Orinda

Friday Question of the Day – What is your Favorite Wine Bar?

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With news this week that a new wine bar called Cine Cuvée is coming to downtown Orinda, in addition to ADEGA Wine Bar coming to downtown Walnut Creek, not to mention a new wine bar being added to the Century Theater in Walnut Creek, I’ve been wondering what are your favorite wine bars? I’m familiar with Residual Sugar, what else is out there that you recommend?

Cine Cuvée Wine Bar Opening in Orinda

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2 Theatre Square, Orinda

A new wine bar called Cine Cuvée is opening next to the Orinda Theatre where Kasper’s Hot Dogs used to be. Looks like there will be a movie/wine connection based on their Facebook page:

“Brin[g]ing cinema and wine together!”

“Cine – a combining form meaning “motion picture”
Cuvée – a type, blend, or batch of wine”

Coming Soon:
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Friday Question of the Day – What Should be Done About the Orinda/New Rheem Theatres in Lamorinda?

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Rheem Theatre, Moraga

According to this Contra Costa Times article the The New Rheem theater in Moraga is not profitable to the owners so for a cool $4.75 million it can be yours for the taking. Moraga Councilman Dave Trotter noted that, “Over the past two decades, our community has mobilized and worked to save the Theatre and keep it open. It may now be necessary for the Moraga community to do that again, and I believe the Town government has a legitimate role to play in making that happen.”

Should these theaters be allowed to go the way of the Pleasant Hill Dome Theater and be demolished to make way for newer buildings or should the the city government get involved to help save these iconic theaters so they can continue hosting festivals such as the California Independent Film Festival?

Middle Eastern Festival this Weekend in Orinda

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Middle Eastern Festival:

St. John Orinda
501 Moraga Way, Orinda
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 – Sunday, September 28th, 2014
10:00am – 8:00pm (11 – 7 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, 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

Mat Kearney & Luce Breast Cancer Benefit Concert on Oct. 18th at Cal Shakes in Orinda

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Mat Kearney & Luce Breast Cancer Benefit Concert:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
6:00pm | $75 – $225

Here’s your chance to enjoy the beautiful Cal Shakes Theater on Saturday October 18th at the first concert to support breast cancer prevention. This all-ages show starts at 6:00 pm with Devon WerkheiserLUCE, and headliner Mat Kearney. Proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Fund. GA doors at 4:00 with no-host bar and concessions. For tickets, to make a donation, and more details at notes4notes.org or at ticketfly.com.

Free Charm Alert – Get a Free Orinda Charm at ECHO Grove in Sept. with Secret Phrase

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2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda

From ECHO Grove:

ECHO Grove, Orinda’s newest and most unique gift shop located in Orinda Theatre Square, has announced an exciting Fall Promotion that reflects the store’s appreciation for the warm welcome extended by the town of Orinda. Starting September 1st a free handmade charm. These charms are custom designed and handmade exclusively for ECHO Grove by one of their favorite makers. They can be attached to backpacks, keychains, charm bracelets, or wine glasses. The charms will not be available for purchase, so the only way to get them is to say the secret phrase. September’s secret phrase is “Orinda-lightful”.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Cal Shakes in Orinda Sept. 3rd – 28th

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

Bruns Memorial Amphitheater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Wednesday, September 3rd – Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Like she did with last year’s inventive Romeo & Juliet, Shana Cooper will take apart another of Shakespeare’s iconic works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, putting it back together again in a way that’s sure to open your eyes and jump-start your heart.

California Independent Film Festival Sept. 11th – 14th in Orinda and Moraga

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California Independent Film Festival:

Orinda Theatre & New Rheem Theatre
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda/350 Park St, Moraga
Thursday, September 11th – Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Welcome to the 17th annual California Independent Film Festival! This year’s festival is expanding to San Francisco with screenings at the Castro Theater. Anyone who has not had a chance to see a movie in this beautiful venue should attend one of the events. The Castro is definitely worth visiting! This year, the CAIFF Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and I hope that you will take the opportunity to meet the filmmakers who will be in attendance, as well as the other festival attendees. There is a wide range and variety of films, so everyone should be able to find what they like.

For our schedule, please visit caiff.org. Thank you for participating with us in this great event!