Willy Wonka play comes to Antioch April 25

ANTIOCH -- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, presented by Stage Right Conservatory Theater, comes to the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

In the play, Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world, has decided to open the doors of his factory to five lucky children and their parents. To choose who will enter the factory, Wonka devises a plan to hide five golden tickets beneath the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. The search for the five golden tickets is fast and furious.

The show is directed by Bryan Anthony, produced by Kami Styles and Teresa Bittner and based on the book by Rolad Dahl.

Performances are 7 p.m. April 25, 26 and May 2 and 2 p.m. April 27 and May 4.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for ages 10 and younger. Seniors pay $5 for Sunday matinees.

For tickets and information, call Kami Stiles at 925-216-4613 or go to www.srctgrp.org.

A Tribute to Patsy Cline set for April 27

ANTIOCH -- Joni Morris presents a "Tribute to Patsy Cline 3 p.m. April 27 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The performance transports listeners back to the golden years of the late 1950s and 1960s with Patsy Cline songs, including "Crazy, "Sweet Dreams, "My Happiness, and "Where the Boys Are. Morris also performs her own original music.

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

Purchase tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

The music of Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Schubert

ANTIOCH -- The Contra Costa Chamber Symphony presents "Let s Get Lost performing the music of composers Vivaldi, concerto for guitar and string orchestra in D Major RV93 with special guest guitarist Julio Reyes; Mendelssohn s Overture to "A Midsummers Dream, and Schubert s Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D 220.

The orchestra is comprised of forty-five musicians ranging in ages 15 to 94, who are music teachers, accountants, students, electricians, mechanics, homemakers, lawyers, retirees, dentists, engineers and computer specialists, primarily with Contra Costa residents.

The performance is 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older and students. Youth younger than 18 are free with a paying adult.

Purchase tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Michael Jackson tribute Saturday in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- "Foreverland, a 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band, comes to Pittsburg at 8 p.m. Saturday 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 hardworking 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, which co-sponsors 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.

Murder, mystery, drama slated for Saturday

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 Saturday, 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.

'The Sound of Music sing-a-long is 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, and Do-Re-Mi.

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.

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.

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. Saturday.

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 to be shown Sunday

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. Sunday, 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 Friday at El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- East County Idol is set for 7:30 p.m. on Fridayat 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.

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 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