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Mouths of Babes Playing at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on May 1st

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Photo by Michael Sawi

Mouths of Babes:

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St, Berkeley
Sunday, May 1, 2016
7:00pm | $21 ($19 in advance)

Mouths of Babes – that’s Ty Greenstein of Girlyman fame and Ingrid Elizabeth of Coyote Grace – brings together a tender tomboy and rough-and-tumble lady to make music that melts hearts and shakes souls with undeniable chemistry and unexpected wisdom. Their sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, salve and anthem—an invitation to love this life, to sing your sob story and end it with a smile.

In her 12 years with the popular folk-pop quartet Girlyman, Ty established herself as a prolific songwriter, talented multi-instrumentalist, and magnetic performer. “The poignant honesty that Ty brings to her tunes gives them an emotional intensity that’s as bracing as it is moving,” says Relix Magazine. She has a beautiful alto, a great way with words, and a wonderful, clear sound that pierces to the heart.

Restaurants

Progress on Buffalo Wild Wings in Concord

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2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord

In January we learned that Buffalo Wild Wings, the Ohio-based restaurant featuring wings, beer and sports was coming to Concord and there has been plenty of progress as you can see in the above photo with the iconic signage up. There will be dedicated takeout parking spots as well which should be convenient for quick pickups.  Check out their menu here. Stay tuned to see what else will open in this new shopping center.

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Shopping

Friday Question of the Day – Has Broadway Plaza Nicked too Many Downtown Walnut Creek Stores?

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The backside of Broadway Plaza is getting ready to open soon and we now know that the shopping center has enticed plenty of stores to leave their downtown Walnut Creek locations for the shopping center, also located in downtown:

Is this hurting downtown Walnut Creek (outside Broadway Plaza) or is it helping downtown with all the new stores opening up?

Events

Gold Rush Spirit & Spunk at Blackhawk Museum in Danville on April 23rd

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Gold Rush Spirit & Spunk:

Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
10:30am

Our next Spirit of the Old West Lecture Series will be this coming weekend, on Saturday, April 23, when Craig MacDonald will be presenting, ‘Gold Rush, Spirit & Spunk’. Craig is a Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Speaker and Author. He also has been a nationally-syndicated columnist and award-winning television producer. A regular contributor to Sierra Heritage magazine, this author has written nearly a dozen books on the Old West featuring true tales of the California Gold Rush 49’ers.

Restaurants

Beer, Wine and Food Service coming to Brenden Theatres in Concord in May

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1985 Willow Pass Rd, Concord

Next month you’ll be able to enjoy beer and wine along with burgers and other dishes while watching a movie at Brenden Theatres in Concord as a redesigned dining area near the entrance opens. According to an employee, look for around six or seven beers plus around six more on tap as well as wine and various food items eventually including burgers that you can eat there or better yet, bring with you to enjoy while watching a movie. Note that this doesn’t apply to “G” rated movies.

Daily Life

Eyesore of the Day

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As you drive into Moraga from Lafayette and pass by these buildings you may wonder what barracks are doing in Moraga. That would be an insult to barracks. I’ve driven by plenty of times before, never noticing this. It turns out before this month there were dozens of tall trees hiding this eyesore. This is actually the face of Campolindo High School, one of the best performing high schools in Contra Costa County.

According to this Lamorinda Weekly article, “the trees were tall but frail and drought-affected”. I’ve been to Campolindo; the Soda Aquatic Center is first-rate, as is the gym and performing arts center. I would love to know the history of Campolindo and why they felt putting these buildings up facing Moraga Rd. was a good idea. Maybe they should put up a wall and have the students paint murals every year for art projects. I’d rather look at that driving by than this. What do you think?

Events

Moraga Juniors Garden Tour on April 30th in Lamorinda

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Moraga Juniors Garden Tour:

Lamorinda
Saturday, April 30th, 2016
10:00am – 3:00pm | $40

Stunning outdoor kitchens, beautiful water features, creative recreation areas and exotic plants will all be on display at the 11th Moraga Juniors Garden Tour on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The self-guided tour, which takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., will showcase unique gardens in the Lamorinda area. Guests can gather inspiration and ideas while supporting the Moraga Juniors’ 2016 beneficiary, Shelter, Inc.

In addition, tickets will be on sale morning of the tour, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Moraga Commons, and at any garden on the tour.

Restaurants

Lemonade Opening in Downtown Walnut Creek this Summer

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1348 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last October we learned that Los Angeles-based Lemonade would be opening in downtown Walnut Creek where La Boulange Cafe used to be and signage now appears on the windows indicating a summer 2016 opening. According to SFGate they plan on a June 15th opening. The article also notes that the Bay Area menu will include, “tossed leafy greens station to the mix, and given our region’s cooler climate, will also be expanding their selection of hot dishes and rotisserie items.” The design of the Bay Area restaurants will “feature warmer woods and textures to reflect the cool and foggier climate.”

Is this going to be similar to Tender Greens?