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Walnut Creek First Wednesdays – Caliente! A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage on Sept. 2nd in Downtown Walnut Creek


Caliente! A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage:

Cypress Street, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
5:00pm – 8:00pm | Free

Walnut Creek First Wednesdays turns into a Fiesta, celebrating National Hispanic Heritage month with salsa music by Salsa Caliente, Latin dancers and the debut of the First Wednesday Red Carpet Fashion Show, showcasing fashions by Shewan Designs. Food trucks from Food Truck Mafia include El Ranchero, Ceviche and Cheese Therapy. Beer, wine, snow cones, cotton candy, and other delicious treats are also available. Families will enjoy the face painters, retailer booths.


Bistro Burger & Grill Opening Mid September in Lafayette

965 Mountain View Dr, Lafayette

Last December we learned that Susan Foord Cafe was closing in Lafayette near Trader Joe’s and now a new restaurant called Bistro Burger & Grill will be opening there in mid-September assuming everything goes as planned with final inspections. I dropped by and spoke to the owner who said the menu will be more upscale than their four San Francisco locations (check it out here). In addition to burgers there will also be grilled dishes, beer, wine and more. The inside has been completely remodeled with two flat screen televisions and is much more spacious. Stay tuned…


Lace & Bustle Bridal Opens in Lafayette

3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

In June we learned that a new bridal boutique called Lace & Bustle would be opening in the Clocktower in downtown Lafayette and they have now opened. Check out photos of the inside down below, very nicely done.

From their website:

In my years as a retail fashion buyer, my focus has always been choosing the most beautiful, quality assortments for my customers. It wasn’t until I was engaged that I became inspired to bring my passion for timeless beauty and heirlooms along with my eye for assorting collections into an intimate bridal boutique named Lace & Bustle.


Check out more photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Question of the Day

Friday Question of the Day – Are you Happy with the Stores Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Earlier this week we learned about most of the stores that will be going into Broadway Plaza in their initial phase one plan in downtown Walnut Creek. Plenty of active/street wear shops. Kiehl’s, Lush and NYX Cosmetics are new cosmetics shops debuting as well. Are you happy with this selection? Considering there are five spots that have yet to be announced, what would you like to see? Keep in mind this is only for the initial phase. More stores have been confirmed for future phases in other areas of Broadway Plaza, such as Gap and possibly Restoration Hardware as well as restaurants True Food Kitchen and Boca Pizzeria.


Jazz Guitarists Martin Taylor and Bucky Pizzarelli at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on Aug. 29th


Jazz Guitarists Martin Taylor and Bucky Pizzarelli:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
5:00pm & 8:00pm | $40

The crème de la crème of jazz guitar duos! Widely considered to be the world’s top “fingerstyle” artist, Martin Taylor’s tasteful, swinging style combines virtuosity and wit. He has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards and his collaborators include Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli and George Harrison. A true living legend, Bucky Pizzarelli’s credits include Benny Goodman, The Tonight Show Band, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Les Paul and Paul McCartney.


Safeway Closing Soon at Encina Grande in Walnut Creek

Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader who wrote in that the Safeway that is closing in Encina Grande on Ygancio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek, “this morning at 6:30 am store was packed, lines extended the entire length of the store”. I dropped by later in the afternoon and it was 85% empty. Looks like they’ll be closing sooner rather than later judging by how little stuff is left.



Car of the Day


Thanks to a reader for sending in this photo of a blue Chevrolet Apache truck spotted in San Ramon. This looks like the 1950’s to me. Anyone know what year?


The Mystery of Irma Vep at Cal Shakes through Sept. 6th in Orinda


The Mystery of Irma Vep:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 – Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Cal Shakes’ outgoing artistic director Jonathan Moscone has chosen Charles Ludlam’s uproarious 1984 comedy for his final bow at the Bruns. In an unparalleled theatrical feat, Cal Shakes favorites Danny Scheie and Liam Vincent will make 35 costume changes to play eight different characters, ranging from a nobleman to an Egyptian princess. Taking place at a sinister estate near Hampstead Heath, where Lord Edgar and his nervous new wife Enid find themselves haunted by werewolves, ghosts, a vampire, and Edgar’s mysterious ex-wife, Irma Vep is a hilarious send up of a medley of different styles and sources, specifically, Hitchcock’s thriller, Rebecca, Brontë’s dark romance, Wuthering Heights, and Noël Coward’s otherwordly comedy Blithe Spirit.

A pioneering work in gay, and drag theater, this production will be a gender- (and genre)-bending tour-de-force.