International film series presents 'Dark Blue World

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Dark Blue World at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

On March 15, 1939, Germany invaded Czechoslovakia. Czech and Slovak pilots fleed to England, joining the RAF. After the war, back home, they were put in labor camps, suspected of anti-Communist ideas.

The film is part of a collaborative effort with the International Film Showcase, which has a successful foreign film series in Orinda.

The French, German film has English subtitles.

General admission $8, seniors 62 and older $7.

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

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.

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, Gloria Cannon, 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