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Ongoing discoveries at Perlmutter gallery: 'Refuge' and 'Stranger Things' pop-up show
Jennifer Perlmutter is never afraid to take risks and venture into new art territory. She is a modern art painter who dared entering the gallery business three and a half years ago. Since then she has brought to Lafayette contemporary ambitious art that attracts ...By Sophie Braccini

SMC jazzes it up at first of three concerts
Like jazz? The Lamorinda community is invited to attend the first in a series of three lively Saint Mary's College Jazz Band concerts, featuring "up-tempo numbers, dance tunes, and instrumental jazz soloists" under the direction of maestro John Maltester at 7:30 p.m. ...By Jennifer Wake

Profound issues raised in a seemingly simple fairy tale at Town Hall Theatre
Town Hall Theatre opens its 2017-18 season with "The Song of the Nightingale," a musical fairy tale that mixes acting, live music, songs and advanced choreography. A sweet and simple story, it also touches upon deeper themes such as the nature of art, real and ...By Sophie Braccini

New Community Theater at the Rheem
After the success of recent plays performed this year at the Rheem Theatre, Ann Montgomery and I have decided to start a Rheem Community Theater.
Montgomery has a bachelor's degree in ...
By Derek Zemrak

Moraga's Got Chalk!
Having a mayor who is an artist definitely helps to foster vibrancy in the local art scene. Kathe Nelson, Moraga Chamber's executive director, immediately got a positive response and added impetus from Moraga Mayor Teresa Onoda when she suggested a chalk festival in ...By Sophie Braccini

'Train Driver's Diary' a bittersweet tale at the Orinda Theatre
It is so refreshing to see a movie that is unpredictable and not formatted to a specific framework. The latest offering from the International Film Showcase, "Train Driver's Diary" (Dnevnik masinovodje), a Serbia-Croatia co-production, by writer-director Milos Radovic, ...By Sophie Braccini

'The Land of Reverse' weaves a beautiful bedtime tale
Dave Manousos is a happy man: He is able to continue to live his life and enjoy himself as a child, although he is already a grandfather. He does this through his two major occupations: as a hitting coach for the Moraga Baseball Association, and as a writer and ...By Sophie Braccini

'Five-Door Farce' final play of the season for Starlight Players
A funny play rounds out the 34th season of the Starlight Players, a completely volunteer theatrical group in Orinda. Robert Merrill's "Five-Door Farce" has only been performed at one other venue, in Riverside.
By Sora O'Doherty

CAIFF celebrates independence - one filmmaker at a time
Movies by independent filmmakers from as far off as Iceland, Japan, Germany and England will be shown in Lamorinda for the annual California Independent Film Festival, Sept. 7-16 in Moraga, Orinda and San Francisco. The festival has grown steadily over its 19-year ...By B. B. Kaye

'The Teacher' underscores the frailties of human decency
Set in 1983 in then still communist Czechoslovakia, "The Teacher" - which is being shown as part of the International Film Showcase this week at the Orinda Theatre - is a 2016 Slovak-Czech drama written by Petr Jarchovsky and directed by Jan Hrebejk that focuses on ...By Sophie Braccini

Film Clips
With the slogan "Something for Everyone from Around the World," the California Independent Film Festival is a wonderful experience where you will see films before they are shown in theaters nationwide.
By Derek Zemrak

'Black Odyssey' at CalShakes a formidable adventure
CalShakes artistic director Eric Ting took a risk for the third play of the season in the beautiful theater in the hills, the Bruns Amphitheater: producing a text that had been performed only once before, "Black Odyssey," by contemporary playwright Marcus Gardley.
By Sophie Braccini

New concert, new season for the Pacific Chamber Orchestra
The Pacific Chamber Orchestra will open its concert season in Lafayette Sept. 16 with its first concert, "Walk in Poetry," with works by Schubert, Beethoven and Mozart. Famed Bay Area pianist Natsuki Fukasawa will perform Beethoven's Concerto No. 4 with the chamber's ...By Sophie Braccini

Film Clips
The 20th Annual California Independent Film Festival is right around the corner, Sept. 7-16, and CAIFF is very excited about the amazing lineup of films. Our slogan, "Something for Everyone from Around the World," holds true with over 75 films from the U.S., Canada, ...By Derek Zemrak

Film Clips
The California Independent Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th year Sept. 7 - 13 at the Rheem and Orinda Theatres. Oscar Recipient, four-time Golden Globe winner and four-time Emmy recipient, Helen Hunt, will be the honored guest and will receive the 2017 ...By Derek Zemrak

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