Classic foreign film series on view at El Campanil d’Antioche

ANTIOCH

The El Campanil Theater kicks off its classic movie series with Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas” at 2 p.m. Saturday in the theater at 602 W. Second St.

Scorcese’s sprawling epic spanning three decades of mob life was based on the true story of Henry Hill. The film stars Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and an Oscar-winning performance by Joe Pesci.

Also playing is Danish film ‘Another Round’, part of the Foreign Film Series, at 2 p.m. on January 23. Filmed in 2020, this comedy/drama by Thomas Vinterburg focuses on four teachers and friends who, over a dinner party celebrating a 40th birthday, discuss psychiatrist Finn Skårderud’s theory – that humans are born with a blood alcohol level of 0.05%, and that being at 0.05% makes you more creative and relaxed. Embarking on a journey to the bottom of the bottle, the four friends test the limits of teaching, parenting and themselves in this touching story starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe and Magnus Millang .

The film is the 2021 Oscar for best international feature film. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. Go to elcampaniltheatre.com, buy tickets starting 30 minutes before the show or call 925-757-9500. Proof of vaccination is required to attend any event at El Campanil Theater. Anyone 12 years of age or older must show proof of full vaccination at entry with corresponding ID. Negative COVID tests are not accepted. Anyone of any age must wear a mask at all times.

Garner’s Johnny Cash tribute show is scheduled for January 29

The El Campanil Theater will present “James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash” at 8 p.m. on January 29 in the theater at 602 W. Second St. For the past 15 years, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash’s greatest hits . From the concert specials aired on PBS stations to shows at Folsom and San Quentin prisons, this show is a top-notch tribute to the “Man in Black.”

The show is a trip down memory lane that pays homage to the life and music of Cash and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his longtime backing band, the Tennessee Three. The band covers hits such as “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, “I Walk the Line”, “A Boy Named Sue” and more.

Tickets are $15 for students, $29 for seniors, and $32 for general admission.

— El Campanil Theater

LIVERMORE

The incredible spectacle of the Peking Acrobats comes to Bankhead

Livermore Arts Bankhead will present The Peking Acrobats at 8 p.m. on February 4. For 34 years, The Peking Acrobats have been redefining the image of Chinese acrobatics, pushing the limits of human abilities, defying gravity with stunning displays of contortion, flexibility and control.

With daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs or along tall poles, they display their technical prowess with arts such as freestyle biking, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. Tickets range from $20 to $78 each. Special rates of $20 for student/child tickets are available. Go to livermoreperformingarts.com or call the box at 925-373-6800.

—Livermore Performing Arts

WALNUT STREAM

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

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

This live performance will be streamed online, 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 Bay Area-based historical keyboard instrument scholar who studied with Charles Rus in San Francisco and Dr. Lucinda Carver at the University of Southern California. He has performed at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals and has given numerous performances in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Call 925-297-0134 for more information.

— St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

PITTSBURG

A theater company will soon perform Tony-winning ‘Fences’

From Feb. 5-13, Pittsburg Community Theater will present August Wilson’s “Fences,” which won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama 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 St. in Pittsburgh. Directed by LaTonya Watts, the story centers on how someone broken inside can manifest this and cause rifts in relationships with family and friends.

Main character Troy Maxson (Kirk Waller) has literally and figuratively faced obstacles 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. Throughout the play, he is forced to confront his own past and his disappointment with the way his life has turned out, as well as his goals for the present and 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 stage, with themes that still resonate today.

In addition to Waller, the play features performances from 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.

— Community Theater of Pittsburgh

DANVILLE

Village Theater Art Gallery presenting ‘Threads of Change’

The Village Theater art gallery in the town of Danville will open a new exhibit, “Threads of Change,” featuring unique art quilts made by members of the local quilt 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 sewing, as artists use a variety of techniques and materials resulting in beautiful and original works of art. Quilts are screen printed, dyed, mono-printed and more to create layers and depth. These imaginative works are intricate, fun, and feature stunning landscapes, still lifes, and animal images.

COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in effect and all visitors must wear masks in the gallery. For the latest guidelines, visit the Danville webpage at danville.ca.gov/vtart. The Village Theater Art Gallery is open to visitors Wednesday through Friday from 12 p.m. 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]

– Village Theater Art Gallery

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