Special reading planned for poetry month
BRENTWOOD -- In celebration of Poetry Month and the grand opening of Delta Gallery of the Arts, Brentwood Writes will host a special reading of "In Mt. Diablo's Shadow Volune 3" at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the gallery, 2485 Sand Creek Road, No. 128, in the Streets of Brentwood.
The event, which will feature the reading of short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kati Short at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-634-6655.
Brentwood concert band spring concert
BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Concert Band an Flute Choir will present a Spring Concert with special guests the Summerset Singers.
Carey Hurst of Liberty High School and retired Liberty instructor Susan Stuart, conduct.
The concert will be at 7 p.m. May 5 at the Liberty High School Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St. Admission is $10 at the door; 12 and younger are free. www.brentwoodconcertband.com.
Pooh's frantic adventures at Campanil
ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children's Theatre presents "Winnie-The-Pooh" at the El Campanil Theater, 602 W. Second St.
Sharon Redman directs the play based on the book by A.A. Milne, with adaptation by Kristen Sergel.
"Winnie-the-Pooh" is Christopher Robin's fat little "bear of very little brain" who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. May 16 and 2 p.m. May 18.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and older, $8 for youth 17 and younger. Purchase tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Willy Wonka play opens in Antioch Friday
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. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional performances are 7 p.m. May 2 and 2 p.m. 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.
Big Band dinner, dance set for May 10
BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Senior Citizens Club will host its "Big Band Dinner Dance" at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.
Dance, listen or and tap your toes to the music of the 'What's Up Band," an 18-piece dance band with vocalist.
The band will play the music of the Big Band legends Glenn Miller, Harry James, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and more.
The dance is 6 to 9 p.m. May 10; doors open at 5:30 p.m. A pasta dinner will be served along with deserts.
Admission is $20 for club members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at the Brentwood Senior Center or at the Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department, 35 Oak St.
Deadline for registration is May 7. Table bookings will be accepted based on availability. For more information, call 925-516-5380 or 925-516-5444.
LMC Gospel Choir presents benefit
PITTSBURG -- Los Medanos College Gospel Choir presents its 20th annual Gospel Celebration "Save the Children through Musical Arts."
Professor Silvester Henderson directs.
This multicultural event features the Los Medanos College Gospel Choir, gospel singers Lena Byrd-Miles and Celisse Henderson, Palm Ceia Baptist Church Mass Choir, Casey and Eric Pringle, Rusty Watson, Ric Alexander, Young Keyboard Super Stars/Sons of Mr. Gospel, Juan Perez Quintet, and the LMC Chamber Chorale.
The performance is at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Admission is $20 and $25 at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-439-2181, ext. 3249 or email email@example.com.
Tribute to Patsy Cline set for April 27
ANTIOCH -- Joni Morris presents a "Tribute to Patsy Cline" 3 p.m. Sunday 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" and "My Happiness." 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 comprises 45 musicians ranging in ages 15 to 94, who are music teachers, accountants, students, electricians, mechanics, homemakers, lawyers, retirees, dentists, engineers and computer specialists, primarily 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 youth 17 and younger. Purchase tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.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.
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. Contact Poldina Scherff at 925-516-5364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 them is a murderer. Performances are at 8 p.m. May 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. May 10 and 11 at California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave. For tickets and group rates, call 925-427-1611.
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.
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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 are 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.
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, more than 30 artists will 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.
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 exhibits showcase Antioch Unified School District classes involved in the Art4Schools 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.
-- Nan Hargis