The Lynn House Gallery reopens

The Lynn House Gallery in Antioch will reopen on May 20th after having been closed for many months.

The opening reception is from 3 to 6 p.m. on May 22nd in the gallery at 809 W. First St.

Outstanding artists include Carlo Tarzier, Mark Roberts, Don Allen, Joel Summerhill, Karen Nelson Kelly, Nancy Roberts, Lisa Larsen, Mira M. White, John Tyllis, Bretagne Budge, Casey Rasmussen White, Pam Adams Frey, Jody Mattison and Christie Ferrell.

For more information, see or call 925-978-4545.


PCT announces its schedule for the 2021-22 indoor season

The California Theater under construction to renovate the balcony and make further improvements has brought the Pittsburg Community Theater onto the streets with “Plays in the Park” and announced an indoor cast for the 2021-22 season.

PCT, together with Pinole Community Players and the Ghostlight Theater Ensemble, will present Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” from June 11th to 13th in the church of Good Shepherd Spiritual Park at 3200 Harbor St. in Pittsburg (tickets available at 925-439- 7529). GA Klein staged with choreography by Chelsea Bardellini and musical direction by Mark Dietrich. Brentwood shows will be held June 25-27 at a location to be announced. “The Lion King Experience” is also on tap from July 23rd to 25th in the church of the Good Shepherd Spiritual Park. Anjee Norgaard-Gallia directs.

The upcoming 2021-22 season will open from November 13-21 with “Deathtrap” at the Campbell Theater in Martinez. This will be followed by “Fences” on the Betty Brown Stage in the Little Theater of Pittsburg High School from February 5th to 13th. “Oliver!” April 30 through May 15, 2022 at the California Theater; and “Dreamgirls” June 10-26, 2022, also at the California Theater. Season tickets are available from


Courtyard Concert with comedian and songwriter

The Courtyard Concert series at the intimate Bankhead Theater opens with comedian John Lehrer and follows with local singer / songwriter Lauryn Marie, who won the highest Dreamcatcher award in Bankhead’s StarsDay Open Mic competition last summer. The concert starts on May 14th at 5.30pm in the Theaterhof at 2400 First Street in Livermore. Tickets are $ 20 each. Call 925-373-6800.

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The Valley Art Gallery is showing a new exhibition by the painter Koonce

At Valley Art Galley, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, a new selection of spring art is on display, complemented by paintings by Debby Koonce, a well-known and beloved local artist. Koonce paints landscapes that illustrate the interplay of light and shadow. She works in oil and acrylic media and is inspired by topics such as open views, picturesque alleys and gardens. Also available is a wide range of judged, high quality, handcrafted handicrafts and jewelry.

Koonce’s paintings and the more than 300 works on display in the gallery are said to represent some of the best of East Bay’s finest artists. All artists are judged in membership, and all shows are judged individually. All 2-D works are available for sale or rent. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pandemic protocols that require masks, social distancing, and reduced capacity remain in place. Go to or call 925-935-4311 for more information.


The international film series is continued with “Riders of Justice”.

The International Film Showcase returns to the Orinda Theater in May with limited seating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The storefront opens on May 14th at the Orinda Theater with the US premiere of “Riders of Justice” from Denmark. To comply with Covid-19 restrictions, the theater limits attendance to 50 people for each performance. There are three screenings per day on May 13th, 16th and 19th from May 14th to 16th. No demonstrations during the week.

The film has received multiple awards, many nominations, and high marks from around 5,000 people on IMDB. It is played by Mads Mikkelsen. The cost is $ 10 plus a $ 1.26 processing fee per ticket. For ticket reservations go to


Kinsella Theater Group Offers Auditioning Tips on May 15th

Steve Kinsella of the Kinsella Theater Group will be offering a free audition clinic through Zoom on May 15th at 11am. The director is offering the clinic pending the return of live theater soon. He said that he believes that if people get the “big picture” auditions will be less scary.

The clinic will cover topics such as securing an agent, auditioning for camera, commercials, musicals, dramas, comedies, and more. To get the zoom link, write to and write down if you’d like to work on your pieces as he will help as many as possible. For more information, please call 925-516-9009.


El Campanil Theater presents ‘Young Frankenstein’

An all-star comedic actor in Young Frankenstein, a classic Mel Brooks film that will be screened on May 15th at the El Campanil Theater, 602 W. Second St. The theater opens at 1:30 p.m. for the film at 2:00 p.m. The comedy about Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson shows Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman and Medeline Kahn. Tickets are $ 10 for adults and $ 8 for seniors and teenagers. For more information, see

Drama Factory Company hosts sword class for the stage

The Drama Factory theater group holds a workshop on sword fighting at the weekend. Many theatrical productions may require stage sword fighting skills during audition and cast acceptance, especially classical or Shakespearean theater.

The workshop, which is offered on two Saturdays – June 5th and 12th from 11 am to 2 pm – covers all the initial fighting techniques used for sword fighting on stage. Instructor Richard Palaziol has been in the industry for more than 30 years and has trained stage and film actors throughout the region and around the world through his book. Drama Factory has been using its expertise for many years and for handling its armaments.

The sessions take place outdoors and masks are mandatory. Beginners are welcome as well as returning intermediate level combatants. The troop spokesman said it “takes security very seriously” and stated that real swords are being used. When it comes to abuse or security protocols, the force breaks off the session. There are only 20 places available.

To register, send an email with your name, age, address and contact phone number. Please tell us whether you have already attended theater lessons and whether you have received sword training. If accepted, a $ 20 donation is recommended.

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