New Delta Gallery of the Arts opens April 4

BRENTWOOD -- A gala reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. April 4 for the new Delta Gallery of the Arts at the Streets of Brentwood.

The Gallery opening features the works of 40 area artists. Ceramic artists Claudia Tarantino and Bill Abright will headline Gallery One. Gallery Two is home of one of our the gallery s arts organizations, the Art Guild Of The Delta. Watercolorist Sherry Cummings and ceramist Rosalinda Grejsen will have a special showing of their work in Gallery Three. Big Al Lopez will be drawing caricatures in Gallery Four.

Meet the creators of the fine art on sale and enjoy entertainment and light refreshments at the reception. Many artists also will be at the Gallery throughout the weekend. Visual arts will be the primary vocus of the Delta Gallery and a home for the performing and literary arts.

The gallery is at 2485 Sand Creek Road, #128, Brentwood. Call 925-516-5936.

ACFA hosts exhibit at Umpqua Bank

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

The fifth exhibit for the ongoing display begins April 1 and features students from Antioch High School. There will be approximately 25 to 35 pieces, including some pottery and other 3D pieces of art. The students are calling their exhibit, "Antioch High s Art Attack. All artworks will be available for purchase.

There is a free artist reception on from 5-7 p.m. April 3. Umpqua Bank is at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibit continues through may 30.

For more information visit www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925- 325-9897.

Women s History Month Celebration is Saturday

The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra performs a concert "Her Story, a Women s History Month Celebration, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg, and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

The performances will include Emma Lou Diemer s "Festival of Overture, Stacy Garrop s "Thunderwalker, Libby Larsen s "Overture of the End of the Century and others. Timothy M. Smith directs and conducts.

Admission $5 to $10 at the door in Pittsburg; admission is $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for youth in Walnut Creek. Purchase tickets in Walnut Creek at the door or by calling 925-943-7469.

Christie s whodunit at California Theatre

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Community Theatre present s Agatha Christie s "The Mouse Trap, the world s longest running play celebrating its Diamond Anniversary in its 60th year.

The murder mystery begins with a group of strangers stranded in a boardinghouse during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. The subjects include a newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions that are in their minds nearly wrecks their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster, an architect, a retired Army major, a strange little man, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. The play is directed by Roberta Tibbetts.

Performances are at 8 p.m. May 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. May 10 and 11 at the newly renovated California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

Admission $20 for adults; seniors, students ages 12 and older $15; children ages 2 through 11, $10.

For tickets and group rates, call 925-427-1611 or online at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.org. For more information, email info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

East County teens raise their voices

PITTSBURG -- The East County Boys and Girls Club presents the "East County Boys and Girls Idol.

The performance will be at noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the club, 1001 Stoneman Ave. Teens throughout East County show their musical talents in a friendly competition. The performance will include vocalists from Antioch, Pittsburg, Heritage High School and Deer Valley High School.

Admission is $10. For information or to purchase tickets email alonzoterry@yahoo.com.

Murder, mystery, drama set for April 12

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Theatre and the Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg presents The Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: "Fact or Fiction, Myth or Reality. The proceeds benefit the theater and the church.

Performances are set for April 12, with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show beginning 8 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg, 200 E. Leland Road.

Admission is $30 per person. Tickets can purchased by calling 925-439-9361, 925-439-7529 or online at www.pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org.

ABBA songs performed at El Campanil Theatre

ANTIOCH -- "Abbacadabra, the ultimate ABBA concert returns to the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., at 8 p.m. April 12.

The show is authentic in music and dress and is performed to live music. "S.O.S. , "Super Trooper and "Dancing Queen and the melodies of "Fernando and "Chiquitita will rekindle those feelings of first loves. "Take a Chance on Me and "Voulez Vous will lift you out of your seat to dance.

Admission is $27 for adults; $25 for seniors 62 and older and youth ages 6 through 17 are free with a paying adult.

Poignant Danish film set for April 13 in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents the film "This Life, a true story of the Fiil s, a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany s occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live.

The film is set for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. April 13, 602 W. Second St.

Admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors 62 and older; youth 10 through 17 are free with a paying adult.

The Danish film has English subtitles. To watch a preview of the film online or buy tickets go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500.

East County Idol set for April 11 at El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- East County Idol is set for 7:30 p.m. on April 11 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. Seventeen finalists from 12 East Bay high schools have been selected to compete for a $700 cash prize, and bragging rights as the top vocalist. The performances will feature blues, jazz, gospel, Broadway, classic, folk, pop and rock. Several previous performers have gone on to pursue music careers and two have made the top 50 American Idol.

Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchase by calling Walter Ruehlig at 925-756-7628 or at the door.

Junius Courtney Big Band in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Arts and Community Foundation presents Pittsburg POPS opening night with Junius Courtney Big Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, 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 Saturday

ANTIOCH -- "Social Security, presented by the Vagabond Players, comes to Antioch 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 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.

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.

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.

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 ENCORE through Saturday; 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