Brentwood writers group to host open mic

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Writes will bring all forms of the written word at an open mic at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

All short work -- poetry, short story, nonfiction, or any other creative work -- is welcome. Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. The group encourages participants 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.

"Mt. Diablo s Shadow, Volume 3 will be available for purchase before and after the program.

This event is free and open to the public. Brentwood Writes is an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Community Library. Kati Short, poet laureate, is the host.

For more information, contact shortkati@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655.

Black History Month exhibit opens at Community Center

ANTIOCH -- A collaborative group of nonprofits will again host Antioch s Black History Month exhibit. The free exhibit will feature a timeline of historical events with art, artifacts, literature and creative arts that reflect the African-American experience in America.


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The timeline will highlight the homeland of Africa, slavery, the adaptation to plantation living, the church, the emancipation of slaves, adaptation to freedom, the civil rights movement and end with the historic election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States.

The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10, 13, 14 and 15 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St., with a closing reception 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 15.

The Black History Month exhibit is sponsored by Ruah Community Outreach Inc., Parents Partners Providing for the Education of Young Children, the JTS Art Gallery, the city of Antioch and the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch.

For information, call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897, Carrie Frazier at 925-787-4827, or go to http://art4antioch.org/Black-History-Exhibit. asp.

ACFA hosts exhibit at Umpqua Bank

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch hosts an exhibit at Umpqua Bank, 3700 Lone Tree Way.

The fourth exhibit for the ongoing display features artists Clyde Cox, Doug Hampton Mayette Ignacio, Beverly Martinez, Richard Meyer, Paul Schorr and Wiley Walker. The exhibit is free and open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through March. ACFA is seeking artists for the April and May exhibit. Those interested in participating, call Diane Gibson-Gray, 925-325-9897.

East County Idol auditions set at Somersville Towne Center

ANTIOCH -- Auditions for the fifth East County Idol will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22 at the Somersville Towne Center, 2556 Somersville Road in the informational both. area.

The auditions are open to all students living in East County. The final competition will take place April 11, at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. Winners will receive cash prizes of $100, $200 and $400. Several of the Idol finalists have gone on to the top 50 on American Idol.

To schedule an audition appointment, call Walter Ruehlig, 925-864-0314.

Cole Porter event comes to Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Theater Company spotlights the timelessness of Cole Porter s classics with fresh arrangements and a contemporary twist in the "Hot 'n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration.

Performances are at 8 p.m. March 1 and at 2 p.m. March 2 at the Mount Diablo Event Center, Trilogy at the Vineyards, 1700 Trilogy Parkway.

The program features Richard Howarter, Davis McClellan, Alan McElroy, Laura Firpo, Shelley McDowell and Judiie Wilson. Admission is $35 for 19 through 64, senior 65 and older are $32 and teens $20. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-513-3863 or online at thebrentwoodtheater.org.

St. Ignatius to host Bach concert on Feb. 21

ANTIOCH -- St. Ignatius of Antioch will host its Spring Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the church at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd.

Organist Don Pearson will perform an all-Bach concert featuring both the great organ and the Heissler German Portativ organ. A reception follows in the parish hall, and there will be a free will offering. For more information, call 925-778-0768.

'South Pacific coming to PCT

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre presents the musical production of Rogers and Hammerstein s "South Pacific for two weekends beginning March 7, ending March 16. Tickets are now available through the California Theatre Box Office (open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday) or online at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.org. Also, auditions for Agatha Christie s mystery thriller "The Mousetrap are scheduled March 17 and 18. Visit www.pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org for audition details.

Art classes come to Discovery Bay

DISCOVERY BAY -- The new Discovery Bay Community Center will offer art classes in February.

"Exploring Art, for children ages 6 through 12, will meet 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 13. "Fantasy Art, for ages 8 through 13, will meet 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning April 3, with instructor Nancy Roberts. "Make 'n Take Greeting and Note Card Making, for ages 10 and older, will be offered as a workshop 1:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, and as a class 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 1, with instructor Deena Sheranko.

The Discovery Bay Community Center is at 1601 Discovery Bay Blvd. For information and registration, go to www.todb.ca.gov/content/programs or call 925-634-1131.

Las Vegas style show set for Feb. 14

BRENTWOOD -- The Golden Follies Variety Show comes to the Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane.

This fast-paced Las Vegas revue is lavishly costumed, and features high-energy and stylish choreography performed by a 25-member cast of seasoned performers ages 60-88.

The performance is 2 p.m. Feb. 14.

Admission is $8 for club members, $10 for nonmembers.

For information or to RSVP, call 925-516-5444.

Benefit concert for Blues Festival is planned at El Campanil Theatre

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Theatre will present a Blues Benefit Concert from 7 to 10 p.m. March 1.

Held at the historic El Campanil, 602 W. Second St., the concert will raise money for the free annual Delta Blues Festival held each September in downtown Antioch.

The benefit concert s lineup includes Chris Cain, Cashbox Kings, Steve Freund, Kathy Tejcka, and Frankie G. The benefit is sponsored by the Art & Cultural Foundation of Antioch and the El Campanil Theatre. Admission is $40 (gold circle, first three rows), $30 for adults, $28 for seniors 62 and older and $15 for children 17 and younger.

For tickets, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com. For information about the Delta Blues Festival, go to www.deltabluesfestival.net.

Miniature exhibit set in Antioch

The Antioch Historical Society will host "The World of Miniatures exhibit during February. The free exhibit will consist of one-inch, half-inch and quarter -inch room boxes and houses. The exhibit hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1500 W. Fourth St. For anyone interested in displaying miniatures, call 925-754-0135, cammini@aol.com, www.art4antioch.org.

Beatles tribute band set for Feb. 8

ANTIOCH -- The Sun Kings, a premiere tribute to the Beatles, comes to the El Campanil, 602 W. Second St., at 8 p.m. Feb. 8.

The Sun Kings repertoire contains more than 100 Beatles songs spanning The Beatles entire musical career from "She Loves You to "I am the Walrus to "Side 2 of Abbey Road. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in 1964, The Sun Kings will play cover to cover those amazing Beatles album releases of 1964: "With the Beatles, "A Hard Day s Night and "Beatles for Sale.

Adult tickets are $27, seniors 62 and older $25, and youth 7 to 17 are free with a paying adult. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Aerial duo at the El Campanil Feb. 16

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil presents 2 To Fly, an acrobatic and aerial duo of strength, pizazz and entertainment, at 3 p.m. Feb. 16.

The Ring Brothers, Max and JoJo, have toured the world and performed with and for many celebrities and organizations. In the performance, you will be treated to acts of aerial acrobatics, partner acrobats, clowning and dance with flair, creativity and humor.

Adult tickets are $20, seniors 62 and older $15, and youth ages 6-17, $10. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Solo piano concert at Summerset

BRENTWOOD -- Summerset Orchards Lodge hosts award- winning pianist Gregory Taboloff with a solo performance 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at 770 Centennial Place.

The concert will feature familiar classical works. Taboloff s debut at Carnegie Hall received rave reviews from The New York Times, and he has performed nationally and internationally for 30 years.

Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lodge, 770 Centennial Place or at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., with seating at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 925-513-2640.

Playmakers to present 'Shrek the Musical

The Liberty High School Playmakers will present "Shrek the Musical Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1 and 7 at the Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St., Brentwood.

There were also be a Shrek s Swamp Party from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 1 before the 2 p.m. performance. Cost is $7 for all ages for the party.

Cost of the musical is $13.50 general admission, $10.50 for seniors, $8.50 for youths, $5.50 for children. For more information, go to http://libertyunion.scoolwires.net/playmakers.

Art4Schools exhibit set at Lynn House Gallery

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch will host the 10th annual Art4Schools exhibits through May 24 at the Lynn House Gallery.

The Art4Schools exhibits showcase Antioch Unified School District classes involved in the Arts4Schools Program, sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, the city of Antioch and a Keller Canyon Grant funded through the office of Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover. The Lynn House Galley will play host to: John Muir Elementary, Feb. 9 through March 1; Carmen Dragon Elementary, March 5 through 15; ENCORE, March 26 through 29; Belshaw Elementary. April 4 through 19; Antioch, Deer Valley and Dozier Libbey high schools, April 30 through May 10, and Orchard Park K-8, May 13 though 24.

The Gallery is at 809 W. First St. in Antioch and is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, during exhibits. There is no admission fee and the exhibits are free.

For more information, visit www.Art4Antioch.org or contact Diane Gibson-Gray at the Arts & Cultural Foundation at 925-325-9897 or e-mail Diane@Art4Antioch.org.

Auditions will be held for 'The Music Man

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Theater Company will hold auditions for Broadway Under The Stars summer presentation of "The Music Man, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 and 16 at Independence School, 929 Second St.

The multigenerational, multicultural theater company seeks singers, dancers, actors of all ages to perform. Designers, crew and staff positions also need to be filled. Steve Kinsella directs.

Contact Producer Jack Gaughan for an audition appointment or more information at 925-513-3863 or 925-437-6360.

'Beanstalk is set to open Feb. 27 in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Children s Theatre will present "Jack and The Beanstalk, Feb. 27 through March 2 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

For questions, email director Sharon Redman at SundownCA@aol.com.

New art group offers networking, creative support

Art Guild of the Delta, a new East County nonprofit organization will offer networking, creative support and encouragement, show opportunities, a critique group, field trips, workshops and lectures, open studio tours and fundraisers to provide scholarship money to students enrolled in the art department of Los Medanos Community College, who participate in the Student Art Show in the spring.

Founded by artists sharing a common vision, the group hopes to create an inspiring, educational and supportive place for artists and community supporters.

Art Guild of the Delta holds business meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, alternating between day and evening meetings to enable a wider participation.

For more information, contact Rosalinda Grejsen at rgrejsen@pacbell.net, or 925-240-7739.

-- Nan Hargis