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2018-10-05Oct 5, 2018

Durang Durang, a trio of one-acts by Christopher Durang, now running at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, is a night of entertainment for people who love the theater and love to laugh. Durang is best known for his playsBeyond Belief and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You,both of which were made into movies. With these three plays, Durang takes the art of parody just about as far as it can go.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Throughout our region and well beyond, the new millennium has ushered in an increasing recognition of Cloverdale as a dynamic incubator for an ever expanding and inspiring range of culturally diverse projects and events focused on the visual and performing arts.

2018-09-30Sep 30, 2018

With November’s election just ahead and 6 candidates vying for 3 Cloverdale City Council seats, we’re reminded that running for elected office, almost as much as serving, requires quite a commitment as it can be an experience unlike any most voters will ever have, let alone volunteer for. So, let’s all say, “Thank you!” to (listed in non-partisan alpha’ order): Shawn Bovee, Marta Cruz, Jon Lambert, Jason Turner, Michele Winterbottom and Gus Wolter. 


2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”—Margaret Mead

2018-08-16Aug 16, 2018

Retired veterans of World War I gather on the veranda of a hospital, subtly discontented with the monotony of their lives. Flashy escapades are in the distant past, replaced with dull hours under the close supervision of Sister Madeleine. With a bleak future before them, the men search for reasons to go on and something worth looking forward to. A ridiculous, endearing notion takes hold of them—escape.

2018-08-10Aug 10, 2018

Heroes was written by Gerald Sibleyras in 2003 and translated into English in 2007 by Tom Stoppard. The action, or possibly inaction, takes place in a care home for elderly veterans somewhere in France. DirectorYave Guzmanhas made the wise choice of not having the actors affect French or English accents. This gives the play a more inclusive feel. These men could be living in France, America or Moldova, for all it matters; the themes are universal.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Hello, this is Carol with heartfelt thanks and hearty congratulations to co-columnist Reece! The fervor for public libraries that she clearly shares with the late, great Kate motivates my inspiring friend to contribute countless hours to our county’s public library system as a whole as well as to Cloverdale’s library in particular. 

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

For well over four decades, every Fourth of July celebration has brought our city all the color and excitement of a spectacular, professionally produced fireworks display generously sponsored by the Cloverdale Lions Club. This year, as always, the show starts at dusk, about 9 p.m., and the happy crowd will start gathering early on the football field at Cloverdale High School. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. 

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

It’s summer! Which means, thanks to its brilliant producer, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, and its generous sponsors(including The Gazette), you’re invited to the FREE, summer-long concert series Friday Night Live and Street Fair.

2018-05-18May 18, 2018

The difference between seeing a play again and watching a movie more than once, is that the play will necessarily be different every time you see it. Even if it’s the same cast, a play is a living thing with changing moods and nuances. I’ve seen Sam Shepard’s True West several times and each endeavor has been different. Director Christopher Johnston’sproduction at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center is full of energy, truth and brilliant acting.

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