Hannah Nicole presents JazzFest Weekend
BRENTWOOD -- Hannah Nicole Vineyards and Winery presents a JazzFest Weekend Aug. 4-5 with world-class jazz musicians The Christian Tamburr Quintet, The Simon Rowe Quartet and seasoned jazz recording artist, songwriter and educator Nicolas Bearde.
Performances will be from noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 4 and noon to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5 featuring diverse genres of jazz across 13 ensembles on three stages at the Winery, 6400 Balfour Road in Brentwood.
Before the weekend event, there will be a master's class at Brentwood Liberty High School on Aug. 3. The class, which will be taught by Christian Tamburr and his quintet, will seek to hone the skills of some of America's future jazz greats.
Tickets are $45 for the two-day event and are available at http://hnvjazzfest.eventbrite.com or at The Hannah Nicole tasting room by calling 925-240-9463. To sign up for more information about JazzFest 2012 and other musical events, go to www.hnvwines.com.
Brentwood Theatre stages 'Brigadoon'
BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Theatre Company continues Lerner and Leowe's classic Broadway musical "Brigadoon" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Heritage High School Theatre, 101 American Ave., Brentwood.
Directed by Steve Kinsella and produced by
The show features classic songs, including "Waitin' for My Dearie," "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean" and "Almost Like Being in Love."
Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for ages 13 to 18 and $7 if younger than 13. For information and tickets, go to www.thebrentwoodtheater.org or call 925-513-3863.
Starry Nights concert features Six String Band
BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood's concert series continues on Friday with the Six String Band, group that integrates classic rock and pop spirit from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The group combines powerful lead vocals backed by lush harmonies and a variety of electric and acoustic guitars and keyboards.
The free music will be at the renovated City Park at 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.
No dogs, no glass containers and no audio/video recording devices. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation office at 925-516-5444.
Stompy Jones R&B band to perform Aug. 25
ANTIOCH -- Stompy Jones showcases vintage jump-style rhythm and blues at a concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
The band recreates the historic sounds of the 1940s, such as shuffle drumming and bounce piano, and combines them with a sense of the contemporary.
Stompy Jones is a San Francisco-based sextet, renowned for its jumpin' rhythm, wailing improvisations, hip charm and explosive stage show.
Also on stage are, John & Charissa Ratto and friends performing Swing and Jitterbug for your entertainment.
Get your tickets early for this sellout show.
Adults: $22; seniors (62 and over) $20; children (under 18) $15. For information and tickets, call 925-757-9500, or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
'The Spell of Sleeping Beauty' auditions set
ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children's Theatre will hold auditions for "The Spell of Sleeping Beauty" 4 to 5 p.m. July 30 and 31 at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St., Antioch.
Frank Ballesteros directs this popular tale. Auditions are open to actors ages 7 and older.
Performances will be Sept. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.
If cast, there is a $75 participation fee. For more audition and show information, call 925-234-1465.
'Wonderful Wizard of Oz' at Calisesi Theatre
ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children's Theatre will present "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" 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 tale.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
For more show information, call 925-234-1465.
International film series features 'Late Bloomer'
ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Late Bloomers" playing at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
The film centers on 80-year old Martha (Stephanie Glaser) listlessly tends her little corner shop in picturesque Trub. She has not only lost her husband but also all interest in life around her. Even the traditional and jolly Sunday card game with her girlfriends Lisi, Frieda and Hanni cannot bring her laughter back. They worry about her until a new task comes up: the old choir's club flag has to be mended.
Excitedly, the four friends take the bus into town to buy the necessary material. Whilst handling and choosing the material for the flag Martha remembers her time as a qualified seamstress, telling her friends that she had always wanted to open a lingerie boutique in Paris. But then she married, settled in the village and the plan was shelved. Only a beautifully-made brassiere hidden away in a box remains as a sample of her talent. Her eyes begin to sparkle; love of life seems to return.
The 2006 Swiss film has English subtitles.
The film is part of a new collaborative effort with the International Film Showcase, which has a successful foreign film series in Orinda. As a way to introduce filmgoers to the theater's foreign film series, the tickets to the show will be offered free by calling the theater at 925-757-9500 or reserving them online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Artworks by Thomas E. Mails on view in Antioch
ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch will showcase the talents of the late Thomas E. Mails, who called Antioch home during his youth until after World War II.
Mail's spiritual awakening gave him the insight needed to see the wonder and beauty of the Indian way of life, the center and core of which is man's relationship to creation, and to the creator and life-giver. It has been more than 20 years since Mails began work on his first Indian book, "The Mystic Warrior of the Plains." Profusely illustrated, it has become a standard reference book the world over for those interested in the culture of the Plains Indians
The exhibit is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through July 28 at the Lynn House Gallery, 809 W. First St.
Free Saturday concerts continue at Waldie Plaza
ANTIOCH -- Antioch is again holding free concerts from 6 to 8 p.m. in July and August at Waldie Plaza on Second and I streets. The concert are set for 6 to 8 p.m.
On tap Saturday is the classic soul group Juke Joint on July 28. The lineup also includes: country rocker Jessica Caylyn on Aug. 4; R&B and pop group Soul Request on Aug. 11; county rock group Bell Brothers on Aug. 18; and 1950s and 1960s rock group Tuck & Roll on Aug. 25.
For more information, visit www.Art4Antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.
PACO calls for artists, volunteers for art show
PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Arts Collaborative is looking for local artists and volunteers in preparation for its annual Summer Art Exhibit set to open on Aug. 25 at the Impulse Gallery, 329 Railroad Ave.,
Submission for artwork is set for Aug. 18 and 19 at the Impulse Gallery. However, much work needs to be done in preparation for that date and PACO is looking for volunteers to assist.
Each artist may submit three pieces and there is a $35-per-artist entry fee.
The opening artists' reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 and features cash awards, live music, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
Cal Pine Corporation and the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation have joined Pacific Community Services Inc. in its ongoing support of for PACO's regional community arts projects.