Spontaneous Combustion Featuring Guest Storyteller Gary Carr at Lamorinda Music

Spontaneous Combustion Featuring Guest Storyteller Gary Carr:

Big Room Theater at Lamorinda Music
81 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Friday, November 20, 2015
8:00 PM | $10

A comic explosion of hysterical scenes and outrageous characters all based on the real-life stories of a real, live person. On November 20th, our very special guest storyteller is local publicist, stage director, and author Gary Carr. At this gala performance of Spontaneous Combustion, Gary will top off the evening by reading a selection from his new book The Girl Who Founded Nebraska and Other Stories. His reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Please join us as we celebrate the life and work of Gary Carr.


Science Cafe: Is Anybody Out There? at Lafayette Library on Nov. 17th

Science Cafe: Is Anybody Out There?:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
7:00pm – 8:30pm | $10

Science Cafe Presents: Is Anybody Out There: the search for ET with help from eight million volunteers, with speaker Dan Werthimer, University of California, Berkeley.

What is the possibility of other life in the universe and can we detect radio and optical signals from other civilizations?  Berkeley’s SETI@home project analyzes data from the world’s largest radio telescope using desktop computers from millions of volunteers. These volunteers have the small but captivating possibility their computer will detect the first signal from a civilization beyond Earth.

Dan Werthimer is principal investigator of SETI@home and several radio and optical SETI programs at the University of California, Berkeley.  Werthimer also directs the Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER), and is associate director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC).

$5 current donors. $10 general admission, payable at the door.


The Joy of Small House Living on Nov. 5th at Lafayette Library

Photo by Flickr user rowdykittens

The Joy of Small House Living:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, November 5th, 2015
6:30pm – 7:30pm | Free

Meet Diana Lorence, author of the upcoming book, Innermost House. For seven years, Diana lived in an unelectrified, twelve-foot-square house hidden in the woods, in a world lit only by fire. Her innermost life answers her deepest need for something we have all left behind.

Diana Lorence and her Innermost House have been featured in House Beautiful, Fine Homebuilding, The Oregonion, Mother Earth Living, Green Style, The Examiner, Tiny House Blog, and hundreds of websites, books and newspapers around the world.


piece. Women’s Fashion and Home Accessories Boutique Opening in Lafayette on Nov. 10th

3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

A new high-end women’s fashion boutique and home accessories shop called piece. is opening on November 10th in the Lafayette Clocktower in downtown Lafayette next to Francesca’s Fashion Boutique and Lace & Bustle Bridal. According to the owner there are plans to expand next door where O’Brien Homes is currently located and they may eventually open a second location in downtown Walnut Creek. Stay tuned…


Shaven Not Stirred Cocktail Party at 18-8 Fine Men’s Salon in Lafayette on Nov. 5th


Shaven Not Stirred Cocktail Party:

18-8 Fine Men’s Salon
15 Fiesta Ln, Lafayette
Thursday, November 5th, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm | $25

It would be swell if you’d join us…
Help raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Support Community and join Contra Costa Oncology at 18-8 Fine Men’s Salon (near Fiesta Square in Lafayette) as we  Shake, Stir and Shave!

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.
$25 Ticket price includes:

  • Bites provided by Rustic Tavern
  • 2 drinks (wine, wine cocktail or beer)
  • Complimentary shaves and beard trims (optional)
  • Lots o’ good times!

Come dressed in your swankiest 60s threads and enter the Best Dressed Contest for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Sign up at the event.

Plus, get sassy in the photo booth or try your hand at Battle of the Sexes Games and Trivia.

Enter the raffle for amazing prizes including: A 2 night stay at The Claremont, Family memberships to Renaissance Club Sport, a 3L bottle of Rivera Wine, and much more!


Celia’s Mexican Restaurant Closes in Lafayette

3666 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Celia’s Mexican Restaurant has closed in Lafayette. As you can see in the photo below, yesterday was there final day. A mixed-use development is planned for this area including 66 apartments, restaurant and retail shopping. Stay tuned…



Cristina Garcia, Author of King of Cuba Speaking at Lafayette Library on Oct. 28th


Cristina Garcia, Author of King of Cuba:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
7:30pm – 8:30pm | $15

Cristina Garcia is the author of six novels including Dreaming in Cuban, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, and The Aguero SistersKing of Cuba is a darkly comic novel featuring a fictionalized Fidel Castro, an octogenarian Miami exile, and a rabble of Cuban voices.

Ms. Garcia is a visiting faculty in fiction at Saint Mary’s College MFA in Creative Writing.
She has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenhiem Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship to Princeton University and an NEA grant, among others.