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Tony Sauro

Tony Sauro has been writing feature stories and reporting on entertainment events since 2008. Before that, he helped write, edit and design the editorial pages for five years. Tony edited and wrote for the TimeOut section during its first 10 years after working as sports editor and Sunday editor between 1984 and 1987. He also covered high school athletics and University of the Pacific sports from 1975 to 1987.

Good Time for Jennifer Torres’ children’s novel

A Time magazine headline on page 66 of its Dec. 12 issue:: “It’s a mean, sometimes sad world ¬ but reading can help.” Writer Kirsten Salyer adds: “As much as we may (sic) want to shield children from all the terrible, horrible no-good, very bad things in life, too often we don’t get a choice.” […]

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Galt’s Garner takes Cash tribute to public television

Galt’s Garner takes Cash tribute to public television James Garner’s tribute to Johnny Cash now is being shown on KVIE, Sacramento’s Public Broadcasting System (PBS) television outlet. The Galt resident, who’s been playing tribute to Cash (1923-2003) for nine years, recorded a sold-out two July 9 show at Lodi’s Hutchins Street Square. Edited to 88½-minute, […]

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Stockton artist shows why Gucci chose her

Stockton’s Jayde Cardinalli Fish is opening a display of her visually commanding pop art that’s been proposed by Gucci designers as adornments for their 2017 spring collection. It’s really amazing stuff ¬ bisecting somewhere between imogis and “Game of Thrones.” The illustrator/designer attended the Gucci introduction in Milan, Italy, and was featured in November’s edition […]

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From Costa Rica to a taco truck with UOP authors

Books and music by University of the Pacific authors and artists range in subjects matter from the Nez Perce Indians to Roman Empire women of the Christian movement to jazz and opera recordings. Jennifer Lopez, a former Record reporter, has been recognized by Time magazine for “Stef Soto, Taco Queen ¬ her first novel for […]

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Feeling both sides of Beach Boys’ vibrations

It’s a book-length scenario/standoff/survival saga in itself. Brian Wilson and Mike Love provide relatively amicable accounts in their new memoirs. A popular theoretical myth always has prevailed: Love, Wilson’s cousin, was appalled by music Brian created in the recording studio after he stopped touring with the band in 1964. It became “Pet Sounds” by 1966. […]

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Gibbons fins a ‘classic’ fit for ZZ Top

ZZ Top With: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys Tickets: $50-$145; $245 (buffet, 5:30 p.m.) Information: (209) 728-1251; Being “labeled” isn’t such a bad deal for Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top. “ ‘Classic’ includes ‘class’,” Gibbons said. “So that’s kind of nice. “We […]

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Weekly series starts at Take 5 Jazz

A new season of weekly shows at Take 5 Jazz at the Brew has begun. In addition to an Oct. 13 performance by singer Carmen Bradford during the Brubeck Jazz Festival, the guest list includes Bennie Maupin, from Detroit, who plays saxophone, flute and bass. With the Joe Mazzaferro Group (Oct. 6). Gilbert Castellanos, a […]

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Former Olympian Boitano leads Arena figure-skating sho

Brian Boitano, who won an Olympic figure-skating gold medal in 1988, headlines a 10-skater “Holiday Movie Skating Spectacular” Nov. 9 at Stockton Arena. Tickets – priced at $75, $50 and $35 – go on sale at noon Friday. The 10 skaters perform to pre-recorded holiday season music. Romia Arena, who specializes in “popera,” sings the […]

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Moving New Christy Minstrels show was Randy Sparks’ choice

Randy Sparks’ decision to move his 83rd birthday concert to Lodi’s Hutchins Street Square last Friday (July 29) was his alone. None of the San Joaquin County Historical Society members were involved. Sparks and his New Christy Minstrels had played at Micke Grove Regional Park for 10 years, donating all proceeds to the museum, where […]

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Entertaining emails a witty hit for them

Frankie & Annette, the Stockton singing-guitar playing duo of Kevin Hogan and Annette Taser, also like entertaining email messages when they perform. Today, they’re at Stockton’s Mile Wine Company at 7 p.m. Here’s today’s engaging epistle: “Well, you can stay home tonight and watch Don Trump accept the nomination of the Republican Party OR you […]

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