Local orchestra changes venue for season finale
PITTSBURG -- What do headliners Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, James Brown, and the San Francisco Symphony have in common? They ve all performed on the Pittsburg High School campus in the 2000-seat proscenium theater, the community s hidden treasure.
Now the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra will join the impressive cast of past performers in their season finale, French Connection.
The program includes Glazunov s romantic "Concerto for Saxophone and String Orchestra, which showcases the saxophone. Professor Dale Wolford from San Jose State University will perform the solo. The orchestra will also perform Debussy s enchanting "La Boite a Joujoux (The Box of Toys), and Ravel s "Le Tombeau du Couperin (The Tomb of Couperin), written as an homage to Francois Couperin and six friends who died in uniform during the war. The performance is 7:30 p.m. May 11 at Pittsburg High School, 250 School St. Admission is $5 to $10. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-943-7469, online at www.LesherArtsCenter.org or purchased at the door.
Additional performances will be 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Alhambra High School in Martinez and 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
The Rat Pack brings swing, swagger
ANTIOCH -- Sandy Hackett s Rat Pack Show comes to the El Campanil Theatre 2 p.m. April 27, 602 W. Second St.
Hailed as the next best thing to seeing the Rat Pack themselves, Sandy Hackett s Rat Pack Show is all style with substance, swing with swagger. Audiences will hear original, never-before-heard songs written by the late, legendary songwriter Ron Miller and recorded voice-overs made exclusively for this show by Sandy s father, the late legendary comedian Buddy Hackett.
All seats are $30 and can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
'Moving Mountains auditions are set
ANTIOCH -- The Vagabond Players will hold auditions for "Moving Mountains 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. Seeking three male and four female actors. Performances will be in June. For information, call Sharon Redman at 925-360-1358 or got to www.vagabondplayersinc.com.
Stage Right presents 'Meet Me in St. Louis
ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. presents "Meet Me in St. Louis 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday 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.
'Alice in Wonderland continues Friday
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. 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 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 email@example.com.
BCB hosts kids concert on Monday at LHS
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. Monday at Liberty High School, 850 Second St. Special guest Bart Schneider, Edna Hill Middle 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 Saturday 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.
Auditions are set for 'Les Miz in Brentwood
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.
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. Saturday 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.
'Shakespeare s 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.
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.
For information, call 925 516-4477 or go to http://thegalleryonsecond.org.
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.
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