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Summer Fruits & Veggies for Grilling at Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Ah, the wonderful smell of freshly-mowed grass, the sound of children running through the sprinklers, the garden awash in color with summer flowers, and the mouth-watering smell of food grilling on the barbecue. Yes, summer is here with warm evenings spent outside, and friends coming over …

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Colin Hay still an engaging Man at Work during Terrapin show

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter Colin Hay’s performance at Terrapin Crossroads Tuesday night was a welcome revelation for anyone previously unfamiliar with his solo works. Best known as the lead singer and frontman for the long disbanded Australian band Men at Work, Hay has also created a solid catalog of …

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Bushels of Blueberries at Farmers Market from Smit Farms

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Blueberries are one of the delights of early summer. Their beautiful blue color means they’re ripe and ready to eat. The shrubs are harvested by hand five or six times throughout the season at the firm, ripe stage because blueberries do not ripen once picked. The …

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The Faim flashes their potential at Ace of Spades show

BY CATHERINE STITES Australian pop-rock group The Faim helped Andy Black kick off The Ghost of North America Tour Sunday night at Ace of Spades in Sacramento. The group is said to be destined for big arenas and they energized the crowd with a passion that was easy to see over …

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Graham Parker keeps squeezing out sparks in Berkeley concert

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Returning to the same stage at the Freight & Salvage where he recorded a live album in 2011, Graham Parker dazzled an intimate crowd of 500 people at the small Berkeley club Saturday night with a engaging 90 minute set. The 68 year old British singer-songwriter is touring …

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Sweeten Your Day with Pure Local Honey at the Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Spring is humming with the sound of bees buzzing around the hills of Martinez and Concord. MarElla Honey Bees out of Concord bring the best pure local honey to your farmers’ market in a variety of flavors that you won’t be able to resist. We don’t …

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London artist Khushi Re-Emerges at The Fox in Oakland

BY CATHERINE STITES Re-Emerging London artist Khushi opened for James Blake Tuesday night at a sold out show at the Fox Theater in Oakland. It gave him the opportunity to play for potential new fans as his music is similar in style to Blake’s R&B soul wrenching melodies without the …

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