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County fair opens Thursday

County fair opens Thursday

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Contra Costa County’s own county fair opens at noon Thursday for four days of family fun. Opening day also is “Dollar Day,” with $1 admission until 5 p.m. and $1 carnival rides until 5 p.m. Those 62 and older will be admitted for $1 Friday, “Seniors Day.” Those buying a carnival ride wristband can get […]

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“A Murder is Announced” robust and delightful

“A Murder is Announced” robust and delightful

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette If you haven’t been to the Martinez Campbell Theater this past weekend, then by all means pay attention, because their current show, A Murder is Announced, is a robust and delightful Agatha Christie murder mystery. The Plot Line theater company, one of the newer theater companies currently presenting […]

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Largest display of original Shelby Cobras in west comes to Martinez on June 1

Largest display of original Shelby Cobras in west comes to Martinez on June 1

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Gumball Rally Dinner on Friday, May 31 to kick off 5th Annual Cobra Day Free to all spectators, car buffs will see a record- setting display of Shelby Cobras and other classic cars from Ford Motor Company starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 1 at The Cobra Experience in Martinez. This will be the largest […]

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First class entertainment in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Vanity Fair

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s reviews provide you with two terrific opportunities to see up-beat, fun-filled and fast-paced, first-class entertainment in San Francisco’s Geary Theater and Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center, this coming week. First, I’ll share my unmitigated rave review of “Smokey Joe’s Café” presented by the Tri-Valley Repertory theater company, […]

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Trio of offerings dot East Bay

| April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s reviews provide three totally different experiences ranging between the traveling Broadway production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in San Francisco, the Mystery of Irma Vep in Danville, and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way in El Cerrito. I will rank these shows as […]

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Alhambra student named finalist in art competition

Alhambra student named finalist in art competition

| April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that local judges have selected Allison Patrick from Alhambra High School as the Contra Costa finalist in the 2019 Fifth Congressional District Art Competition for her piece, Dye Trying. “Congratulations Allison Patrick, Contra Costa County’s 2019 Fifth Congressional District Art Competition finalist!” said Thompson. “Every year I have the […]

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Stroll Down Penny Lane comes to Fairfield Theatre

Stroll Down Penny Lane comes to Fairfield Theatre

| April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JONATHAN FARRELL Contributor Fairfield’s own crown jewel, The Downtown Theatre is where the music and the spirit of Paul McCartney will be highlighted and celebrated in a multi-media extravaganza “Stroll Down Penny Lane” on May 11. Live, in concert; experience McCartney’s music and influences, from early rock and roll – like Little Richard – […]

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Poison Apple troupe, director honored at prestigious festival

Poison Apple troupe, director honored at prestigious festival

| April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year a theater troupe from Poison Apple Productions attended the international Junior Theater Festival West with over 2,000 youth who performed and were adjudicated by Broadway professionals and Theater specialists. Poison Apple Teens were honored with the title of Outstanding Production alongside just five other companies out of the 42 competing. Poison Apple […]

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‘Stellar’ production of Matilda at Lesher

| April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This past week, the Contra Costa Musical Theater Company (CCMT) presented the five-time Tony award winning musical, “Matilda, The Musical”, based on the 1988 children’s novel of the same name, written by world-renowned Welsh born/British author Roald Dahl. This show was first commissioned and produced by the Royal […]

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‘Delightful’ Bye Bye Birdie at AHS

‘Delightful’ Bye Bye Birdie at AHS

| April 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week I will be featuring a theatrical production right in the heart of Martinez, with a delightful Bye-Bye Birdie student musical production at Alhambra High School. First of all, let me congratulate the Alhambra high school drama director, Gerry Wiener, and musical director Julianne George for providing […]

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