Bay Area Storytelling Festival this Weekend in Orinda

Bay Area Storytelling Festival:

Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda
Friday, April 29th, 2016 – Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The Tellers: We have an extra-special lineup for this final festival. First up is Bil Lepp whose outrageous tall tales and witty stories delight audiences of all ages. Antonio Rocha is a mime and storyteller whose eloquent face and hands tell the story even without words. We turn to Elizabeth Ellis’s for down-home wisdom, delivered southern style. Diane Ferlatte, we’re so glad you’re here to share your powerful and empowering stories. Kinetic storytellers Eth-Noh-Tec layer ancient Asian myths on folktales and urban legends. Maynard Moose and his friend Willy Claflin round out the bill, with a promise to tickle our fancies and funnybones.

Mission Statement: The Bay Area Storytelling Festival promotes the timeless, contemporary art of storytelling by presenting today’s finest talents. The festival showcases the power of stories to bridge generations, celebrate diverse cultures, and build and connect communities.

The Festival, located at Orinda Community Center, starts on Friday with one or more master-level workshops and an evening performance by all tellers. Saturday and Sunday we offer several performances for adults and older kids, and a special family program for the younger kids.


Micrometer of the Day


Spotted outside of the Orinda library. I thought this was a microscope but according to the artist notes it’s an “abstract micrometer” (precision measuring tool) “as the symbol of the bureaucracies trying to impose perceived standards on individuals”.



Wine Tasting & Movie Event – Vincent Price Signature Collection at Cine Cuvee in Orinda on Feb 26th


Wine Tasting & Movie Event – Vincent Price Signature Collection:

Cine Cuvee
2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Friday, February 26th, 2016
7:00pm | $10 wine tating / $10 movie

Join us at Cine Cuvee for your first wine tasting event! Sample the amazing wines from the Vincent Price Signature Collection with his daughter, Victoria Price. The evening will also include appetizers from Vincent’s world famous cookbook, A Treasury of Great Recipes. Plus an added bonus will be a special screening of Vincent Price’s classic film, House on Haunted Hill at 9PM at the Orinda Theatre. Victoria Price will be introducing the movie along with a lecture “Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life”.


Cine Cuvée Wine Bar Soft Opens in Orinda

4 Orinda Theatre Sq, Orinda

Back in October of last year we learned that a new movie-themed wine bar called Cinee Cuvée would be coming to Orinda Theatre Square and they are now having a soft opening according to their Facebook page:

Our soft opening has been going on. Stop by for a glass of wine or two!

Anyone have a chance to check this place out? They have a cool video on their Facebook page of a waterfall effect overlaying the famous movie shower scene from Psycho.


The Fourth Bore Tap Room & Grill Opening on Tuesday in Orinda Theatre Square

2 Theatre Square, Orinda

Earlier this month we learned that the Mexican restaurant Barbacoa closed in Orinda Theatre Square, to be replaced with a new restaurant called The Fourth Bore Tap Room and Grill and they are opening this Tuesday, November 24th. Check out the food and cocktail menu here and wine/beer menu here. The menu notes, “We proudly server Richard’s grass fed beef from Moraga, CA”. It doesn’t get more local than that! I’m looking forward to trying the Smokehouse BBQ burger (cheddar cheese, bacon, onion strings, lettuce, tomato, bbq sauce, served with Fourth Bore potato chips). The Fourth Bore will feature 30 beers on tap with a pub style menu.


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