On Tap: Italian-American classics at music show July 29

Italian classics show set for July 29


The Friends of Isola Delle Femmine will host a music show of Italian-American classics at 8 p.m. July 29 at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

Hosted by Nicky D, Louie Esposito II and Jim Coniglio, the show will feature Italian-American classics with opera favorites.

Performers include Leandra Ramm of the San Francisco Symphony Choir and San Francisco Opera, Kristen Princiotta of the San Francisco Opera, Steven Cannon of the San Francisco Symphony, Josie Esposito, Stephanie Esposito, Leah Tandberg-Warren and Eryn Pola-Allen, pianist. Also local house band featuring Chooch Lombardo on trumpet will perform.

Cost is $35. The fundraiser benefits Pittburg’s Sister City, Isola delle Femmine, Sicily, and the Student Exchange Program. Tickets can be purchase by calling 925-427-1611.


Broadway Rep presents ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’

Broadway Repertory Theater, under the direction of Steve Kinsella, will present the popular musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” July 28-30 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Shelly McDowell will direct the rambunctious show, which is filled with humor and romance. A rollicking adventure, the musical teaches that it takes a bride to turn seven unshaven, unkempt brothers into manly gentlemen and to turn desire into romance.

Set in Oregon in 1850, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” centers on Millie, a young bride living in the wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 28 and 29, 2 p.m. July 29 and 3 p.m. July 30.

Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for seniors and $12 for students. Call  925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com

Drama Factory concludes Persian-inspired play

The Drama Factory this weekend concludes its original play, “The Tale of Basim the Blacksmith & his Battle of Wits with the Shah of Isfahan,” written by John Ballesteros, adapted from an age-old Persian tale.

The play is fun and colorful harking back to the days of Aladdin full of music and laughter. As the story goes, Basim is a happy man who wants nothing more than to be able to feast every evening with his friends, singing and dancing. When the Shah is in disguise he discovers that Basim will stop at nothing to make his festivities happen. What obstacles will the Shah put in his path?

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The play is at Nick Rodriguez Theatre,  213  F St., Antioch. Admission is $10 (adults),  $8 (seniors).

Free admission for anyone 55 and older on July 16. All are welcome to attend, but seniors get in free.

More information is at www.dramafactory.org or call 925-695-4123.


‘Crazy for You’ plays through July 30 at Heritage High

The Brentwood Theater Company presents “Crazy for You,” a Gershwin musical, through July 30 at Heritage High, 101 American Ave.

Set in Deadlock, Nev., this Gershwin extravaganza is filled with song, dance and Ken Ludwig’s hilarious dialogue. The artfully constructed tale of boy meeting girl in the Wild West is filled with goodness and romance. The story centers on Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. Despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream. Memorable songs include “Nice Work if You Can Get It,”
“Embraceable You,” “I’ve Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Nancy Torres directs, while Susan Stuart directs the music. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $23 seniors, $20 teens and $10 children (12 and under).

All seats reserved. Choose your seats at www.TheBrentwoodTheater.org. For more information, contact jack@ TheBrentwoodTheater.org.


Comedian Willie Barcena performs at arts fundraiser show

Comedian Willie Barcena performs July 21 and 22 as a fundraiser for the Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation at the California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.

Barcena is a 20-year comedy veteran who never shies away from a challenge. Willie’s talent has garnered him 12 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — more than any other Latino Comedian in the history of the Tonight Show. Jay (Leno) even invited Willie to perform for the troops in Afghanistan.

Tickets are $15 to $25. Performances are at 8 p.m. on July 21 and 7:30 p.m. July 22.

Call 925-427-1611 or go to www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.


Delta Gallery opens new oil painting show

Delta Gallery presents “Oil Impressions” on display through Aug. 31.

The exhibit showcases work created by adult and teen students during Carol Ligon’s water-mixable oil painting workshops at the gallery. With an eclectic variety of subjects and personal styles, the collection’s unifying theme is a vibrant, expressive exploration of color and brushwork. Participating artists include Sheri Bargman, Laurie Lee Bullock, David Koller, Rhetta Lewis, Carol Ligon, Sharon Martin, Jo Olney, Teresa Ramirez, Irene SanFilippo and Rich SanFilippo.

Also on display through September is a new exhibit of work by Art Guild of the Delta Collective artists. The show includes a colorful variety of original paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass creations, jewelry, cards, prints and more, all created by this group of local artists and available for sale.

The community is invited to celebrate both exhibits at a gala reception on July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet the artists, tour the gallery, enjoy light refreshments and chat with fellow art-lovers at this festive, free event.

Delta Gallery also offers a year-round schedule of art classes for all ages. On tap this summer are oil painting for adults, teens and children, pocket sketching for adults, paint parties for all ages and themed art classes for kids.

Delta Gallery is in The Streets of Brentwood, 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128, phone 516-5935. For complete information about exhibits, classes and events, visit www.DeltaGallery.com.


Magician to perform at El Campanil Theatre

Kevin Blake, an illusionist, magician and mentalist, is set perform at 8 p.m. July 22 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Master showman and “illusionist of the mind,” Blake is known for his theatrical magic shows and close-up conjuring. A favorite at private galas for large companies, he’s brought his immersive and interactive magic to L.A., London and nearly everywhere in between and even opened for Third Eye Blind at The Fillmore. In his newest performance, Blake combines tall tales, wonders of the mind, witty banter and brilliant illusions that’ll leave you scratching your head.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for youth (12-17).

Go to www.elcampaniltheater.com or call 925-757-9500.


Mariachi Divas will perform Aug. 12 at Campanil

The two-time Grammy-wining Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea will present a show on Aug. 12 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Founded in 1999 by trumpet player Cindy Shea, the Mariachi Divas is a multicultural, all-female ensemble that continues to push and expand the scope of mariachi music. Since 2003, Mariachi Divas has been the official mariachi of the Disneyland Resort where they entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds on a year-round basis. In addition to performing regularly at the Disneyland Resort and when they are not busy recording albums, Mariachi Divas and their music can be found in films, music videos, Hallmark greeting cards, and movie soundtracks a well as touring across the United States and Mexico.

Cost is $30 for general admission, $28 for seniors, $15 for youths. For tickets, go to www.elcampaniltheater.com or call 925-757-9500.


PCT season tickets now on sale

Pittsburg Community Theatre is offering a season ticket package: four shows for the price of three.

A subscription includes a ticket to each of the 2017-18 productions: “Wizard of Oz,” “Shrek the Musical Jr.,” “Taming of the Shrew” and “Next to Normal.”

Additionally, you can add the third annual Christmas show, “Christmas Time is Here,” to your subscription for 20 percent off the general admission ticket price.

All subscriptions are ordered through the California Theatre Box Office. The California Theatre is at 351 Railroad Ave. in Pittsburg.
Tickets are $75 for adults, $60 for seniors and students with IDs. Tickets are available at the theater box office, online at www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com or charge by phone at 925-427-1611.

Call 925-427-1611 or go to www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

— Judith Prieve, Staff

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