Fall Fest and BBQ Cook-Off on October 1 in downtown Antioch

Opera theater


The Celebrate Antioch Foundation will host its fifth annual Fall Fest and BBQ Cook-Off on October 1. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown, join the party with barbecue, beer, wine and music. More than 30 street vendors will also be present for this fun, family and friendly event. To register as an event participant or vendor, visit celebrationantioch.org/event/fall-fest-bbq-cook-off online.

—Celebrate the Foundation of Antioch

‘Evening of Magic’ with artist Amyx set for October 19

The Lobby series of the El Campanil theater will present “A magical evening” with Andy Amyx at 7:30 p.m. on October 19.

Amyx is known worldwide for her dazzling and thrilling style of magic and illusions. Amyx’s peers, such as Lance Burton, applaud his improved style and technique, which has fascinated many people for years.

Her outstanding reputation in the magic industry led to her success after many years of performing for family, friends, schools and local organizations, when Amyx began studying at the Chavez Studio of Magic in La Verne (county of Los Angeles).

There he earned the Chavez Certificate of Prestidigitation, which Chavez Studio defines as the development of manual dexterity to such a degree that the eye cannot follow the movement of a performer’s fingers during sleights of hand. .

Amyx continued to hone her magic creating her own unique style of music, manipulation, and costume. He performed private shows for celebrities such as Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore and Tom Cruise. For tickets, which are $20 each, call 925-757-9500 or go online at elcampaniltheatre.com.

— El Campanil Theater

“Murder on the Orient Express” at El Campanil begins Friday

Ghostlight Theater Ensemble will perform “Murder On The Orient Express” Friday through October 9 at the El Campanil Theater at 602 W. Second St. in Antioch.

Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ has all the glamour, intrigue and suspense of Dame Agatha’s acclaimed novel, with a healthy dose of humor to pick up the pace, says its director, Alexiel de Ravenswood, assisted by the artistic vision of Jo Kiech.

Bill Falcon, left, and David Ghilardi star as Hercule Poirot and Monsieur Bouc in the Ghostlight Theater Ensemble’s production of the Agatha Christie mystery classic ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. (photo courtesy of Mélissa Christine)

With eight suspects, an intriguing and suspenseful plot and plenty of glamour, audiences are in for a thrilling adventure. It’s winter 1934, and the Orient Express is crossing Europe when, just after midnight, a snowdrift stops it dead. The luxury train is surprisingly full for the time of year, but in the morning it has one less passenger. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer among them, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the killer – in case he decides to strike again.

“We’re thrilled to bring this show to our community – audiences will see some familiar faces, but lots of new ones!” Ghostlight Artistic Director Kathryn Lopez said. “We are thrilled that the Ghostlight family continues to grow and we look forward to bringing one of Agatha Christie’s most famous stories to life.”

The remarkable cast includes Bill Falcon (Hercule Poirot), David Ghilardi (Monsieur Bouc), Suzanne Pamphile (Countess Andrenyl), Helen Moore Dixon (Greta Ohlsson), Chuck Phalen (the conductor), Carol Falcon (Princess Dragomiroff), Martie Muldoon (Helen Hubbard), John Ruzicka (Hector MacQueen), Sierra Bluebaugh (Mary Debenham), Patrick Atkinson (Samuel Ratchett), Ryan McComas (head waiter), and more!

The shows take place on September 30, October 1 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and October 2, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for seniors, $28 for general admission, and can be purchased online at http://ghostlightte.org/tickets.html.

— Ghostlight Theater Ensemble


Attend the Italian opera “Elixir of Love” at the Bankhead Theater

Livermore Valley Opera will perform “The Elixir of Love” on October 1, 2, 8 and 9 at the Bankhead Theatre. The opera will be sung in Italian and is suitable for the whole family.

Love potion or snake oil? When poor Nemorino fails in his attempt to woo the beautiful and wealthy Adina, he turns to charlatan Dr. Dulcamara, a purveyor of bogus potions, who assures him that his brew will do. But when it comes to love, the pair learn that the real thing – love that is – beats any elixir the doctor can concoct.

This bubbly and beloved comic opera by composer Gaetano Donizetti will charm you with laughter and memorable music, featuring one of the opera’s greatest tenor arias, “Una furtiva lagrima.” Plus, this brand new production is set just after World War I at a vineyard in the Livermore Valley, with the lead soprano as the owner of the vineyard. For tickets, call 925-373-6800 or visit livermorevalleyopera.com online.

— Livermore Valley Opera


The Bedford Gallery will exhibit a collection of African-American art

The Bedford Gallery will present “The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper,” an exhibition that celebrates 54 African American artists and their contributions to American art and culture.

Selected from Harmon and Harriet Kelley’s extensive collection, featured artists will include Grafton Tyler Brown, the West Coast’s first documented professional graphic designer, and contemporary printmakers such as Margo Humphrey. Works on paper—ranging from the 20th century to this—consist of drawings, etchings, watercolors, pastels, and color serigraphs that chronicle the lives of Black Americans through scenes of family and community, urban and rural workers, poverty and success, cultural pride and political unrest.

Presented by the Bedford Gallery and curated by Landau Traveling Exhibitions in Los Angeles, the collection will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from September 29 through December 18 at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts at 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek. For more information or to purchase tickets ($5 for general admission, free for Bedford Gallery members and children under 13), visit bedfordgallery.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

— Bedford Gallery

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