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Live at the Orinda season opens Sept. 22
The Live at the Orinda 2019-20 concert season opens Sept. 22 with world-renowned classical soprano and Broadway star Lisa Vroman. After making her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Aspects of Love," Vroman was the first to play both Cosette and Fantine in "Les ...Submitted by Michael Williams

'Balloon' - a riveting true story at the Orinda Theatre
There is nothing like a well made movie based on a true story to make viewers feel and reflect on the extraordinary experience of ordinary people. "Balloon" is one of these movies, a historical thriller set in East Germany in the 1970s, when trying to cross the iron ...By Sophie Braccini

Local artists' work offers glimpses of our modern world
Taking their inspiration from the 19th century Impressionists, a pair of local artists will be showcased at the Orinda Library with their paintings titled "21st Century Flâneurs." The show will run through the month of July.
By John T. Miller

Orinda Garden Club displays exotic blooms at Bouquets to Art
Orinda Garden Club celebrated 35 years as a floral designer in the annual Bouquets to Art exhibit at the San Francisco Museums of Fine Arts. During the week of June 4-9, members of the club displayed floral arrangements intended to mirror pieces in the collection at ...By Sora O'Doherty

'On Borrowed Time' a feel-good movie from the United Arab Emirates
Efi Lubliner, the co-founder of the local International Film Showcase, is bringing "On Borrowed Time," an excellent comedy filmed in Dubai by director Yasir Al-Yasiri, to Moraga starting this weekend. Lubliner says he sought distribution of this film almost two years ...By Sophie Braccini

Although some standouts, 'Women on the Verge' misses the mark
Pedro Almadovar's movie "Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown" was a cult movie of the `80s, fun, irreverent, provocative, and sexy; it ignited a whole generation of Europeans and Americans alike. Now the question is: Does the play presented at Town Hall Theatre ...By Sophie Braccini

Woodstock Lafayette - free Rock the Plaza concerts
Friday evenings in downtown Lafayette through the month of June mean one thing for sure - Rock the Plaza is happening. And this year the series of free concerts will have a special "Woodstock" twist, marking the 50th anniversary of this iconic hippie counterculture ...By Pippa Fisher

Authors, artists invited to join inaugural `Art Embraces Words' event
Artists paint with color; writers paint with words - together they enrich our community. Emerging writers can read from their works, surrounded by visual art from local artists, at the Lamorinda Arts Council inaugural event, "Art Embraces Words," from 2 to 4 p.m. ...Submitted by Elana O'Loskey

Acclaimed film `Never Look Away' showing at Orinda and Rheem
The movie being shown as part of the International Film Showcase this month is certainly one of the best of the year - one to remember, one to savor, like a work of art. "Never Look Away" is a historical saga developing over a large part of the 20th century, rich in ...By Sophie Braccini

Cal Shakes' new season opens May 22
As the days become longer and the Orinda woods more enticing, Cal Shakes actors get ready to take over the verdant space of the Bruns Amphitheater for its 28th season. Executive Director Eric Ting and his team offer four plays this season, exploring traditional and ...By Sophie Braccini

Moraga art exhibition all about trees
The Moraga Art Gallery's most recent exhibit, "Into The Wood(s)," is a springtime tribute to trees, featuring painter George Ehrenhaft and woodworker Duke Herrero at the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga through June 1. At first glance, the works of these two very ...By Sophie Braccini

PCO performs `Schubert - The Sublime' at LLLC
Pacific Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Lawrence Kohl, will perform Schubert's Octet, Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, and Françaix's Dixtuor, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 in the Community Hall at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
Submitted by Lawrence Kohl

'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

'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

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