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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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Prepare to be spellbound by ‘Bell, Book and Candle”

Prepare to be spellbound by ‘Bell, Book and Candle”

| April 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor There’s magic on the stage at the Campbell Theater with Plotline Theater Company’s newest play, the enchanting comedic drama “Bell, Book and Candle.” Originally penned in 1950 by John Van Druten, the play was later adapted into the well-known Academy Award nominated film of the same name, featuring […]

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Diablo Vista Chorus concert April 27

Diablo Vista Chorus concert April 27

| April 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Diablo Vista Chorus will perform a concert of pop, jazz and barbershop a cappella music on April 27th at St. Matthew’s Church, 399 Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek. There will be two performances: 2PM and 7PM. Special guest performance will be by 2014 International Champion Quartet, LoveNotes. Their sound and style will leave you breathless. […]

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“Showtime!” exhibit at Martinez Museum

“Showtime!” exhibit at Martinez Museum

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – “Showtime!” a look at theatrical arts in Martinez, is the current exhibit at the Martinez Museum. The exhibit opened Sunday and will be on display for three months, said Debbie Zamaria, secretary of the Martinez Historical Society. Visitors will see photographs, histories and artifacts from several of Martinez area theaters, including the […]

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