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Some San Francisco soul in French Camp

Gayle Sutherland, a San Francisco-based singer-songwriter, performs Saturday at the annual Pete & Pat’s picnic. Sutherland, who sings a style of ’60s rock-soul music influenced by Janis Joplin, is backed by her Sweet Talk band. There’ll also be a DJ. The event includes a car show, raffle, “silent” auction, food, drinks and “people’s choice awards.” […]

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Delta College drama department plans four productions

Following two intriguing summer productions, instructors in San Joaquin Delta College’s theater department have scheduled four plays for the 2016-17 school year. During June and July, unorthodox dramas ¬ with wisps of wit and whimsy ¬ by Caryl Churchill (“Love & Information”) and “Almost, Maine,” by John Cariani have examined communication and relationships using inventive […]

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Stockton Civic Theatre’s new season

Stockton Civic Theatre’s 65th season ranges from the fantasy of “Mary Poppins” to the sophistication of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music. The 2016-17 schedule: “Sister Act”: Aug. 31-Sept. 25 “Mary Poppins”: Nov. 16-Dec. 11 “Unnecessary Force”: Jan. 11-29 “Calendar Girls”: April 26-May13 “A Little Night Music” June 14-July 9 Information: sctlivetheatre.com; (209) 473-2424

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Kevin Hart tickets on sale same day Aug, 2 Stockton Arena show announced

Kevin Hart, a comedian who’s been scoring roles in major box-office movies, does his stand-up routine Aug. 2 at Stockton Arena. Tickets already are on sale. They’re priced at $45, $65, $85 and $125 (before surcharges). This is a LiveNation show ¬ a rarity in Stockton ¬ and a fairly big deal. Simultaneously announcing shows/ticket […]

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Stagg High grad goes for it in 24-hour U.S. musical ‘history’

Taylor Mac (Boyer) is going through with it: “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” that the New York Times refers to as a “magnum opus.” Boyer, a graduate of Stockton’s Stagg High School, has said his 24-hour performance ¬ encompassing U.S. history in music ¬ will be staged Sept. 15 through Aug. 8 at New […]

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Stockton priced out of Chris Isaak’s tour. Again

Chris Isaak’s North American summer tour started Wednesday in Houston. He and his band are visiting 29 cities. One of them is not his hometown. The last two dates are Sept. 9 and 10. At the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento. What? Then the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Stockton, where Isaak, now 60, was […]

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Brubeck Institute “colonizes” Sonoma State

The Brubeck Institute’s summer “colony” for high-school musicians is expanding its scope. For the second time in three years, the week-long event isn’t being held on University of the Pacific’s Stokton campus. The 27 students ¬ from around the U.S., Australia, Great Britain and, for the first time, Finland ¬are being tutored at Sonoma State […]

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For the Record: How The Spazmatics became The Spazmatics

The Spazmatics were born in the spring of 1983 when physics professor Kevin Stigwood of Alta Dena High in Thousand Oaks California, lost a debate over String Theory to an upstart pupil in front of the entire student body and faculty. As agreed to by both parties, the loser would have to do anything that […]

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Joyful Tama Brisbane using her laureate role poetically

Students in the WOW (With Our Words) Youth Poetry Collective expressed themselves along with members of University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institue jazz musicians May 12 at the Spanos estate in Stockton. They exercised their creativity to benefit the Stockton Animal Shelter. Tama Brisbane, co-founder of With Our Words with husband Aaron and hopefully being […]

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“Touch and Go” sure thing for Hamilton fans

Dirk Hamilton, always connected to Stockton personally, musically and spiritually, sends some thoughts worth contemplating regarding “Touch and Go,” his 19th album since 1976. As usual, it somehow has avoided a deserved degree of attention. Now living in a Dallas suburb (Plano), the 67-year-old Lincoln High School grad – and some cyberspatial supporters – explains: […]

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