Art of Mixology Cocktail Competition:
Orinda Theatre Square
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
4:30pm – 7:00pm | $45
There will be 16 East Bay bars and professional bartenders competing in the first annual Art of Mixologycraft cocktail competition and tasting happening on October 25 at Orinda Theatre Square. The fundraiser, held from 4:30pm to 7:00pm, will support arts programs throughout Lamorinda. Bars from the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek will be crafting their tastiest cocktails in the hopes of earning cash, trophies and the claim to Mixologist of the Year.
Participating bars include: Oakland’s Flora Restaurant, Forge, Hutch Cocktails and Oysters, Lungomare and Toast Kitchen + Bar; Lafayette’s The Cooperage American Grille, Metro Lafayette, Roundup Saloon and Yankee Pier; Orinda’s Barbacoa, Casa Orinda and Table 24; Walnut Creek’s Corners Tavern and Walnut Creek Yacht Club; Revival Bar + Kitchen in Berkeley; and Honor Kitchen & Cocktails in Emeryville. The complete list of participating bars and bartenders can be seen at http://OrindaArts.org/Mixology/Bartenders.
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?
Rosemary’s Baby Free Movie Showing:
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
7:00pm | Free
Like most first-time mothers, Rosemary experiences confusion and fear. Her husband, an ambitious but unsuccessful actor, makes a pact with the devil that promises to send his career skyward.
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”
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?
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 Werkheiser, LUCE, 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.
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”.
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:
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!