Blues Review comes to Antioch on July 26

ANTIOCH -- Golden State-Lone Star Blues Revue featuring Mark Hummel, Little Charlie Baty & Anson Funderburgh is a cross country meeting of the minds between California and Texas musicians. All have known each other for years. The rhythm section has played in bands since high school, and all share a deep passion for real blues.

The performance is 8 p.m. July 26 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Admission $27 for adults, $25 for seniors (62 and older), and $15 for youths 10 to 17.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

The International Film Series continues

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Elsa y Fred" at 2 p.m. July 27 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. A retired 77-year-old hypochondriac widower, Fred, moves to an apartment in Madrid, and eventually meets his next-door neighbor, Elsa, an elderly and feisty Argentinean, whose behavior is unorthodox, to say the least.

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

The Spanish film has English subtitles.

General admission is $8; seniors (62 and older) $7; and free for ages 10 through 17 with a paying adult.

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


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Auditions set for 'Beauty and the Beast'

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre will hold auditions for "Beauty and the Beast" on July 14 and 15 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St. The beloved fairy tale will be directed by Bryan Anthony. Auditions are open to actors ages 8 through 18. No previous experience is necessary. Performances are Aug. 29, 30, 31 and Sept. 5, 6, 7. To receive an audition time, register at www.srctgrp.org. There is a $75 participation fee if cast. For more audition and show information, call 925-216-4613.

Magic with style, flair

at El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- NewMagic starring Alex Ramon will perform at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., 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.

'Peter Pan' children's summer camp

PITTSBURG -- The Bay Area Children's Theatre presents the "Peter Pan" Summer Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14-25 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., Pittsburg.

Children ages 7 to 14 will learn acting, singing and dancing skills as they rehearse the classic story of "Peter Pan."

Whether you are a novice or seasoned performer, the fast-paced musical theater production camp will prepare children for a final performance for family and friends. Skill building and stage confidence will be emphasized along with group participation.

The cost is $200 per child. To register for the camp, call Carolyn August at 925-427-1611 or email info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

St. Anne Church offers children's art classes

BYRON -- St. Anne Church presents Art Camp for Children and Youth from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at 2800 Camino Diablo Road in Byron.

Children in second through eighth grades will explore the art and spirit of several cultures around the world, while learning different art techniques. They will look at the symbolism and meanings for the various peoples and cultures, then create art responding to what they have learned, using clay, tempera, copper repose and other media.

The cost is $89 per child, or $70 each for two or more children (snacks included). Scholarships are available. For information and registration, call the church office at 925-634-6625 or email office@stannechurchbyron.

Antioch summer concerts begin Saturday

ANTIOCH -- The Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch presents the Saturday Summer Concert Series opening with Vocal Ease & The Boogie Men, featuring music of the '40s, '50s and '60s.

The performance is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Waldie Plaza, Second and I streets in downtown Antioch.

The free concert series is hosted by the Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch, The Lesher Foundation, East County Times, the city of Antioch, Republic Services, NRG, Clay Millias & Co., LLP and the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.

Seating is not provided, so bring blankets or lawn chairs. Alcohol is not permitted.

For more information, contact Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897 or go to www.art4antioch.org/Summer_Concerts.asp.

Brentwood writers

to host open mic

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Writes will feature all forms of the written word at an open mic at 6:30 p.m. Thursday 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.

Rock and blues come

to Pittsburg on July 12

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Pops presents rock and blues guitarist Shane Dwight at 8 p.m. July 12 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.

'Wine in the Bay' comes to St. Anne Church

BYRON -- The St. Anne Church Women's Fellowship hosts "Wine in the Bay" from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, olive oil tastings, a silent auction, music, art and more. Vintners will have wine available for purchase. Cost is $40 per person ($45 beginning Aug. 1); the event address will be printed on your ticket.

Attendees must be 21 or older. For tickets and information, contact Linda Thomas at 925-634-3439, lsthomas@sbcglobal.net, or Peggy Ann Valley at 925-890-5255, pvalley@envoymtg.com.

Proceeds will benefit the St. Anne Parish Women's Fellowship outreach programs.

Las Vegas-style show comes to El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- The Dance Network presents The Golden Follies' "Music Makes Us Dance" at 2 p.m. July 20 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The performance is a high-energy Las Vegas-style revue featuring fabulous senior performers ages 55-88. The dancers kick, strut and tap to all the classics. Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors (62 and older) and $12 for youths 12 and younger.

For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com. For information about the The Golden Follies, go to www.thegoldenfollies.com.

Stage Right presents 'Bugsy Malone'

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. presents the musical comedy "Bugsy Malone" at 7 p.m. July 11-12 and 2 p.m. July 13 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

Bryan Anthony directs this gangster film noir, where the weapons of choice for the gangs are cream pies and flour bombs. Musical numbers include "You Give a Little Love," "My Name is Tallulah" and more.

Additional performances are 7 p.m. July 18-19 and 2 p.m. July 20

General admission is $10, students and seniors $8, and children 5 and younger $5. Seniors pay only $5 on both Sunday matinees. For tickets and information, call 925-216-4613 or go to www.srctgrp.org.

Celebration of Art exhibit continues

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

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.

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.

Starry Night concert series continues

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood is hosting the Starry Nights in Brentwood concert series.

The series continues July 18 with the Blues Healers featuring blues and rock. 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.

-- Nan Hargis

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