Michael Jackson tribute April 12

PITTSBURG -- "Foreverland, a 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band, comes to Pittsburg 8 p.m. April 12 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave. Foreverland recreates hits from the Jackson 5 era through the end of Michael s incredible career. The band features four dynamic vocalists, a powerhouse rhythm section, and the hard working horn section.

Admission is $15 and $40 for the dinner package. For tickets and information, call the box office at 925-427-1611, Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m., or online at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

Brentwood Public Art Walls exhibit

BRENTWOOD -- "Public Art Walls is an exhibit presented in the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., highlighting artists and art organizations throughout Brentwood.

The program runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 20.

The show will be divided into three different exhibits beginning with the members of the Brentwood Art Society. The exhibit runs through May 2. Exhibiting artists are: Sherry Cummings, Michael Flores, Beverly Turner, Robin Mayoff, Lee Lopez, Mary Young, Arlene Stumph, Sandra Carrigan, Diane Gwynn, and Sussana Wahl among others.

The second exhibit will feature a 2014 Student Art Show, which marks the 12th year of a partnership between the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Union School District, who co-sponsor the show. The Student Art Show will include 141 elementary and middle school students. The exhibit will run May 12 through May 29.

The final exhibit of the show will end with artwork by members of the Brentwood Art Society June 4 through June 20.

A reception for the student artists will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 12 in the Brentwood Community Center. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on how to participate in the Brentwood Community Center Public Art Walls contact Poldina Scherff at 925-516-5364 or pscherff@brentwoodca.gov.

Brentwood writers group to host open mic

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Writes will bring all forms of the written word at an open mic at 6 p.m. April 10 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.

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.

'The Sound of Music sing-a-long April 24

PITTSBURG -- The California Theatre presents "The Sound of Music sing-a-long 7:30 p.m. April 24.

"The Sound of Music is brought to life by Rodgers and Hammerstein s great enduring music, including "Edelweiss, "My Favorite Thing, Do-Re-Mi, and more.

All seats are $5. The theater is at 351 Railroad Ave. For tickets call the box office at 925-4271-1611 or go to www.pittsburgtheatre.com.

Antioch High Poetry Slam set for April 8

ANTIOCH -- Antioch High School library presents the Fourth annual Poetry Slam April 8, at the Antioch Historical Society Museum, 1500 W. Fourth St.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with museum tours and continues with the Poetry Slam, where poets read or recite original work. Winners will be announced.

Parking will be available at the back of the museum.

For more information, call 925-779-7550, ext. 60075. Sponsored by ROAR!, The Antioch Historical Society and the Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch.

Liberty Band Boosters fundraiser April 12

BRENTWOOD -- The Liberty Lions Band Boosters will host a Jazz Concert and Dance featuring the Liberty High School Jazz Band and the Summerset Jazz Band at the VFW Hall, 757 First St.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. April 12. Event will also include a dessert auction, raffles and a no-host bar. Proceeds will benefit Liberty band programs.

Admission is $20 per person, $35 per couple, or $120 for a table of eight. For tickets contact Carol Harper at 925-437-8065 or libertylionsbandboosters@gmail.com.

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 continues through May 30, featuring 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. Participating artists: Alejandro Ruvalcaba, April Rose Regis, Aurora Eastman, Brenda Rios, Brianna Munoz-Yost, Darin Smith, David Currie, Douglas Minton, Elisa Garcia, Imani Reeves, Janelle Celestine, Jaxson Schuler, Jay Von Chatman, Jose Tabora, Julio Ramirez, Karena Melton, Kevin de La Torre, Kirti Khanna, Liliana Dearcia, Mackenzie O Brien, Makaila Brindle, Sarina Sylva, Sheryl Bowers, Shyann Arce, Sonia Martinez, and Zach Bowlen.

Umpqua Bank is at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information visit www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925- 325-9897.

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.

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 Fiils, 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.

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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. A few shared locations may be available for those who don t have their own space. For information and registration visit www.ContraCostaOpenStudios.com.

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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 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