'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. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional performances are 8 p.m. May 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. 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.

Stage Right presents 'Meet Me in St. Louis

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. presents "Meet Me in St. Louis 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.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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

Self-guided art tour set for May 4, 5


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BRENTWOOD -- Discover Art League presents a free self-guided tour 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and 5, with an opportunity to visit shows and buy art from local painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, photographers, fiber artists, jewelry makers, glass artists and other fine craftspeople in Oakley, Brentwood and Discovery Bay.

For a tour guide, gallery locations and maps to eight destinations, visit The Gallery on Second at 741 Second St. in Brentwood, call 925-516-3741 or go to www.galleryonsecond.net.

Brentwood hosts public art walls

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood hosts a Brentwood Public Art Walls exhibit highlighting local artists and organizations.

The exhibit features works by Brian Carlton, oils; Joyce Marlene Carroll-Oetgen, pen, ink, mixed medium; Beverly C. Turner, mixed-media ceramics; and Heritage High School Visual Art students. The exhibit will run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through June 21, at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. For information on how to participate in the Brentwood Public Art Walls, call Poldina Scherf at 925-516-5364 or email pscherff@brentwoodca.gov.

LMC Gospel hosts gospel celebration

PITTSBURG -- Los Medanos College Gospel Choir presents their 19th annual Gospel Celebration "Save Our Children through Musical Arts.

This multicultural event features gospel singers Kathy Taylor-Brown, Ashling Cole, Michael Blankenship, and Salsa Band La Fuerza Gigante of San Francisco.

The performance is 7 p.m. May 4 at the Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Admission is $15 and $17 at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-439-2181, ext. 3218.

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 at 2 p.m. Saturday, 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.

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. Monday 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.

Nancy Roberts solo exhibit set

BRENTWOOD -- CR Framing will showcase the art work of Nancy Roberts Saturday through May 16 at 700 Harvest Park Drive.

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

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, go to www.nancyrobertsstudio.com.

Auditions are set for 'Les Miz in Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Teen Theater is holding auditions for "Les Miz on Saturday.

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.

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. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday 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 Saturday 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.

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