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Antioch’s Independence Day Celebration, Friday, July 4, 2014

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Exciting old fashion kids games, contest, concert series, carnival rides, games, inflatables, roller skating, parade exhibits and more!

Mark your calendar for this year’s Celebrate Antioch Foundation’s Independence Day Celebration on Frida, July 4th, at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.

The foundation has created a new partnership with the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds for a fun-filled day of events for citizens of all ages. This celebration is the perfect place to enjoy live entertainment, exciting old fashion kids games, delicious food, carnival rides, inflatables, and exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment and FREE of charge! The annual 4th of July parade starting at 11 AM in beautiful downtown Antioch on 2nd street.

The celebration will then continue at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. Main stage entertainment starts at 1 PM with a concert series featuring Gospel music from Zion’s Den, a collaboration of churches, a Rock & Roll/Country band, Rosemarie & Rhythm Riders at 2:30 PM, Vocal Ease at 4 PM, and a Jazz/R&B/Motown performance from Ricardo Scales with The Escovedo’s along with many other performances throughout the day. All concerts are FREE. Plus a second community stage with local performers.

While visiting the celebration, enjoy other highlights such as a car show, street performers, old fashion kids games like the three legged race, water balloon toss, egg races, and much more! Plus lots of great prizes. Or hop on a carnival ride, enjoy delicious foods and crafts from local vendors, play in a variety of inflatable jumpies or stroll along the midway and enjoy the view of the spectacular fireworks display starting at approximately 9:15 PM.

For those interested in becoming a vendor, volunteering, or entering in the car show or parade, or want more information on this event please visit the Celebrate Antioch Foundation website on-line at www.CelebrateAntioch.org.

The parade will be starting at 11 AM near the dirt lot at 3rd and A Streets, proceeding down 2nd Street to I Street, around City Hall to 3rd Street and back to the dirt lot. The festivities will then continue at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds where gates will open at 11 AM. Entrance to the event is FREE all day. Parking will be $5. Additional charges will apply to carnival rides, inflatables, etc. No ice chests or food permitted.

The Contra Costa County Fairgrounds is located at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch.

For more information, visit www.CelebrateAntioch.org or call the Fair Office at (925) 757-4400.

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Antioch to celebrate July 4th with parade in downtown, fireworks at fairgrounds

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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Contra Costa County Fair opens Thursday, May 29 and runs through Sunday, June 1

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

 Contra Costa County Fair opens Thursday, May 29 and runs through Sunday, June 1

Exciting arena events, a concert series, carnival rides, livestock, exhibits and more!

The Contra Costa County Fair opening day is Thursday May 29th –Sunday, June 1st

at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.

I AM CHAMPION, HEAR ME ROAR, is the theme for a fun planned four day event for Fair-goers of all ages. The Contra Costa County Fair is the perfect place to enjoy live entertainment, exciting arena events, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and hundreds of exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment and at affordable prices!

For main stage entertainment, the Fair’s 2014 concert series features:

Paperback Writer; a Beatles tribute and Rodeo House on Thursday May 29th,

FOGHAT and Superbad performing on Friday May 30th,

Life in the Fastlane; Songs of the Eagles, and The Spazmatics on Saturday May 31st and

Hispanic Musical Celebration Sunday June 1st with entertainment from 3pm – 9pm

All concerts are FREE with admission to the Fair.

While visiting the Fair, enjoy other highlights such Circus Imagination, Skip Banks, Circus Street, All Alaskan Racing Pigs, the Bird Man, Wood Carvers, Jeremy the Juggler our Wine Pavilion Stage, Roller Derby much more!

Visit www.contracostafair.com for more information including promos and discounts.

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Last chance to enter your exhibit in the Contra Costa County Fair

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Enter on-line by May 1 – it’s fun and easy!

Want to enter something in this year’s Contra Costa County Fair? Imagine the thrill of winning a blue ribbon at the Fair for a special talent. Think you own the best pig, bake the most delicious apple pie, make a beautiful quilt, or have an uncanny knack for making crafts? Be sure to enter the Contra Costa County Fair’s competitive exhibits – and join the thousands of Contra Costa County residents who enter exhibits each year in the Fair. There are hundreds of categories and specialty contests for adults and children.

Now is the time to complete the paperwork for those entries. The Contra Costa County Fair’s Exhibit Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits, is now available on the Fair’s website at www.ContraCostaFair.com. On-line entries are currently being accepted. Simply log-on to the Fair’s website at www.ContraCostaFair.com to complete the entry process.

The Fair is accepting on-line entries until May 1. Visit the Fair’s website from now until May 1 at midnight to complete the process.

This year’s Contra Costa County Fair is May 29 – June 1. For information, visit www.ContraCostaFair.com or call the Fair Office at (925) 757-4400. If you’re interested in receiving a copy of the Fair’s free electronic newsletter, visit the Fair’s website to sign up.

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April at Antioch’s historic El Campanil Theatre

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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Abbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Concert
Saturday April 12, 2014 8:00 pm
Tickets: Adults: $27
Seniors (62 & Over): $25
Youth (Ages 6 – 17): Free With Paid Adult or Senior
RESERVED SEATING
El Campanil Theatre is thrilled to be able to return this amazing show – in between their performances in Vegas, Reno and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
With the resurgence of the 1970′s, the music of ABBA is finding its way back into the hearts of those who lived it then and taking over the hearts of those who are experiencing it for the first time now.
The show is authentic in music and dress and is performed to live music. “S.O.S.”, “Super Trooper” and “Dancing Queen” are re-created with such precision you’ll swear you were listening to the originals themselves. The melodies of “Fernando” and “Chiquitita” will rekindle those feelings of first loves. “Take a Chance on Me” and “Voulez Vous” will lift you out of your seat to dance! 

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This Life (Denmark) – presented by International Film Showcase
Sunday April 13, 2014 1:00 pm
Sunday April 13, 2014 4:00 pm
Tickets: Adults: $8 Seniors (62 & Over): $7
Youth (Ages 10 – 17): Free With Paid Adult or Senior
GENERAL SEATING
The true story of the Fiil’s a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany’s occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live.
Director: Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis
Cast:  Jens Jørn Spottag, Bodil Jørgensen, Thomas Ernst
Language: Danis
English Subtitles
Runtime: 122 min.

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Joni Morris presents a Tribute to the Music of Patsy Cline
Sunday April 27, 2014 3:00 pm (New Date & Time)
Tickets: Adults: $27
Seniors (62 & Over): $25
Youth (Ages 6 – 17): Free With Paid Adult or Senior
RESERVED SEATING
“Morris Has Cline Down Pat” said the newspaper headlines from the San Francisco Examiner of Joni’s most recent performance there. And the San Francisco chronicle’s Date Book section reads “It’s Patsy All Over Again” of her re-creation of the country and western legend, Patsy Cline, at the bay area’s Alcazar Theatre.
Joni, from Stockton, California, has traveled nationally for the past fifteen years with her extremely talented “Jordanaires singing style” four-piece band. Audiences love her tributes to the music of Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Legendary Ladies in Country Music, Christmas Shows, and Joni’s own original music, included in every show.
Her performance is a solid one, saturated with true showmanship and authentic sound and personality. We’re transported back to Golden Years of the late 50’s and 60’s with songs like “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “My Happiness,” and “Where the Boys Are.”
Joni sings each song brilliantly and adds dazzling costumes and comedy too, but nothing shines so bright as her ability to connect with audience.

For tickets visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com, stop by the Box Office at 602 W 2nd St., Antioch (next door to the theatre) or call (925) 757-9500.

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Antioch’s Lenard “The KYD” Jackson performs in play at Los Medanos in April

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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Antioch rising star actor/comedian/musician Lenard The KYD Jackson lands the lead role of Damon in the thriller play Descending into Darkness.

The KYD (Know Your Destiny) – his brand, gives a rousing performance that will leave you in amazement. Please don’t miss Descending into Darkness.

Los Medanos College Little Theater (in the back of campus) 2700 Leland Road, Pittsburg.

The show runs April 5, 7,10,11 12 and 14, 2014. Showtime: 8 P.M. Admission: $10.00, Students $7.00.

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Soweto Gospel Choir in Stockton on Saturday

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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Antioch’s Michael Semanick nominated for more Oscar gold

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

By Luke Johnson & Allen Payton

Antioch native Michael Semanick has received his tenth Academy Award nomination for Best Sound for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and has a chance to bring home a third Oscar Trophy.

The sound mixer earned his first Academy Award nomination in 2001 for “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring,” and later won for the first time in 2004 for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” Semanick went on to wrap his hands around more gold in 2006 for his work in “King Kong.”

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Poster from the 2004 Antioch event for Semanick.

Antioch held a celebration of his first Oscar win, in 2004. Semanick gave a talk at Antioch High’s Beede Auditorium, followed by a reception at Schooner’s.

Semanick did the mixing for the latest Hobbit movie in New Zealand, last fall.

This year, he’s up against four other movies: Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Captain Phillips and Lone Survivor.

Since 1987, the 51-year-old Semanick has taken part in over 110 films, and he said it has gone by too quickly.

Sometimes I think ‘Did I really do all that?’” Semanick said. “I don’t realize until afterwards and I say to myself, ‘Wow! That’s what I’ve been doing.’”

Before graduating from Antioch High School in 1981, Semanick found a passion for music and performing arts, and knew that was the career path he wanted to pursue since his sophomore year.

He said the best part of his success is sharing it with the Antioch community, and hopes to inspire others that come out of the small suburban town.

I want people to say, ‘If he can do it, I can do it, too,” Semanick added.

The Oscar winner said one of his biggest mentors has been his drama teacher Theresa Rossi at Antioch High. The school’s drama program has been defunct since 2012. Semanick feels it is a shame that something that was incredibly influential to him is no longer existent.

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony will take place Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theater, which used to be the Kodak Theater – where they’ve been held since 2001, in Hollywood and televised on the ABC network, beginning at 4 p.m.

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In a separate, two-hour conversation on Wednesday, February 19, Semanick shared more background on the Academy Awards and his work:

Nominees are always on the floor of the theater. He was seated in the back, but close enough to get up to the stage, if announced.

Two years ago I took my daughter,” he said. “This year, I’m taking my 15-year-old son.”

The wife, daughter, and the rest of his family will be in Los Angeles, as well, and probably go to a viewing party of the live broadcast.

The studio parties are usually held on Thursday or Friday nights. Warner Brothers is having a party for all of the nominees for their movies.

The studios scaled back since 2008, with less extravagant spending even though the companies were making more money than ever.

Semanick is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences and in the Sound Mixers and Editors Union.

The various divisions of the Academy nominate their own members. Actors only nominate actors, directors only nominate directors and sound branch members can nominate for sound and best picture.

So you’re really being chosen by your peers,” he said. “But the voting is open to any active member of the Academy. So I can vote for all the categories.”

Technically you should have watched the movies if you’re going to vote,” said Semanick. “Voting just opened up and closes next week. I don’t want to be swayed by friendship. I ask myself oes it stand on it’s own merit

He pointed out that there’s a difference between sound editing and sound mixing, and each has its own category for Oscar nominations and awards.

On winning an Oscar:

It can be kind of a curse,” Semanick said with a laugh. “After winning my second Oscar I stopped getting work because they assumed they couldn’t afford me, because I had raised my rates.”

He doesn’t have an agent or a public relations person.

I’m just fortunate they keep nominating me,” he added.

On his particular craft:

Sound in a movie is good. But it can be too loud and it pushes people out of the movie.”

The key is to keep it well balanced.

For me it’s all about creating dynamic in a soundtrack.”

New projects?

He’s working on a picture called Big Eyes, by Tim Burton, starring Amy Adams, which is based on the painters of the big eye paintings, Margaret and Walter Keane.

It’s a drama about who actually did the paintings,” Semanick shared. “He took all the credit but she did the actual paintings, locked in a closet. It actually happened in Marin County and it’s a fascinating story.”

Then, he’ll be working on 22 Jump Street, then a David Fincher movie called Gone Girl.

Then off to New Zealand for Hobbit 3, for the third and final installment.

The other movies for which he was nominated for an Academy Award are The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
To learn more about Michael Semanick, visit www.redmachinemm.com/msemanick/.
Publisher’s Note: We wish Michael good luck, this Sunday night and will be watching with fingers crossed!
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