The Ballet Company of East County presents its ninth annual production of the Nutcracker with four performances, two each on Dec. 21 and 22 at the El Campanil Theater, 602 W. Second Street, in historic downtown Antioch. The cast is composed of ballet students from throughout the area who have been in rehearsals for the past 14 weeks. Tickets are $18 to $24. For more information call 925-240-5556. The Pittsburg High School Creative Arts Building, 250 School St., will ring with the sounds of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. This 40-piece ensemble from Travis Air Force Base promises an evening of familiar and classic melodies for outstanding family holiday entertainment. Free tickets are available at the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, 985 Railroad Ave. For more information call 925-432-7301.
Possibilities Abound: Saratoga artist Holly Van Hart’s exhibition of oil paintings features larger-than-life eggs and nests to symbolize the promise of our own 20 pc. raw brass ballet slipper stampings : 11mm by 8.5mm - made in usa | rb-744 capabilities, to be nurtured and explored and stretched to their fullest potential, Van Hart was awarded this solo exhibition for winning first place in the 2013 California Statewide Painting Competition, Through Feb, 14; artist’s reception Dec, 12, 6-8 p.m, Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, hollyvanhart.com/2014/08/tritonreception..
Now 21, she is a junior camp program staff member and lives on campus with her mother, who is also a staff member. Via Services started in 1945 when two women saw a 13-year-old boy with cerebral palsy at his home day after day. With the mother’s permission, the women carried his wheelchair down two flights of stairs to show him different scenery and provide emotional stimulation via short trips. As word spread, the women became the founders of the Crippled Children’s Society of Santa Clara County, Inc. Now known as Via Services, the mission is to “help children and adults with special needs and disabilities achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives.”.
The program ended with “Jazzin’ ” by Darrell Grand Moultrie, a 20 pc. raw brass ballet slipper stampings : 11mm by 8.5mm - made in usa | rb-744 sensuous, well-crafted and often amusing jazz ballet that had the company strutting, springing and swinging, While the opening number, “The Strut,” with the whole ensemble, lacked sizzle, the company soon focused and performed without affectation, The jazz patterns were sharp and smart and spoke for themselves, Increasingly, Smuin Ballet is letting the dance do the talking, leaving behind its bad habits of mugging for the audience, It even allowed Smuin’s sweet, if academic, “Chants d’Auvergne” (1999), which opened the program, to be itself without the cheesy additions of come-hither looks or “ta-da” flourishes, And when that naturalism takes hold, it is clear that the often courtly romanticism of Smuin still sits at the heart of Smuin Ballet..
The Lynn House Gallery is at 809 W. First St. in downtown Antioch. For more information, visit http://art4antioch.org/Local-Artist-Collection. asp, email Diane@art4antioch.org or contact Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897. College to stage ‘Rent’ at California Theater. PITTSBURG — Los Medanos College Department of Dramatic Arts, in conjunction with LMCAS, Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation, and Keller Canyon, present the award-winning Broadway musical, “Rent,” which will show at the California Theater Dec. 3-6.