2nd Annual Art of Mixology at Orinda Theatre Square on Oct. 10th


2nd Annual Art of Mixology:

2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Saturday, October 10th, 2015
4:30pm – 7:00pm | $45

Find yourself in good spirits on Saturday, October 10 from 4:30-7pm at the second annual Art of Mixology cocktail tasting and competition at Orinda Theatre Square. Sample 20 craft cocktails, snack on tasty foods and enjoy the festive music. Professional bartenders compete for cash and the Mixologist of the Year Award and Audience Favorite. Tickets at http://LamorindaArts.org/Mixology. This event benefits the Lamorinda Arts programs.


Middle Eastern Festival in Orinda on Sept. 26th & 27th


Middle Eastern Festival:

St. John Orinda
501 Moraga Way, Orinda
Saturday, September 26th, 2015 – Sunday, September 27th, 2015
11:00am – 8:00pm (7pm Sunday)

St. John invites you to our 21st annual festival!!!
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Saturday Sept 26th: 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday Sept 27th: 11 am – 7 pm

Join in the fun! Ahlan wa sahlan (Welcome)

Raffle Grand Prize – 2015 Toyota Camry LE

Live Entertainment
Great music from Nader Zaki, Samer Judeh (keyboard), Ghassan Bader, Waseem, Fadi Hanani
Debke performances

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

Zalabyeh, kanafeh, baklava, and more delicious sweets

Beer, wine, soda, water, and Arabic coffee

Children’s Activities
Bounce house and more activities for kids

Cultural Center & Vendor Shopping Bazaar


Taverna Pelligrini Opens in Orinda

65 Moraga Way, Orinda

There has been much anticipation about the Italian restaurant from the owner of Piazza Pellegrini in the North Beach section of San Francisco and Taverna Pelligrini is now open in Orinda on Moraga Way. Check out their menu here. This place has plenty of space as well as a seating area across from the bar to catch the game on one of their flat screen TVs. I can’t wait to try a margherita pizza made on their wood burning oven. Check out the bar, wood burning oven and more inside photos after the jump.


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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.