Archive for the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ Category

Contra Costa County Poetry Out Loud competition, this Saturday, Feb. 6

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Poetry Out LoudHow do we help young people enjoy poetry? One answer is Poetry Out Loud (POL),  a national recitation contest open to high school students. Poetry Out Loud generates a love of poetry, helps students master public speaking and builds self-confidence.

The County Finals competition will be held 11:00 a.m., this Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Los Lomas High School Theatre, 1460 South Main in Walnut Creek.

You will hear great poetry recited by the best high school finalists as they compete to be this year’s County Winner.

This free event is presented by the Arts & Cultural Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5).

The State Finals will be held in Sacramento on February 28 and 29, 2016.

For more information about AC5, visit their website at www.ac5.org.

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Antioch Historical Society Museum to host Art & Our Delta show in February

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Feb2016DeltaExhibitThe Antioch Historical Society will host Art & Our Delta at the museum, featuring photographs by Larry Kramm, decoy and bird carvings by several artists, and Saturday demonstrations of carving by Jim Burcio.

The art of decoy carving is considered one of the five authentic American art forms, as it originated with the Indians of North American and was then turned into wood carving by the first American settlers. It is an art form that did not exist in Europe.

The show opens Wednesday, February 3rd and Saturday the 6th will be the first big day with Burcio demonstrating wood carving of his shore birds. They hope to have one Saturday (possibly Feb. 20th) with antique decoys for sale.

The museum is located at 1500 West Fourth Street. For more information call (925) 757-1326.

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Hip hop musical “My Block” starring Antioch’s Lenard “The KYD” Jackson to run Feb 9-11 in Pittsburg

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

My BlockBy Rick Sullivan

The soon to be award winning hip hop musical, My Block, will run February 9, 10, and 11 at the California Theatre in Pittsburg and feature Antioch’s own Lenard “The KYD” Jackson. This new, breakthrough musical, by Pittsburg native Federico Bartolo III, has been referred to by many as “The musical version of the Wire.”

You don’t want to miss this play, with an original sound track that will be one you’ll want to purchase and take home.

The story centers around Raphael, a young man living in an urban city where money is hard to come by and you have to fight for what you get. His best friends run drugs and the lead the gang that rules the streets of his block. While his friends entice him to join them in making easy money in the streets Raphie finds the love of his life. The only problem is the woman he is falling for is the little sister of his best friend. Will Raphie fight his circumstances to be with the woman he loves or be seduced by the fast life of easy money and crime? Join us for an incredible event filled with unforgettable music, explosive dancing, and breathtaking drama that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The California Theatre is located at 351 Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg.

Performances will be Tuesday – Thursday, February 9-11 at 7 PM

Tickets are $15 General Admission, $12 with student or military ID, $10 with high school or middle school ID and can be purchased at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

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Auditions for Antioch’s The Drama Factory production of Dracula to be held Jan. 20, 21

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Dracula auditions1/20/16  and 1/21/16  at 7 pm

Nick Rodriguez Theatre, 213  F  Street, Antioch

The timeless vampire play will be brought back to life this winter by The Drama Factory.

From Transylvania to London, a blood thirsty count stalks his victims under cover of night, only to return to his coffin before the sun rises. A strange illness has gripped a a doctors asylum, with no explanation of its origin….Will our band of heroes be able to stop this horrible ghoul, before a young woman dear to them falls prey to the vampire’s curse? Come and see. You may be the next.

Auditions are open to all, ages 13 and above. We encourage people of all experience levels to audition. As with all of The Drama Factory’s productions, there is no participation fee. For more information visit www.dramafactory.org.

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Free art exhibit at Umpqua Bank in Antioch, January through March

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
Rangers House by Joel Summerhill.

Rangers House by Joel Summerhill.

The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch (ACFA) exhibit at Antioch’s Umpqua Bank features five artists in the upcoming January – March Exhibit. The bank is a perfect venue for local artists to showcase their work, which changes every three months.

Featured artists are Gloria Cannon, Ken Tomlin, Beverly Prather-Martinez, Stanley Morgan, Joel Summerhill and  Beverly C. Turner.

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

ACFA is currently seeking artists for the ongoing exhibit. If you are interested in participating, please or for more information email Diane Gibson-Gray at Diane@Art4Antioch.org, call (925) 325-9897 or visit their website at  www.art4antioch.org.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Harvey and the Wallbangers Band at Tailgaters in Antioch

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

TG NYE 2016 flyer

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Christmas musical at Golden Hills Community Church in Antioch, Sunday evening

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Golden Hills Antioch 12-15

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Christmas musical at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, Saturday and Christmas Eve

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Golden Hills Brentwood 12-15

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