Blues benefit concert at El Campanil Theatre

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Theatre will present a Blues Benefit Concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Tom State Jr. is Art League s artist of month

BRENTWOOD -- Discover Art League has named Tom State Jr. as Artist of the Month for February.

State is a resident of Discovery Bay and has been associated with The Discover Art League for a number of years. He works in several mediums, including sepia ink, watercolor and charcoal.

Several pieces of his work will be exhibited at CR Framing, 700 Harvest Park Drive through March 1. CR Framing is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, call 925-727-2109 or email artbytom@yahoo.com.

Nunnelly, Chocolate Rice featured at Jam Session


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PITTSBURG -- Tommy Nunnelly and Chocolate Rice will perform as the house band at the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame Second Sundays Jam Session 5 p.m. Sunday at Pacific Community Services, 329 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg.

Nunnelly, a 1967 Pittsburg High graduate, was named the Bay Area Blues Society s 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year.

Musicians, singers and spoken word artists are invited to participate in the Jam Session and should sign in by 5:30 p.m.

Suggested donations are $10 and $5 for PEAHOF members. Refreshment are available for purchase at the event.

For information, contact Chuck Dybdal, 925-642-7321.

Rodgers & Hammerstein s Musical Revue comes to Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- Broadway Under The Stars presents Rodgers & Hammerstein s Musical Revue: "A Grand Night For Singing 8 p.m. March 8 and 2 p.m. March 10.

Both performances will be at the Los Meganos Event Center, Trilogy At The Vineyards, 1700 Trilogy Parkway, Brentwood.

The Tony Award-nominated Best Musical showcases Richard Rodgers timeless music and the incomparable lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein. It takes a romantic musical journey from young infatuation to the touching and funny complexities of commitment and marriage, the joys of parenthood, and finally, the power of enduring love. From "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin to "Some Enchanted Evening, the revue features more than 30 of Rodgers and Hammerstein s greatest hits.

General admission is $30 and $20 for teens. Tickets can be purchase by calling, 925-516-1741 or 925-513-3863.

Vocal duo presents 'A Broadway Valentine

BRENTWOOD -- The vocal duo of Laurie and Dan Roldan, accompanied by pianist Joan Ciferelli, will perform a potpourri of romantic show tunes and well-loved standards at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Summerset Orchards Lodge, 770 Centennial Place.

Doors open at 6 p.m., seating at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Purchase tickets by called 925-513-2640, or at the door.

Stage Right presents 'Hansel and Gretel

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. presents "Hansel and Gretel at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

Adapted by Vera Morris, the play is based on the classic story by the Brothers Grimm and produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Inc. Bryan Anthony directs.

Performance are 7 p.m. Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children. Seniors pay $5 on both Sunday matinees. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 925- 216-4613 or go to www.srctgrp.org.

Fireworks concert fundraiser set

PITTSBURG -- Old Town Pittsburg Business District Association will hold a torch song revue concert 7:30 p.m. Friday 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/torch song.

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.

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.

Sketching workshops open to artists, students

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

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. Saturday. For more information and a schedule of upcoming sessions, go to www.pinupshow.com, or email bigalcaricature@mac.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, 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.

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