Author Archives: Beyond the Creek

John Mayall Performing at Lesher Center this Friday in Walnut Creek


John Mayall Performing:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, July 25th, 2014
8:00pm | $45

John Mayall is a blues virtuoso who has received endless acclaim in his over 50 year career as a musician, songwriter and producer. He formed the renowned group, The Bluesbreakers, in the early 1960s. The group served as a springboard to stardom for a long list of respected blues musicians including Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. The three went on to respectively form Cream, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones after their time with Mayall.

With over 60 albums to his name, John Mayall is the undisputed Godfather of the British Blues. Carrying a reputation as a legendary artist, John Mayall has played alongside some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century including Sonny Boy Williamson, T Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Freddy King, Albert King, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Otis Rush and Buddy Guy.

John Mayall’s energy and passion for music reaches out to all who hear it and you can see this living legend and his incredible band right here at the Lesher Center.

BZ Grill Asian Kitchen Opens in Danville

202 Sycamore Valley Rd. W, Danville

Diablo Dish recently reported that a new casual, Asian restaurant called BZ Grill Asian Kitchen has opened in the Danville Livery. As you can see on the wall menu below (click to enlarge), step 1 is to choose a protein (grill or wok style), and step 2 is to choose a base like rice, noodles or salad. Each box comes with “Korean style broccoli, bean sprouts, pickled veggies & Asian slaw”.

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Progress on Park Plaza Shops in Downtown Lafayette


The temporary fencing that had been in front of the Park Plaza shops in downtown Lafayette for a while have finally been removed, the Available signs are up, so I look forward to seeing which stores, restaurant and/or cafe will open up in this location. Note the store at the far left in the photo is the Pioneer Store which was built in the 1860s and used as a store, post office and dwelling house.

Check out the developer’s page on the Park Plaza Shops here.


Makerfest at Lafayette Library Tomorrow


Makerfest Lafayette:

Lafayette Library
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, July 19th, 2014
10:00am – 1:00pm | Free

Spend a day at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center celebrating makers in our community! Demonstrations for all ages including: 3D printing, air-powered rocketry, micro-controllers, book art, quadcopter FPV drones, metal working and so much more. Hands-on projects like giant bubble making, duct tape wallets, button making, make your own slime, build a rocket, rubber stamp-making, computer programming for kids mean there’s something for everyone.

Come and create with us!

Pop-Up Ceramics Sale at Civic Park in Walnut Creek this Weekend


Pop-Up Ceramics Sale:

Civic Park (outside Clay Studio)
1375 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, July 19th & Sunday, July 20th, 2014
10:00am – 3:00pm | Free

The sale is this Saturday and Sunday(July 19 and 20) from 10:00-3:00 at Civic Park outside the Clay Studio in Walnut Creek. This is going to be a regular sale happening every month. Great original ceramic works created by Clay Arts Guild members and artists working at the Clay Studio in Civic Park. 

Progress on Douglah Designs Showroom in Lafayette

3535 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Back in March we learned that the pop-up boutique Leslie Evers would be closing in downtown Lafayette in Lafayette Square, to be replaced by a new Douglah Design showroom and their temporary signage is now up. This store will feature lighting and plumbing fixtures, sinks, tile and more while their other location at 3586 Mt Diablo Blvd. down the street will host their showroom. More information at their website here.

From their Facebook page:

You may have heard the rumors, but it’s true…. we are opening a second showroom in downtown Lafayette! Here are some photos of what it looks like right now, with the DD guys hard at work, plus a sneak peak of what we will be featuring: luxury plumbing, exclusive tile, and more, from ultra-modern to rustic traditional & everything in between!

Chevron Family Theatre Festival at Lesher Center this Saturday in Walnut Creek


Chevron Family Theatre Festival:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, July 19th, 2014
10:00am – 4:00pm | Free

Bring your family for a fun-filled day of affordable world-class family entertainment at the 8th Annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival to be held Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

Ticketed performances include: The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s animals were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now, they love to show off onstage – by performing a variety of stunts and skits! 

Also performing are:  Leslie Carrara-Rudolph a Sesame Street puppeteer, Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble performing CinderellaPushcart Players performing Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories, and Alex Ramon Magic!  Tickets are just $5 for each performance.

Join us for FREE entertainment and activities that will take place inside and outside including live performances, face painting, costumed characters, craft making and more.

Threads Consignment Relocates into Downsized Norf London

1341-H North Main St, Walnut Creek

In February I noted that Threads Consignment moved next to Norf London in downtown Walnut Creek and now more change is happening in this area as Norf London has downsized with Threads Consignment taking over the other half of the store. CY Louie, the jewelry and accessories boutique previously in Broadway Plaza will relocate where Threads Consignment used to be, right next door.

In case you don’t know where this fashion hub is, as you’re walking down N. Main St. towards Neiman Marcus, turn right right before Brandy Melville in the covered passageway and it will be on your right, a few stores down.