'Jack and the Beanstalk set for Nov. 21

ANTIOCH -- Cornerstone Christian School presents "Jack and the Beanstalk performed by the California Theater Center 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the school, 1745 E. 18th St. Admission is $10, children 3 and younger are free. Doors open 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Cornerstone Mother/Son event.

For information and tickets go to www.tinyurl.com/cornerstoneplay.

U.S. Air Force band plays holiday concert

PITTSBURG -- The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West performs "A Concert for the Holidays 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Creative Arts Building, 250 School St.

Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, 985 Railroad Ave. Tickets are limited to six per family. No-ticket holders will be admitted if seats are available. For information, call 925-432-7301 or email monica@pittsburgchamber. org.

Dramatic one-act Bible presentation

new ANTIOCH -- The Seventh-day Adventist Church presents a live presentation "Chosen Garment, a one-act play with Stephen Mosely.

The performance is 10:50 a.m. Nov. 30 at the church, 2200 Country Hills Drive. Mosely takes you on a whirlwind tour through the Bible that is humorous, deeply moving and inspiring.

Admission is free. For information, call 825-757-7337.

Heissler Continuo Organ comes to Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The St. Ignatius of Antioch Church Music Series concert continues 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, at the church, 351 Contra Loma Blvd.

Organist Don Pearson and William Vaughn perform a concert featuring the St. Ignatius debut of the German Heissler Continuo Organ, an instrument of one manual keyboard, five stops and seven ranks of pipes. The organists will make use of both the Continuo as well as the Great Organ in the parish, playing works composed by Bach, Handel, Haydon, Mozart and Soler.

The Continuo belongs to St. Luke s Episcopal Church in Rossmoor, and while they were looking for a new home for the organ, St. Ignatius entered into an agreement to make necessary repairs and use it for teaching, services and concerts. The Rossmoor church happily agreed and the instrument was completely rebuilt.

St. Luke s rector, The Rev. Anne Cox-Bailey, and parishioners will be honored guests. A reception will follow in the parish hall. There are no tickets or charge to attend, however, a free will offering will be received to help defray the cost of the reception and to offer a modest stipend to the performers. All are invited. For information, call 925-451-9435.

Environmental film screening in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Plant documentary comes to Pittsburg Saturday with two free showings, 2 p.m. at The Impulse Galley, 329 Railroad Ave., and 5 p.m. at Souljah s, 564 W. 10th St.

The film addresses the globe-spanning issues of climate change, resource depletion to the historic safeguarding of the Grand Canyon, international whale rescues and other environmental battles. "A Fierce Green Fire attempts to bring to our attention the dangers that could lie ahead should we continue to go on ignoring troubling signs. Director Mark Kitchell will be on hand to discuss and answer questions after both screenings. The official 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection, rich in archival footage, is narrated by an all-star cast with Robert Redford, Ashley Judd and Meryl Streep.

For more information go www.afiercegreenfire.com.

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.

'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 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and at 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. They are encouraged 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. 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.

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. Sunday 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.

Inaugural art exhibit 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.

Contra Costa open studios is Nov. 16, 17

EAST COUNTY -- Artists in East Contra Costa open studios event. Saturday and Sunday. 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

-- Nan Hargis