Artist reception set for Aug. 29

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is partnering with Antioch Umpqua Bank with a bimonthly art exhibit providing local artists a venue to showcase their work. Featured artists are: Janet Ahern, Roselinda Grejsen, Diane Klein Gwynne, Kay Kirby and John Nicolini.

A free artist reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 29 at 3700 Lone Tree Way.

The exhibit is free and open to the public 9 a.m. Monday through Friday through Sept. 25.

Currently seeking artists for October/November exhibit.

For information, call 925-325 9897 or go to http://art4antioch.org.

Art classes scheduled for kids and moms

A new set of kids art classes, with instructor Nancy Roberts, kicks off mid-August at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

Tuesday classes will include Exploring Art for ages 6 to 10 and Fantasy Art for ages 8 to 12. Wednesday classes include First Steps in Drawing for ages 5 to 7, and Advanced Drawing for ages 8 to 12. Also on tap is an exciting new Mommy and Me art and play experience on Saturday mornings for children aged 2 to 4 and their parent or grandparent, led by popular preschool teacher Jaime Neal. For information and registration, call Brentwood Parks and Recreation at 925-516-5444 or visit www.brentwoodca.gov/emotion.

Wind musicians needed for concert band

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Concert Band is looking for percussion, brass and woodwind musicians as it begins its ninth season.

If you are yearning to get back into the swing, or want to refine your skills, join rehearsals 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 21, Liberty High, Room PAC3, 850 Second St., Brentwood. The band will prepare for a performance at the East Contra Costa Historical Society annual barbecue 2 to 3:39 p.m. on Sept. 8. Entertainment will come from variety of music from marches to show tunes. The band performs around seven times a year and is co-led by Carey Hurst, Liberty High Band director; and Susan Stuart.

For information, call 925-634-3411 or go to www.BrentwoodConcertBand.com.

International film series shows 'The Hunt

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "The Hunt 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and 2 p.m. Aug. 25, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Lucas, a former schoolteacher, has been forced to start over, having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

The Danish 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.

Relay for Life benefit concert is Sunday

ANTIOCH -- JOEL, a tribute band to the songs of Billy Joel, performs a concert benefiting The American Cancer Society Relay for Life 3 p.m. Sunday at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Relay for Life honors cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost, and raises funds to help those fight the disease.

Piano man Kyle Martin and his group of professional musicians play Billy Joel s timeless repertoire, including songs like "Big Shot, "Only the Good Die Young, "An Innocent Man and "New York State of Mind.

Tickets for adults are $33; seniors 62 and older $29; children 17 and younger $15. There is a two-pass limit for the show.

For tickets, call 925-757-9500, or reserve them online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com

Feelin Groovy sets tone in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- The Old Town Pittsburg Business District Association presents Feelin Groovy: A Musical Trip Through the 60s at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Steeltown Coffee & Tea, 695 Railroad Ave.

Break out your bell bottoms and tie-dyes, tune-in and turn on with Mike Spellman and Ella Wolfe singing your favorite songs. Admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased at Steeltown Coffee & Tea, or online at www.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 925-432-0307.

Art, Wine & Jazz Festival coming to Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Art Society will host the 12th annual Brentwood Art, Wine & Jazz Festival at the Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road.

The event is 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 24 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 25. The festival brings together local vintners, artists and musicians representing a multiple genres of jazz.

The Artist Garden will feature original pieces by more than 40 local artists in various media, including oil watercolor, pencil, clay, bronze and more.

Wine at the Fountain will host local vintners and wineries, including Hannah Nicole Vineyards, Bloomfield Vineyards, Cline Cellars and others. For those who prefer a microbrew, Black Diamond Brewery and BJ s Restaurant and Brewery will offer cold brews.

Jazz on the Stage offers music featuring the jazz talents of Tony Lindsay, James Henry and Raul Ramirez along with performances by the Big Bands of Liberty and Heritage high schools and a cappella groups, including Divas, Pink Ladies and Jag.

Admission is free. For information, call 925-516-2741 or go to www.brewoodartsociety.org/index.htm.

De Soul performs Saturday at plaza

ANTIOCH -- De Soul offers a wide range of music with favorite hits from rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and blues. The performance is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Waldie Plaza off Second Street in downtown Antioch.

The concert series is hosted by the Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch, The Lesher Foundation, East County Times and city of Antioch.

Seating is not provided, so bring blankets or lawn chairs. Alcohol is not permitted.

For more information contact Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.

'Starry Nights concert finale Friday

BRENTWOOD -- The free "Starry Nights Summer Concert Series finale is 6:30 p.m. Friday at City Park, 710 Second St.

The night features the Hipwaders children s concert. This California pop-rock outfit writes jangly ballads to create mainstream dance pop for kids. Ample parking is available in the parking garage at 150 City Park Way (between City Hall and the Community Center). Don t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blanket and picnic basket.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation office at 925-516-5444.

-- Nan Hargis