Auditions set for 'Night of the Living Dead

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre will hold auditions for "Night of The Living Dead Sept. 16 and 17 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

Directed by Bryan Anthony, this thrilling horror story is based on the George Romero and John Russo 1986 original film. Written by Lori Allen Ohm, the cast features many roles, including the undead zombies. The show tells the story of seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held by ravenous ghouls.

Auditions are open to actors ages 12 through 18; no previous acting experience is necessary. Performances will be Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. To receive an audition time, register online at wwwsrctgrp.org. If cast, there be a $75 participation fee. For information, call 925-216-4613.

'Charlotte s Web set at Antioch s El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children s Theatre presents "Charlotte s Web.

The story is written by E.B. White and adapted by Joseph Robinette. Sharon Redman directs.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The Children s Literature Association named this "the best American children s book of the past two hundred years, and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, created a story about friendships and relationships that make the show. A beautiful, knowing play about friendship.

Admission is adults $12, seniors (62 &and over) $10, children 17 and younger $8.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Handel s 'Messiah seeking voices

BRENTWOOD -- The Holiday Choir is calling for East County community members to join the performances of Handel s "Messiah.

Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 809 Second St. There is a $25 cover fee for music, facilities use and accompanist.

No registration required; just show up. For information, call Annette Beckstrand at 925-437-4963.

Delta Blues Festival offers music, art, food

ANTIOCH -- The Delta Blues Festival is set for noon to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in downtown Antioch between Second and I streets.

The alcohol-free event will feature music, art, crafts and food vendors. The musical lineup includes Rick Estrin & The Night Cats, Greg Wright, Ricky Earl featuring Cherise, Zydeco Flames, Tia Carroll, and The Kyle Jester Blues Show.

Admission and parking are free, but bring along lawn chairs. No pets are allowed. For more information, go to deltabluesfestival.net or call, 925-698-8024.

Islamic art exhibit at Antioch Library

ANTIOCH -- The Antioch Library is hosting a multimedia art exhibit, "Message of Quran; Benevolence. The exhibit is assembled by Islamic Art Exhibit, a nonprofit organization promoting Islamic art.

The exhibit includes 24 pieces and is open noon to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, 501 W. 18th St. For information, call 925-757-9224, or go to ccc.lib.org.

Summerset concerts hosts Frederick Hodges

BRENTWOOD -- Summerset Concerts presents pianist Frederick Hodges 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Somerset Orchards, 770 Centennial Place.

Classically trained, not only is Hodges a great technician but brings amazing verve and gusto to his performances with the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rogers and Hart and other popular composers. Hodges has shown his piano playing and singing talents on stage, television and movies.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Summerst Orchards activity desk or at the door. For information, call 925-513-2640.

Nonfiction anthonolgy looking for submissions

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood and Kati Short, poet laureate, are requesting poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction for the anthology "In Mt. Diablo s Shadow.

Works can be submitted through Sept. 16.

Writings from adults from Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Bethel Island, participants of Brentwood Writes as well as juniors and seniors in the Liberty High School District will be considered.

For submission details, call, 925-634-6655, or email, katishort@yahoo.com.

Seafood and Music Festival this weekend

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

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 online tickets are adults $8, seniors 62 and older and youth $3.75 (all plus processing fees) and can be reserved online at http://pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com. Single tickets $10 at the door, $5 for youth and seniors. 925-432-7301, pittsburgchamber.org.

Local artists show works at Umpqua Bank

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 this month are Janet Ahern, Rosalinda Grejsen, Diane Klein Gwynne, Kay Kirby and John Nicolini.

The exhibit is free and open to the public 9 a.m. Monday through Friday through Sept. 25, 3700 Lone Tree Way. They are currently seeking artists for October/November exhibit.

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

-- Nan Hargis