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The Drama Factory presents The Cat and The Devil play in Antioch starting Friday night

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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Antioch’s Ashley Morgan auditions for The Voice – watch it next week to see if she makes it

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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Ashley Morgan as Cici in Freeze the Night at Disney California Adventure from her Facebook fan page. by Rachel B. Photography

By Allen Payton

Ashley Morgan, from Antioch, the youngest member of a musical family, auditioned for the TV show The Voice, earlier this month.

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This was posted on Ashley Morgan’s Facebook fan page on February 6.

She wasn’t on either of this week’s shows on Monday or Tuesday. So, we’ll have to watch, again next Monday and Tuesday night, to see if she makes it and how she does.

Ashley’s mother Patti and father Keith sing in the choir and he plays the bass guitar as part of the worship team at Golden Hills Community Church, where her brother David is the music minister. Her brother, Stephen is also a music minister, at Concord Bible Church.

She’s already experienced some success in her blossoming musical career. According to her Facebook fan page, the 27-year-old, 2006 graduate of Antioch High School has provided background vocals for many recording projects and live performances including, The Voice, American Idol, The X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, The Grammys, the AMA’s, Duets, Dancing With The Stars, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Seal, Jackie Evancho, Janelle Monae, and Austin Mahone when he opened for Taylor Swift. She is also a session singer, worship leader, vocal arranger, performer as Alice in the Mad Hatter Band for Mad T Party and Cici for Freeze The Night, singing “Let It Go” at Disney California Adventure.

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Ashley Morgan as Alice in Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure from her Facebook fan page.

Ashley has also been a featured soloist at many churches and events around the world and is currently a freelance vocalist in the Orange County/Los Angeles area.

A 2010 graduate of Azusa Pacific University in Music Business, she was a student of local vocal teacher Nuhad Levasseur, owner of In The Light Voice Studio in Brentwood and is a singer with the band Faultlines, self-described as a Los Angeles folk outfit, which she and friends started, last summer.

You can follow her career by liking her fan page on Facebook. To see a sampling of her singing, visit www.youtube.com/user/ashleymorgan72. Follow Faultlines on Facebook at www.facebook.com/officialfaultlines and Twitter at https://twitter.com/faultlinesongs.

Good luck on The Voice, Ashley!

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Art exhibit continues through March at Umpqua Bank in Antioch

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Bernice Lucerno and Lori Cook, whose artwork is on display, talk during the reception for the latest art exhibit at Umpqua Bank in Antioch, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

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Residents enjoyed the art exhibit during the reception at Umpqua Bank on Feb. 4.

By Allen Payton

Antioch residents attended the free artist reception for Umpqua Bank’s bi-monthly art exhibit on Wednesday, February 4th, and enjoyed outstanding artwork, refreshments and conversation.

The current and free exhibit continues through March 30th.

Umpqua Bank is located at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM, excluding bank holidays.

For more information or if you are an artist who would like to participate in future exhibits visit www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.

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Antioch’s Art4Schools exhibit at Lynn House Gallery continues this Wednesday and Saturday

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Guests enjoy the display of art by high school stuents in Antioch at the Lynn House Gallery on February 4, 2015.

Art by students at Antioch, Dozier-Libbey Medical and Prospects High Schools

DSCF0058 300x225 Antiochs Art4Schools exhibit at Lynn House Gallery continues this Wednesday and SaturdayThe Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch continues their 10th Annual Art4Schools Exhibits, this week, through Saturday, February 21, at the Lynn House Gallery. It features artworks by students from three Antioch high schools, Antioch, Dozier-Libbey Medical and Prospects High Schools.

The gallery is located in Antioch’s historic Rivertown District at 809 W. Fist Street (across from the Amtrak Train Station) and is open from 1 – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free.

Directions: From Highway 4 Eastbound or Westbound, take the “A” Street Exit. Go north on “A” Street. At the river, “A” Street curves to the left and becomes West Second Street. Turn right on “I” Street, then left on West First Street. The gallery is on the left hand side.

For more information visit www.art4antioch.org/lynn-house.asp

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Doreen’s School of the Dance celebrates 60 years of success

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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Owner Mimi Costa-White teaches a class of tap dancers at Doreen’s School of the Dance in Antioch.

By Allen Payton

For over 60 years, Doreen’s School of the Dance has been teaching students ballet, tap and jazz, in Antioch. Started by Doreen Pokusa, in 1954, the school has been owned by her daughter, Mimi Costa-White for the last 35 years, after having worked there since she was a young girl.

The school’s first performance was held at the El Campanil Theatre in Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown, and some of the students autographs can be seen on the wall downstairs in the dressing rooms. These days their annual performances are held in June, at Antioch High’s Beede Auditorium, which has a much larger stage and can hold twice as many people.

The main thrust of our studio is not about competition,” Costa-White shared. “We’re a family studio and all students get to perform on stage.”

The net proceeds from the performance have always gone to college scholarships at both Antioch and Deer Valley High Schools, she added.

Several of their students have gone on to dance on Broadway and for all the Disney theme parks. Others have gone to work behind the scenes, as well and one former student is now an executive at Disney.

Their students get the benefit of Costa-White’s nationally recognized knowledge and experience. She is the past National President of Dance Masters of America (DMA), a 145-year-old organization in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

She’s the author of the DMA Ballet Manual, entitled “The Art of Teaching Ballet,” which is required reading to pass the test for those who want to be members of the organization. It is used in hundreds of ballet studios across the country.

All of Doreen’s teachers are members of DMA and are certified to teach ballet.

Costa-White was also an administrator at the DMA’s teacher training school at the State University of New York in Buffalo, which put her in charge of both the faculty and curriculum.

Dancing since the age of three, her extensive dance education includes studying with the San Francisco Ballet and The Royal Academy of Dancing. She has performed with the San Francisco State University Dance Ensemble and the New York City Ballet.

She also knew the famous Donald O’Connor, who danced with Gene Kelly in “Singing in the Rain,” and served as President of the Professional Dancers Society, which Costa-White was a member.

However, her time, now is focused here, in Antioch and devoted to their students.

We love these children like they’re our own family,” Costa-White stated. “We teach in a loving and encouraging environment with mutual respect – and we never raise our voices to our kids.”

The school has taught many families throughout the years.

We have third and fourth-generation students,” she added.

Known as Miss Mimi, Costa-White says in her welcome letter to students “Dance offers so much more than just competency of steps. We encourage and nurture the love of all types of music, develop poise and confidence, emphasize motor skills and, above all, have fun!”

Doreen’s School of the Dance is located at 520 West Third Street. For more information visit them online at www.doreensdance.com or call (925) 757-8981.

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Art4Schools High School Exhibits at the Lynn House Gallery in February

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Opening Reception, Wednesday, February 4 from 4 – 6 p.m.

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From the 2014 Art4Schools High School reception at the Lynn House Gallery.

The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is proud to present artworks from Antioch High School students at the 10th Annual Art4Schools Exhibits at the Lynn House Gallery. There are many talented students in Antioch and this an opportunity to showcase their art like a professional artist in a local gallery. Antioch High School Art Instructors have selected the artworks which will be on exhibit from February 4th – February 21st, with an opening reception on February 4th from 4-6 PM. The gallery is open every Wednesday and Saturday from Saturday February 7th – 21st. 

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Local art lover, Tom Lamothe, discusses artworks with Antioch High School art teacher Dalu Lingemann at the 2014 reception.

The Art4Schools program has a second exhibit featuring student artworks from Antioch Middle School, Black Diamond Middle School, Dallas Ranch Middle School and Park Middle School from March 11th – March 28th. The opening reception will be held March 11th, from 4-6 PM.  

The Arts4Schools Program is sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, the City of Antioch and a Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund Grant from Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover. In addition to sponsoring the gallery exhibit, Supervisor Glover through the Keller Canyon Mitigation Grant, provides $500 to each participating school to be used for art and cultural supplies and educational endeavors. For more information about each exhibit call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897 or email Diane@Art4Antioch.org. The Lynn House Gallery is located in the Rivertown District at 809 W. First Street, Antioch (across from the AMTRAK Train Station) and is open from 1 – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibits and admission is free. 

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February – March Art Exhibit at Umpqua Bank in Antioch

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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By Jeanette Ahern

The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch’s continues their partnership with Antioch’s Umpqua Bank and features seven artists in their upcoming exhibit. The bank is a perfect venue for local artists to showcase their work, which changes every two months. The featured artists for the February and March are: Jeanette Ahern, Lori Cook, Robin Mayoff, Beverly Knight, Bernice Lucerno, Denise Press and Andre’ Salvador. The new exhibit began February 1st and continues through March 30th.  The free artist reception is Wednesday, February 4th, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM.  Please attend the reception to show your support for these outstanding artists. Umpqua Bank is located at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM, excluding bank holidays.

For more information or if you are an artist who would like to participate in future exhibits visit www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.

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Antioch Historical Society’s free vintage Antioch photo exhibit in February

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

AHS Museum Antioch Historical Societys free vintage Antioch photo exhibit in February

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 1 – 4 PM

1500 West 4th Street, Antioch

The special exhibit for February features vintage photos of Antioch. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Antioch’s early days and envision how today’s Antioch relates to “old” Antioch.

For more information, call (925) 757-1326 or email antiochhistoricalsociety@comcast.net. The museum is open 1 – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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