Archive for the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ Category

East County Grand Community Chanukah Festival and Menorah Lighting in Brentwood Dec. 18

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

Biggest Menorah in Eastern Contra Costa!

You are invited to join us for a grand Chanukah Celebration

Come celebrate the Festival of Lights with Chabad of the Delta and our surrounding communities as we light the Grand Menorah on Sunday, December 18 at 4:30 pm in Brentwood City Park.

Our local community leaders will participate in kindling the giant “Menorah of Freedom”. There will be fun activities for everyone including:

  • Chanukah crafts, glitter art and a photo op!
  • Delicious traditional latkes and donuts!
  • A Grand Raffle!
  • Fire and LED performer Aaron Zamarron

For many of us, Chanukah prompts warm, loving memories from our childhood. We light the Menorah every night of the 8-night holiday. These lights offer warmth, joy, strength, inspiration and renews our sense of identity.

Rabbi Peretz Goldshmid, director of the Chabad of the Delta Jewish Center, describes Chanukah as “a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition. In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jersusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place.”

As we celebrate in East Contra Costa, we join millions the world over, promoting the universal message that good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness!

Make sure not to miss this opportunity to celebrate with your family and friends! Outdoor event, please dress accordingly.

This is a FREE event. All donations are appreciated! Register by clicking here.

For more information, contact Chabad of the Delta at (925) 420-4999 or online at JewishDelta.com/Chanukah.

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Alice in Winter Wonderland ballet in Brentwood Dec. 18

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

Fabulous Feet Dance Studio presents their Winter Ballet Performance of “Alice in Winter Wonderland” Sunday, Dec. 18 at Heritage High School in Brentwood. The ballet begins at 4:00 p.m.

Artistic Directors Kimberley Karbowski and Denise Williams.

Tickets are $20 each and available at Eventbrite.

For more information about the studio visit Fabulous Feet Dance Studio or their Facebook page.

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Frank E. Ballesteros presents annual Humbug! play in Antioch December 16-24

Friday, November 25th, 2022

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Performances of Joy – The Urban Nutcracker in Pittsburg Dec. 10

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Aspire Visual & Performing Arts Academy is performing at the Pittsburg High Creative Arts Building on Saturday, December 10 with a cast of some 100 scholars, grades Kindergarten to 12th grade from across Contra Costa County for our annual holiday production of Joy – The Urban Nutcracker!  This urban take on the classic ballet, The Nutcracker, is a fun filled, colorful and moving, holiday production that includes singing, dancing and acting.

Tickets available at joytheurbannutcracker.eventbrite.com.

 

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Dracula play in Antioch Nov. 4-6, 11 & 12

Monday, October 31st, 2022

Tickets are available on-line or in person half-hour before the performance – and don’t forget that Sunday 11/05 matinee is Free Senior Sunday! All are welcome, it’s free for our Senior attendees. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.dramafactory.org/tickets-dracula
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CCMT returns with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

After two-year hiatus Contra Costa Musical Theatre brings fun and laughs to El Campanil Theatre in Antioch Nov. 4-20

By Liz Nunan, Chair, Marketing Committee, Contra Costa Musical Theatre

Contra Costa Musical Theatre (CCMT) is thrilled to present the non-profit organization’s first musical production in over two years, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!” The show will run on select dates Nov 4 – 20, and tickets are $38 for adults and $32 for Youth and Senior showgoers. Tickets are available on the El Campanil Theatre website.

About the Show 

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a riotous ride, complete with audience participation and a delightful den of comedic genius. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, this fabulous musical features a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

The plot centers around an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter, one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

About the Production 

CCMT’s production is directed by John Maio, produced by David Pinkham with Musical Direction from Kerry Leyden and choreography by Justin Sabino. The cast features wonderfully talented performers from across the Bay Area.

After many wonderful years at the Lesher Theater in Walnut Creek, CCMT productions are now traveling to different theaters across the community in an effort to reach new audiences. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented at the historic El Campanil Theatre in Antioch.

PLEASE NOTE: This production is rated PG-13 due to a small number of profanities and vulgarities.

About CCMT

Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Inc. (CCMT) was founded in August 1961 with the purpose of bringing high-quality Broadway musicals to the East Bay. We are a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to an appreciation for and involvement in musical theatre of the highest quality. Since those early beginnings, CCMT productions have been presented on a variety of stages. We have been honored with numerous Shellie Awards and Bay Area Theatre Critic Circle Awards for our productions and the artists associated with our productions, and have had the unique privilege of presenting several East Bay Premieres in recent seasons.

 

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Night of the Living Dead play at Antioch Historical Museum Oct. 28-30

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

“We The Madd Hatter Players are delighted to return to the Antioch Historical Society Museum to play once again ‘The Night of the Living Dead’ during this 2022 Halloween Season! We wish to thank Dwayne Eubanks-President and its Board of Directors for having us this year!

Thank you.”

Frank Ballesteros, Artistic Director

The museum is located at 1500 W. 4th Street in Antioch. For more information visit www.antiochhistoricalmuseum.org.

 

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Les Misérables: School Edition by El Campanil Theatre Academy continues Saturday and Sunday

Saturday, September 24th, 2022

Source: El Campanil Theatre

EL CAMPANIL THEATRE PRESENTS AN EL CAMPANIL THEATRE ACADEMY PRODUCTION
LES MISÉRABLES: SCHOOL EDITION
SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2022
ADULTS: $15, SENIORS: $12, YOUTH: $10
Directed by Joel Roster
Musical Direction by Carl Pantle
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil
English Libretto by Herbert Kretzmer
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo

Costumes: Hope Birdwell, Edie Moore Olson, Marcy Bowie
Lighting Design: Drake Marwick
Scenic Design: Joshua Patterson

The time is now; the day is here! The musical that enraptured the world and won 10 Tony Awards comes to Antioch in the hands of the young performers of El Campanil Theatre Academy! Set in 19th century France and spanning 18 years, this universal tale of love, loss, sin, and redemption set against the backdrop of the infamous June Rebellion promises to be the jaw-dropping event of the year!

15 young artists tell an epic story originally intended to be told by approximately 30-35 adults.

PLEASE NOTE: This production is rated PG-13 for language, violence, mature themes, and adult situations.

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

For tickets visit Event Details – Les Misérables: School Edition – El Campanil Theatre (patronbase.com)

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