The Bankhead will present America’s favorite siblings, the Smothers Brothers, for another performance this June. After an unprecedented sellout of their first performance, the Smothers Brothers will delight audiences for an extra performance June 14, in addition to their sold-out June 13 performance (originally slated for January but rescheduled to June 13 due to COVID-19’s omicron variant surge ).
Tickets for all shows in the 2021-2022 Bankhead Presents season are available online, by calling 925-373-6800, or at the box office windows. For a complete list of events, visit livermorearts.org.
Celebrate art gallery’s new springtime show on April 23
The public is invited to celebrate the Moraga Art Gallery’s new springtime show, “Natural Abundance” at a free event from 5 to 7 pm April 23. The exhibit features floral and scenic oil paintings by member artist Jill Landau and a collection of works by Bay Area printmaker Donna Brown, whose artistry captures joyous moments, as when colorful birds congregate on the tree outside her window.
Also on display are paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, glassware, etchings, woodwork, photographs, monotypes and much more by the gallery’s core of 18 artists. The reception will include wine, light snacks, a meet-and-greet with the artists, live music and the opportunity to mingle with other art lovers. Open from noon to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday, the gallery is at 432 Center St. in Moraga’s Rheem Shopping Center. For more information, visit moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.
— Moraga Art Gallery
Sesquicentennial concert set for April 16 at El Campanil
Antioch’s El Campanil Theater, at 602 W. Second St., will present the free Antioch Sesquicentennial Concert at 2 pm April 16. The event will feature Antioch native Toree McGee, blues legends Frankie G & Tia Carroll, the Antioch High School Jazz Band, Black Diamond Ballet, El Campanil Theater Academy and more.
Though the concert is free, theater management asks that concert-goers pick out their seats and print their tickets in advance. Fore tickets or more details, go online to elcampaniltheatre.com.
Musical classic ‘Oliver’ to start April 30 at El Campanil
“Consider Yourself” at home with the Pittsburg Community Theater as the troupe returns to the El Campanil Theater in Antioch with the ever-popular family musical “Oliver!” Performances will be from April 30 through May 8.
Based on the Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist,” “Oliver!” is a musical theater classic.
With drama and humor, the story takes us through the journey of an orphan boy, Oliver (Nathen Penner), who runs away from an abusive workhouse only to fall in with a gang of youthful pickpocketers led by the manipulative Fagin (Gregory Brown). The well-known score includes such songs as “Consider Yourself,” “Where Is Love?,” “As Long as He Needs Me” and “Food, Glorious Food.”
Director Suzan Lorraine, along with Musical Director GA Klein and Choreographer Jennifer Jackson bring together a spectacular cast of 45, including 17 adorable kids playing orphans and pickpocketers. You’ll enjoy seeing many recognizable faces from various local theater companies, including Keith Adair (Bumble), Anjee Norgaard-Gallia (Widow Corney), Shelly McDowell (Nancy), Luke Cannon (Dodger) and Liam Cody (Bill Sikes) to name a few.
Featured players include Kevin Coren and Shiv Harris as the Sowerberry’s, Katie Rapolis (Mrs. Bedwin), Michael Wilson (Mr. Brownlow), Josie Rapolis (Bet), Sam Krey (Noah), Zoe Dehlinger (Charlotte), Emma Borja (Charley ) and Bear Hamilton as Dr. Grimwig. Tickets are on sale now. Visit El Campanil’s website above for more information.
—El Campanil Theater
County orchestra to perform Beethoven concert April 23
Because COVID-19 lockdowns prevented the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra from celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday in late 2020, the orchestra is calling its April 23 all-Beethoven program “Beethoven’s Belated Birthday Bash,” which will start at 2 pm in historic El Campanil Theater on the Antioch waterfront
This live immersive experience begins with Beethoven’s “Overture to Fidelio,” the glorious curtain-opener for the only opera he ever wrote. Legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein said “Fidelio” was “some of the most glorious music ever conceived by a mortal….”
Next, attendees will enjoy “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major,” a lighthearted and mischievous composition sprinkled with subtle musical pranks. This symphony’s unconventional form and comical tone set it apart from Beethoven’s other symphonies.
Finally, the orchestra will offer the exuberant “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major,” which premiered in 1808 in Vienna and features Oakland-based piano soloist Amy Zanrosso, who first fell in love with making music on a small electric organ and began piano lessons at age 6. By the age of 15, she had decided to dedicate her life to making music. Since then, she has traveled the world expanding her craft and performing in a stunning variety of settings, including appearances with Grammy award-winning artists.
Affordable tickets are available at El Campanil’s website above or at the theater. For more information about the orchestra, visit ContraCostaChamberOrchestra.org.
— Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra
Theater to premiere acclaimed Dutch film ‘The Judgement’
The International Film Showcase (IFC) presents the US premiere of “The Judgment” from the Netherlands this month at area theaters.
The film won numerous awards and is based on true facts of a controversial Deventer murder case. In the film, a Dutch TV journalist finds himself challenging the police, courts and media as he attempts to uncover the truth.
The film opens Friday at the Orinda Theater for at least one week and on April 23 at Napa’s Jarvis Conservatory. For further information, including tickets, visit at internationalshowcase.org online, and see a trailer for the film at youtu.be/qraSBsmEK10.
Los Medanos College set to present online gospel concert
Los Medanos College will present its 27th Gospel Celebration, a virtual event at 7 pm May 7, from the LMC choral vocal room.
This concert will feature James Monroe Iglehart, the Broadway legend and actor from “Aladdin” and “Hamilton,” as the special vocal artist. Iglehart is perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning performance as the Genie in the original Broadway production of “Aladdin.” He assumed the role of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway company version of “Hamilton” in April 2017 and can be heard as super-producer Steve Jones in “As The Curtain Rises,” Broadway’s first original podcast soap opera.
This event will also feature the acclaimed scholar and research academic Dr. Monique Charles, from Britain’s University of West London. Charles will discuss how “Gospel Music & Grime” (London’s version of American hip hop) can be used as academic learning pathways for all students of color.
The theme of the concert is “Gospel & Grime Music: Creative Unifiers that Support Students of Color.” Log into the free event online with the password “music” at 4cd.zoom.us/j/8809099244.
—Los Medanos College
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