Pete Escovedo to play at benefit concert Sunday
PITTSBURG -- Pete Escovedo performs a benefit concert 6 p.m. Sunday at the Creative Arts Building, Pittsburg High School, 250 School St. Proceeds will benefit Pittsburg High School Band programs. Opening the concert is Da Island Way, a Polynesian music and dance group. Tickets are available at Railroad Cleaners at 2195 Railroad Ave. in Pittsburg for $10 or at the door for $15. For information, call Tony Martinez, 925-250-8455.
Pittsburg Community Theatre holds auditions
PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre will hold auditions for Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Hillview Junior High School, 333 Yosemite Road. Pittsburg.
Auditions are open to anyone 18 years of age or younger. Come with a prepared song to sing and to do cold readings from the script.
Auditions will be held simultaneously for the original one-act "Tale of the Blue Moon," written by three local students. "Tale of the Blue Moon" is story about two siblings who go fishing in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida and their unexpected adventure.
Performances for "The Little Mermaid" and "Tale of the Blue Moon" are Dec. 7, 8, 9 and 14, 15 and 16. For information, go to www.pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org, or call, 925-439-7529.
ANTIOCH -- The El Campanil Children's Theatre will hold auditions for "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 602 W. Second St. Actors ages 10 to 18 are welcome to audition. No participation fee required. Performances are Oct. 25 through Nov. 4. For information and registration go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500.
Brentwood Teen Theater presents 'Footloose'
BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Teen Theater presents "Footloose" based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon.
Performances are 7 p.m. Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 7 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Edna Hill Theater, 160 Birch St.
General admission is $12 and students are $10. For tickets go to www.BrentwoodTeenTheater.com, or call 925-516-9009
Gallery shows mixed media and bonsai art
BRENTWOOD -- The Gallery On Second in downtown Brentwood will open a new art show to introduce featured artists. The exhibit showcases mixed media and collage art by Jack Pendergast and bonsai living art by Martin Tucker.
The gallery opens at noon Saturday and a reception to meet the artists follows 4 to 7 p.m. at 741 Second St.
Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays.
Admission is free. For information, call 925-516-2741, or email Galleryonsecond@sbcglobal.net.
Eagles tribute band concert at El Campanil
ANTIOCH -- Hotel California will present a salute to The Eagles at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
By blending its vocal and musical talents, Hotel California reproduces the sound of the Eagles' studio albums while delivering a modern, action-packed performance. Adults $ 27; seniors (62 and over) $ 24; children (17 and under) $15. Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com. For information about Hotel California, go to http://hotelcal.com.
'Beauty and the Beast' set for Sept. 14
ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Children's Theatre presents "Beauty and the Beast" 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 2 p.m. Sept. 16, 602 W. Second St.
The Beast meets Beauty. Her love restores Beast to his true form and happiness reigns. It's an age-old story revealed in beautiful set and costumes, including music, humorous action, laughter and dance.
Sharon Redman directs this children's classic story with a cast of actors ages 7 to 16.
Adults $ 12; seniors (62 and older) $ 10; children 17 and younger $8. For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500, or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Carpenters tribute concert in Antioch
ANTIOCH -- Close to You presents a live tribute to the Carpenters 8 p.m. Sept 15 at the El Campanil Theatre at 602 W. Second St.
The popular singing duo of the 1970s and early 80s focused on mid-tempo pop and ballads with Karen Carpenter's unique and expressive alto voice on lead vocals.
Michelle Whited performs a stunning presentation by reproducing Karen's unique voice along with Don Stamey on piano. The entire band consists of skilled musicians, assisted by prerecorded background harmonies to attain the exclusive sound of the Carpenters.
Three-play repertoire this weekend in Antioch
ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children's Theatre will present three plays this weekend at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St.
"Snow White" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, "The Wizard of Oz" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, "Alice in Wonderland" at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $10 for everyone. Call 234-1465 for reservations. For more information, see www.antiochchildrenstheatre.com.
'The Hobbit' comes to the Liberty stage
BRENTWOOD -- The Liberty High School Playmakers will present a theatrical version of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic story "The Hobbit" at the Liberty High School Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St., Brentwood.
The story follows the quest of Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who goes on a journey with 13 dwarves and the wizard Gandalf. Together they set off to defeat the evil dragon Smaug in the prequel to the Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
An interesting twist in the production will include the use of masks and large puppets to bring a new type of theater experience to the community.
Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Additional performances are 7 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. Sept. 8. General admission is $9.50 and $7.50 for youth, college students and seniors. All tickets are $5.50 on Sept. 9. Tickets are available at http://libertyunion.schoolwires.net/playmakers or at the door. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-634-3521, ext. 5489, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Calendar, art exhibit submissions are sought
ANTIOCH -- The Delta Science Center is looking for art submissions for a 2013 calendar.
The nonprofit is looking for photos for the annual Sacramento-San Joaquin Educational Resource calendar and to submit to the upcoming Delta Art Show at Lynn House Gallery. Each year the Delta Science Center creates a calendar that is donated to local schools with information that will help students understand the importance of the Delta's ecology to the state of California. This year the nonprofit is also co-hosting an art exhibit in conjunction with the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society at the downtown Antioch gallery Sept. 8-29. Artwork must be submitted by Sept. 4.
The theme of the art exhibit is nature.
An artists' reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. The reception and exhibit are free to the public.
For more information, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.
For Delta Science Center photo submissions, contact Roni Gehlke at email@example.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 Sept. 28.
For more information, a waiver form and template, email Kati Short at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delta Blues Festival offers music, art, food
ANTIOCH -- The 14th annual Delta Blues Festival is set for noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in downtown Antioch between Second and I streets.
The alcohol-free event will feature music, art, crafts and food vendors. The musical lineup includes the Kenny Neal Band, Gino Matteo, Mo Fo Party Band, BigCat Tolfree, Marshall Law Band and Sam-ONE.
Admission and parking are free, but bring along lawn chairs. No pets are allowed. For more information, go to deltabluesfestival.net or call 925-698-8024.
'Night of the Living Dead' auditions
ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children's Theatre will hold auditions for "Night of the Living Dead" 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St., Antioch.
Frank Ballesteros directs this popular ghoulish tale. Auditions are open to actors ages 12 and older. Everyone will have a speaking role.
Rehearsals will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Performances will be Oct. 19, 20, 21, 29, 30 and 31. If cast, there is a $50 participation fee. For more information, call 925-234-1465.
Ballerina Dance Academy opens
BRENTWOOD -- Angelina Ballerina, the "little star with big dreams," will soon be sharing her love of dance with children in East County. East County Performing Arts Center is now an official Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy, and joins a growing network of more than 110 studios across North America that offer weekly classes based on the beloved dancing mouseling, star of the Angelina Ballerina book series and animated television program.
The 34-week program is inspired by the CG-animated series airing on PBS KIDS and "Sprout, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps," and it will focus on one storybook per month.
Targeted at children ages 3 to 6 years old, the program teaches beginner ballet at two levels.
For information about the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy program at East County Performing Arts Center, call Nina Koch at 925-240-5556.