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Tribute to Carole King by the Stephanie D Band at El Campanil Theatre May 22

Friday, May 6th, 2022

Tickets available at www.elcampaniltheatre.com or by calling (925) 757-9500.

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Contra Costa County Fair exhibit competition online entries close April 8

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

Fair workers also needed

ANTIOCH – Online entries for the 2022 Contra Costa County Fair exhibit competitions close Friday, April 8th. 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, made a beautiful quilt, or have an uncanny knack for making crafts? Want to see who’s the best in all of Contra Costa County? Then be sure to enter the Contra Costa County Fair’s competitive exhibits!

Entry information available on the fair’s website www.contracostafair.com

Cows, Corndogs & Carnival Rides. Oh My!! May 12-15 is sure to be a fun event for children of all ages, with new exhibits & entertainment, the carnival, livestock and the always popular Fair food. Money saving pre-sale tickets will be available starting April 22 and ending May 9.

Are you interested in working at The Fair? We are looking for Parking Attendants, Ticket Takers, Ticket Sellers and Information Booth Attendants. Visit contracostafair.com for details on each job position and to print out an application. Interviews and hiring will be on April 30th from 9am to 2pm at The Fair Administration Office Board Room.

For additional information visit our website at www.contracostafair.com, or like us on Facebook.

The County Fair is held at the Contra Costa Event Park at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch.

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Tryouts for The Whiz Jr. play for Antioch residents only begin Thursday

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

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Local leader encourages watching Lifetime Channel premiere of powerful anti-sex trafficking film Saturday, March 26

Friday, March 25th, 2022

LIFETIME CHANNEL PREMIERE

Film Title: The Lost Girls

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022

Time: 8pm EST / 5pm PST (Check your local listing for times)

Movie trailer for “The Lost Girls” – https://play.mylifetime.com/movies/the-lost-girls/preview-the-lost-girls

HOLLYWOOD, CA, March 25, 2022: Veteran movie Producer Julia Verdin announced today that the Lifetime Channel premiere of her film “The Lost Girls” will be on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 8pm EST. The film shows the harrowing story of 17-year-old Angie who was befriended by a good looking teen new to her area promising to help her music career and lured into a sex trafficked ring.

Verdin, owner of www.RoughDiamondProductions.net is known for successful films such as “The Merchant Of Venice”, “Stander”, and “2 Jacks”, studded with Academy Award Winning actors as well as producing a host of other great films, directed and wrote “The Lost Girls”.

After volunteering at a runaway children’s shelter and meeting many teenage survivors of trafficking, Verdin became emotionally connected to the cause of fighting for justice for them. This drove her passion to produce, direct and write the film in hopes of making a difference.

“Church groups do a lot to help survivors of trafficking,” stated Verdin.  “When I was doing my research and talking to trafficking survivors, many of them told me that a big turning point in their recovery was reconnecting with their faith.”

Verdin, who is also the President and founder of www.ArtistsForChange.org, says that her hope is that if teenagers, parents and those working with youth can start to understand the signs of a teen being groomed by a trafficker, that teens could be saved from years of hell and trauma. To Verdin, education and awareness is everything. These traffickers prey on innocence and vulnerability. Verdin says they must be stopped.

For more information, please contact Julia Verdin at Julia.Verdin@Artists4Change.org or by phone at (323)848-2900.

About Julia Verdin

Long time filmmaker Julia Verdin is known as an accomplished producer, award-winning Director and screenwriter. Having been in the film business for over 30 years, Julia has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers. She has over 36 critically acclaimed feature films under her belt with several currently in the pipeline. She is the founder and owner of Rough Diamond Productions since 1995 and president and founder of Artists For Change plus many other resume accolades. For more information you can visit: www.RoughDiamondProductions.net/julia-verdin or www.imdb.com/name/nm0893845.

Local Organization Works to End Trafficking in Contra Costa County

Pillars of Hope based in Contra Costa County, has been helping trafficking victims since the organization was founded on Sept. 17, 2010.

“We just helped, last night, paying for a room for a victim who was testifying against her trafficker,” said Debra Brown, Executive Director. “The DA reached out to us. We’ll continue to do that until we get our house. There are several we help out, each month, with victim assistance and street outreach.

About the movie she said, “it’s typical of what happens.” She encouraged everyone to watch to see what’s happening in our county and across the country.

“We help women everywhere. We get calls directly from victims, from the Contra Costa and Alameda DA’s offices,” Brown shared. “We had one victim get a tattoo of her trafficker’s name on her chest removed. We do whatever they need. Sometimes it’s a ticket home. Sometimes it’s dental work, or even transportation to and from doctor’s appointments.”

“We have a lot of resources on our website and online training, too for those who want to get involved help end what’s happening in our own community,” she stated. “It’s happening in every community across America and that’s what’s sad.”

“They need to go after the demand side and that’s how they’ll end it,” said Brown. “If you get caught buying a kid, your face and name should be on a billboard and in newspapers in your town. There should also be astronomical fines.”

“They’re already doing heavier prison terms for traffickers. But until they deal with the ‘Johns’ on the demand side, it’s not going to stop,” she added.

To learn more and to help in Contra Costa County visit www.pillarsofhope.us.

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“Laurie Sings A Song For You” at El Campanil Theatre this weekend

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

 A Cabaret Concert Inspired by the Music of Karen Carpenter

Created by Laurie Roldan

Directed by Rachel Robinson

Musically Directed by Brett Strader

Singer and actress Laurie Roldan shares personal stories and memories in an uplifting evening woven through well-known Carpenters’ songs.

Featuring Special Guest Vocalists and Musicians!

Bass: Pat Tinling, Drums: Dillon Vado

Guest Vocalists: Anita Colotto , Stephanie Hill, Clarisse Nichole, Charlotte Jeffries

SATURDAY, MARCH 26th  2PM

SUNDAY, MARCH 27th  2PM

ADULTS: $35; SENIORS: $30; YOUTH: $20

El Campanil Theatre 602 W 2nd Street   Antioch

Tickets: https://us.patronbase.com/_ElCampanilTheatre/Productions/R014/Performances

“I am dedicating these two shows in loving memory of my incredibly talented friend, co-writer Don Huntington,” Roldan said. “I am also donating a portion of the proceeds to a local community center where Don and his wife donated their time called The Village Community Resource Center in Brentwood. www.vcrcbrentwoodca.org

 

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Free Antioch Sesquicentennial Concert at El Campanil Theatre April 16

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

EL CAMPANIL THEATRE PRESENTS:

ANTIOCH SESQUICENTENNIAL CONCERT

SATURDAY, APRIL 16th at 2:00 PM

ADMISSION: FREE (Tickets still required for entry)

The City of Antioch is 150 years young and deserving of a celebration! Join us for this free concert featuring some of the finest talent in East County! Featuring Antioch native Toree McGee, blues legends Frankie G and Tia Carroll, the Antioch High Jazz Band, Black Diamond Ballet, El Campanil Theatre Academy, and more!

Help us celebrate this landmark anniversary with an afternoon of entertainment you won’t soon forget!

El Campanil Theatre is located at 602 W. 2nd Street in historic, downtown Rivertown. For tickets visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

To learn more about Antioch’s Sesquicentennial of Cityhood which occurred on Incorporation Day, February 6, 1872 and see all of this year’s events and activities click here and here.

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Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert at Antioch’s historic El Campanil Theatre Saturday, March 5

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Will feature Sue Foley and her new album Pinky’s Blues, nominated for three 43rd BLUES MUSIC AWARDS (2022): Album of the Year, Traditional Blues Album and Traditional Blues Female Artist; co-headlining with Chris Cain who also has four nominations from the BMA awards. His album, Raisin’ Cain was just listed as the second most played album on Living Blues Radio Charts for 2021.

Before you get the wrong idea, Sue Foley’s new album, Pinky’s Blues, was not titled such due to her strawberry hair. Nor because of that fabulous pink leather jacket or those amazing boots. Nope. It’s her beloved pink paisley, Fender Telecaster electric guitar for which the new album is the namesake. Pinky has been with Sue for decades and continues to be an almost living extension of who Sue is, as evidenced by it’s strong contribution to the album as well as appearing live with Sue while on tour, guiding her through the rambunctiously deep renditions of everything Sue performs.

And the Blues part of the album title? It just might have something to do with Sue’s sizzlingly smooth voice and her chicly raw, resolute, bad-*ss style of playing, performing and songwriting. Well, check it out for yourself on the below link of one of the new songs on Pinky’s Blues:

SUE FOLEY is “Hurricane Girl” Official Music Video with live footage.

SUE FOLEY Live Interview about the new album, Pinky’s Blues on November 9, 2021.

“I’ve been on the road,” says Sue in trying to explain Pinky’s Blues. “I’ve made dozens of albums of my own. I’ve raised a child. I’ve bought and sold homes. I’ve had great successes and great failures. And all of this just makes my life richer and more colorful.”

And these are the blues Sue Foley brings to life while performing in her own way: compelling, sensual, seamlessly rich, tasty, yet with an undertone of saltiness and challenge.

“It’s a great trip and I never get tired of playing a slow blues. That’s the ultimate.” Today, in 2022, Sue Foley is surely one of the ultimate.

With Pinky right by her side.

Ya gotta come and check it out!

Doors/Show: 6:00pm/7:00pm

Tickets: $15.00 (youth) – $30.00 (Adults) plus fees

https://us.patronbase.com/_ElCampanilTheatre/Productions/R009/Performances

602 West 2nd Street in Antioch in historic, downtown Rivertown.

 

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Enjoy entertainment at Antioch’s historic El Campanil Theatre – schedule through April

Monday, February 14th, 2022

Enjoy live concerts, classic and foreign films, community events and tribute shows, at the historic El Campanil Theatre in at 602 W. Second Street in Antioch’s downtown Rivertown. For more information and tickets call (925) 757-9500 or visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Following is the Schedule through April 2022:

PITTSBURG PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY PRESENTS:WINTER SHOWCASE 2022: LOVE | DANCE | MUSICFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH @ 7PMORCHESTRA: $18, LOGE: $15, OPERA: $12PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A RENTAL OF EL CAMPANIL THEATRE. PASSES NOT ACCEPTED.Under the direction of Sharon Sobel Idul, join the students and staff of Pittsburg Performing Arts Academy for their Winter Showcase 2022: Love | Dance | Music!Feel the LOVE through music and dance, with a special guest performance by Black Diamond Ballet.
 

“CLASSICAL BROADWAY”WITH SOPRANO AND INTERNATIONAL STAR OF PORGY & BESSLEBERTA LORÁLFEATURING TAMMY HALL AT PIANOSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH @ 2PMADULTS: $32, SENIORS: $29, YOUTH: $15

You may know the classics, but you’ve never heard anything like this! Celebrated soprano and international star Leberta Lorál performs a program of favorite Broadway & cinema highlights, as well as classic operatic arias. Accompanied by the incomparable Tammy Hall on piano, this is an afternoon of soaring entertainment not to miss! Click here for more info.

THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCEFEATURING THE ZMED BROTHERSWEDNESDAY, MARCH 2ND @ 2PMADULTS: $32, SENIORS: $29, YOUTH: $15
A heartfelt tribute wrapped in a nostalgic bow! The Everlys bridged country and rock with countless classics like “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”, “Bird Dog”, “Cathy’s Clown”, “When Will I Be Loved”, and “Bye Bye Love”. Plus, they inspired groundbreaking groups like The Beatles, The Kinks, Buddy Holly and Simon & Garfunkel. The Zmed brothers skillfully cover the Everly Brothers with a bit of their own trademark style. Don’t miss this glorious mid-week matinee! Click here for more info.
DELTA BLUES FESTIVAL BENEFIT CONCERT
FEATURING CHRIS CAIN & SUE FOLEY
SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2022 @ 7PMGOLD CIRCLE: $40, ADULTS: $30, SENIORS: $28, YOUTH: $15In 2010, El Campanil Theatre presented the first Delta Blues Benefit Concert, and ever since, the Benefit Concert has evolved to be an annual event supporting music in our community. To date, the group has awarded over $42,000 in grants and scholarships to benefit musical education. This year’s benefit concert is no different; they will be supporting music in the community, and, of course, be giving away scholarships to young musicians for college. What better way to help support musical education in our community than by attending a great evening of international blues performers in your home town?
INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: DRIVE MY CARSUNDAY, MARCH 6TH @ 2PMNRRUNNING TIME: 179 min.Our International Film Series continues with the 2021 captivating drama (and multiple Academy Award nominee) Drive My Car! Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. As the production’s premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew, not least between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki, a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome connection to Yusuke’s late wife. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, Yusuke begins – with the help of his driver – to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace. Winner of three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, including Best Screenplay. Click here for more info.
EL CAMPANIL THEATRE ACADEMY PRESENTS:DISNEY’S “THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR.”FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH @ 7PMSATURDAY, MARCH 19TH @ 2PMADULTS: $15, SENIORS: $12, YOUTH: $10Join us under the sea for this timeless adventure as El Campanil Theatre Academy presents the Disney classic in this hour-long rendition with full costumes, stunning choreography, and glorious music! A perfect outing for the whole family!Music by Alan MenkenLyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn SlaterBook by Doug WrightDirected by Rachel Kaiulani KennealyMusical Direction by Keren Gaiser
CLASSIC FILM SERIES: THE GOONIESSUNDAY, MARCH 20TH @ 2PMADULTS: $10, SENIOR/YOUTH: $8RATED PGRUNNING TIME: 1 hr., 54 minutesHeeey, you guuuuuys! The timeless adventure of Mikey, Mouth, Chunk, Data, Brand, Stef, Andy (and Sloth) is back on the big screen! When a group of outcast kids find hints to the treasure of the famed pirate One-Eyed Willy, they embark on a journey that is full of peril, thrills, and ultimately great fortune…if the awful Fratelli family doesn’t get there first! From producer Steven Spielberg and director Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon, Superman), don’t miss the chance to catch this family favorite at El Campanil!
LAURIE SINGS A SONG FOR YOU
A CABARET CONCERT INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC OF KAREN CARPENTERSATURDAY, MARCH 26TH @ 2PMSUNDAY, MARCH 27TH @ 2PMADULTS: $35; SENIORS: $30; YOUTH: $20PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A RENTAL OF EL CAMPANIL THEATRE. PASSES NOT ACCEPTED.Created by Laurie RoldanDirected by Rachel RobinsonMusically Directed by Brett ShraderSinger and actress Laurie Roldan shares personal stories and memories in an uplifting evening woven through well-known Carpenters songs, featuring special guest vocalists and musicians.
EL CAMPANIL THEATRE PRESENTSFRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHTS: SINGER’S OPEN MICFRIDAY, APRIL 1ST @ 7PMALL TICKETS: $10PLEASE NOTE: The attendance will be limited to 50 persons for this lobby event.Friday nights just got a little more cozy! Limited to only 50 attendees, grab a glass of wine or beer from our bar and join us this limited April performance series celebrating local talent, located right in our lobby!ABOUT THIS EVENT:Hey, budding songsmiths: ready to show Antioch what you’ve got? Join us for the first in our Friday Night Spotlight series, wherein we invite you up on our lobby stage for 5 minutes and you get a chance to shine (and win some great prizes)! Just wanna show up and support local talent? We love that, too!PERFORMER INFORMATIONThose interested in performing must sign up in advance at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DAFA72EA4F4C61-fridayAll performers MUST have a ticket. A microphone and sound system is provided. Please bring your own accompaniment, and please list on your sign-up the instrument(s) you will be bringing.
 
EL CAMPANIL THEATRE PRESENTSFRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHTS: TRIVIA NIGHTFRIDAY, APRIL 8TH @ 7PMALL TICKETS: $10PLEASE NOTE: The attendance will be limited to 50 persons for this lobby event.Ready to dust off that gray matter? Ready to team up and compete for fantastic prizes? Grab a beverage from our bar, get cozy with a 50-person limited audience, and join us for this special lobby event!
CORDONCONCEPTS PRESENTS:A POETIC EXPERIENCESATURDAY, APRIL 9TH @ 2PMTICKETS: FREEPLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A RENTAL OF EL CAMPANIL THEATRE. PASSES NOT ACCEPTED.Experience poetry. Feel the energy of spoken-word poetry and poetry-in-motion. This event will feature an open mic, poetry panel conversation, exhibition dance battle, and a poetry showcase! Local, new, visiting, and veteran poets will both grace the stage. We will examine poetry, its role in society, the connection between art and entrepreneurship, and more. Street dancers will demonstrate poetry through movement as they put their skills against each other on stage. And together we will celebrate poetry.
JARED FREIBURG & THE VAGABONDS
FROM BROADWAY’S “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET”SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH @ 2PMADULTS: $32, SENIORS: $29, YOUTH: $15
Goodness gracious, great balls of fire! The rockabilly virtuoso Jared Freiburg returns with his band, the Vagabonds, to blow the lid off of El Campanil Theatre! With a rockin’ tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis and other sensations of the 50s and 60s, this high-octane show is not one to be missed! Click here for more info.
 
EL CAMPANIL THEATRE PRESENTSFRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHTS: COMEDY OPEN MICFRIDAY, APRIL 15TH @ 7PMALL TICKETS: $10Friday nights just got a little more cozy! Limited to only 50 attendees, grab a glass of wine or beer from our bar and join us for this limited April performance series celebrating local talent, located right in our lobby!ABOUT THIS EVENT:Yo, comics! Think you’ve got a funny bone? Ready to show Antioch what you’ve got? Join us for the next installment in our Friday Night Spotlight series, wherein we invite you up on our lobby stage for 5 minutes and you get a chance to shine (and win some great prizes)! Just wanna show up and support local talent? We love that, too!PERFORMER INFORMATIONThose interested in performing must sign up in advance at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DAFA72EA4F4C61-friday1All performers MUST have a ticket. A microphone and sound system is provided.
ANTIOCH SESQUICENTENNIAL CONCERTSATURDAY, APRIL 16TH @ 2PMADMISSION: FREE (TICKETS STILL REQUIRED FOR ENTRY)150 years young and deserving of a celebration! Join us for this free concert featuring some of the finest talent in East County! Featuring Antioch native Toree McGee, blues legends Frankie G & Tia Carroll, the Antioch High Jazz Band, Black Diamond Ballet, El Campanil Theatre Academy, and more! Help us celebrate this landmark anniversary with an afternoon of entertainment you won’t soon forget.

THE FOLK LEGACY TRIOTHURSDAY, APRIL 28TH @ 2PMADULTS: $32, SENIORS: $29, YOUTH: $15
The legendary talent of the Folk Legacy Trio returns to El Campanil for a special mid-week matinee concert! The Folk Legacy Trio sings the songs of the great Folk Era from the ‘50s through the mid-‘70s, including songs from The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, Peter Paul & Mary, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, The Chad Mitchell Trio,Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, and many others.  It is a journey through American Musical History with their signature dynamic harmonies enriching some of the most beloved songs ever written.The Folk Legacy Trio are George Grove, formerly with the Kingston Trio for 41 years, Rick Dougherty, former member of the Limeliters and Kingston Trio for 25 years and Jerry Siggins, former lead singer of the legendary doo-wop group The Diamonds for 27 years. Click here for more info.
EL CAMPANIL THEATRE PRESENTSFRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHTS: STEPBACKFRIDAY, APRIL 22ND @ 8PMALL TICKETS: $10Our April Friday Night Spotlights series concludes with a presentation from the voted Best Local Band of Brentwood for the last three years: Stepback! Join us for this celebration of some of the best young talent from East County!
 
PITTSBURG COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS: OLIVER!APRIL 30TH-MAY 8TH, 2022ADULTS: $29, SENIORS: $24, YOUTH: $24PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A RENTAL OF EL CAMPANIL THEATRE. PASSES NOT ACCEPTED.FROM PITTSBURG COMMUNITY THEATRE:Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist comes to life in this Tony and Academy Award-winning musical about an orphan boy on his quest to find love and family in Victorian England. Oliver! features a number of Broadway classics, including “Consider Yourself” and “As Long As He Needs Me.” Rousing production numbers, unforgettable characters, and a riveting storyline make this show a must-see examination of our universal longing to discover where we belong.Book and Music by Lionel BartOliver! is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LLPDirected by Suzan LorraineMusical Director G.A. KleinChoreography by Jennifer Jackson
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