Archive for the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ Category

Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert at El Campanil, March 4

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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See the family-friendly movie, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, showing now at East County theaters

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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If you’re looking for a clean, family-friendly film with a positive story, to take the kids to see, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is the one.

Former child star Gavin Stone (Brett Dalton) must perform 200 hours of community service after trashing a hotel in his Illinois hometown. Temptation strikes when Stone learns that the church he’s assigned to clean is staging a lavish religious production. After landing the lead role of Jesus Christ, Gavin finds himself drawn to the show’s director (Anjelah Johnson-Reyes), a young woman who also happens to be the daughter of the affable pastor (D.B. Sweeney).

Directed by Dallas Jenkins, who produced the independent feature Hometown Legend at the age of 25 and shepherded it to distribution by Warner Brothers. He made his directing debut with the short film Cliché, and his next short film, Midnight Clear, starring Stephen Baldwin, won a Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival and was the opening night selection of the San Diego Film Festival. He is the co-executive producer of Though None Go With Me, a Hallmark Channel feature that aired in April 2006.

In 2007 Jenkins directed and produced Midnight Clear, based on the short, which won awards in festivals all over the country, including the San Jose Cinequest Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for “Best First Feature,” and the “Audience Favorite” award at the Kansas International Film Festival. It’s currently available on DVD from Lionsgate. His latest feature What If…, starring Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, Debby Ryan, and John Ratzenberger released in theaters in 2010 and is currently available on DVD.

The film is distributed by Walden Media who brought you the Chronicles of Narnia movies. It’s currently showing at Maya Cinemas in Pittsburg and AMC Theaters in Brentwood. Check movie times and buy tickets on Fandango.

View the official trailer by clicking here.

 

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American Pickers to film in California this spring, looking for people with unique antique collections

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe of the American Pickers TV show.

Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe of the American Pickers TV show.

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to CALIFORNIA! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in Spring 2017. AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on the History channel. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques.

They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST (653-7878).

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Enjoy dinner and dancing on Valentine’s Day at Lone Tree Golf & Event Center

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Lone Tree Valentines

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Winner of Antioch’s Martin Luther King Day annual Reggie Moore Scholarship Award shares his poem

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

By Allen Payton

Sage Bennett, a sophomore at Antioch High School, was the winner of this year’s Reggie Moore Scholarship Award, which was presented to him during Monday’s annual Antioch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.

The $400 scholarship is in memory of the late Councilman Reggie Moore who was the first African-American elected to the Antioch City Council. It was presented by former Mayor Wade Harper and Moore’s widow Dashon and family.

Sage shared his poem based on this year’s theme, United by the Dream, that day and with our readers, here:

Change

By Sage Bennett

Change is a word,

Meaning a difference in ways,

Like from black to white,

Years and then to days

Change is inevitable,

As some people come to fear,

Change is in the workings,

And change is with us, in this new year

Dr. Martin Luther King,

A man of great word,

He was killed for what he preached,

As some thought it was absurd.

He often spoke of a greater future,

One where we can love, cherish, and nurture,

One where his four little children would not be bound by discrimination,

One where he might still be alive,

if not for his assassination

We are able to sit here,

Together,

In this room today,

While fifty-three years ago the blacks would be all sent away,

Given by the Creator,

A set of “unalienable rights”,

Given to all men by the Declaration,

Not just the whites

Segregation brought separation,

lost communication, and fright,

Things we seen often in the day,

And often in the night

Oppression in the media,

Police Brutality in the streets,

Social injustice in the schools,

And again so it repeats

You can’t have a house,

without a door,

You can’t have a school,

without a teacher,

Although I could go on,

The point is you can’t have the dream,

without the dreamer

So Dream on.

Although change is slow,

From what we can see,

Change is happening everywhere,

And it’s coming with the fee

By following his theme,

We could turn dream into reality,

We could save this world’s credibility,

And save it from fatality,

Our country, our world, can be much better than it seems,

Stand with me, together, United by the Dream.

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Classical Broadway music coming to Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre, Feb. 19

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and much more

Hadleigh Adams

Hadleigh Adams

What a more perfect way to end the week of Valentine’s Day than by taking your sweetheart to hear Hadleigh Adams sing the songs of Classical Broadway. The internationally acclaimed baritone and soloist will be celebrating the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and much more on Sunday, February 19 at 3:00 PM.

Hadleigh Adams is a New Zealand-born baritone now resident in the United States. He has a demanding concert schedule on the opera stage having recently performed at London’s Royal National Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, and for two years he was a principal young artist at the San Francisco Opera taking the stage in over 75 performances.

In his Classical Broadway program, Hadleigh showcases his passion for musical theatre performing a collection of songs from Broadway’s most beloved shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, and Les Miserables.  Contemporary classics from the songbooks of Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber will also be featured…and, don’t be surprised if Hadleigh throws in a favorite operatic aria or two.

El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown.

For Tickets: Adults $27, Seniors (62& over) $25, Youth (under 18) $10, call the Box Office at  (925) 757-9500 or visit http://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/classical-broadway.html.

For more information about Hadleigh Adams, visit www.hadleighadams.com.

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Audition for The Drama Factory’s Poe, Maupessant play Jan. 16 and 17

Friday, January 6th, 2017

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Snow Queen play, Simon and Garfunkel tribute at El Campanil Theatre in January

Friday, January 6th, 2017

snow-queenx250El Campanil Children’s Theatre presents Snow Queen

A magical, wintry wonderland awaits this charming children’s show, closely adapted from the same Hans Christian Andersen tale as Disney’s Frozen.  The Flurries, the icy imps of the Snow Queen, conjure up a cruel spell to make a magical mirror that reflects the ugly side of humanity.  Hardly impressed, the Snow Queen smashes the mirror to set her more dastardly plan into motion.  While cousins Gerda and Kay play tag, Kay gets a shard of the shattered mirror stuck in his eye, and it turns him into a rotten brat.  The Snow Queen kidnaps the boy and takes him to her Ice Castle.  Timid Gerda is determined to rescue her best friend, armed only with a Gypsy’s jar of warm wishes and giggle-inducing snickerdoodles.  On her journey, she encounters a cursed gardener, talking flowers, a mischievous fox, a know-it-all crow, a generous princess and rowdy robbers.  Once at the castle, Gerda uses the jar of warm wishes to melt the Flurries and the  magical cookies to warm Kay’s heart again. Thanks to Gerda’s own warm heart and her loving, forgiving nature, the Snow Queen transforms into the Sun Queen and the Flurries  return as Sunbeams.

Friday, January, 20, 2017  7:30 pm
Sunday, January, 22, 2017  2:00 pm
General Seating

Ticket Prices:  Adults: $12   Seniors (62 & Over): $10  Youth (17 & Under):  $8 – Buy tickets by clicking, here.

simon-and-garfunkel-tributeThe Music of Simon and Garfunkel
Performed By AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli

Swearingen & Kelli recreate the music, memories and magic of the most famous folk-rock duo of our time, Simon and Garfunkel. AJ Swearingen has been performing this music for twenty years with mastery of Paul Simon’s intricate guitar playing. His deep baritone blends perfectly against Kelli’s angelic vocals, which invoke a true sound in the spirit of Art Garfunkel. The duo has been performing music together since 2010. Together and separately they have shared the stage with Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Livingston Taylor, John McCutcheon and many more.

Saturday January 21, 2017  8:00 pm
Reserved Seating

Tickets Prices: Adults: $27   Seniors (62 & Over): $25   Youth: (under 18): $10 – Buy tickets by clicking, here.

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