Brentwood Art Walls third show opens

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Arts Commission will host a reception for artists in its latest exhibit from 6-8 p.m.Friday at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. The free event will be open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

"Brentwood: Past, Present and Future" is the third show of 2014 for the city's Public Art Walls exhibition program. The new exhibit is being presented by The Brushoffs, and the mixed media collection will feature local landmarks and scenes alongside historical pieces and glimpses into the future.

The exhibit will also showcase a portrait collection titled "My Travels" from local artist Sue Clanton. There will also be works from visual art students from Heritage High School.

The exhibit will run through September.

The exhibit will be open for public viewing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 925-516-5444.

Storytelling event in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- Delta Wordweavers Story Swap and the Antioch Library present professional storyteller Jeanne Hayes at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at the library, 501 W. 18th St. Hayes has been in the business of telling stories for 17 years, teaching and performing. Her one-woman shows were a hit at the Marsh Theatres in San Francisco and Berkeley. Hayes will bring depth and breadth in an excerpt of her solo performance "House Under Water." The show is best suited for adults and teens. Bring a snack to share.


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Admission is free; donations are appreciated. For information go to www.meetup.com/storyswaps.

Show me the funny

PITTSBURG -- Comedy at the California Theatre presents headliner Dennis Regan, featuring Phil Johnson and hosted by Karinda Dobbins Copy. Regan is one of the favorite comedians in America today. With quick wit and funny insights into the world, he never fails to keep you laughing. Johnson brings his playful humor and likable, enduring manner to the stage. Host Dobbins Copy opens the show with her sharp distinctive humor infused with hilarious social commentary.

The performance is 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

Admission is $17 in advance and $20 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. For information, call 925-427-1611.

Brentwood Gallery Hosts the Art of Diablo

BRENTWOOD -- CR Framing and Gallery will present The Art of Diablo, Aug. 2 through Sept. 13.

Celebrating the beauty and spirit of Mt. Diablo, the exhibit will include paintings and photography by Bay Area artists. The community is invited to meet the artists at a free reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at CR Framing and Gallery, 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. For more information, call 634-7742.

'The Music Man' set to open Friday

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Theater Company & Broadway Under The Stars present "The Music Man."

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays July 18 through Aug. 2 at the Liberty High School Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 250 2nd St.

An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize -- this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

The play is directed by Steve Kinsella and produced by Jack Gaughan.

Reserved seating is $24 for adults; $22 for seniors 65 and older; $16 for ages 13-18; $8 for children 12 and younger.

Tickets are available online at thebrentwoodtheater.org or The Delta Gallery of the Arts, 2485 Sand Creek Road (Streets of Brentwood next to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory).

For information, call 925-516-5936 or email brentwoodtheater@mail.com.

Antioch summer concerts continue

ANTIOCH -- The Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch presents the Saturday Summer Concert Series with The PHDs performing contemporary rhythm and blues, Latin, oldies, standards and jazz. The performance is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Waldie Plaza, Second and I streets in downtown Antioch. The free concert series is hosted by the Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch, The Lesher Foundation, East County Times, city of Antioch, Republic Services, NRG, Clay Millias & Co. LLP and the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.

Seating is not provided, so bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Alcohol is not permitted.

Contact Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897 or go to www.art4antioch.org/Summer_Concerts.asp.

Stage Right presents 'Bugsy Malone'

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. continues the musical comedy "Bugsy Malone" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

Bryan Anthony directs this gangster film noir, where the weapons of choice for the gangs are cream pies and flour bombs. Musical numbers include "You Give a Little Love," "My Name is Tallulah" and more.

General admission is $10, students and seniors $8, and children 5 and younger $5. Seniors pay $5 on Sunday. For tickets and information, call 925-216-4613 or go to www.srctgrp.org.

'Peter Pan' children's summer camp

PITTSBURG -- The Bay Area Children's Theatre presents the "Peter Pan" Summer Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July 25 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

Children ages 7-14 will learn acting, singing and dancing skills as they rehearse the classic story of "Peter Pan."

Whether you are a novice or seasoned performer, the fast-paced musical theater production camp will prepare children for a final performance for family and friends. Skill building and stage confidence will be emphasized along with group participation.

The cost is $200 per child. To register, call Carolyn August at 925-427-1611 or email info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

Las Vegas-style show comes to El Campanil

ANTIOCH -- The Dance Network presents The Golden Follies' "Music Makes Us Dance" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

The performance is a high-energy Las Vegas-style revue featuring fabulous senior performers ages 55-88. The dancers kick, strut and tap to all the classics. Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors (62 and older) and $12 for youths 12 and younger.

For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com. For information about the The Golden Follies, go to www.thegoldenfollies.com.

1950s fabulous foursome

ANTIOCH -- The Diamonds sparkle in Antioch with classic '50s rock ' n' roll at 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

In 1957 The Diamonds released an instant million selling hit called 'Little Darlin'. The song continues to sell worldwide dubbed "the national anthem of rock and roll." The group's many accomplishments include: 33 appearances on American Bandstand, Doo-Wop Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, 16 hit records, three certified gold records, soundtracks of "American Graffiti" and "Happy Days."

Admission is $27 for adults, $25 for seniors 62 and older and youth 6-17 are free with paying adult. For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Blues Review show slated for July 26

ANTIOCH -- Golden State-Lone Star Blues Revue featuring Mark Hummel, Little Charlie Baty and Anson Funderburgh is a cross country meeting of the minds between California and Texas musicians. All have known each other for years.

The rhythm section has played in bands since high school, and all share a deep passion for real blues.

The performance is 8 p.m. July 26 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Admission is $27 for adults, $25 for seniors (62 and older), and $15 for youths 10 to 17.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 925-757-9500 or online at www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Film series presents "Elsa y Fred"

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Elsa y Fred" at 2 p.m. July 27 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. A retired 77-year-old hypochondriac widower, Fred moves to an apartment in Madrid, and eventually meets his next-door neighbor, Elsa, an elderly and feisty Argentinean, whose behavior is unorthodox, to say the least.

The film is part of a collaborative effort with the International Film Showcase, which has a successful foreign film series in Orinda.

The Spanish 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.

ACFA hosts exhibit

at Umpqua Bank

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is hosting an exhibit at Umpqua Bank, 3700 Lone Tree Way. The exhibit is open and continues through July 25.

Umpqua Bank is at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., excluding holidays.

Featured artists are Beverly Knight, Diane Klein Gwynne, James Waters, Karen Nelson Kelly, Vicki Dendy and Victoria Heisler. For more information, email diance@art4antioch.org, call 925-325-9897 or go to www.art4antioch.org.

Starry Night concert brings the blues

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood hosts the Starry Nights in Brentwood concert series.

The series continues July 25 featuring the Project 4 Band with top-40 rhythm, blues and Latin. The concert is in City Park, 710 2nd 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, and enjoy the first of eight summer concerts in the park.

All patrons are asked to follow park rules before, during and after the concerts. That includes no dogs, no glass containers and no audio/video recording devices. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation office at 925-516-5444.

-- Nan Hargis

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