Orinda

Events

Middle Eastern Food Festival in Orinda on Sept 24 & 25th

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Middle Eastern Food Festival:

St. John Orinda
501 Moraga Way, Orinda
Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th, 2016
11:00am – 8:00pm (12pm Sunday)

Join in the fun! Ahlan wa sahlan (Welcome)

Raffle Grand Prize – 2014 Honda Civic

Live Entertainment
Great music from Samer, Nader Zaki & Maestro Radwan
Dancing, debke
Debke performances

Delicious Food – Your favorite Middle Eastern Foods
Shawerma, Falafel, Kebab, Grape leaves
Hummus, Spinach pies, and more

Sweets
Zalabyeh, kanafeh, baklava, and more delicious sweets

Drinks
Beer, wine, soda, water, and Arabic coffee

Children’s Activities
Bounce house and more activities for kids

Cultural Center & Vendor Shopping Bazaar

Events

Othello Playing at Cal Shakes in Orinda Sept 14th – Oct 9th

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Othello:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Wednesday, September 14th – Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Black. Muslim. Outsider. These are the labels Shakespeare’s most famous Moor has carried with him as he’s climbed the military ranks. Having survived battle after battle in faraway lands, Othello’s greatest tragedy lies in those closest to him: his trusted friend, his beloved wife—and himself. In his Cal Shakes directorial debut, artistic director, Eric Ting, will face our society’s fear of “the other” head on with this provocative investigation of Othello.

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Fastastic Fandango in Orinda on Aug. 27th

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Fantastic Fandango:

Sleepy Hollow Lane, Orinda
Saturday, August 27th, 2016
6:oo – 9:30pm | $$100

The Joaquin Moraga Adobe in Orinda is the oldest surviving building in Contra Costa County and is recognized as a California Historic Landmark and an Orinda City Landmark.

$100 per ticket includes entertainment, Mexican food, wine and beer and if purchased by August 1, a complementary margarita is included. Please note that the specific address on Sleepy Hollow Lane will be provided when a ticket is purchased.

Parking will be available at Sleepy Hollow School and a shuttle van will transport guests to the residence.

Due to uneven terrain and steps, comfortable flat shoes are recommended.

This is an outdoor event so dress for changeable weather.

Events

You Never Can Tell at Cal Shakes in Orinda Aug. 10th – Sept. 4th

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You Never Can Tell:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Wednesday, August 10th – Sunday, September 4th, 2016

At one riotous lunch, Mrs. Clandon, a famed feminist author and lecturer, is accidentally reunited with her estranged husband, while her high-minded eldest daughter tries to stave off a smooth-talking dentist’s advances. Originally set at a stuffy seaside resort, director Lisa Peterson moves Shaw’s off-beat comedy out of the drawing room and into the Bay Area! Identities are confused, ideals are challenged, and mischief is afoot in this turn-of-the-century romantic farce. What could possibly happen? As a wise waiter continuously, and hilariously, observes, “You never can tell!”

Restaurants

Genuine Goodness Opens in Orinda

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21 Orinda Way, Orinda

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that a new cafe called Genuine Goodness, featuring baked goods, salads, soups and smoothies opened this week in Orinda where Village Pizza is located across from the Orinda library. The owners of the cafe previously used a commercial kitchen in Lafayette making food and smoothies for local Lamorinda schools. They will still make food and smoothies for schools but now have a space of their own to showcase their dishes. The gingerbread cake with lemon icing and apricot bars (see photos after the jump) were delicious! Check out their smoothies here. Their menu changes daily so check out their latest offerings on their Facebook page here.

From their website:

Genuine Goodness provides delicious, fresh and handcrafted Smoothies, Soups, Salads and Goodies made from all-natural, high-quality products. We seek organic, local and seasonal ingredients and provide gluten-free options when possible.

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More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Events

August Wilson’s FENCES at Cal Shakes in Orinda July 6th – 31st

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August Wilson’s FENCES:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 – Sunday, July 31st, 2016

August Wilson’s fierce drama about family, loyalty, and forgiveness features Bay Area powerhouses Aldo Billingslea as Troy Maxson, a charismatic baseball player-turned-sanitation-worker, and Margo Hall as his wife Rose, whose enduring strength holds the family together. Directed by former Brava Theater Center Artistic Director Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Fences marks Pulitzer Prize-winner Wilson’s Cal Shakes debut.

Fences runs 2 hours, 30 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.