Junius Courtney Big Band comes to Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Arts and Community Foundation presents Pittsburg POPS opening night with Junius Courtney Big Band at 8 p.m. March 29, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready to swing with the Junius Courtney Big Band and Denise Perrier for jazz, Big Band music and dancing.

The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary season and the release of a new album. The show is led Junius s son Nat Courtney behind the drums, directed by George "Jazzbeaux Spencer on trumpet, and featuring special guest Denise Perrier on vocals. The band brings its impressive jazz chops to swing and blues classics as well as exciting originals. Grab a partner and Mambo, Rhumba, Bolero and Cha-Cha your way to a great Saturday night.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the box office by calling 925-427-1047 or Railroad Book Depot, 925427-2334 and online at pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

Hilarious Broadway comedy opens March 29

ANTIOCH -- "Social Security, presented by the Vagabond Players, comes to Antioch 8 p.m. March 29 and 2 p.m. March 30, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Written by one of Hollywood s top comedy screenwriters and directed by the great Mike Nichols, this hilarious Broadway comedy starred Marlo Thomas and Ron Silver as a married couple who are art dealers. Their domestic tranquillity is shattered upon the arrival of the wife s goody nerd of a sister, her uptight CPA husband, and her archetypal Jewish Mother. They are there to try to save their college student daughter from the horrors of living only for sex. The comic sparks really begin to fly when the mother hits it off with the elderly minimalist artist, who is the art dealer s best client.


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Admission is adults $15, seniors (62 and older) $12 and youth ages 12 through 17, $8. For tickets call 925- 757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

'The 'Magic Flute set for Saturday

ANTIOCH -- San Francisco Opera Education presents "The Magic Flute For Families -- The Movie at 11 a.m. Saturday, 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. www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Top Shelf Motown and more set for Saturday

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. 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.

Oakley offers art classes for children, teens

OAKLEY -- "Around the World art classes for ages 6 through 12 meets 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays, March 31 through April 5, Oakley Recreation building, 1250 O Hara Ave. Cost is $48 for residents and $58 for nonresidents. A $15 material fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

"Discovering Art classes for ages 5 through 7 meets 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, March 31 through April 5, Oakley Recreation building, 1250 O Hara Ave. Cost is $48 for residents and $58 for nonresidents. A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

"Art Time Machine for ages 6 through 12 meets 3:30 to 4;30 p.m. Mondays, June 9 through July 14, Oakley Recreation building, 1250 O Hara Ave. Cost is $48 for residents and $58 for nonresidents. A $15 material fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

"Fine Art Studio classes for ages 8 through 13 meets 5 to 6:30 p.m. June through July 14, Oakley Recreation building, 1250 O Hara Ave. Cost is $72 for residents and $82 for nonresidents. A $20 material fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

"Introduction to Beading is for teens and adults. A four-week session meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays beginning April 7. $40 residents, $50 nonresidents. For additional beading dates, call 925-625-7041 or go to the Spring/Summer Recreational Guide at www.oakleyinfo.com. For information, call 925-626-7041 or emailtumin@ci.oakley.ca.us.

International Film Showcase presents "Wadjda

ANTIOCH -- International Film Showcase presents "Wadjda (Saudi Arabia) at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, 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.

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.

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.

-- Nan Hargis