An evening with Broadway s Eric Kunze

ANTIOCH -- Eric Kunze, star of "Miss Saigon, "Les Miserables, and "Damn Yankees, and among other Broadway, hits comes to the El Campanil Theatre on Saturday.

Kunze has starred on Broadway in leading roles for most of his professional career. He also starred as "The Man in the national touring company of "Whistle Down the Wind (IRNE Award) and as the title character in the national tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar (with Carl Anderson).

He has received rave reviews and numerous awards for starring roles in productions throughout the country ranging from Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Che in "Evita, and Tony in "West Side Story to "Into the Woods, "Pippin, "South Pacific, and "The Who s Tommy.

The performance is 8 p.m. Saturday at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Adults are $27, seniors (62 and older) $25, and ages 9 to 17 are free with a paying adult.

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

Three-day Day of the Dead program set

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation host a Day of the Dead cultural event featuring memory table exhibits 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Other activities will include sugar-skull decorating 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday; paper flower making 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Mexican bingo 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; refreshments 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday and entertainment 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is a celebration of honor and remembrance of loved ones who have passed on.


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There will be a fee of $5 for the sugar skull decoration and $1 for paper flower making; bingo is free.

The event will be held at the Impulse Gallery, 329 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg. For information, call 925-252-6981

'Glee star performs at Liberty High

BRENTWOOD -- The Liberty High School Play Makers present Derik Nelson, singer, songwriter, and producer, performing his "Take Changes Tour 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Liberty High School, Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St.

Nelson can be seen every week as the guitarist on the FOX television show "Glee.

The concert benefits the Liberty High School Performing Arts Center.

Admission is $25 and $15. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-699-2451, or go to http://libertyunion.schoolwires.net//Domain/713.

For more information about Derik Nelson s fundraising music tour, go to www.deriknelson/tour.

Vet Jam 2013 set for Nov. 9

PITTSBURG -- The inaugural Veterans Benefit Jam will be held 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave. in Pittsburg.

This free concert is in recognition and appreciation of veterans service and will help support The Veterans Employment Committee of Contra Costa County. The show is hosted by Dennis Erokan, founder of BAM Magazine.

The concert features the music of The Delta Dogs, The RaveUps, The Blondies, Billy Schaub, Syria Berry, and special guests.

Admission is free, but The Veterans Employment Committee of Contra Costa County appreciates your donations. All proceeds will benefit area veterans.

Reserve your ticket at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. For information, call 925-427-1047.

Knight lights up the stage in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra presents "Acting Out, featuring Jonathan Knight playing the "Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto.

The dramatic program also includes Bernstein s "Overture to Candide, John Williams "The Cowboys Overture, and "Suite from the Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weil and Stravinsky s L histoire.

The performance is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg.

Tickets are $5 to $10 and can be reserved by calling 925-943-7469 or at the door.

International film series shows 'Les Choristes

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Les Choristes ("The Chorus ) 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys, Clement Mathieru is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods, he is able to spark his student interest in music. It also puts him at odds with the overbearing headmaster.

The French 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, children 10 to 17 free with a paying adult.

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

Classic Rock n Roll comes to Summerset

BRENTWOOD -- The Untouchables, a classic rock 'n roll group formed more than 50 years ago by Bay Area teenage boys, comes to the Summerset Orchards Lodge 3 p.m. Sunday, 770 Centennial Place in Brentwood.

The singers are still belting out their renditions of The Platters, The Diamonds, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, The Coasters and many other well-loved artists.

Admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Summerset Orchards activity desk from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 2 p.m.; seating begins 2:30 p.m. For information, call 925 513-2640.

Auditions set for 'It s a Wonderful Life

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre will hold auditions for "It s a Wonderful Life Nov. 4 and 5 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

Directed by Bryan Anthony, the show celebrates the season, and the American philosophy of life. Roles are open to actors 8 through 18; no experience needed. If cast, there will be a $50 participation fee. To receive an audition time, register at www.srct.org. Performances will be Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22. For information, call 925-216-4613.

Teachers recital set for Sunday at LMC

PITTSBURG -- The Delta Branch of The Music Teachers Association of California presents an annual Teacher Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg.

Proceeds go toward scholarships, awards, and other student programs of the MTAC.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, $15 for families at the door. For information, email Kim Griffth-Fraley at misskim4music@hotmail.com.

Auditions set for Cole Porter celebration Nov. 9-10

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Theater Company holds auditions for the Cole Porter classic "Hot 'N Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at Independence High School, 929 Second St.

The show calls for three women and three men ages 18 to 70ish, who must be able to sing solo and in harmony with the cast. Singers will learn a short section of Cole Porter music along with a series of dance movements.

For an audition appointment, call Jack Gaughan at 925-513-3863 or 925-437-6360.

Inaugural art exhibit to open in Oakley

OAKLEY -- You, Me Oakley, in partnership with the city of Oakley, opens an inaugural art exhibit "Origins of Oakley at the Oakley City Hall, 3231 Main St.

The exhibit will highlight the multicultural and immigrant stories of Oakley s past and present, encouraging all to reflect on their cultural heritage.

The exhibit runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 22.

For information, call 925-625-7011, or email gaby@youmeweoakley.org.

Brentwood band honors veterans on Nov. 9

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Concert Band performs "A Veterans Day Musical Salute featuring patriotic music, including "Armed Forces -- The Pride of America, and fun songs, "Sinatra in Concert. The Brentwood Flute Choir will also perform. Guest conductor John Maltester will conduct three pieces and guest vocalist is Bart Schneider.

The evening begins with colors presented by the Delta Diablo Detachment 1155, Marine Corps League.

The concert is 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. General admission is $10; youth 12 and younger are free. Tickets will be available at the door.

For information, go to www.brentwoodconcertband.com.

Contra Costa open studio is Nov. 16, 17

EAST COUNTY -- Artists in East Contra Costa 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.contracostaopenstudios.blogspot.com.

Los Medanos art exhibit 'Terrestrial continues

PITTSBURG -- 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. 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 Thursdays running through Nov. 7 at the gallery, 2700 E. Leland Road.

A closing free reception will be 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7. Parking is $3.

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

Day of the Dead workshop is Saturday

OAKLEY -- The city of Oakley along with You, Me, We Oakley host a Day of the Dead Cultural Workshop 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Oakley City Council chambers, 3231 Main St. Learn how this holiday is used to honor family ancestors and others who have passed on. The day features a welcoming, community and youth activities including face painting, holiday bread, crafts and decorating for all. All are welcome to bring a photo of a loved one or a hero that will be used as part of the workshop. For information, call 925-625-7000, or go to www.ci.oakley.ca.us.

Artists celebrate East County beauty

BRENTWOOD -- "Everything Local, an art exhibit celebrating the beauty of East Contra Costa County, runs through Dec. 27. The exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays 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.

Admission and parking are free.

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

-- Nan Hargis