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A busy weekend at El Cerrito High Performing Arts Center


The Performing Arts Center at El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Ave., has been a busy venue since it opened, hosting both student productions and companies such as the Berkeley West Edge Opera.
The theater is hosting events this weekend, starting with “Bollywood Comes to El Cerrito” from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday. The Bollywood festivities are hosted by the school’s South Asian Student Union and will include a student dance performance, a fashion show and a special performance students from by Albany High School.
Tickets will be $5 students, $6 adults at the door.

At 7 p.m. Saturday the theater will host the first ever talent show presented by the West Contra Costa School District’s Youth Commission, featuring skilled performers from around the district.
Tickets are $3 ages 12 and under, $5 ages 13-18 and $7 ages 19 and up, with proceeds benefitting student activities.

Still coming up is a year-end performance by students in the ECHS jazz program who will play with members of the beloved horn section from Tower of Power at 7:30 p.m. May 31.
“Take a nostalgic trip back in time to hear Tower of Power hits performed by the ECHS Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble alongside TOP greats like trumpeter Mic Gillette (remember the opening solo of ‘Your Still A Young Man’?) and baritone sax player extraordinaire Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka.”
Organizers promise “Great music (and) sumptuous treats all to support the growing ECHS Music Program!”
Tickets are $20 for VIP seats and $15 for general admission and can be reserved by calling Lynn Chung at 510-236-5637 or Chungdc@aol.com.

Coming up this summer will be a presentation of “Les Misérables” performed by 36 young actors in Berkeley-based Stage Door Conservatory’s Teens on Stage program. Details on the production are available at 510-521-6250.

Chris Treadway