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'Dark Figure of Crime,' a chilling cold case
A psychological thriller from South Korea, "Dark Figure of Crime," is this month's choice for the International Film Showcase in Lamorinda. Dark, convoluted and unnerving, this well-made and played film offers an interesting peek into this country's criminal judicial ...By Sophie Braccini

2019 Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest open for submissions
In honor of the late Orinda resident and popular science-fiction writer Poul Anderson, high school students who reside or attend school in Orinda will once again have an opportunity to compete in the annual Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest, sponsored by the ...By Sora O'Doherty

'Brooklyn Bridge' a charming metaphor of human (dis)connectedness at THT
Sacha, a 10-year-old girl going on 11, must complete an essential school assignment for the next day: an essay on the Brooklyn Bridge. She is alone that evening, her mother is at work and her father is long gone ... and she can't find a pen. Living in downtown New York ...By Sophie Braccini

Meals on Wheels helps Lamorinda seniors stay in own homes
Former firefighter Greg Holm used to know Lamorinda like the back of his hand. He feels comfortable driving his own car around the small, twisty lanes of Lamorinda where he was volunteering to drive a Meals on Wheels route on Feb. 26. The usual driver had a family ...By Sora O'Doherty

Award-winning pianist featured in free solo piano concert at SMC
Bobby Mitchell is an American pianist whose interests are embedded in the here and now of music as performance art, as well as the more standard classical repertory of centuries past. He is a frequent performer of new and rarely heard works, and his interests lie ...Submitted by Vicki Nakamura

Academy Awards gala and exhibit, 'An Affair to Remember,' at Orinda Theatre
Put on your most elegant attire and join in the dazzling fun at an "Affair to Remember," the Oscar Night Gala at the Orinda Theatre in Orinda. Black-tie and glamorous gowns are encouraged.
By Derek Zemrak

Young artists display work at Orinda Library
For many of the Moraga and Lafayette young artists, the first time they experienced showing their art in a gallery setting was during the first two weeks of February.
For the second ...
By Kara Navolio

Campo alumna raises childhood cancer awareness as St. Baldrick's ambassador
Brooke Vittimberga, 23, from Moraga, was chosen by the St. Baldrick's Foundation as one of its five 2019 Ambassadors, picked to represent kids diagnosed with cancer. The main qualification for being an ambassador is having survived childhood cancer yourself.
By Vera Kochan

Value by Design: Meeting the interests of the artistic student
A big obstacle for a student who wishes to study the arts is the widely held belief that a degree in the visual and performing arts will not lead to `real' employment. In fact, just the opposite is true. One need only witness the emergence of iPods, "green fashion," ...By Elizabeth LaScala

The foundation's foundation
Ellen Long has devoted a lifetime to serving her family and community. She's been a preschool teacher and teacher's aide, but she devoted heart and soul - and 34 years of her life - to Rescue One Foundation.
By Cathy Dausman

Local schools offer parent education on vaping and juuling
A special program to educate parents about vaping and juuling is being offered jointly by the Acalanes Union, Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda Union school districts. Parents are invited to join an interactive discussion with local school leaders from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ...By Sora O'Doherty

Lafayette resident pens memoir after tragedy strikes
July 31, 2010 started off a normal day for Lafayette residents Francie and Tony Low. He was working in the morning then going out for a training ride. Francie left the house about 30 minutes after her husband to run errands. Then she got a call on her way out; the ...By Kara Navolio

SEED foundation opens eyes, offers support to special needs kids
Picture it: a classroom of third-graders, all wearing socks on their hands and trying to button a shirt, lace a shoe or open a piece of candy. Or fourth-graders cutting paper with their nondominant hand, feeling discouraged performing what seems to be a laborious ...By Diane Claytor

Packed opening night For the Love of Art
The building was packed and there was a long line of people outside waiting to get into the opening of Jennifer Perlmutter's pop-up art gallery Feb. 14 at the old Wells Fargo building on the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road. And even the torrential rain ...By Pippa Fisher

Broadway Star Carolee Carmello - Live at the Orinda
Three-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello will make a rare appearance Feb. 17 in her long-awaited Bay Area concert debut at the Orinda Theatre. In an illustrious career that has spanned over two decades, Carmello has been honored with three Tony Award nominations ...Submitted by Michael Williams

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