Sept. 16--PITTSBURG -- PCT will open Monty Python 'SPAMALOT' on Sept. 28
Pittsburg Community Theatre presents Monty Python's "SPAMALOT" Sept. 28 through Oct. 7 at the California Theatre in Old Town and Oct. 13 and 14 at the El Campanil Theatre in Antioch.
Based on the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "SPAMALOT" is an irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend. The Broadway production of this non-stop rollercoaster ride of laughs was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning three, including Best New Musical. The show features an eclectic musical score ranging from Gregorian chants to disco.
Fresh off her work on the company's acclaimed production of "Next to Normal," Dianna Schepers again slips into the director's chair, bringing together a production team featuring choreographer Anjee Norgaard-Gallia and Musical Director Dr. Luis Zuniga, professor of music from Los Medanos College. Many of his students will perform in the nine piece orchestra.
Schepers said the "audience probably knows the sketches better than most of the actors," adding "we knew we needed top-notch performers to pull off the humor and we have assembled a cast whose timing is impeccable. I know the Python fans will not be disappointed."
Leading the quest is King Arthur (Kevin Burns, three-time Shellie Award winning actor) with his trusty servant Patsy (Mariah Heath). Playing his gallant knights -- and an assortment of other characters -- are Keith Barlow, Ted V. Bigornia, Gregory Brown and Darrien Cabreana. Christina Boothman plays the leading lady. Other featured players include Terry Tracy, Phillip Leyva, Kelly Lotz and Vicki Victoria. Rounding out the cast are Kyle Andreatta-Jacques, Isabella Bishop, Taraine Jimenez, Ian Lustre, John Kopping, Brianna Peacock, Alexandria Rickli, Julie Rosch and Brian Villanueva.
Tickets are $20-$25 (senior/students -- adults). Call the California Theatre Box Office at 925-427-1611 or visit PittsburgCaliforniaTheatre.com
For the El Campanil Theatre shows, call 925-757-9500 or visit ElCampanilTheatre.com
Historical Society hosts TEPCO exhibit
The Contra Costa County Historical Society will host an exhibit of Technical Porcelain and China Ware Co. (TEPCO) china.
From 1918 until 1968, this china company was a major West Coast producer of tableware for restaurants, hotels, churches and lodges, the military and others. Its output was prodigious, and TEPCO ware is still in commercial use. TEPCO ware is also distinctive in its own way.
From 1930 to 1968, El Cerrito was home to the TEPCO factory, which grew to become the largest supplier of restaurant dishes west of the Mississippi River. Founded by John Pagliero, an Italian immigrant, TEPCO started in Richmond in 1918, until moving its factory to El Cerrito where it was the city's largest employer with almost 200 employees at their peak. With a catalog of about 50 different patterns and many dishware options (including 13 different coffee cup styles), a wide variety of pieces were made.
Curators are Donald Bastin and Clementina Diaz. The History Center of the Contra Costa County Historical Society is at 724 Escobar St., Martinez.
For more information, call 925-229-1042 or go to https://cocohistory.org.
Orchestra will perform at El Campanil Sept. 29
The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
The orchestra will explore music penned by several of the most ambitious, diverse composers to make a name for themselves in America. Bay Area composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen's "An American Hymn," a musical depiction of the vast landscapes of America, will also be performed. The score carries the inscription: "In appreciation of how fortunate I am to be a citizen of this great nation."
Antonin Dvorak's American Suite, a "melting pot" work, blends the sounds of the American landscape he explored in the 1890's with those of his Czech heritage.
William Grant Still was the first African-American composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company and the first to conduct a major American orchestra. His work From the Black Belt is composed of seven charming vignettes. In the preface to the score, the composer explains that this piece was "written frankly to amuse and to please those who listen to them."
Closing the program is George Gershwin's An American in Paris, a work that helped define the sound of America and propel American composers into the international spotlight.
Tickets are $13 for general admission, $11 for seniors (62 and over), $9 for youth.
Call 925-757-9500 or visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Paraguayan film to screen at Campanil
The International Film Showcase presents the Paraguayan movie "Los Buscadores" at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
"Los Buscadores" centers on Manu (Tomás Arredondo), a newspaper delivery boy who lives in La Chacarita and works in the outskirts of Asunción, who one day receives a book that talks about the history of Paraguay, but later discovers that he is hiding a map that may or may not reveal the exact location of a treasure hidden at the time of the Triple Alliance War. Together with his friend Fito (Christian Ferreira) and Don Elio (Mario Toñanez), a man who knows about the adventures of the silver "los buscadores" of Yvyguy, they decide to follow the clues and look for the treasure, which would put an end to the economic problems that everybody is going through living close to the flooding of the Paraguay River.
Tickets are $9 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students. No convenience fees when purchased online. Call 925-757-9500 or www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Call 925-757-9500 or visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
OAKLEY Heart of Oakley Festival is Sept. 22
The city of Oakley hosts its sixth annual Heart of Oakley Festival on Sept. 22 at Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St.
The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., highlights the downtown area and brings focus to the diversity and rich history of its residents.
Partnering to host the event are the city of Oakley and You Me We Oakley. Described as a cultural affair with hometown pride, the festival features more than 50 vendors and cultural booths that represent societies from around the world and a free kid zone. Microbrews and wine also will be available.
For more information, call 925-625-7041 or email: email@example.com
Motown tribute band and Natural Blend to perform Sept. 22
The Best Intentions, a Motown tribute band, is set to take the stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.
Based in the Oakland, The Best Intentions is a performing and recording group composed of five vocalists, a music director, and an eight-piece band. Its unique harmonic, soulful tones and smooth choreography have come to be recognized as the signature of the group.
Tickets are $30 to $35. Go to www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com or call 925-427-1611.
Community Center to host Banner Up! exhibit
Brentwood's second annual Banner Up! event will come indoors with a new exhibit opening
Sept.19 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.
Residents can get an up-close and personal look at the beautiful hand-painted banners that have graced Brentwood's downtown streets and City Park this summer. Sixty-seven local artists participated in this year's public art adventure jointly sponsored by the city of Brentwood and the Art Guild of the Delta.
The community is invited to an opening reception on Sept.19 from 6 to 7 p.m. hosted by the city of Brentwood. Many of the banner artists will be on hand to greet visitors and chat about their work. The exhibit will be on display through the end of September, giving residents and businesses the chance to select their favorites and start planning their bids for the upcoming auction fundraiser.
All of the banners will be available for sale by silent auction at the Banner Up! Gala Benefit
Auction event on Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center.
Proceeds from the banner sales will be split 50-50 between the artists and the Brentwood Library
Foundation in support of public art in the new library facility. To preview the banners online, visit
'Fox on the Fairway' will open on Oct. 12
Tickets are now available online for our Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble's production of Ken Ludwig's "The Fox on the Fairway," which open Oct. 12.
A tribute from Ken Ludwig ("Lend Me A Tenor," "Moon Over Buffalo") to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, "The Fox On the Fairway" takes audiences on a hilarious romp, pulling the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. The madcap adventure is all about love, life and man's eternal love affair with...golf.
The play includes a dessert bar and coffee service during the intermission.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. and 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Shadow Lakes Event Center, 401 Lakeview Drive, Brentwood.
Tickets: Adults $25 advance sales ($30 at the door), seniors/students -- $22 advance sales ($27 at the door).
For tickets or more information, visit www.ghostlightte.org or use the direct ticket link https://app.arts-people.com/ index.php?show=93004
Artists sought for public walls program
The city of Brentwood is offering an opportunity for artists from the Brentwood area to show their work through its Public Art Walls program at the Brentwood Community Center.
These exhibitions will enhance access to the city of Brentwood's Community Center and enables the Brentwood Arts Commission to work with artists, art organizations, and other community organizations to build effective partnerships. Exhibits are offered up to six times per year, approximately one new show every eight
The Annual Public Art Walls application packet is available from the Parks and Recreation Department. Applications are being accepted now through Sept. 28 for next year's exhibits.
Information and application packets are available at https://www.brentwoodca.gov/gov/parks/arts/walls.asp or call the Recreation Department at 516-5444. For more information, call Poldina Scherff at 925-516- 5364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrata Gallery continues fall art exhibit
Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation's new Entrata Gallery continues its free fall exhibit. This juried, multi-media art exhibit of local talent is on view Wednesdays through Saturdays, during September, between 1 and 5 p.m.
The Entrata Gallery is at 981 Railroad Ave. in Pittsburg. Parking is available on 10th and Cumberland streets. Volunteers are being sought to assist with gallery operations. Contact Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation c/o Rosemary Tumbaga at 925-252-6981, or Karen Nelson Kelly at 925-550-6258.
Do you have an arts or entertainment item to submit? Write to Judith Prieve at email@example.com.
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