'Wagon Wheels comes to Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- The Vagabond Players present "Wagon Wheels-a-Rollin on Friday.

The performance is 6:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. This fast-paced spoof of the Old West is filled with a stable of goofy characters. The audience is invited to boo and hiss at the outlaws and cheer for the hero.

Admission is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. For information, call 925-516-5380.

East Contra Costa open studio

EAST COUNTY -- Artists in East Contra Costa County are invited to participate in an open studio event Nov. 16 and 17. Visitors will get a chance to meet artists personally and enjoy their work in a studio or working environment. Featured will be East County painters, sculptors, ceramists, jewelry makers and other fine craftspeople. There is no participation fee and no deadline, but artists are encouraged to sign up by mid-October. For details, go to www.contracostaopenstudious.blogspot.com.

Brentwood Writes to hold Open Mic

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Writes will bring all forms of the written word at Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.


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All short work -- poetry, short story, nonfiction, or any other creative work -- is welcome. Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. The group encourages participants to bring work on any subject, their own or that of another writer, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive. Everyone is invited whether performing or listening and enjoying.

This event is free and open to the public. Brentwood Writes is an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Community Library. Kati Short, poet laureate, is the host.

For more information, contact shortkati@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655.

International film series shows 'Kauwboy

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Kauwboy at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

With his first feature-length film, director Boudewjin Koole has succeeded in creating a touching portrait of JoJo, a boy who is struggling with a difficult family situation. Every detail reflects his need, but also his unbridled joy at the beautiful moments in his life.

The Dutch 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) $7, youths 10 to 17 are free with a paying adult.

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

Organ concert set for Friday

ANTIOCH -- The St. Ignatius Church of Antioch Friends of Music Series continues with an Organ Concert featuring renown organist Don Pearson 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the church on 3351 Contra Loma Blvd.

A freewill offering will be taken. A reception follows the concert in the parish hall. For information on future concerts, call 925-778-0768.

Auditions set for 'Humbug!

ANTIOCH -- Resurrection Theatre will hold auditions for "Humbug at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 at the New Life Free Will Baptist Church, 11 Worrell Road.

Frank Ballesteros directs this popular Christmas classic. Auditions are open to actors ages 7 and older.

Rehearsals are 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Nov. 4.

No participation fee is required.

A master class on how to stage "Humbug! will take place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 28 and 29 at the church. The class is not mandatory.

Performances will be Dec. 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20 and 21.

For more information, call 925-234-1465.

Fall art classes set in Brentwood

Fall session art classes begin Oct. 16 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., with instructor Nancy Roberts.

Realistic drawing for ages 7 through 12 is set for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. In this class kids who love to draw will improve their skills and build confidence. "New Projects for Tweens and Teens for ages 10 through 16 is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Students who already have drawing and painting experience will master new techniques and develop their own personal style. For information and registration, call Brentwood Parks and Recreation at 925-516-5444 or go to www.brentwoodca.gov/emotion.

Lynn House artists exhibit opens Saturday

ANTIOCH -- The Lynn House Gallery presents "Nature s Canvas, an exhibit with works depicting nature in the Delta, the hills and valleys in the area, along with East Bay Regional Park properties.

The exhibit opens with a free reception Saturday and runs through Oct. 26 at the Lynn House Gallery, 809 W. First St. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

For details, call 925-325-9897, email diane@art4antioch.org, or go to http://art4antioch.org/Nature s_Canvas. asp

Pete Escovedo to play at benefit concert

PITTSBURG -- Pete Escovedo and his Latin orchestra performs a benefit concert 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Arts Building, Pittsburg High School, 250 School St.

Proceeds will benefit Pittsburg High School Band s 2014 trip to participate in London, England s New Year s Day parade. Escovedo is a native of Pittsburg who is donating his time to the fundraising event.

Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can be reserved online at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7929081095.

'Alice in Wonderland plays in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre will present "Alice in Wonderland at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

The show, directed by Bryan Anthony, is a colorful fantasy based on the book by Lewis Carroll. Come with Alice as she explores Wonderland with the Cheshire cat and the White Rabbit. Through her journey, she meets the tyrannical Queen of Hearts, a talking caterpillar, the devious Tweedle brothers, and attends a tea party with the Mad Hatter and a March hare.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $8 for children 10 and younger. Seniors pay $5 for Sunday matinees. For more information and tickets, call 925-216-4613 or go to, www.srctgrp.org.

Los Medanos art exhibit opens Oct. 8

PITTSBURG -- The Los Medanos Art Gallery will host "Terrestrial, the first show at the gallery open to all artists working in 2-D.

The show serves to display the artists interpretation of who that are in the world and explore what in means to be terrestrial. Artist Cinday Clearly will show her sculpture installation of the earth, an exploration of how the earth is connected to her life. Cleary s work materials include soil, plant pigments, beeswax, seawater and a variety of other organic and natural elements.

The exhibit is open 12:20 to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday running Oct. 8 through Nov. 7 at the gallery, 2700 E. Leland Road.

A closing reception is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7. The exhibit and reception are free; parking is $3.

For information, go to www.losmedanos.edu/art/gal.aspx or email Judy Pettite at jpettite@losmedanos.edu.

Trivia Night raises funds for El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation hosts a Second annual Trivia Night Fundraiser opening with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and the game beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way.

Get a team together to help support the programs at the theater. Team members will receive a gift bag and there will be raffles and prizes, including season theater passes.

Bring snacks or a light dinner to share with your team before the game begins; complementary coffee and desserts will be served. Wine, beer and water will be available for purchase. No outside beverages will be allowed. All players must be 18 or older.

Admission is $250 for a table of ten and must tickets must be purchased in advance. For information, call 925-757-9500. For registration, go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com/trivia_night.html.

Photo club celebrates, showcases works

BRENTWOOD -- The Digital Camera Club inaugural Photographic Exhibition opening and reception is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at CR Framing and Gallery, 700 Harvest Drive.

The focus of the club is to provide a forum for photographers of all skill levels to meet and learn about digital photography. Activities include: Photo shoots and field trips, in both East Contra Costa County and beyond, photography workshops and more. Enjoy wine, hors d oeuvres and light jazz. The show runs through Oct. 31. For information, call 925-634-7742 or go to crframing.webs.com.

Artists celebrate East County beauty

"Everything Local, an art exhibit celebrating the beauty of East Contra Costa County, opens with a reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

Presented by local art group The Brushoffs, subjects range from rustic back roads and Delta wildlife to homegrown flowers and farm-fresh produce, all created in a variety of media and styles. Work by sculptor Beverly Turner will also be featured.

This Brentwood Community Center Public Art Walls exhibit runs through Dec. 27 at the center.

Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission and parking are free.

For information, email nrobertsart@sbcglobal.net or go to www.nancyrobertsstudio.com.

-- Nan Hargis