Gallery On Second hosts Lorraine Lawson exhibit
BRENTWOOD -- The Gallery on Second will showcase the artwork of renowned Bay Area artist Lorraine Lawson.
Lawson s abstract works not only encompass the formal elements of composition, color, value, and texture, but communicate concepts, mindset, ideas and emotion,
The exhibit is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through May 31 at the Gallery On Second, 741 Second St. For information, call Jack Gaughan at 925-516-2741, or email Galleryonsecond@sbcglobal.net.
International film series to show 'The Silence
ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "The Silence 7:30 p.m. May 24 and 2 p.m. May 26, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
"The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat by Peer, as his helpless friend Timo watches. Now, in the present day, on the exact same date, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot, leading police to suspect the same killer may be at work again.
The German film has English subtitles.
The film is part of a collaborative effort with the International Film Showcase, which has a successful foreign film series in Orinda.
General admission is $8; seniors 62 and older and children, $7. For tickets, call 925-757-9500 or reserve them online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Mother s Day Jam Session set in Pittsburg
PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame hosts a special Mother s Day Sunday Jam Session featuring accomplished songwriter and singer DeJeana Burkes and her band at 5 p.m. at Pacific Community Services, 329 Railroad Ave.
A Detroit native who lives in Richmond, Burkes has created a dedicated following with her appearances at Bay Area clubs, restaurants and festivals. She offers sultry, melodic vocals singing blues, soul and R&B with a tinge of gospel and jazz.
Musicians, singers and spoken-word artists are invited to participate during the session and should sign in by 5:30 p.m.
Suggested donations are $10 and $5 for PEAHOF members. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event.
For information, contact Chuck Dybdal, 925-642-7321 or go to www.pittsburgentertainment andarts.org.
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 performance is 7:30 p.m. Monday 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. Friday at Alhambra High School in Martinez and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
'Last of the Red Hot Lovers set in Antioch
ANTIOCH -- The Vagabond Players presents "Last of the Red Hot Lovers May 18-19 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, married nebbish restaurateur, a gentle soul with no experience in adultery or the sexual revolution, has decided he wants to have an affair. He selects his mother s uptown apartment for the rendezvous because his mother will be out doing volunteer work two hours every week. The play takes one comedic turn after another as Barney continues to be unsuccessful in his choice of partners.
Performances are 8 p.m. May 18 and 2 p.m. May 19. Adults are $15, seniors (62 and older) $12 and children younger than 18, $10. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500, or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Nancy Roberts has solo art exhibit
BRENTWOOD -- CR Framing will showcase the artwork of Nancy Roberts 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.
Umpqua Bank hosts art exhibit
ANTIOCH -- Umpqua Bank in Antioch will host a Discover Art League exhibit with the first event showcasing the works of abstract artist Sandra Berkson. The exhibit will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through the month of May. The bank plans to host a new exhibit every two months, featuring two or more artists. A reception will be held at the bank 4 to 6 p.m. May 18, 3700 Lone Tree Way. Refreshments will be served.
For information about Discover Art League, call Gus Daugherty at 925 516-4477.
Stage Right hosts auditions for musical
ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre will hold auditions for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on May 20 and 21 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.
Directed by Bryan Anthony, this Tony Award-nominated musical is based on the "Coat of Many Colors story with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The cast features 40 roles for male and female actors ages 8 to18. No previous musical experience is necessary. To receive an audition time, register online at www.srctgrp.org. Performances are July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28. If cast, there is a $75 participation fee. For more information, call 925-216-4613.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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