'Arabian Nights' to open at Allen E. Jones Center

BRENTWOOD -- Liberty Playmakres presents "The Arabian Nights" Sept. 5-18 at Allen E. Jones Performing Arts Center at Liberty High School, 850 Second St.

At the focus of the classic story is Shahryzar, an Arabian king, who, because of an unfaithful wife, marries a new woman each evening and sentences her to death at sunrise. Sharhrazad, the Vizier's daughter, marries Shahryzar, and, in hopes of making him fall in love, tells him a new story each night. Shahrazad is a clever woman, but only fate will tell if her charm and stories of love, courage, luck and faithfulness will be enough to win the king's heart and save her life.

The cast stars Jason Harpole as the heartbroken king Shahryar, Danielle Reyes as the clever Shahrazad; Ryan Harpole as the caring father, Vizier; and Madison Seimers as the adoring sister, Dinarzad.

Two student directors, Kayla Erickson and Devne't DeGrandmont, will direct this production.

The Playmakers' Sept. 13 showing will be a "relaxed performance" for people with special needs and their families. For more information on show times and ticket prices, go to http:// libertyunion.schoolwires.net/playmakers and follow us on Facebook at LHS Playmakers or on our Twitter page @lhs_playmakers

Stage Right presents 'Beauty and the Beast'


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ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. presents "Beauty and the Beast," produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Inc.

The beloved fairy tale by Vera Morris is directed by Bryan Anthony and is fun for all ages. "Beauty and the Beast" completes its run this weekend at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St. in Antioch. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Adults $10, students and seniors $8, children $5. Seniors pay $5 on the Sunday matinee. For more information, call 925-216-4613 or visit www.srctgrp.org.

Swingin' Blue Stars plays 1940s songs Sept. 9

BRENTWOOD -- The Swingin' Blue Stars, a group of four singers from the East Bay, will perform 1940s music on Sept. 9 at Summerset Orchards Lodge, 770 Centennial Place.

The singers perform swing-style music, made popular by 1940s female vocal groups such as The Andrew Sisters. Few songs can get the feet tapping and the fingers snapping as quickly as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola." These energetic ladies bring history to life as they sing and dance to people-pleasing music, mixing saucy and romantic World War II tunes that appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with seating in the concert hall starting at 6:30 p.m. and the music at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance for $10. For more information or questions, call 925-513-2640.

Carpenters tribute band to perform Sunday

ANTIOCH -- Close to You, a tribute band to The Carpenters, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The popular singing duo of the 1970s and early 1980s focused on mid-tempo pop and ballads with Karen Carpenter's unique and expressive alto voice on lead vocals. Admission is $27 for adults, $25 for seniors 62 and older and youth 6-17 are free with paying adult. Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

German film part of international film series

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents the German film "Lovely Louise" at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

In the film, André, 55, lives with his mother Louise, 80, and leads an unspectacular life. He works as a taxi driver while the elderly diva dreams of bygone days as an actress in Hollywood. One day the charismatic Bill, 50, an American, turns up on their doorstep -- a stranger who will soon turn their quiet life upside down. The Swiss/German 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.

Drama factory to debut its first play, 'The Magic Flute'

ANTIOCH -- The Drama Factory debuts its first production with "The Magic Flute" at the Nick Rodriguez Theatre, 213 F St. in Antioch.

Directed by John Ballesteros, the play is a "fantastical story about a dandy prince who, with the help of a zany bird catcher and a magic flute, must rescue the daughter of an angry queen from the clutches of a sun worshiping brotherhood and the evil henchman, Monostatos."

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 20, 26 and 27; and at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 each for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call 925-695-4123.

Theatre company launches crowd-funding campaign

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Theater Company, producer of Broadway Under The Stars and Brentwood Teen Theater, has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money to establish a headquarters.

The group has launched a Kickstarter drive to raise $50,000. The Brentwood Theater Company rents performing venues for each show the company produces. While ticket sales, program ads and sponsorships provide revenue to put on a show, renting the performing spaces beyond the actual dates of a production is prohibitive, said Jack Gaughan, producer. A theater company needs a place in which to prepare for the plays, hold auditions, store costumes, props, set pieces and other show items and teach classes, he said, noting the group hopes to find an appropriate space where it can sign a lease with options.

"Once we open the facility (BTC Hall), we will continue to raise funds for the ultimate goal of building the Brentwood Playhouse, a performing arts space to host our multigenerational, multiethnic company and others that are hurting for an affordable performance space," Gaughan said. "Rentals to other theater companies will help offset the cost of utilities and solidify and enhance our reputation in the performing arts community."

Visit Kickstarter at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1702823012/brentwood-theater-company-needs-a-rehearsal-space

Wind symphony looking for local players

WALNUT CREEK -- Wind symphony looking for players

The Contra Costa Wind Symphony, based in Walnut Creek, has openings for performers on a number of different instruments.

Among the players sought are for French horn, tuba and percussion.

Those interested can contact conductor Duane Carroll by going towww.CCWindSymphony.org and pressing the "contact" link.

PCT announces auditions, season lineup

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre has announced its season lineup, with the first show being "Hound of the Baskerville" Oct. 2-5 at the California Theatre in downtown Pittsburg.

Other shows scheduled include Disney's "Mulan Jr." Dec. 11-13; Feb. 27, 28, March 1, 6, 7, 8; "Barefoot in the Park," April 23-26.

Season tickets can be purchased at the California Theatre box office or by calling 925-427-1611. For more information about auditions, call 925-439-PLAY or go to www.pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org.

Brentwood gallery

hosts The Art of Diablo

BRENTWOOD -- CR Framing and Gallery will present The Art of Diablo through Sept. 13.

Celebrating the beauty and spirit of Mt. Diablo, the exhibit will include paintings and photography by Bay Area artists. CR Framing and Gallery is at 700 Harvest Park Drive. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 925-634-7742.

Art Guild presents juried show

BRENTWOOD -- The Art Guild of the Delta presents a First Judged Show 2014 at the gallery, 2485 Sand Creek Road.

Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

All 2D and 3D to include glass, pottery and sculptures are acceptable.

Cash award for Best in Category of 2D, 3D and Juror's Choice. Honorable mentions in each category will also be awarded. Artists' works will be available for purchase during the show with proceeds distributed to the artists.

Go to www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325 9897.

Six artists featured in exhibit at Umpqua Bank

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch and Antioch's Umpqua Bank will co-host an exhibit featuring six local artists. The new exhibit, which began Tuesday, continues through Sept. 26.

Featured artists are Michele Eakin, Jennifer Frost, Ron Johnson, Christine Mikulice and Andre Salvador.

Umpqua Bank is at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.

Visit www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925- 325-9897.

-- Judith Prieve

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