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.



Row With Champions Regatta at San Pablo Reservoir on Aug. 22nd

Photo by Flickr user mozzercork

Row With Champions Regatta:

San Pablo Reservoir
540 Old San Pablo Dam Rd, Orinda
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
10:00am – 3:00pm | $20 (per car)

Hundreds of people will come together at the San Pablo Reservoir to experience a rowing regatta. Whether a spectator or a rower, the experience is sure to be memorable. Food and entertainment will also add to the fun and festive atmosphere.

The Day will provide a rare opportunity to interact with Olympic athletes and national/ international rowing champions. In addition, members of the U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team will be rowing at the event.

Be a part of one of the most important community efforts in Lamorinda supporting local non-profit programs.


Parker Thatch Opens in Orinda

19D Orinda Way, Orinda

Thanks to a reader for sending word (and photo) that the online, “luxury monogrammed accessories” store Parker Thatch (formerly iomoi), has opened a retail location in Orinda in the same shopping center where Village Pizza and The Refined Palate are located across from the Orinda Library. Check out their online shop here.

From their website:

Craftsmanship, beautiful materials and personalization evoke the timeless customs of the Northeast tempered with a comfortable Californian elegance. Patterns and motifs are traditional with a witful wink.

Parker Thatch produces seasonal collections of bags, small accessories, homegoods, and stationery crafted from heavy canvas, napa leathers, lucite, heavy paper stocks and featuring Parker Thatch’s own monograms, stripes and whimsical patterns and motifs.


Free Opera in the Park at Orinda Community Park on July 26th


Free Opera in the Park:

Orinda Community Park
28 Orinda Way, Orinda
Sunday, July 26th, 2015
4:00pm | Free

Viviamo Opera Quartet – Four beautiful, classically-trained and blended voices will deliver the most delightful and dramatic vocal music written for the stage AND
in a most entertaining and innovative fashion!

Famous quartets from Rigoletto, La Boheme, Fidelio, Brindisi from La Traviata. Other ensembles will include Mozart’s sublime Cosi trio, duets galore and arias and songs that the world has loved for ages!


Fourth of July Parade in Orinda


Fourth of July Parade:

Orinda Theatre – Orinda Community Center
35 Moraga Way
Saturday, July 4th, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm | Free

Parade— Orinda Theatre to Orinda Community Center
Park Activities Park activities at the conclusion of the parade Delicious Food and Beverage Booth Live Music Petting Zoo and Children’s Activiities Classic Car Show