January 14 Central, East Contra Costa A&E On Tap

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PITTSBURG

From February 5 to 13, the Pittsburg Community Theater will present “Fences” by August Wilson, which won a Pulitzer Prize for theater and the 1987 Tony Award for best play.

Performances will take place on the Betty Brown stage of the Little Theater in the Creative Arts Building, 280 School Street in Pittsburg. Directed by LaTonya Watts, the story centers on how a broken person on the inside can manifest this and lead to breakdowns in relationships with family and friends.

Main character Troy Maxson (Kirk Waller) has faced both literal and figurative barriers that have blocked his progress in life. The story focuses on how his life was deeply affected by the systemic and social racism of the time. Over the course of the play, he is forced to confront his own past and his disappointment at the turn of his life, as well as his goals for the present and the future and his own thinly veiled resentment for his own son, whose hopes for advancement are seen as a threat. Wilson’s play is considered a classic of the American scene, with themes that still resonate today.

Starring Waller, the piece features performances by Gwendolyn Sampson-Brown (Rose Maxson), Dodie Katague (Bono), Elijah Waller (Cory), Jason Anthony (Gabriel), Alijah Carter (Lyons) and Makayla Rhine (Raynell). Tickets are available online at pctca.org/tickets or by phone at 925-439-PLAY (7429). The cost is $ 24 for adults, $ 20 for seniors and students. Masks and proof of COVID vaccination will be required for entry.

– Pittsburg Community Theater

BRENTWOOD

Ghostlight Theater is looking for actors and directors for “Festival 10”

Ghostlight Theater Ensemble is looking for directors and actors for their upcoming three-day theater festival, “Festival 10, A Treasury of 10-Minute Plays!”

The troupe had planned to present this show in 2020 or 2021 but were unable to do so due to the pandemic and are now trying again for 2022. Tentative performance dates are March 25-27 at the Brentwood Community Center. Interested directors should contact Artistic Director Kathryn Lopez at [email protected]

Auditions for the actors will take place Jan. 19-20 at 6 p.m. at Working Wonders, 150 Middlefield Court, Suite F, in Brentwood. Prepare a dramatic monologue and a comedic monologue. The total duration of the hearing should not exceed four minutes. Register online at bayareane.ws/Festival10inscription.

– Ghostlight Theater Ensemble

ANTIOQUE

Drama Factory hosts auditions for “She Kills Monsters”

The Drama Factory will audition for “She Kills Monsters” from 5 pm to 8 pm January 18-19 at the Nick Rodriguez Theater, 213 F St. in Antioch.

The troop plays 12 roles for ages 13 and up, and new crew members are also in demand. There will also be an orientation from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on January 23. Rehearsals will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and performances will take place from March 11 to 13 and from March 18 to 19. For more details, visit dramafactory.org in line.

– The theater factory

DANVILLE

Village Theater Art Gallery will present “Threads of Change”

The Town of Danville Village Theater Art Gallery will open a new exhibit, “Threads of Change,” featuring unique art quilts made by members of the local quilting group, Creative Fiber Artists. The group exhibited their work at the gallery in 2017 and have been busy creating more art quilts for this latest exhibition.

Art quilts are not limited to textiles and needlework as artists use a variety of techniques and materials resulting in beautiful and original works of art. Quilts feature screen printing, paint stain, mono-print and more to create layers and depth. These imaginative works are intricate, fun, and depict stunning landscapes, still lifes, and animal images.

An opening reception for “Threads of Change” will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on January 20th. COVID-19 security guidelines will be in effect and all visitors must wear masks in the gallery. For the latest guidelines, visit Danville’s webpage at danville.ca.gov/vtart. As always, the reception is free and open to the public.

The Théâtre du Village art gallery is open to visitors from Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment only on other days. Free entry. For more information, contact Visual Arts Coordinator Marija Nelson Bleier at 925-314-3460 or [email protected]

– Art gallery of the village theater

ANTIOQUE

The SF comedy contest returns to El Campanil this January 15

San Francisco’s legendary stand-up comedy contest returns with a bang at the El Campanil Theater in 2022, kicking off on January 15 at 8 p.m. with performances from three past event winners and a recent one. finalist, special guest Chelsea Bearce. Recent featured champions include Ryan Goodcase and Sterling Scott, who will be presented by host and Pittsburg native Johnny Steele, another top finisher in his own right.

Tickets are $ 20 to $ 30 each. Call 925-757-9500 or visit elcampaniltheatre.com. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend any event at El Campanil. Note that anyone 12 years of age or older must present full proof of vaccination upon entry along with a corresponding ID. COVID test results will not be accepted and anyone of any age should be masked at all times.

– El Campanil Theater

COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA

Diablo Women’s Chorale to hold auditions on January 17th

You want to have fun? The Diablo female choir is looking for members. The spring season begins January 17 and auditions will be by appointment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that evening. The group, which has members from all over, encourages any woman passionate about music and dynamic company to audition.

Choral experience and ability to read music is a plus, but not required. For more information on membership and hearings, contact Membership Chair Nancy Hickman at [email protected] or 925-899-5050. For more information, go online at DiabloWomensChorale.org/join-us.

– Diablo Women’s Choir

WALNUT STREAM

Harpsichordist Omura to perform on January 29 in a series of concerts

The St. Paul’s Concert Series will feature harpsichordist Arthur Omura in a live solo performance from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek at 7:00 p.m. on January 29.

This live performance will be webcast, but people are welcome to attend in person as permitted at the time of the performance. To register for tickets, receive the live link, and check attendance status in person, visit stpaulswc.org/concert-series in line.

Omura is a specialist in historic Bay Area keyboard instruments who studied with Charles Rus in San Francisco and Dr. Lucinda Carver at the University of Southern California. He has performed at early music festivals in Boston and Berkeley, and has given numerous performances in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Call 925-297-0134 for more information.

– Saint-Paul Episcopal Church

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