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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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Macy Blackman tonight at Armando’s

Macy Blackman tonight at Armando’s

| May 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

(Courtesy Photo) Macy Blackman, the New Orleans-style rhythm and blues pianist, is appearing at 8 p.m. today at Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista Ave. “It’s a reunion of sorts with our original drummer Jack Dorsey,” Blackman said. Dorsey and Blackman played together in San Francisco at the Condor. “We ruled that place for two years,” he […]

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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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