'Swingin & Croonin Italian style on Saturday

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

This 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.

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. The theater is at 602 W. Second St.

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. Student art exhibit returns


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

Instructor Peggy Magovern brings the students diverse and creative body of work for the exhibit. 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.

GATO plans Cesar Chavez holiday event Sunday

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. Sunday 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.

Spring break art camp registration open

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.

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.

Open mic celebrates Natiional Poetry Month

BRENTWOOD -- National Poetry Month will be celebrated at an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. April 11 at Gallery on Second in downtown Brentwood.

All short work -- poetry, short story, nonfiction, or any other creative work -- is welcome. Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. Bring work on any subject, your own or that of another writer, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive.

Everyone is invited whether performing or listening and enjoying to this free event.

Open Mic is presented by Brentwood Writes, an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society, and the Brentwood Community Library. Kati Short, Poet Laureate, city of Brentwood, will emcee it.

The Gallery on Second is at 741 Second St. For more information or questions, contact shortkati@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655.

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 Saturday. 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.

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.

-- Nan Hargis