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Victoria Theater production of ‘Hairspray’ not to be missed

Victoria Theater production of ‘Hairspray’ not to be missed

| July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette How many of us still remember Dick Clark and the American Bandstand show in the mid-50’s? It formulated in Philadelphia until it was moved to the ABC television Center Los Angeles in 1964. At much the same time, there was another similar show hosted by Winston “Buddy” Deane […]

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Main Street Arts Gallery chooses the work of two new artists to display at its downtown gallery

| July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By DANA GUZZETTI Martinez News-Gazette Reporter Main Street Arts Gallery has chosen the work of two new artists, Paula Oesterling, and Jared Foster, to appear now, through July 31 at the downtown gallery in Martinez, now through July 31.  Paula Oesterling’s Hawaiian floral subjects and vivid colors, and Jared Foster’s blend of architectural features bathed […]

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Business highlight: In Motion Dance Center

Business highlight: In Motion Dance Center

| July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By DANA GUZZETTI Martinez News-Gazette Reporter MARTINEZ, Calif. – Businesswoman and dancer Cynthia Berning will celebrate her first year in Northern California as the owner of In Motion Dance Center in August. It seemed like an understatement when she said, “ The transition and adjustment were so smooth and the families at the studio are […]

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Bring the kids! Two great shows for the family

| July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez Gazette Contributor The Woodminster Summer Musical series production of Walt Disney’s “Newsies” and the California Shakespeare Theater’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s thought-provoking parable, “The Good Person of Szechwan”, are equally stunning and worthy of a “too good to miss” declaration. In the 1890s and early 1900s, newspapers played a major role […]

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Reviews: ‘The Fitting Room’ and ‘A Chorus Line’

| June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week I will invite you to experience a delightful evening of changing room silliness, in Kathryn G. McCarty’s delightful comedy, “The Fitting Room”, right here in the Campbell Theater. This is not your typical plot driven story, but rather a character driven story that seems to be […]

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Beaver Festival returns to Susana Park June 29

Beaver Festival returns to Susana Park June 29

| June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In 2008, a group of people decided a festival would be a way to unify supporters and to show detractors how many people wanted to protect a family beavers who had moved to the downtown area of Alhambra Creek. This year, the 12th Martinez Beaver Festival once again will celebrate the aquatic […]

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Take a peek into the adventures of everyday life in ‘The Fitting Room’

Take a peek into the adventures of everyday life in ‘The Fitting Room’

| June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor Onstage Theater Company premiered its last play of the season at the Campbell Theater on Friday with “The Fitting Room,” a vibrant and ambitious work by local playwright Kathryn G. McCarty. “The Fitting Room” is an intriguing piece of theater, and feels almost experimental in nature. It isn’t […]

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2019 BottleRock First Glimpse Of Summer

2019 BottleRock First Glimpse Of Summer

| June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Stephen Langsam Once again Napa provides the ultimate start to summer with BottleRock. The festival that fuses together local culinary masters, vibrant sounds of music and the never ending flow of beverages is just the top of the iceberg in what happens at BottleRock year in and year at the Napa Expo. The acts […]

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Orinda presenting ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

Orinda presenting ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

| June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s reviews provide opportunities that could take you from Orinda to Lafayette, or all the way to San Jose. First and foremost, for those of you who prefer to not wander too far from home, I have to recommend the Orinda Starlight Village Player’s production of Agatha […]

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“Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” is top-notch

| May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette If you, like me, enjoy bluegrass and country music, then you are bound to be put in hillbilly heaven if you attend. The Center Repertory Company’s new show, “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie”, is once again a terrific, moving, and inspirational evening of some […]

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