Stage Right presents 'Meet Me in St. Louis

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. presents "Meet Me in St. Louis 7 p.m. April 19, 20 and 2 p.m. April 22 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

The play is based on the book by Sally Benson, adapted by Christopher Sergel and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Co.

This charming comedy is directed by Bryan Anthony and is geared for all ages.

Additional performances are 7 p.m. April 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. April 28.

General admission is $10, students and seniors $8 and children $5. Seniors pay only $5 on both Sunday matinees. For tickets and information, call 925-216-4613 or go to www.srctgrp.org.

'Over the Moon auditions April 17, 18

ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children s Theatre will hold auditions for "Over the Moon at 7 p.m. April 17 and 18 at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St.

Actors 7 and older may audition. Actors are encouraged to bring a resume and a headshot. A $75 nonrefundable participation fee is required, if cast.

Performances will be the first two weekends in June and will be held at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center and the Virginia J. Calisesi Theatre.

For information, call Andrew Daniels at 925-787-6081.

Sunday Jam Session features Sumac


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PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame Second Sunday Jam Sessions will feature blues artist Sumac and her Soul Heaven Band from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Pacific Community Services Building, 329 Railroad Ave., in Pittsburg.

Sumac, who conducts a yearly blues benefit and festival in her hometown of Bigelow, Ark., has performed with Ray Charles, Lenny Williams and Millie Jackson and featured vocalist at the ceremony celebrating the Raiders return to Oakland.

Sumac and her Soul Heaven Band have performed in clubs, venues and festivals all over the United States and represented the Sacramento Blues Society in the International Battle of the Blues Challenge.

Musicians, singers and spoken word artists are invited to participate signing in by 5:30 p.m.

General admission is $10 and $5 for PEAHOF members. Refreshments are available for purchase at the event.

For more information, call Chuck Dybal, 925-642-7321

'Alice in Wonderland opens Friday in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children s Theatre presents "Alice s Adventures in Wonderland at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Virginia Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St.

Frank J. Ballesteros directs. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. April 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. April 21. General admission is $12; students and seniors are $10.

Tickets will be available at the door. For information, call 925-234-1465.

Award-winning gospel trio comes to Antioch

ANTIOCH -- First Missionary Baptist Church presents the award-winning gospel music trio Greater Vision in concert at 7 p.m. April 29 at 640 Tregallas Road.

The vocals and rich harmony Greater Vision has become recognized for the blending of three unique and versatile vocalists. Gerald Wolfe, the group s founder and emcee, sings the lead. Songwriter Rodney Griffin handles the baritone part for the trio, while Chris Allman, also a writer, sings the tenor.

The Singing News Magazine and the Southern Gospel Music Association has named Greater Vision gospel music s favorite trio. The trio has received numerous honors for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and Artist of the Year.

General admission is $12 and $15 at the door. Children 5 and younger are free. Group discounts are available. For tickets, call Brittany at 925-642-0276.

Gretchen Kohl is leagues artist of the month

BRENTWOOD -- Discover Art League has named Gretchen Kohl as Artist of the Month for April.

Kohl works primarily in oils but also shows her acrylic, pastel, chalk and mixed media art.

Kohl lives in Brentwood and is an art educator at Antioch High School. She is very interested in how training your hand to respond to your eye and mind is developed by drawing and how drawing develops your perceptions. She has been associated with The Discover Art League for a few months.

Several pieces of Kohl s work will be exhibited at CR Framing, 700 Harvest Park Drive through April. CR Framing is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, call 925-890-7200 or email gevgkohl@yahoo.com.

BD Lines to host model railroad show

ANTIOCH -- Black Diamond Lines hosts its model railroad club show at the clubhouse at 425 Fulton Shipyard Road.

The event features an operating HO-scale model train layout.

The show is set for 10 a. m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and children (6-12) and free for those younger than 6.

For more information, call 925-779-1964 or go to www.blackdiamondlines.com.

BCB hosts kids concert

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Concert Band features an All Star Trumpet Trio performance "A Bugler s Holiday accompanied by the Bristow Middle School Wind Ensemble 7 p.m. April 22 at Liberty High School, 850 Second St. Special guest Bart Schneider, Edna Hill Midle School drama teacher, will narrate "Peter and the Wolf with the combined bands. The bands will also perform individually.

The Brentwood Concert Band is directed by Susan Stuart and Carey Hurst, and the Bristow Middle School Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Mark Morello.

Admission is free.

After the performance sweets can be purchased at a Cookie Walk with proceeds benefiting the Bristow band program and the Brentwood Concert Band.

For information, go to www.brentwoodconcertband.

Nancy Roberts solo exhibit set

BRENTWOOD -- CR Framing will showcase the art work of Nancy Roberts April 20 through May 16.

The exhibit will feature works in oil, acrylic and pastel. Roberts eclectic subjects range from landscapes and streetscapes to tools, trucks and toys.

A free reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. April 20, 700 Harvest Park Drive. The exhibit is open Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information and an exhibit preview, go to www.nancyrobertsstudio.com.

Brentwood Teen Theater begins ninth season

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Teen Theater begins its ninth season of shows and professional training sessions for actors in East County age 10 to 19.

The "Saturday Sessions training program strengthens young actor s performance skills in auditioning, singing, acting, dancing, improvisation and more.

Taught by professional actor/director Steve Kinsella of Brentwood.

The course has opened many doors for its participants throughout the years. Former students have secured college scholarships, study grants, plus film and Broadway stage careers.

The Saturday sessions are held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Resurrection Ministries church.

The next session features the full range of training, plus participation in Les Miserables.

For details on registration, see www.BrentwoodTeenTheater.com. or Call 516-9009.

Auditions set for 'Les Miz

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Teen Theater is holding auditions for "Les Miz April 27.

The training program begins its ninth season of shows and professional training in acting, singing and dance for East County actors ages 10 to 19. The new session features a full range of training, plus participation in "Les Miserables.

Training is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Resurrection Ministries Lutheran Church at Fairview Avenue at Sand Creek Road.

See details at www.BrentwoodTeenTheater.com, or call 925-516-9009.

Piano virtuoso and violinist sister to perform

BRENTWOOD -- Alex Marquez, Brentwood s gifted young virtuoso pianist, performs an eclectic program of classical music at 3 p.m. Sunday at Summerset Orchards Lodge, 770 Centennial Place.

Doors open at 2 p.m. Marquez s sister, Emma, will also perform on violin accompanied by her brother. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Orchards Lodge activity desk or at the door. For information, call 925-513-2640.

Tribute to the Beatles comes to Antioch

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Theatre presents "Three of Us: An Acoustic Tribute to the Beatles.

"Three Of Us brings together a trio of top-notch vocalists/musicians whose passion for the music of the Beatles shines through in their performances. The group features The Sun Kings Drew Harrison and Jim Funk, and Tom Fleming.

The performance is 8 p.m. April 20 at 602 W. Second St.

Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors 62 and older and $15 for children 17 and younger. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500, or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Gallery On Second presents new exhibit

BRENTWOOD -- The Gallery On Second presents a new exhibit the "Scintillating Six, with local artists Augustus "Gus " Daugherty, oil on wood panel and canvas; Josie O Malley, contemporary art; Mary Lamb, pottery; Rosalinda Grejsen, ceramics; Bridgette Barrows-Newby, sculptor; and Beverly C. Turner, sculptor.

The exhibit runs noon to 5 p.m. through April 27 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29 and May 5 at the Gallery on Second, 741 Second St.

A free reception is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Gallery on Second where artists O Malley and Daugherty will unveil never before seen paintings. In addition, there will be a free raffle drawing for a framed giclee reproduction of one of Daugherty s paintings.

For information, call 925 516-4477 or go to http://thegalleryonsecond.org.

Brentwood Writes celebrates Poetry Month

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Writes will bring all forms of the written word at Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gallery on Second, 741 Second St.

All short work -- poetry, short story, nonfiction, or any other creative work -- is welcome. Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. The group encourages participants to bring work on any subject, their own or that of another writer, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive. Everyone is invited whether performing or listening and enjoying.

This event is free and open to the public. Brentwood Writes is an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Community Library. Kati Short, poet laureate, is the host.

For more information, 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 the final exhibits include art from ENCORE Home Schooling April 24 and 27 and Turner and Diablo schools 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.

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.

'Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek at PCT

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre is set to open "Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek at the Creative Arts Building, 250 School St.

Performances are 8 p.m. April 26, 27 and May 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. April 28 and May 5.

The play is based on a book by Tim Kelly, music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur and directed by Betty Brown. A hilarious melodrama that tells the story of a conceited actor who comes to a small mining town hoping to bring culture to the locals.

Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Tickets can be reserved online at http://pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org/index.html, or by calling 925-439-7529.

Delta Quilters show set for May 18-19

BRENTWOOD -- The Delta Quilters "A Splash of Fabric and Art show is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

More than 200 quilt and wearable art entries, as well as home accessories, will be on display at the vendor mall. Demonstrations will be held throughout the show, and refreshments and lunch available for purchase. Admission is $7 for one day and $10 for two days (under 8 and over 80 free).

Parking is free. For more information, go to www.deltaquilters.org

-- Nan Hargis