The ways couples might react when learning they may -- or may not -- have a baby is explored in "Baby: The Musical," which opens on June 14 for eight performances by the Pinole Community Players at the Pinole Community Playhouse, 601 Tennent Ave.
This is an updated version of the play (music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby) that opened on Broadway in 1983 and ran for 241 performances.
"I have loved this show for years, and the revision has only improved it," said Pinole Players Director Janet O'Brien. "The new song is wonderful and the change in story line for one of the couples is realistic and more dramatic. The stories these three couples tell are relevant to all of us: how life surprises us and how our reactions change our personal journeys."
The Pinole cast features Sophia Rose Morris, Anthony V. Lucido, Donna Turner, Stephen Scott, Steph Peek, Perry Aliado, Diana Bergen, Ted Bigornia, Beverly Crane, Michelle Demshok, George Doerr, Terrell Henderson, Coco LaFaye, Monica Minix, Daniel Morgan, Bobby Schofield and Vicki Zabarte.
O'Brien directs, with musical direction by Dean Starnes and choreography by Anjee Norgaard-Gallia.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 29, with matinees at 2 p.m. June 23 and 29.
Tickets are $23 general, $20 seniors and students available by calling 510-724-9844 or visiting www.pinoleplayers.org.
An opening night gala on June 14 will feature a meet-the-cast light buffet at the Pinole Creek Café after the performance. Gala tickets are $14 and should be reserved by June 12.
CONCERT SERIES RETURNS: Summer's (almost) here and the time is right for dancing in the streets of Point Richmond, especially when local favorites Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic headline the opening show of the district's free annual concert series on June 14.
Thierry was nominated for a Grammy this year and last month was one of the honorees at Richmond's Historic Preservation Awards ceremony, where he and his band performed at the post-awards reception.
Opening the show at Park Place and Washington Avenue is Marin dub/rock/reggae band IrieFuse at 5:30 p.m.
Thierry & Zydeco Magic bring their danceable grooves to the stage at 6:45 p.m.
Come for the music and stay to stroll the historic downtown, and browse the art and food and beverage booths and stores.
PUBLIC ART PROJECT: Richmond is holding a pair of meetings to present plans for a public art project focused on the city's shoreline. Sessions, which will include a slide presentation, a look at possible sites and desired elements for the work, will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 8 at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South; and at 6 p.m. June 12 in the City Council chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza.
A call has been issued to artists in California, Oregon and Washington seeking a variety of ideas for the project planned by Arts and Culture Commission and funded by a set aside from the Port of Richmond's capital improvement budget.
The goal is a work that will "stimulate public interest in and enjoyment of the waterfront and its amenities," add variety to the city's existing public art and incorporate light, wind, and/or sunlight as elements.
For more details on the project contact Arts and Culture Manager Michele Seville at Michele_Seville@ci.richmond.ca.us.
EAT, DRINK AND ASSIST EDUCTION: All-you-can-consume pizza and beer at Pyramid Alehouse, 901 Gilman St. in Berkeley, is the enticement for a benefit event at 6 p.m. June 13 hosted by the West Contra Costa Public Educaton Fund. Tickets are $40 each, available at getyoursummeron.eventbrite.com.