Local artist host holiday sale

BRENTWOOD -- The Brushoffs, a local group of 18 artists, will host a "Small Price Show to start the holiday season.

The show starts with a free reception 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at CR Framing & Gallery, 700 Harvest Park Drive, continuing through Dec. 20. All art will be $150 or less. For information, contact Sue Clanton at 925-634-1271 or email suesjohn@earthlink.net.

Jam session features Myron Edwins and band

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame Second Sundays Jam Session features bass player, singer, songwriter and producer Myron Edwins and his band 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Pacific Community Services, 329 Railroad Ave.

Edwins has performed with a number of bands, including the Stephanie Teel Band; Evolution, a Journey Tribute Band, and was twice voted Northern California s top tribute band in the "Last Band Standing competition.

Vocalists, musicians, singers and spoken-word artists are invited to participate during the session and should sign in by 5:30 p.m.

Suggested donations are $10 and $5 for PEAHOF members. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event.

For information, contact Chuck Dybdal, 925-642-7321, or go to www.pittsburgentertainment andarts.org.

'Pinocchio set in Antioch Nov. 22, 24

ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children s Theatre presents "Pinocchio, adapted for stage by Tom Lawrence and Ted Powell and original music by Tom Lawrence.

Once again the beloved wooden puppet comes to life in this colorful, musical version of Carlo Collodi s classic. In his quest to experience life as a real boy, Pinocchio falls in with the wrong crowd and has to learn life s lessons the hard way, with the coaching of his "conscience, a cricket and the guidance of the Blue and Pink Fairies. His creator, the woodcarver Geppetto, who yearns to be a father to Pinocchio, is devastated by his absence. Pinocchio teaches some valuable lessons.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and over) $8 for youth 3 to 17. For tickets call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Brentwood writers group to host open mic

BRENTWOOD -- Writers and poets are invited to perform the written word, including one s own poetry, short stories and nonfiction, during open mic at 6:30 p. m, Nov. 14 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., downtown Brentwood.

Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. We encourage you to bring work on any subject, your 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. Open Mic is presented by Brentwood Writes, an adjunct of the Brentwood Art

Society and the Brentwood Community Library. It is hosted by Kati Short, poet laureate. For more information, call 925-634-6655 or email Short at shortkati@yahoo.com.

Vet Jam 2013 set for Nov. 9

PITTSBURG -- The inaugural Veterans Benefit Jam will be held 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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.

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. Saturday and Sunday 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, presents 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 Saturday

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. Saturday 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 studios is Nov. 16, 17

EAST COUNTY -- Artists in East Contra Costa open studios event Nov. 16 and 17. Visitors will get a chance to meet more than 28 artists personally at 11 locations and enjoy their work in a studio or working environment.

Featured will be East County painters, sculptors, ceramists, jewelry makers and other fine craftspeople. Admission is free. For details, go to www.contracostaopenstudios.blogspot.com.

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