'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz opens Friday

ANTIOCH -- The Antioch Children s Theatre presents the "Wonderful Wizard of Oz at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional performances are 7 p.m. May 24, 2 and 7 p.m. May 25 and 2 p.m. May 26.

Adults $10, students/seniors $8, children 11 and younger $5. Tickets will be available at the door only.

For information, call 925-234-1465.

'Last of the Red Hot Lovers set in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The Vagabond Players presents "Last of the Red Hot Lovers 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. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Adults are $15, seniors (62 and older) $12, and those younger than 18, $10. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500, or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

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.

Three days of plays in Antioch coming up

ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children s Theatre presents Three Plays in Three Days featuring "Alice in Wonderland 7:30 p.m. May 31; "Snow White 7:30 p.m. June 1 and "The Wizard of Oz at 2 p.m. June 1 and 2 at the Virginia J. Calisesi Theatre, 512 W. Second St. Adults $10, students/seniors $8, children 11 and younger $5. Tickets will be available at the door only. For information, call 925-234-1465.

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.

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. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 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.

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. Saturday, 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 to 18. 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 pscherff@brentwoodca.gov.

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 through May 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.

-- Nan Hargis