, colorful original artwork using new materials and techniques each week. Age-appropriate art skills and concepts are introduced in a playful, encouraging setting.

"Drawing Master Class for Teens for ages 13 through 18 meets 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through March 12. Students will strengthen their skills and refine their personal drawing style in this fun and challenging class. Exploring a wide variety of themes, projects will focus on lifework, composition, perspective, 3-D form, light and shadow, color, human proportions and more.

"Art Time Machine for ages 6 through 10 meets 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 6 through March 13. Students jump into an imaginary time machine to be inspired by art of the past, present and future. Each week focuses on a different era or master artist, with fun projects that let students create their own original interpretations of a theme.

"Advanced Drawing for ages 8 through 12 meets 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 6 through March 13. For students who already have some realistic drawing experience, this class takes their skills to the next level. Projects focus on observation, proportion, composition, perspective, three-dimensional form and texture.

All classes will be held at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. For details, fees and registration, call Brentwood Parks and Recreation at 516-5444 or visit www.brentwoodca.gov/emotion.

Community groups plan black history exhibit

ANTIOCH -- A collaboration of community partners is working together to showcase black history at the Antioch Historical Society.

The black history exhibit will feature a timeline in art, literature, and creative arts of the African-American experience in America. The timeline will highlight the homeland of Africa, slavery, the adaptation to the plantation, the church, the emancipation of the slaves, adaptation to freedom, the civil rights movement, and end with the historic election of Barack Obama.

A free opening reception will be held at 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 1500 W. Fourth St.

The Black History Art Exhibit will run 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Feb. 2-27.

The exhibit is a community partnership: Ruah Community Outreach Ministries Inc., Parent Partners Providing Education of Young Children, JTS Art Gallery, the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch and the Antioch Historical Society Museum.

For more information, go to www.art4antioch.org/Black-History-Exhibit. asp, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org, or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897.

Art show benefits Special Haven

BRENTWOOD -- Art From the Heart, an art exhibit by individuals with special needs, is looking for artists for a show noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 12-16 at The Gallery on Second, 741 Second St.

The sale of the art will benefit Special Haven, a therapeutic, multi-sensory room developed to benefit children and adults with special needs. All schools and programs are welcome to participate.

To enter art work, call Mirna Remson at 925-890-2563, or email, mkaraha@sbcglobal.net for an entry form.

For information about Special Haven, go to www.specialhaven.org, or call 925-222-5322.

-- Nan Hargis