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 Saturday and Sunday.

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.

World Music and Art Fair set for May 17

PITTSBURG -- The STS Arts Education Program, in partnership with the Pittsburg Unified School District After School Program, will host the sixth annual Pittsburg World and Art Fair 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at Small World Park, 2573 Harbor St. The event will feature performances by East Bay Karate Do, Wilson's Dance Studio, Pittsburg High School Show Band and PHS Flag Twirlers. There will also be performances by the Pittsburg Unified School District After School students. Enjoy the music, dance, history and crafts of Mexico, Hawaii, Brazil, Barbados and more. The event is sponsored by the city of Pittsburg and Supervisor Federal Glover.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 5 and older, and free for children younger than 5 with a paying adult.

For information, call 925-252-9199.

Stage Right auditions for 'Bugsy Malone'

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre will hold auditions for "Bugsy Malone" on May 12 and 13 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St. This slapstick musical comedy, based on the film of the same name, follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs comprised completely of children in 1929 New York. Bryan Anthony directs this gangster film noir spoof, in which the weapons of choice are whipped cream pies and flour bombs. Musical numbers include "You Give a Little Love," "My name is Tallulah," and "Fat Sam's Grand Slam." Auditions are open to actors ages 8 through 18. No acting or singing experience is necessary. To receive an audition time, register online at www.srctgrp.org. There is a $75 participation fee if cast. For information, call 925-216-4613.

Film series presents 'Like Father, Like Son'

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Like Father, Like Son" at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. May 25 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

The film is part of a collaborative effort with the International Film Showcase, which has a successful foreign film series in Orinda.

The Japanese film has English subtitles.

General admission $8, seniors 62 and older $7, and youths ages 10-17 are free with paying adult.

For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Willy Wonka takes stage this weekend

ANTIOCH -- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," presented by Stage Right Conservatory Theater, is playing at 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. 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.

'Mamma Mia!' singalong set for May 22

PITTSBURG -- A "Mamma Mia!" singalong is set for 7:30 p.m. May 22 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

The singalong will feature the songs of ABBA, the chart-topping Swedish pop, dance group of the '70s, including "Money, Money, Money," "Fernando," "Dancing Queen" and others.

All seats are $5. Tickets can be purchased by calling 925-427-1611 or online at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

Pittsburg Pops set for May 17

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Pops presents "For the Love of Classical" featuring classical piano and classical guitar featuring the works Carille Bruno-Thayer, Jim Coniglio, Grace Edwards, Good Shepherd Choir, Ronald A. Llenado and Leandra Ramm.

The performance is 8 p.m. May 17 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for students. Dinner package is $40 for adults and $20 for children.

For tickets and information, call 925-427-1611 or online at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

Brentwood concert band spring concert

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Concert Band and 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. Monday 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.

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 youths 17 and younger. Purchase tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

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 desserts.

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.

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 from 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 youths 17 and younger. Purchase tickets by calling 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Christie's whodunit at California Theatre

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Community Theatre presents 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.

For more information, email info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.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 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.

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 through May 10, and Orchard Park K-8, May 13-24.

The gallery at 809 W. First St. in Antioch 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 email Diane@Art4Antioch.org.

-- Nan Hargis