Celebration of Art to open in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The Celebration of Art, again being co-hosted by the The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch and the Antioch Historical Society, is set to open June 28.

The 10TH annual exhibit will be held at the Antioch Historical Society Museum at 1500 W. Fourth St. This is a nonjuried exhibit with no required theme, and is expected to attract some 60 local artists. The celebration begins with an artists reception from 2 to 4 p.m. June 28 and continues at 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through July 16. Admission is free.

For more information, email diance@art4antioch.org, call 925-325-9897 or go to www.art4antioch.org/CelebrationofArt2014.asp.

Brentwood writers group to host open mic

BRENTWOOD -- Writers and poets are invited to perform the written word, including one s own poetry, short stories and nonfiction, during open mic at 6:30 p.m. June 12 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. You are encouraged to bring work on any subject, your 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. Open Mic is presented by Brentwood Writes, an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Community Library. It is hosted by Kati Short, poet laureate. For more information, call 925-634-6655 or email Short at shortkati@yahoo.com.


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ACFA hosts exhibit at Umpqua Bank

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is hosting an exhibit at Umpqua Bank, 3700 Lone Tree Way. The exhibit is open and continues through July 25.

Umpqua Bank is at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., excluding holidays.

A free artist reception is 5-7 p.m. June 10 at the bank.

Featured artists are Beverly Knight, Diane Klein Gwynne, James Waters, Karen Nelson Kelly, Vicki Dendy and Victoria Heisler. For more information, email diance@art4antioch.org, call 925-325-9897 or go to www.art4antioch.org.

Summer concerts set to open June 13

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood will host the Starry Nights in Brentwood concert series.

The series opens June 13 with the Cocktail Monkeys, a rock, pop, rhythm and blues band.

The music will be at City Park, 710 Second St., beginning at 7 p.m. Ample parking is available in the parking garage at 150 City Park Way. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket and enjoy the first of eight summer concerts in the park.

All patrons are asked to follow park rules before, during and after the concerts. That includes no dogs, no glass containers and no audio/video recording devices. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation office at 925-516-5444.

Magic with style, flair at El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- NewMagic starring Alex Ramon will be at the El Campanil Theatre at 3 p.m. July 13.

The show features magic with a new style and a new flair. Ramon will introduce the world of magic, all of its most incredible marvels and some of its newest miracles, to the latest generation of audiences. Friendly enough for kids but edgy enough for the adults.

Ramon toured the globe as the Ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and is the star of Disney LIVE Mickey s Magic Show. For information about Ramon s magic performances, go to www.alexramonmagic.com

All seats are $35. To best accommodate seating for young children, only seats in the orchestra (ground level) are being offered for sale at this time.

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

'The Wiz sing-a-long at California Theatre

PITTSBURG -- The California Theatre presents the classic film series featuring "The Wiz.

The film follows the adventures of Dorothy, a shy Harlem, N.Y. teacher, as she tries to seek an audience with the mysterious Wiz, who they say has power to take her home. Sing along with the great show songs including "The Feeling That We Had, "Can I Go On, "Tornado, "Here s the Wizard and "Believe in Yourself, among others. Bring your voice and be part of the fun.

The show will be at 7:30 p.m. June 19 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

Admission is $5. For tickets call the box office at 925-427-1611 or go to www.pittsburgtheatre.com.

Juneteenth Celebration set for June 28

PITTSBURG -- "Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars is set for June 28 at the California Theatre. The event is a Juneteenth dance celebration honoring African-American musical artists the have passed since the year 2000. The celebration is presented by Grown Women Dance Collective with uplifting and inspiring dance, music and American history.

The performance is 8 p.m., 351 Railroad Ave.

Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 925-427-1611 or go to www.pittsburgtheatre.com.

Film series features 'Vitus on June 8

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Theatre presents "Vitus at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of the international film series. The theater is at 602 W. Second St.

A young boy whose remarkable, almost supernatural capacity for learning prompts his parents to anticipate a brilliant future as a pianist rebels to put his fate into his own hands.

The young boy begins to display a keen interest in aviation; one fateful leap will set his entire future into motion, and offer a compelling preview of things to come.

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

The Swiss, German film has English subtitles.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and older, and youths ages 10 to 17 are free with paying adult.

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

American comedy, drama set in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The Vagabond Players present "On Golden Pond at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. in Antioch.

Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spend every summer at their home on Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter visits, bringing along her 13-year-old son.

The turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage all combine to give this play a unique insight into the modern family.

Performances are 8 p.m. June 28 and 2 p.m. June 29.

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and older, and youths ages 6 to 17 are free with paying adult.

Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

The best of Motown comes to Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Pops features Best Intentions, a Motown band founded 12 years ago by Rodney James, Jeffery Bashir and Bilal M.

Experience the great Motown acts of the 60s, 70s and 80s with tributes to The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and Gladys Knight and The Pips.

The performance is 8 p.m. June 21 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave. Admission is $15 plus a $1.50 facility fee; dinner package $40. Purchase tickets at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. For information, call 925-427-1611.

-- Nan Hargis