The Veranda, Concord
1389 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek
I love dumplings so really look forward to Dumpling Hours opening in downtown Walnut Creek where Burger Loft used to be. Stay tuned…
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, August 20, 2021, Saturday, August 21, 2021
After the great success of Sarah McKenzie’s 2017 album Paris in the Rain (Impulse! Records) the 31-year-old pianist singer and composer returns with the poignant Secrets of My Heart, which documents McKenzie’s burgeoning brilliance interpreting 20th-century jazz standards with her penchant for crafting sterling compositions that will surely become jazz standards in the 21st century.
In addition to performing songs from her latest album Sarah will also be showcasing pieces from Music Connects Our World – a production that Diablo Regional Arts Association was proud to commission in October 2020 (this full concert can be viewed online for free at: go.draa.org/MusicConnectsOurWorld).
Check out the latest Bedford Gallery exhibit Reclaimed: The Art of Recology in person and virtually, through October 17th in downtown Walnut Creek:
This summer, Bedford Gallery presents Reclaimed: The Art of Recology, a breathtaking survey of artists who have had the opportunity to participate in the AIR (Artist in Residenc) program. This special exhibition of work created from unwanted materials encourages viewers to perceive “trash” in a new light. Through introspective, playful, and highly original explorations, these artists reveal the hidden storiesour rubbish tells us about ourselves and our relationship with the world.
1372 Locust St, Walnut Creek
Bay Area-based Japanese gourmet rice balls (aka onigiri) restaurant ONIGILLY is coming to downtown Walnut Creek where De Afghanan is. Look for an August opening. Check out their menu here. This is great news as I’m a huge onigiri fan with my favorite flavors being ume, natto, unagi, and salmon. They also offer poke bowls. I can’t wait to check this place out!
From their website:
When Koji, founder of ONIGILLY, first came to the US in 2006, he was surprised that despite the abundance of sushi restaurants he couldn’t find his favorite Japanese food, onigiri (rice balls). A fast food staple with over 2,300 years of history, onigiri is more frequently eaten than sushi in Japan.
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Thanks to a reader for pointing out that New Zealand-based men’s retailer Rodd & Gunn opened recently at Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. Check out their online shop here.
From their website:
Aotearoa [Māori name for New Zealand] is Rodd & Gunn’s spiritual home, and we’re deeply connected to its untamed beauty and rich culture. Our collections are inspired by the raw, pure forms of nature found in our home country – the ancient mountains, glacial lakes, endless plains, and windswept high country.
1251 S. California Blvd, Walnut Creek
Bay Area-based Kokolo Donburi & Bar, with locations in Alameda, Berkeley, and Pleasanton, is expected to open later this month in downtown Walnut Creek where Baja Fresh used to be. Check out their menu here.
From their website:
At Kokolo, our nutritious rice bowls are influenced by variations of donburis originated from different regions of Japan. Each of our rice bowl is precisely fried or simmered in our signature sauce, and carefully prepared with traditional homemade ingredients.
Photo by Unsplash user bookerboot
With summer vacations well under way, it’s time for many to catch up on reading material. I recently finished Hooked by Michael Moss an, “exposé of how the processed food industry exploits our evolutionary instincts, the emotions we associate with food, and legal loopholes in their pursuit of profit over public health” and look forward to learning how Los Angeles transformed movies, music, television, and politics in 1974 with Rock Me on the Water – 1974.
What is on your summer reading list?