'The Fabulous Follies' returns to Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The Vagabond Players presents "The Fabulous Follies," a revue with 50 singers, dancers and performers, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Additional dates are 8 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6 and 2 p.m. Oct 7.

The Vagabond Players first delighted audiences with a similar musical revue at El Campanil two years ago. The lavish stage production, with Las Vegas-style Showgirls, celebrated Vagabond Players' many years of producing plays and musicals for Contra Costa County's seniors and community. Now in its seventh year, the Vagabond Players continues to fulfill its mission of bringing quality entertainment to the senior community.

"The Fabulous Follies" will showcase the talents of performers from ages 25 to 75 in lavish costumes, dancing, singing and entertaining. It's a showcase of not only senior talent but also professional artists of all ages in an eclectic combination of dance, comedy.

Several choreographers have been invited to participate in the show, including the "Starr Steppers" from Rossmoor as well as Dolly's Tappers from Napa. Mike Spellman of Brentwood, and Ella Wolfe of Crockett share their vocal talents as well.

Sharon Redman will direct and choreographer Jennifer Miller is choreographer for this show.

Reserved seating tickets are $24 general admission, $20 for seniors (62 and up), and $15 for youths under 17. For reservations, go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com, or call 925-757-9500.

Chamber music set in Brentwood for Oct. 7

BRENTWOOD -- Thompson Music Studio presents Diane Maltester and Friends performing chamber music composed by Nancy Bachmann. The concert will feature Maltester, clarinet; Bachmann, piano; Ellen St. Thomas, soprano; and Wendy Tamis, harp. Doors open 3:30 p.m. and concert begins 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2628 Saint Andrews Drive in Brentwood.

Mingle with the artists while you enjoy food and drink.

General admission $15, students $10 and free for 12 and younger. RSVP at 925-513-7156, or email info@ThompsonMusicStudio.com.

U.S. Air Force Band to perform in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Pittsburg High School Creative Arts Building at 250 School St.

The concert is sponsored by the Black Diamond Ballet Theatre's "Nutcracker" troupe.

Reserve tickets from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, 985 Railroad Ave. (925-432-7301) or 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Delta Ballet Academy, 300 G St. in Antioch 925-754-9833.

The free concert is part of a 14-day tour through California and Arizona. For more information, go to www.usafband.af.mil/events/index.asp.

'The Jack and The Magic Beans' at Calisesi

ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children's Theatre presents "Jack and The Magic Beans" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St., Antioch. Frank Ballesteros directs this popular children's tale.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

For more show information, call 925-234-1465.

St. Ignatius concert series continues

ANTIOCH -- The St. Ignatius Church of Antioch concert series continues at 4 p.m. Sunday at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd.

William Vaughan, organist and director of music at the San Leandro's Church of Assumption and assistant music director for the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, will perform "Celebrating the American Spirit: Past and Present," with works by American composers: Barber, Ives, Swann, Burkhardt, and more. A reception follows. A goodwill offering will be collected. For information, call 925-778-0768.

Brentwood Community Center call for artists

BRENTWOOD -- The Public Art Wall project with the city of Brentwood offers local artists a chance to introduce their work to the general public and connect with regional art organizations.

Located at the Brentwood Community Center, this ongoing exhibition is designed to enhance community access to the Community Center and create partnerships between artists and the Brentwood Arts Commission.

The public spaces will showcase artists and art organizations in Brentwood. There will be first preference for Brentwood residents followed by those from other East County cities and communities.

Application packets for the public art walls are now available from the Parks and Recreation department now through Oct. 12 and the exhibit will start on Jan. 1.

For more details, call 925-516-5444.

Heritage High performs 'Servant of Two Masters'

BRENTWOOD -- Heritage High School Rising Stars present Carlo Goldoni's 18th-century masterpiece "Servant of Two Masters. "

A comedy with an enduring story of love, passion and mistaken identity, it was cleverly updated for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival by Oded Gross and Tracy Young with additional material written specifically for Heritage High School by Chris Fallows.

Young Venetian Clarice can't marry her lover, Silvio. She had been betrothed to Rasponi, who appears to have returned from the dead to claim her. But the Rasponi who appears is actually Beatrice, Rasponi's sister who is in disguise as her brother and has come to Venice to find her suitor, Florida. Complications arise when a servant greedily seeks employment with both the disguised Beatrice and Florida trying to serve two masters while keeping the two unaware of the other's presence.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage High School Theater at 101 American Ave.

The box office is open 30 minutes before the show. General admission is $10 and $8 for students.

For information, call 925-634-0037

'The Secret Life of Girls' auditions are set

ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children's Theatre will hold auditions for "The Secret Life of Girls" at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2 at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St., Antioch.

Frank Ballesteros directs. Auditions are open to actors ages 12 and older. Everyone will have a speaking role.

Rehearsals will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Performances will be Nov. 2, 3, 4, 9 10 and 11. If cast, there is a $50 participation fee. For more information, call 925-234-1465.

The Other Rolling Stones perform

BRENTWOOD -- The Streets of Brentwood Fall Concert Series finale presents Rolling Stone tribute band, The Other Stones Creek Road, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

For more information, call 925-516-8500, or go to www.shopstreetsofbrentwood.com.

Local writers invited to take part in anthology

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood, Brentwood Writes and Brentwood Poet Laureate Kati Short invite all local writers to submit poetry, short story or nonfiction for an anthology to be published by the city of Brentwood.

Any subject is welcome as long as it is not insulting or abusive. All writers in Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen and Bethel Island, or writers who are regular participants at Brentwood Writes Open Mic, are welcome. High school students are encouraged to contribute. Submissions will be accepted through Friday.

For more information, a waiver form and template, email Kati Short at katishort@yahoo.com.