Walnut Creek

Things to Do

Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival Opening Night Thoughts

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I had a chance to check out the best of the opening night selections at the Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival which took place over the weekend at the Century Theater in downtown Walnut Creek and enjoyed the selections. Being a fan of comedies I quite enjoyed the Australian short film First Date. Check it out here. Warning Labels, directed by actress Jennifer Morrison, was enjoyable as well.

Although I’m not big on horror/thriller movies I have to admit there was an excellent, surreal short film about a girl and a beetle… Does anyone know the name of this film? For those that went, what was your favorite short film?

Restaurants

Boudin Bakery & Cafe Reopening Soon in Broadway Plaza

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s been over two years since Boudin Bakery & Cafe closed in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek due to the redevelopment taking place but they’ll be reopening in early summer in the spot you see above, right near Nordstrom. As you can see in the photo below and this Craigslist posting, they are “now hiring”. Who’s ready for some clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl?

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Art

Check out the Wooden Postcards by Walnut Creek Watercolor Artist Lydia Faiella

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Photo courtesy Lydia Faiella

When I previewed the organic fabric shop Monaluna in Walnut Creek last September I distinctly remember seeing these cool wooden post cards being sold which at the time I thought was a cool idea to send via mail.

The artist, Lydia Faiella, has a painting studio surrounded by redwoods trees, deer and birds just off San Miguel Dr. in Walnut Creek. Her process starts with a hand painted watercolor which are printed onto a thin Maple wood veneer. These cards are available at Monaluna in Walnut Creek, Farmyard Darlings in Lafayette, Rakestraw Books in Danville, and other local stores, as well as her website Watercolor Marketplace.

Events

Spontaneous Shakespeare at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on May 20th & 21st

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Spontaneous Shakespeare:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, May 20th – Saturday, May 21st, 2016
8:15pm | $15
Spontaneous Shakespeare, Thou wilt not believe it’s improvised!

Mayhem, mirth and merriment abound at Spontaneous Shakespeare, a completely improvised two-act play in the style of William Shakespeare!  Chock full of bawdy humor, mistaken identities, outrageous disguises, star crossed lovers, mischievous spirits, wily servants, exciting sword fights, hysterical wordplay and more “thees” and “thous” than you can shake a cudgel at, this hysterical improvised comedy is made up entirely on the spot and all based on your suggestions!  From the folks who brought you Z is for…Zombie: An Improvised Zombie Apocalypse, it’s Spontaneous Shakespeare, Thou wilt not believe it’s improvised!

Real Estate

House Deal of the Day

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Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Moran Group at Keller Williams Realty. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Address: 4045 Arbolado Drive, Walnut Creek
List Price: $1,550,000
Sold Price: $1,460,000
Days on Market: 8
Close of escrow: 4/22/16

This four bed, two and a half bath home in the Rancho Pariaso neighborhood of Walnut Creek was snapped up after a week on the market for almost $100,000 less than the list price. The lucky buyers get sweeping views of Walnut Creek, a chefs kitchen and a fantastic backyard with a pebble-tek pool. Just in time for summer!

Listing courtesy of Leslie Mills and Debra E. Smith, Coldwell Banker.

Events

Rock of Ages at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek May 20th – June 25th

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Rock of Ages:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, May 20th – Saturday, June 25th, 2016

This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical takes you back to the times of big bands, with big egos, playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!

Featuring the hits of bands including Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and others.
Advisory: Rock of Ages is a hilarious, goofy, exuberant sendup of the 80s rock scene, so it has some of the behavior and references of that era and that scene – There are f-bombs, there is casual drug use, scantily clad women, pole dancing, and some vigorously and ridiculously enacted sexual innuendo – all of which is comic and gleefully immature. The dancing is highly suggestive but nothing you don’t see on MTV (or on the Superbowl halftime show!). I think the best description might be it has a raunchy side. Playfully raunchy but definitely raunchy.

Many rate it PG -13, but for some it may be rated M for Mature. I rate it PG-16.