Sandra Berkson is league s artist of the month

BRENTWOOD -- Discover Art League has named Sandra Berkson as Artist of the Month for March.

Berkson has been associated with The Discover Art League for four years and is known for her works of abstract art.

Berkson was a self-taught artist until beginning college at Los Positas in Livermore. As her interest in learning grew, she went on to the California College of the Arts graduating with a BFA and finishing with a MFA at Academy Art University.

Several pieces of Berkson s work will be exhibited at CR Framing, 700 Harvest Park Drive through March. 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 925-890-7200 or email sandrartist@yahoo.com.

Spring break art camp is set

BRENTWOOD -- Registration is open for Spring Break Art Camp for children ages 6 through 12.

Classes are set for 1 to 4 p.m. March 26 through 28 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

In this fun three-day camp, students will explore drawing, painting, collage and sculpture with a wide variety of media and themes with instructor Nancy Roberts. Also on tap are new art classes for children and teens starting April 16. Classes include First Steps in Painting, Painting Master Class for Teens, Art Around the World and Paint Plus.

For information and registration, call Brentwood Parks and Recreation at 925-516-5444 or go to www.brentwoodca.gov/emotion.

Student art exhibit returns

BRENTWOOD -- A Visual Voices encore show returns with an exhibit of unique student art, created in Brentwood s Summerset III s drawing class.

Instructor Peggy Magovern brings the student s diverse and creative body of work. A reception will be held at 3 p.m. March 30 at the Gallery on Second, 741 Second St. Admission is free. The exhibit runs March 27 through March 30. For information, call 925-516-2741.

'Swingin & Croonin Italian style

ANTIOCH -- Louis Prima Jr. and Ricci Martin, the famous sons of legends Louis Prima and Dean Martin perform "Swingin & Croonin -- Italian Style, at the El Campanil Theatre 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 23, 602 W. Second St. Also aboard is New Jersey s "Bad Boy of Comedy -- Mike Marino.

This fantastic event will feature some of the greatest songs ever recorded. You ll hear favorites such as "Just A Gigolo -- I Ain t Got Nobody, "That s Amore, "Everybody Loves Somebody, "Jump, Jive an Wail, and more.

Mike Marino, one of the unique comics of our time, has performed in every major comedy club from New York to Los Angeles. His comedic style has landed him guest appearances on "The Tonight Show, "The Martin Short Show and "Comics Unleashed.

This is the first time that Prima, Martin and Marino have teamed up on the same stage.

Matinee performances are $50 orchestra, $45 loge and $35 opera. Evening performances are $65 orchestra

$60 loge and $30 opera. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Proceeds benefit The Wheelchair Foundation providing free wheelchairs to veterans, children, teens and adults in East Contra Costa County who have no means to acquire one. The historical societies of Antioch, Pittsburg and East County will also benefit.

'The Underpants set at Los Medanos College

PITTSBURG -- The Los Medanos College Dramatic Arts Program presents the final performances of "The Underpants 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Los Medanos College Theatre, 2700 E. Leland Road.

"The Underpants is written by comedian/actor Steve Martin, adopted from a 1910 German farce "Die

Hose by the playwright Carl Steinheim. Nick Garcia directs.

The premise of Steve Martin s adaptation opens with a scandal of a puritanical bureaucrat, Theobald Maske, who becomes outraged at his wife, Louise, when her underpants fall to the ground

during a parade for the king. Mortified by the embarrassing event, Theo swears to keeps Louise at home until she is able to find some less unruly undies.

Doors open at 30 minutes before the production.

General admission is $10 and students $7. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-439-2181. ext. 805.

'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.

The school 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. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at Heritage High School, 101 American Ave.

General admission is $18 and students $12. Tickets 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 hhsrisingstarsboosters@gmail.com.

Piano Duo Polyhymnia performs

PITTSBURG -- Los Medanos College presents a faculty and guest recital with Eric and Catherine Thompson performing the works for Piano Solo and Piano Duet, with music by Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, and Bartok, inspired by the folk music of Hungary.

The performance is 3 p.m. April 7 at the Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road in Pittsburg. General admission is $10, students $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For information, go to www.thompsonmusicstudio.com.

A celebration of big band at El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- "In The Mood, the 1940s Big Band Swing Dance Musical Revue, comes to the El Campanil Theatre, 602. W. Second St., at 3 p.m. March 20.

The 1940s revue, conceived by Bud Forrest, musical producer and former accompanist to the Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the US Air Force, takes a retro look at swing, the music that moved the nation s spirit and helped win a war with up-tempo big band rhythms and mellow intimate ballads -- a mood was set to inspire a future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. "In The Mood immerses the audience in the swing, rhythm, jazzy, brassy, sentimental and romantic music of that time.

All seats are $32. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Teachers art exhibit set to opens Saturday

BRENTWOOD -- The Discover Art League opens an "Art Teachers Showcase Saturday at CR Framing, 700 Harvest Park Drive, Ste. 1.

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.

Also on tap is a showcase of local artist Sandra Berkson as Artist of the Month for March.

Berkson has been with the Discover Art League for about four years and has impressed a lot of people with her abstract art.

'The Unexpected Guest set for Saturday

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. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday 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.

For information about the Vagabond Players, go to www.vagabondplayersinc.com.

Art4Schools exhibit set at Lynn House Gallery

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch hosts 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 exhibit includes art from Fremont and Sutter schools through March 23. Encore Home Schooling art will be shown March 24 and 27, while Turner and Diablo schools will have art displayed May 15-25.

The gallery 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.

For more information, contact Diane Gibson-Gray at the Arts & Cultural Foundation at 925-325-9897, e-mail Diane@Art4Antioch.org or go to www.Art4Antioch.org.

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. March 24 at Antioch High School, Marion Beede Auditorium, 700 W. 18th St.

The program will feature guest speaker, Mark Silverman, the attorney for Cesar E. Chavez in the late 1960s during a nonviolence journey for civil rights for farm workers. Also included in the event will be displays and exhibits including one highlighting the role of the Filipino leaders who helped Chavez in this historical movement, as well as traditional music and dance performances by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Esther Torres and Mariachi SanMiguel.

Scholarships, titled Guillermo "Bill Muniz Educational Awards, will be presented to area high school students. Muniz has been a promoter of education as a mean of advancing for a better future.

For information, call 925-439-2558.

-- Nan Hargis