Brentwood Writes to host open mic
BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Writes will feature all forms of the written word at an open mic at 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.
All short work -- poetry, short story, nonfiction or any other creative work -- is welcome.
Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform.
The group encourages participants to bring work on any subject, their own or that of another writer, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive.
Everyone is invited, whether performing or listening and enjoying.
This event is free and open to the public. Brentwood Writes is an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Community Library. Kati Short, poet laureate, is the host.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-634-6655.
Art Guild of Delta puts call out for artists
BRENTWOOD -- The Art Guild of the Delta presents a First Judged Show 2014.
Artists must register by Aug. 1 and drop off art 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 and 5 at the gallery, 2485 Sand Creek Road. An opening reception will be 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Bring a bottle of wine or beverage to share. The exhibit begins Aug. 11.
Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.
All 2D and 3D to include glass, pottery and sculptures are acceptable.
Cash award for Best in Category of 2D, 3D and Juror's Choice. Honorable mentions in each category will also be awarded. Artists' works will be available for purchase during the show with proceeds distributed to the artists.
For fee and registration information, go to www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325 9897.
Art, wine & jazz fest coming to Brentwood
BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Art Society will host the annual Brentwood Art, Wine & Jazz Festival at the Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road.
The event is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 30 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31. The festival brings together local vintners, artists and musicians representing a multiple genres of jazz.
The Artist Garden will feature original pieces by more than 40 local artists in various media, including oil watercolor, pencil, clay, bronze and more.
Wine at the Fountain will host local vintners and wineries, including Hannah Nicole Vineyards, Bloomfield Vineyards, Tamayo Family Vineyards, J. Doran Vineyards, and Cline Cellars. For those who prefer a microbrew, Black Diamond Brewery and BJ's Restaurant and Brewery will offer cold brews.
Jazz on the Stage offers music featuring the jazz talents of Kaye Bohler, Juan Escovedo, Delta Wires and more, along with performances by the Big Bands of Liberty and Heritage high schools and a cappella groups, including Divas, Pink Ladies and Jag.
Admission is free. For information, call 925-516-2741, go to www.brentwoodartsociety.org.
An enchanted evening in Antioch
ANTIOCH -- Nuhad Levasseur and In The Light Voice Studio present "An Enchanted Evening" at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St, The show features highlights from Disney shows, such as "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," "Frozen," "Enchanted," and others. Also included in the showcase are highlights from the Broadway musicals "Wicked" and "Into The Woods."
Many of In The Light Voice Studio's singers have been on American Idol, appeared in major television shows, and have gone on to land recording contracts.
General seating is $13, youth 12 and younger. For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Dennis Regan to perform his comedy act
PITTSBURG -- Comedy at the California Theatre presents headliner Dennis Regan, featuring Phil Johnson and hosted by Karinda Dobbins Copy.
Regan is known for his quick wit and funny insights into the world. 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 925-634-7742.
'The Music Man' playing in Brentwood
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 through Aug. 2 at the Liberty High School Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 250 Second 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 email@example.com.
Antioch summer concerts continue
ANTIOCH -- The Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch presents the Saturday Summer Concert Series with Project4 Band featuring soul, Latin, and rhythm and blues. 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.
Blues Revue show is slated for Saturday
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. Saturday 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.
Storytelling event in Antioch Aug. 11
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 present an excerpt of her solo performance "House Under Water." The show is best suited for adults and teens. Bring a snack to share.
Admission is free; donations are appreciated. For information go to www.meetup.com/storyswaps.
The Diamonds to perform rock 'n' roll
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 "Little Darlin'" hit. 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.
Film series presents 'Elsa y Fred'
ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Elsa y Fred" at 2 p.m. Sunday 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.
Starry Night concert brings the blues
BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood Starry Nights in Brentwood concert series continues Friday featuring the Project 4 Band with rhythm, blues and Latin.
The concert is in City Park, 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, 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.
On Aug 1, The Citations will be performing blues, blues rock.
For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation office at 925-516-5444.
Brentwood Art Walls third show
BRENTWOOD -- "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 and be open for public viewing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 925-516-5444.
-- Nan Hargis