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'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



'Solo'
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



Local musicians to showcase talents at upcoming community music event
Once a year Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre hosts a truly unique singer-songwriter music experience. It takes the best part of a year to bring it all together, run as a fundraiser for the theater and organized by Lafayette residents Tom and Kiki Stack. All the musicians ...By Pippa Fisher



Young Moraga artist launches home furnishings line with Anthropologie
A career as an artist is a dream that many people may wish for, but not see it as a realistic way to make a living. Not so for 26-year-old Bridgette Thornton of Moraga.
After years of ...
By Kara Navolio



Virtual Reality and Dogs at the Orinda Theatre
The film "Ready Player One" starts out with the great Van Halen song, "Jump," playing in the background. What's not to like when a movie gets you rocking at the beginning?
Based on ...
By Derek Zemrak



'Impressionism Times 2' at the Moraga Art Gallery
The Moraga Art Gallery always showcases interesting local artists, and once in a while, offers the unexpected pleasure of an international discovery. This is the case with the current exhibition, "Impressionism Times 2," which showcases local artist of French-Canadian ...By Sophie Braccini



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