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Upcoming movies and events at Orinda and Rheem theatres
Orinda Theatre will be showcasing the Contra Costa County exclusive release of "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House" on Oct. 20. The film centers on "Deep Throat," the pseudonym given to the notorious whistleblower for one of the greatest scandals of ...By Derek Zemrak

Second concert of the GCCP season: 'Wayfarers'
The second of this season's Gold Coast Chamber Players' five concerts, titled "Wayfarers," will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Lafayette Library Community Hall in Lafayette. The concert features three song cycles by Gustav Mahler - Kinderto ...Submitted by Pamela Freund-Striplen

Laughs, magic and scares hit the Lamorinda theaters this October
Round four of the Bay Area's hottest comedy contest, Comedy Noir, returns to the Rheem Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Come see some of the funniest up and coming Bay Area comics battle it out to advance to the finals at the Rheem Theatre on Friday, Nov. 3. Don't let ...By Derek Zemrak

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

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