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Glass Menagerie shines at Campbell Theater

Glass Menagerie shines at Campbell Theater

| January 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Charlie Jarrett The Martinez Campbell Theater (636 Ward St, Martinez, CA) is truly becoming an even more “Go-to Theatrical Venue” for the entire East Bay Area, as the quality and variety of shows continue to get better and more engaging. This past week, one of my favorite all-time dramatic masterpieces, The Glass Menagerie, written […]

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2020 BottleRock Announces Lineup

2020 BottleRock Announces Lineup

| January 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of Stephen Langsam    (Martinez News-Gazette) Jan 6 at 10:27 AM January 6, 2020 Napa, CA — BottleRock Napa Valley 2020, presented by JaM Cellars, announces its eighth annual festival lineup today, featuring over 75 musical acts including headline artists Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Khalid and Anderson […]

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Two unique takes on Christmas Carol

| December 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist This time of the year often delivers fond memories for us of stories that we have read and plays that we have seen that bring us messages of love, compassion, redemption and goodwill. This year we have two unique and considerably different takes on Charles Dickens’ 1843 story, A […]

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Top-notch Bay Area holiday productions

Top-notch Bay Area holiday productions

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Once again, I’m excited to share with you my reviews of two totally different but completely satisfying theater productions for your entertainment over the holidays. First, the Town Hall Theater in Lafayette has delivered an engaging spoof of a classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, entitled Cinderella: A Fairytale. The second […]

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Harry Potter is a must-see production

Harry Potter is a must-see production

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Today, I am indeed fortunate to be able to share with you the incredible West Coast official world premiere opening of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, her eighth story, written and envisioned as a theatrical production by Jack Thorne, and subsequently directed by John Tiffany, as […]

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Two great shows this week; one for the kids, and one for the grown-ups

| November 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Two great shows this week; one primarily for children or the young at heart the California theater in Pittsburgh, and the other entirely for adults located at the Strand theater on Market St. in San Francisco, directly across the street from Civic Center Bart station. In Pittsburg, universal hope […]

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Dia de los Muertos event held in downtown Martinez

Dia de los Muertos event held in downtown Martinez

| November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Main Street was full of costumed artists and their creations, at the Nov. 2 celebration. Dressed as a Mexican revolutionary a Dia de los Muertos event coordinator for the Martinez Arts Association, Lorena Castillo (left) stands next to her artistically designed alter with Pat Mitchell Rasich, another alter artist.

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Curtain call for Danville theater; road trip to Oregon

| October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist This week’s reviews are unique indeed in that you only have to drive 9.7 miles to the first show reviewed (in Danville) or 300 miles and spend one or two nights in Ashland, Oregon to see them. You might ask, why is this guy suggesting that we travel to […]

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National Park Service hosts free campfire program

| October 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

“My fire was in all its glory about midnight…I had nothing to do but look and listen and join the trees in their hymns and prayers.” – John Muir, Travels in Alaska Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in […]

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‘Insignificance’ at the Campbell Theater is an  elegant, thoughtful piece of historical fiction

‘Insignificance’ at the Campbell Theater is an elegant, thoughtful piece of historical fiction

| October 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor It’s always an interesting thought experiment to consider what it would have been like if historical figures from different spheres of influence met each other. What would they think of each other? What would they have to say? That’s the premise of “Insignificance,” the new play currently running […]

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