Alex Ramon s 'Illusion Fusion comes to Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The Magic of Alex Ramon comes to Antioch for a debut performance 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Kids, parents and grandparents will be mesmerized. by Ramon s modern-day fresh approach to magic. Don t miss Alex Ramon s debut performance at El Campanil Theatre. Ramon has toured the globe as the ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the star of "Disney Live! Mickey s Magic Show, and has made Whoopi Goldberg levitate. The New York Times calls him "mystifying while the Los Angeles Times says he s "mind-bending.

To best accommodate seating for young children, only seats in the orchestra (ground level) are being offered for sale at this time.

Reserved seating is $25. For information and tickets, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com/

Auditions set for 'Nutcracker Saturday

BRENTWOOD -- East County Performing Art Center will hold auditions for "Nutcracker Saturday at 700 Harvest Park Drive, Suite P. Auditions will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. for ages 6 through 9, 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. for ages 10 though 12, and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 13 and older.

A parent informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Friday at 5865 Lone Tree Way, Suite N, Antioch.

Bring a headshot and application. Ballet attire only. For an application or information, call 925-240-5556 or go to www.brentwoodballet.org.

Seafood and Music Festival Sept. 7 and 8

PITTSBURG -- The 29th annual Pittsburg Seafood Festival gets under way 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8.

The event features an array of seafood and other foods, live entertainment featuring three stages with groups from around the globe, pumping out country, Cajun, zydeco, blues, classic rock, funk and R&B. Also included in the days festivities are a carnival kids play land and petting zoo. Advance tickets are adults $7; seniors 62 and older and youth $3.75 and can be reserved online at http://pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com. Single tickets $8 at the door. 925-432-7301, pittsburgchamber.org.

Artists reception set for Aug. 29

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

A free artists 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.

They are currently seeking artists for October/November exhibit.

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

International film series shows 'The Hunt

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "The Hunt 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 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.

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. Saturday 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.

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., Mondays at 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.

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. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 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.

-- Nan Hargis