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21st California Independent Film Festival opens Aug. 24
Now in its 21st year, this year's California Independent Film Festival will open again at the Rheem Theatre - something that had been quite improbable until just a few months ago - and will be held in a completely refreshed performance hall, with opening night bringing ...By Sophie Braccini

Leonard Maltin to be honored at the 21st California Independent Film Festival
The 21st California Independent Film Festival is less than two months away and planning is already in full swing. The dates for the festival are Aug. 24-30 in Rheem and Orinda Theatres and it will end on Sept. 1 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
By Derek Zemrak

Town Hall Theatre announces donor thank you event: 'Gone Missing'
Town Hall Theatre's annual donor thank you event - a one-night only performance of the original and inventive documentary musical "Gone Missing," created by The Civilians - will be held at 8 p.m. July 14 at Town Hall Theatre Company.
Submitted by Susan Evans

Spirit turned into art: a Moraga artist expresses her creativity
Dina Asna may walk with two crutches and struggle a bit over natural obstacles, but there is nothing weak about the woman. The painter and jewelry maker of Iranian origin was told by her father since she was a girl that nothing was impossible for her, even if she was ...By Sophie Braccini

Cal Shakes' 'Quixote Nuevo' a terrific, music-filled romp
Attending live theater performances at California Shakespeare Theater is risky business.
First, there's the possibility of sweating during a matinee in 100-degree temperatures or having ...
By Lou Fancher

'Won't You Be My Neighbor'
I f you asked any 30 to 80-year-old "What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Won't You Be My Neighbor," I would guess that 75 percent would say "Mr. Rogers" and the other 25 percent would say "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." But who was Fred Rogers, the ...By Derek Zemrak

'Precision Beauty' at Moraga Art Gallery
The title of the new exhibition at the Moraga Art Gallery expresses acutely what the two featured artists are all about: precise and finely crafted art, where the beauty emerges seamlessly through the enormous amount of work needed for the art's completion. Karen ...By Sophie Braccini

Orinda Starlight Village Players 35th season opens in the park
The amphitheater in Orinda Community Park will once again be the scene of summer theater as the Orinda Starlight Village Players produce their 35th consecutive season of plays. On Friday and Saturday evenings, and some Thursdays, playgoers will be able to enjoy three ...By Sora O'Doherty

Community converges for Rheem Theatre reopening
The Rheem Theatre is once again rising from the ashes and will reopen on June 14. Pixar has done the local historical venue a favor by releasing the movie "Incredibles 2" in Moraga one day ahead of the official June 15 opening date - and Paul Mendoza, Orinda resident, ...By Sophie Braccini

I must admit I am not the biggest Star Wars fan in the galaxy. In 1977, I was 11 years old when the original Star Wars was released, and I fell asleep in the theater. I was intrigued by "Solo," not because it is another Star Wars movie but because of all the trouble ...By Derek Zemrak

Combining nature and spiritual messages to create award-winning art
Lafayette artist Dwight Yassany has been creating stunning, life-like images of animals for only about six years but has received many awards for his spiritually-inspired work.
Two ...
By Kara Navolio

Art Moves Project prepares its next creation
One of the most thought provoking and engaging art groups in Lamorinda, Art Moves Project, recently held a fundraising event that was also the launch pad of its 2018 project, "Encased." Last October's art performance, "Edifice: Uncovered," explored what is inside; this ...By Sophie Braccini

'Sense & Sensibility' at Town Hall Theatre
Even before the actors were done with rehearsals, Town Hall Theatre's "Sense & Sensibility" had already sold over a thousand tickets, and opening night was sold out. Was it all because of the Lamorinda Jane-ites (fans of Jane Austen)? Or was it the growing reputation ...By Sophie Braccini

Two new movies open this week in Orinda
The Orinda Theatre will be screening two new movies on Thursday with an advanced showing of "Deadpool 2" at 7 p.m. "Deadpool 2" is the sequel to the 2016 Twentieth Century Fox blockbuster hit "Deadpool." Ryan Reynolds, who received a Golden Globe nomination for the ...By Derek Zemrak

'Avengers: Infinity War'
The movie that has been in the making for over 10 years is now in theaters: "Avengers: Infinity War." Marvel Studios and Disney have produced 18 previous Marvel films to develop the storyline and characters for each of the superheroes. After two earlier Avengers ...By Derek Zemrak

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