17 Feb 19
East Bay Times
Vagabond Players to present ‘Beau Jest’
The Vagabond Players will perform “Beau Jest” at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
The James Sherman play is a hilarious, heartwarming story about Sarah Goldman, a beautiful young school teacher from Chicago who is involved with Chris, a great guy with just one apparent flaw, he’s not Jewish. Sarah wants to please her parents, so she invents a boyfriend whom she believes will be the man of her mother’s dreams.… and that’s when the fun begins!
Tickets are $20 (adults), $18 (seniors) and $15 (youth). Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
PCT continues ‘Noises Off’ slapstick comedy
Pittsburg Community Theatre closes its run of “Noises Off” this weekend run at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.
Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” takes a fond look at the follies of theater folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theater troupe’s production of “Nothing On” in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance and a performance toward the end of a debilitating run.
Dianna Schepers directs this popular offering.
The cast includes Laura Morgan, Gregory Brown, Christian Bucey, Atessa McAleeran-Morrello, Daniel Morgan, Julie Rosch, Jillian Lenehan, Brian Moore and Kevin Burns.
Performances continue Feb. 22-24.
Tickets are $20 to $25. Go to http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com or call 925-427-1611.
‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ at El Campanil
El Campanil Children’s Theatre presents “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at 7:30 p.m. March 1 and at 2 p.m. March 3 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the play centers on the kingdom of Glump, which has been taxed to abstraction ever since their emperor became a pampered clothes horse with a lack of taste. Not only is he an egotistical hypochondriac, he has three “lovely” daughters who are quickly becoming chips off the old block. The emperor and his family are so busy mismatching their wardrobe, the rest of the kingdom is in a shambles. Enter two con artists who devise an ingenious plan. Everyone chooses to “see” their magic clothes, until the innocent candor of a child reveals all. The emperor is shamed into reforming his leadership role in society, and his spoiled daughters learn a valuable lesson in humility.
Adults: $13; seniors (62 & over): $11; youth: $9. Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert is March 2
Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert is set for 7 p.m. March 2 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
Headliner is Shemekia Copeland, a singer nominated for the 40th Blues Music Awards — Presented by The Blues Foundation to be held May 9 in Memphis.
Other performers include Jason James, Steve Freund, Frankie G & the Conviction (featuring Kathy Tejcka, D’Mar, Mac Akin) and a mystery artist.
Tickets are Gold Circle (first three rows): $40; adults: $30; seniors (62 & over): $28;
children (ages 10 – 17): $15.
Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
‘Bring It On” to open at Liberty High Feb. 22
“Bring It On, The Musical” opens for a two weekend run at Liberty High School starting Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
LHS Playmakers drama club has been working hard learning cheer skills and the basics of stunt to bring this exciting and dynamic script and score to life. Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film, “Bring It On, The Musical” takes audiences on a high-flying journey that is filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. Follow Campbell, as she navigates her dream of being cheer captain while trying to overcome a familiar foe in pursuit! Music from Broadway Legend Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) spices up this score.
Performances are: Feb. 22, 23, 27 and March 1, 2, 6, 8 at 7 p.m.; March 9 at 2 p.m. February 27 also will feature a pre-show performance by the Black Student Union and the TLC academy will be in attendance. One highlight of the run is on March 1, the Pink Performance for cancer awareness. Playmakers has partnered with Women’s Cancer Resource Center and will donate proceeds of ticket sales that night! March 2 and March 8 are the Youth Cheer Nights where youth cheer groups will receive a special ticket and pre-show activity on stage with the cast.
Another highlight of the themed nights will be the #Unpretty performance on March 6 at 7 p.m. Playmakers has partnered with “The Body Positive” around the issue of Body Image. Cast members will make a statement on what it means to be “pretty” by reducing the amount of stage makeup for this performance. Proceeds will also go to The Body Positive organization. Body Image-related artwork will be displayed in the lobby courtesy of the PADA Art academy (in attendance that night) and AP Art classes.
Information about any of the themed events or benefit nights can be found on the Playmakers website. Playmakers is performing the Broadway version of “Bring It On,” which is considered PG-13.
Tickets are $16 general and $12 students, and are on sale now. Go to https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=lhsp To learn more about Playmakers Drama Club Productions, go to lhsplaymakers.weebly.com
New free art exhibit at Blackhawk Gallery
The Alamo Danville Artists’ Society will host Blackhawk Gallery’s new exhibit “Artistry.”
The exhibit will be on view seven days a week through April 21. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The “Artistry” exhibit features one guest artist and 40 member artists. Guest artist Jean Cherie will be showing her Raku sculpture pieces. Members’ artworks include paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, and wearable art.
The exhibit is curated by Shadi Kiaee, Kerima Swain and Beverly Turner.
The Blackhawk Gallery is at 3416 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in the Blackhawk Plaza. Call 925-648-8023.
Town Hall Theatre to present ‘Brooklyn Bridge’
Next up in Town Hall Theatre’s “Lost & Found” season is the California Premiere of Melissa James Gibson’s “Brooklyn Bridge,” a play full of heart and humor for the whole family.
The play will have 12 performances, including two previews, Feb. 28 through March 23, at Town Hall Theatre Co., 3535 School St. in Lafayette, CA. Tickets are $18 to $30, and are available through the Box Office at 925-283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Korean film to be shown at Orinda, Antioch, Moraga
The International Film Showcase presents the South Korean film “Dark Crime” at the Rheem, El Campanil and Orinda theaters.
This film centers around Hyung-min (KIM Yoon-seok), a prominent police detective who lives to solve criminal cases. With the help of an informant, he meets Tae-oh (JU Ji-hoon) who claims that he was hired to kill someone 10 years ago. Just when he is about to confess where he buried the body, another team of police detectives snatch him away for an arrest. A month later, Tae-oh calls Hyung-min from prison and confesses that he actually killed 7 more people and will give him clues if he visits.
The film opens at the Orinda Theater on March 8, at El Campanil Theatre in Antioch on March 10 and at the Rheem Theater on March 15.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and youth. Go to http://www.elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500.
Bedford Gallery presents ‘Altered’ art exhibit
Guest-curated by Heather Marx, “Altered States” features artists across generations living and working along the California coast who harness natural elements or the environment to create their artwork at The Bedford Gallery.
The artists work in a wide range of media and share a passion for creating art that is about process and reclamation. This exhibition highlights the natural cycles of our complex environment and offers patrons an opportunity to slow down and reflect on how we are all interconnected by the sun, moon, air and tides.
Artists include: Kim Abeles, Mari Andrews, Chris Duncan, Tanja Geis, Sonja Hinrichsen, Jay McCafferty, Klea McKenna, Sam Perry and Victoria Wagner.
For more information, check out bedfordgallery.org/alteredstates
Valley Art Gallery presents ‘Wintermission’
The Valley Gallery’s will host its 70th anniversary show, featuring 12 of its early exhibitors.
The exhibitors include Dalia Alekna, Julie Armstrong, Kay Athos, Ruth Beeve, Pam Della, Ruth Hussey, Roswitha Kress, Julie Limberg, Mei-Yu LoSal, Mercurio Shirley Noobaar, Sal Valencia and Henry White.
Also on hand is a wide-ranging juried selection of locally created fine crafts and jewelry.
Valley Art Gallery is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that has been representing artists of the Bay Area since 1949.
The gallery is at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110. Go to http://www.valleyartgallery.org or call 925-935-4311.
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Theaters to host 9-day International Jewish Film Festival
The 24th annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival will arrive March 2 at the Century 16 Theatres in Pleasant Hill for a nine-day run with films from Argentina, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia and Spain. For a complete schedule and tickets, go to eastbayjewishfilm.org.
— Independent Jewish World Cinema
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