A Concert for Christmas

ANTIOCH -- St. Ignatius Antioch Catholic Church presents Christmas carols and music for the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd.

Organist Don Pearson accompanies. A reception follows in the parish hall. The concert is free, offerings appreciated. For information, call 925-778-0768.

International film series shows "Joyeux Noel

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 29 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However, on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence.

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 $8, seniors 62 and older $7, children ages 10-17 free with paying adult.

The French film has English subtitles.

For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Stage Right presents 'Wonderful Life

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre presents "It s a Wonderful Life adapted by James Rodgers, based on the film by Frank Capra and directed by Bryan Anthony.

"It s a Wonderful Life is the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman for the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty.

George s guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St. Adult tickets are $10, students and seniors $8 and children $5. Seniors pay $5 at the matinee. For tickets, call 925-216-4613 or go to www.srctgrp.org.

'Humbug continues at New Life church

ANTIOCH -- Resurrection Theatre presents "Humbug at the New Life Free Will Baptist Church, 11 Worrell Road.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Dec. 24.

Based on Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol, "the traditional Antioch Christmas classic with a Christian message is directed by Frank J. Ballesteros who also stars as Scrooge. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

For information, call 925-234-1465, or 925-757-8195. No reservations required.

Ballet company presents 'Nutcracker

ANTIOCH -- The Ballet Company of East County presents its ninth annual production of "The Nutcracker.

A timeless holiday tradition that brings bringing a children s enjoyment, but will also entertain the young at heart. The audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the performers in costume between shows.

Performances are noon and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Admission is orchestra $20, loge $18 and opera $16. Reserve tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Art exhibit at Umpqua Bank in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- Umpqua Bank and the The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch are partnering for an art exhibit providing local artists a venue to showcase their work.

Featured artists for December and January exhibit are Eric Hoye, Nina Collosi, Celia Huddleston, Kyoko Campbell, and Jolynn LaCasse.

The exhibit is at 3700 Lone Tree Way, and is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through January. The Arts & Cultural Foundation is seeking artists for February and March. Artists interested in participating, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897.

-- Nan Hargis