'The 'Magic Flute set for March 22

ANTIOCH -- San Francisco Opera Education presents "The Magic Flute For Families -- The Movie at 11 a.m. March 22, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W Second St. "Magic Flute is the charming story of Prince Tamino and bird catcher Papageno s journey to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. This production was presented for families at San Francisco Opera in 2007 and is in English. A 15-minute live introduction will precede the screening. The show is free but tickets are required for anyone wishing to attend. Up to four tickets may be obtained online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com. If in need for more, call the ticket office at 925- 757-9500.

Meyer performs 'Almost Elton John Saturday

ANTIOCH -- "Almost Elton John stars multitalented singer and pianist Craig A. Meyer whose credits include appearances in film, television and Broadway. The performance is 8 p.m. Saturday at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Throughout Meyer s busy career, he was repeatedly approached about his striking resemblance to Elton John and his uncanny ability to sound like the rock and roll legend. Meyer was eventually persuaded to expand his repertoire and began impersonating Sir Elton John.

Admission is $27 for adults, seniors (62 and older) $25 and youths ages 6 through 17 are free with a paying adult or senior. Tickets are available by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Top Shelf Motown and more set for March 22

ANTIOCH -- "Tribute to Motown and More! features the songs of Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, and more with the popular musical group, Top Shelf.

Their performers include platinum and award winning artists, and audiences are drawn in to their high energy, interactive shows and are left touched by soul-stirring, passionate performances. This show is filled with songs and highlights from the Motown era, sure to be a memorable experience.

The performance is 8 p.m. March 22 at the El Campanil, 602 W. Second St.

Admission is $27 for adults, $25 for seniors (62 and older) and youth 7 through 17 are free with a paid adult or senior. Call 925- 757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com for tickets.

International Film Showcase presents "Wadjda

ANTIOCH -- International Film Showcase presents "Wadjda (Saudi Arabia) at 1 and 4 p.m. March 23, El Campanil, 602 W. Second St.

"Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda s mother won t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

The Arabic film has English subtitles.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 and older). Youth ages 10 through 17 are free with a paying adult or senior. Call 925- 757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com for tickets.

'South Pacific comes to California Theatre Friday

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre presents the musical production of Rogers and Hammerstein s "South Pacific at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Unlike the 1959 sanitized movie version of "South Pacific, Dianna Schepers direction of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic stays true to the original script of racial prejudice and interracial marriage. Sixty-five years after its triumphant yet controversial debut on Broadway, Schepers says that while we have made great strides in overcoming racism, undertones still exists today as it did in World War II.

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.

'Deer Valley Theater presents 'Hairspray

ANTIOCH -- Deer Valley Theater presents "Hairspray, the big, fat musical hit, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Deer Valley Theater, 4700 Lone Tree Way.

The play is based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters and presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Admission is $5 for teal card holders, $7 for students and $10 for general. Tickets can be purchased online at www.seatyourself.biz/deervalleyhs ($1 per ticket service charge, teal tickets are not available online) or at the door beginning 6:30 p.m. For information, go to https://dvhs-Antioch-ca.schoolloop.com/dvapa.

Commanders Jazz Ensemble set for Sunday

ANTIOCH -- The United States Air Force Commanders Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The Commanders, a newly revived ensemble coming from the United States Air Force Band of the West, carries on the American tradition of the great big bands, yet offers the full gamut of jazz music, traditional jazz, cool bop and Broadway and patriotic music.

Although admission is free, concertgoers need to reserve a seat by calling 925-757-9500.

For more information on the Ensemble go to www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil/index.asp.

Artists sought for upcoming open studios

Artists who live or work in East County are invited to participate in Contra Costa Open Studios, taking place the weekend of May 3 and 4.

During this popular community event artists open their studios and galleries to the public, providing demonstrations, interacting with visitors, displaying and selling their work. Artists and fine craftspeople working in all media are welcome.

There is no fee to participate and no deadline, but signing up by April 1 is encouraged. A few shared locations may be available for those who don t have their own space. For information and registration visit www.ContraCostaOpenStudios.com.

Pittsburg Rotary art sale planned March 15

PITTSBURG -- The Rotary Club of Pittsburg Art & Crafts for Literacy will host an art sale and auction 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane.

The proceeds from the fundraiser event will support various Rotary of Pittsburg literacy programs. Artists will sell their works as well as auction off one-of-a-kind pieces of art work. Participating artist include Dr. Laura Canciamilla, photography; Devin Dobson, video and photography; Joe Nagbe, oils; Tom O Brian, painter; and Mark Roberts, contemporary traditional oils.

The event features food, music and fun. Admission is $20 at the door. For information, go to http://rotarypittsburg.org/art-for-literacy.

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: Carmen Dragon Elementary through Saturday; 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. Saturday and Sunday 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.

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.

-- Nan Hargis