16 Dec 18
East Bay Times
Antioch’s classic Christmas tale “Humbug!” is back with six performances at the Antioch Historical Society Museum, Dec. 20-24.
For four decades, Frank Ballesteros has played the iconic Scrooge putting his dramatic and spirited twist on “A Christmas Carol.”
This version, which follows the Charles Dickens’ classic, was written by Ballesteros and Brenda LaMance nearly 40 years ago. It’s a tale of redemption during one Christmas Eve more than a hundred years ago with a spiritual twist: This “Humbug” Scrooge accepts Christ in his heart (rather than Christmas) and reconciles with those from his past.
The production will be performed at the Antioch Historical Museum, 1500 W. Fourth St.
“Humbug” plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23 and at 1 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Antioch Historical Society, 1500 W. Fourth St. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children (ages 7-12 years old), free for those under 6. There are no advance ticket sales.
Ballet Co. ‘Nutcracker’ coming to El Campanil
The Ballet Company of East County will present “The Nutcracker” Dec. 15-16 at El Campanil Theatre at 602 W. Second St. in Antioch.
Performances for the one-hour, 15-minutes production are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 15, and noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 16.
There will be a special meet-and-greet before the 7 p.m. show Dec. 15 and the 4 p.m. show Dec. 16.
Tickets for this performance are $16 to $20 each and may be purchased at www.elcampaniltheatre.com or by calling 925-757-9500.
Stage Right presents ‘Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe’
Stage Right Conservatory Theatre presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” through Dec. 16 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center theater, 213 F St.
The play is dramatized by Joseph Robinette and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Co.
This classic tale by C.S. Lewis faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never to be forgotten land of Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.
Directed by Lily Metcalf, “Narnia” runs for two weekends. Performances are Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Adults $10, students and seniors $8, and children (10 & under) $5. Seniors pay only $5 on both Sunday matinees. For more information, call 925-216-4613 or visit www.srctgrp.org.
PCT to present annual holiday revue
Pittsburg Community Theatre will present its Fourth Annual Holiday Revue featuring top 25 favorite holiday songs, “Countdown to Christmas,” at 2 p.m. Dec. 16.
Patrons voted for their favorite holiday songs this spring and now you can come see which song tops the charts. Inspired by American Bandstand, PCT will count down the top 25 songs with host Louis Esposito II (Foreverland Band and PCT performer).
This show features a collection of traditional Christmas carols, as well as classic and contemporary holiday favorites. The question everyone has is which song is No. 1?
“It’s everything you want in a Christmas show and more,” said Dianna Schepers, the show’s director. “Inspirational Christmas music, classic songs from days gone by and popular favorites all performed with heart and even some comedy to boot. It’s a great show for the entire family!”
Returning this year is Dave Moyer playing the restored Robert Morgan pipe organ. Moyer will perform as the house doors open, and throughout the show and intermission. There will even be a short holiday cartoon with organ music and sound effects played as background.
The cast of more than 50 singers, dancers and performers include: Louis Espositio II (host), Vocal Ease, The Pittsburg High School Choir, the Good Shepherd Ladies in Harmony, the PCT Board of Directors, cast members from the recent PCT hit production of Spamalot, and soloists… Chelsea Bardellini, Bobbie Barlow, Keith Barlow, Ted Bigornia, Kevin Burns, Donald Lang, Melissa Marie, Julie Rosch, Vicki Victoria, David Ward, Marlene Ward, Dianna Schepers and Peter Gothold and the Edgewater Church Band.
Ticket prices range from $20 to $25.
The event is at California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave. Pittsburg. For tickets, call 925-427-1611 or www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ screens on Dec. 29
Celebrate the New Year and let the live cast of Amber’s Sweets take you on a musical and strange journey with the longest running cult film the way it was meant to be experience: in a theater with a cast, friends and audience participation.
The film will be screened at the California Theater, 351 Railroad Ave., at 10 p.m. Dec. 29. Dance the time warp and catch a sleek, sexy show that has been thrilling the Bay Area for 22 years! It will also include a costume contest, prizes and games.
Pre-show entertainment and live shadow casting will be bt Amber’s Sweets, which has been performing it since 2009. The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania” Dr. Frank N. Furter, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests Brad and Janet. Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff. It’s harmless musical fun-a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas.
Tickets: $12 movie, $17 movie and survival kit.
Box Office: 925-427-1611 or go to http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com
Winter art show continues at Entrata Gallery
Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation hosts its Winter Art Exhibit through Jan. 5 at the Entrata Gallery, 981 Railroad Ave.
The Entrata Gallery is open regularly on Wednesdays through Saturdays, between 1 and 5 p.m. (except on major holidays). Volunteers are being sought to assist with gallery operations. Contact PACF c/o Rosemary Tumbaga at 925- 252-6981 or Karen Nelson Kelly 925-550-6258.
Town Hall to present ‘Great Expectations’
Town Hall Theatre “Lost & Found” Season continues with its holiday offering: the West Coast Premiere of “Great Expectations,” an adventure-packed adaptation of the classic Dickens’ coming-of-age story by Gale Childs Daly.
There will be 12 performances through Dec. 16, at Town Hall Theatre Co., 3535 School St. in Lafayette.
Tickets are $18 to $30, and are available through the box office at 925-283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com.
Open call for bands to perform at summer concert series
The city of Antioch invites local and regional bands to submit a proposal for the 2019 “Summer Concerts by the River” series.
This community concert program is designed to be a family-friendly, all ages
The deadline for submitting a proposal is Jan. 7. Concerts take place at Waldie Plaza in July and August, from 6 to 8 p.m.
An application for submitting a proposal is posted on the city of Antioch website
www.antiochca.gov/recreation. Interested bands and performers can also contact the Antioch Recreation Department at 925-776-3050.
Frank J. Ballesteros and Kelly Halverson star in the classic “Humbug!” at the Antioch Historical Society museum Dec. 20-24, 2018. Tickets are available at the door.(Courtesy Antioch Historical Society)
East Bay bluegrass ensemble to perform Jan. 12
Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces will entertain audiences with rockabilly, honky tonk and bluegrass music at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.
Founded in Concord, Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces have been entertaining audiences worldwide with their engaging original sound and entertaining live stage show since 1999.
The three-piece ensemble performs rockabilly and honky tonk from the late 1950s Sun Records era with guitar instrumentals from influences such as Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, adding the 5 String Banjo for special highlights in the show.
The band has performed at major music festivals and events at the legendary Viva Las Vegas Rock n Roll event in Las Vegas, Hot August Nights in Reno for the Peppermill Casino, The Shake the Shack Festival in Seattle, and many other engagements throughout the United States and internationally, including appearances in Holland, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Tickets are $29 (adults), $27 (seniors) and $15 (youth). Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Art exhibit continues at Blackhawk Gallery
The Alamo Danville Artists’ Society will host the opening of Blackhawk Gallery’s new Exhibit “Festive.”
The exhibit will be on view seven days a week through Feb. 10. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
The “Festive” exhibit features one guest artist and 42 member artists. Guest artist Wilma Wyss will be showing her mosaic sculptures. Members’ artworks include paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, and wearable art.
The exhibit is curated by Debby Koonce, Kerima Swain and Beverly Turner.
The Blackhawk Gallery is located at 3416 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in the Blackhawk Plaza. Call 925- 648-8023.
Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Holiday hours: 12/24 Christmas Eve hours 10-5; 12/25 Christmas Day closed; 12/31 New Year’s Eve hours 10-5; 1/1 New Year’s Day closed; 1/21 Martin Luther King Day regular hours
Website: http://adas4art.org/ festive
Facebook: https://www. facebook.com/ AlamoDanvilleArtistsSociety
For more information, contact Blackhawk Gallery Director Kerima Swain at email@example.com
Delta Gallery hosts holiday season art show
Brentwood’s Delta Gallery continues its popular holiday season art exhibit.
This special collection, which continues through Dec. 29, offers a colorful variety of original paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass creations, fine woodworking, jewelry, cards, prints and more, all created by Art Guild of the Delta Collective artists. Gift certificates are also available for the creative holiday shopper.
The exhibit will also showcase a special collection of paintings by Nancy Roberts, the Brentwood Art Society’s 2018-2019 Artist of the Year. Working mainly in acrylic, Roberts is known for her bold use of color, dynamic design sense and slightly quirky take on reality. She loves painting outdoors with friends, exploring the beauty of the Bay Area and connecting with the spirit of the land.
Delta Gallery is in The Streets of Brentwood, 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128. For complete information about exhibits, classes and events visit www.DeltaGallery.com or call 925-516-5935.
‘Holiday Magic in Porcelain and Paint’
The Moraga Art Gallery presents “Holiday Magic in Porcelain and Paint,” a colorful new show featuring the works of two of Lamorinda’s most celebrated artists: Lafayette’s Donna Arganbright, creator of functional pottery that flows with soft lines and bursts with luscious blues, greens, and reds, and Orinda’s Maria SantaStefano, whose dazzling paintings capture the addictive beauty of the local scene and other northern California sites.
The show, which continues through Jan. 5, also includes paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, and many other gifts of art by twenty members and guest artists.
Through November, hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Through Dec. 24, it is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.
Do you have an arts or entertainment item to submit? Write to Judith Prieve at firstname.lastname@example.org.