'Guys and Dolls Jr. opens this weekend
BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Teen Theater opens "Guys and Dolls Jr., the timeless story of characters inspired by the writing of New York Times columnist Damon Runyon, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Edna Hill Middle School Theater, 140 Birch St.
Additional performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. March 1 and 2 and 7 p.m. March 2
"Guys and Dolls Jr. is a fun-filled musical with a variety of hit songs including "I ll Know, "Sit Down You re Rocking The Boat, "A Bushel and a Peck, and "Luck Be a Lady Tonight, and more.
General admission is $12, seniors and students $10. For tickets and information, call 925-516-9009 or go to www.brentwoodteentheater.com.
'The Sleeping Beauty opens Friday
ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children s Theatre presents "The Sleeping Beauty 7:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m., 2:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St.
Frank Ballesteros directs. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
For tickets and information, call 925-234-1465.
'Aladdin auditions Monday, Tuesday
ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children s Theatre will hold auditions for "Aladdin 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St., Antioch.
Frank Ballesteros directs this popular tale. Auditions are open to actors ages 7 through 14.
Rehearsals will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Performances will be March 29 and 30. If cast, there is a $75 participation fee. For more information, call 925-234-1465.
'Little Mermaid set in Antioch
ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children s Theatre presents "The Little Mermaid at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 2 p.m. March 10, 602 W. Second St.
An adaptation by acclaimed children s playwright Lane Riosley of the beautiful fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen as he originally wrote it. Sharon Redman directs.
Having fallen in love with the prince she saved from drowning, the Little Mermaid makes a deal with the sea witch to give up her voice in exchange for human legs. If the Little Mermaid speaks while she s on land, the spell will be broken, and her legs will quickly turn back into fins. Face to face with the prince, her feelings overpower her, and she cannot help but speak to him. She risks her life (and limbs) for only a brief moment to respond to the prince, then quickly dashes off to the sea, taking only a lesson of sadness and a glimpse of what can never be.
General admission is $12, seniors 62 and older $10 and children 17 and younger $8. For tickets, call 925-757-9500, or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Brentwood Band at Delta College
STOCKTON -- Brentwood Concert Band joins the Stockton Community Band for a "Kennedy Center Sendoff 2 p.m. March 3 at the San Joaquin Delta College, Warren Atherton Auditorium, 5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton.
General admission is $8 and seniors and students $5. Children 12 and under are free.
'Willy Wonka opens Friday at Liberty High
BRENTWOOD -- The Liberty High School Playmakers presents Roald Dahl s "Willy Wonka this weekend at Liberty High School, 850 Second St.
This stage-adapted musical is a timeless classic featuring the world famous candy maker and his quest to find an heir. The musical features great melodies such as "The Candy Man, "Think Positive and "Pure Imagination. More than a hundred students are involved in the cast, crew and pit band.
Opening performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with additional performances 7 p.m. March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 2 p.m. March 2 and 9. At noon March 2, parents of Playmakers will host a Wonka Factory Fun Party. Admission is $7 and includes lunch -- finishing with a build-your-own sundae. Party goers will have an opportunity to meet, greet and have photos taken with the cast of characters, including Willy Wonka himself.
General admission is $12.50; seniors, children 17 and younger and college students with ID are $9.50; Playmakers, Rising stars and Center Stage members are $7.50. Children 12 and younger are $5.50 at matinee the performances.
All tickets will be on sale at the discounted price on March 6. Tickets can be purchased online at http://libertyunion.schoolwires.net/playmakers or at the door.
Teachers art exhibit set to open March 16
BRENTWOOD -- The Discover Art League opens a "Art Teachers Showcase March 16 at CR Framing, 700 Park Drive.
As the first of its kind in Brentwood, the exhibit promises to be an unforgettable event showcasing the art work of teachers in the area. Their work is a result many years of experience as a teacher.
The following group of art teachers will gather for the event: Sue Clanton, watercolorist; Big Al Lopez, caricaturist; Josie O Malley, watercolorist, pastel, ink, oil painting; Rosie Grejsen, pottery and ceramic sculpture, Beverly Turner, sculpture, Nancy Roberts, acrylic; Mary Lamb, pottery and Sherry Cummings, watercolorist. Free art demos will be performed by the teachers. A schedule of the art demos will be available at the opening. For information and exhibit hours, call Gus Daugherty, 925-516-4477.
'The Unexpected Guest set for March 16
ANTIOCH -- The Vagabond Players season begins with a bang presenting one of Agatha Christie s favorite mysteries, "The Unexpected Guest.
Stranded and lost in the fog, Michael Starkwedder stumbles into a foggy estate in Wales to discover a man murdered and everyone in the household a suspect -- just when the murder seems solved, Miss Christie pulls her almighty knockout punch and produces one of her famous surprise endings.
Performances are 8 p.m. March 16 and 2 p.m. March 17 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
General admission is $15, seniors 62 and older $12 and, children 17 and younger $10. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com. It also plays March 7 at Summerset Vista in Brentwood for residents and guests.
For information about the Vagabond Players, go to www.vagabondplayersinc.com.
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. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.
Local farmers honored for art banners
BRENTWOOD -- The East Contra Costa Historical Society and the city of Brentwood will host a reception "Shifting Perception on the Urban Edge, for art banners honoring local farmers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Brentwood Community Center, Public Art Walls, 35 Oak St.
The farmers and families will be introduced at 7:30 p.m.
Light hors d oeuvres will be served.
For information, call Poldina Scherff at 925-516-5364.
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 email@example.com.
Art4Schools exhibit set at Lynn House Gallery
NTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch will host the ninth annual Art4Schools exhibits at the Lynn House Gallery.
The Art4Schools exhibits features Antioch Unified School District classrooms involved in the Arts4Schools Program, sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, Union Pacific Foundation, the city of Antioch and a Calpine funded through the office of Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover.
The first exhibit includes: Antioch High School, Deer Valley High School and Dozier Libbey Medical High School. The Galley is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., during exhibits. There is no admission fee for the reception or exhibit.
The Art4Schools program will continue with additional exhibits through May 25.
GATO plans Cesar Chavez holiday event March 24
ANTIOCH -- Give Always to Others & Company will host its annual free Cesar E. Chavez State Holiday event at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Antioch High School, Marion Beede Auditorium, 700 W. 18th St.
The event will feature traditional music performances and exhibits. Speakers who knew of Cesar Chavez or his work in the civil rights movement for farm workers will also be on the program. There will also be display and information tables.
For information, call 925-439-2558.
'We Will Rock You at Heritage High
BRENTWOOD -- Heritage High School Rising Stars is the first and only high school drama club in the U. S. to premiere Queen s rock musical "We Will Rock You in 2013. And -- they will roll out the red carpet presenting an all-out rock-concert production with designer costumes, searchlights, special effects, a logo-laden backdrop, strobe lights and more. Chris Fallows directs.
The story is based in the distant future at a time when musical instruments have been banned and kids are no longer able to make their own music. But resistance is growing. Underneath the gleaming cities, down in the lower depths live the Bohemians. Rebels who believe that there was once a Golden Age when the kids formed their own bands and write their own songs. They call that time, The Rhapsody.
Performances will be 7 p.m. March 1 (sold-out), 2, 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15 and 1 p.m. March 9 and 16 at Heritage High School, 101 American Ave.
General admission is $18 and students $12. Tickets are available starting Feb. 21 and can be purchased at http://libertyunion.schoolwires.net/196820811185124513/site/default.asp. For information, call or text Tammy Vance at 925-437-3078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
-- Nan Hargis