Sci-Fi Day 5 at Rheem Theatre in Moraga on April 1st

Sci-Fi Day:

Rheem Theatre
350 Park St, Moraga
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
1:30pm | $10 ($20 all day pass)

See the following classic Sci-fi flicks on the big screen starting with

Tobor the Great at 1:30pm.

The Invisible Boy follows at 4:00pm.

The cult classic, Robot Monster, will be shown at 6:30pm.

Co-star Pamela Paulson will make her first public appearance in a Q&A hosted by Derek Zemrak.
Admission $10
All day Pass $20


Another Burger Joint Coming to Blackhawk Plaza – Beep’s Burgers

Blackhawk Plaza, Danville

A couple of years ago Blackhawk Burger opened in Blackhawk Plaza in Danville and now San Francisco-based Beep’s Burgers will be opening in this spot soon. A few years ago Beep’s in San Francisco got a new owner according to this interesting article from The Ingleside-Excelsior Light. Has anyone eaten at Beep’s? Check out the San Francisco menu here. I look forward to trying this place out!

From the Blackhawk Plaza directory:

Back before man sky rocketed to the moon, Beep’s Burgers was already serving San Francisco with it’s unique food. Established in 1962, we have been dedicated to serving the best burgers along with a wide variety of dishes. Stop by soon at our new Blackhawk location and try it out for yourself!


Orangetheory Fitness coming to Orinda – Lease Pending…

25A Orinda Way, Orinda

The heart rate-based gym OrangeTheory Fitness is popping all over the East Bay and beyond with the latest one planned for a new development in Orinda across from the library. According to What’s Up Downtown Orinda, there is a lease pending for the ground level (“14K square feet of ground floor” is available in total) which needs approval from the Planning Department. Learn more about their heart rate-based workout routine here.


Recreational Marijuana Seminar at Il Fornaio in Walnut Creek on March 29th

Photo by Flickr user milkwhitegown

Recreational Marijuana Seminar:

Il Fornaio
1430 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
7:30 – 9:15am | $25

7:30am – 8:00am Hot Breakfast Buffet/Networking
8:00 – 9:15 Speakers/Q & A

Tamar Todd, Senior Director, Drug Policy Alliance and Tom Chaplain, Chief of Police, City of Walnut Creek

Discussion Points:
-Implementation timeline
-Use, cultivation and purchase guidelines
-Potency and impact on employers/employees
-Federal vs. State vs. Local jurisdiction
-Answer your questions!


Artisan Bistro Closes in Lafayette

1005 Brown Ave, Lafayette

Thanks to all who sent word about this… Yesterday was the last day (eight years in total) for the California French restaurant Artisan Bistro in Lafayette as they focus on their Peruvian restaurant LiMA at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord. An employee pointed out that some Artisan Bistro influences may eventually be included at LiMA.


End of an Era – Concord Jewelers Closing April 1st

2022 Salvio St, Concord

It’s the end of an era as Concord Jewelers is set to close April 1st. This family-owned business has been in the same family for over 30 years, and the store has been in the same location since 1946 and the same street since 1907! Check out their website here where they may still sell some pieces online.

According to a newspaper article taped to the wall, it was founded by Charles W. Thissell (one of the first Concord photographers) in 1907 where in addition to selling jewelry and repairing watches, also sold Edison phonographs and Victor talking machines.

Side note: This is one of my favorite photographs after converting the iPhone 6s color image to black and white using the Silver Efex Pro 2 Nik plugin. The checkerboard flooring, vertical lines at the edges and glass square tiles combined with the old style lettering on the window/door really makes this pop. Farewell Concord Jewelers!


Strange Culture – The Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts March 25th in San Francisco

Photo by Flickr user kenlund

Strange Culture – The Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson:

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St, San Francisco
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
2:00pm | $10

Hours after scientist and artist Steve Kurtz called 911 to report his wife’s death, medics suspicious of his work reported him to the FBI, who detained Kurtz as a suspected bioterrorist. Hershman Leeson examines the ensuing court case with interviews, dramatic re-enactments, animation, and news footage, following its twists and turns while exploring its chilling potential effects on free speech and science in post-9/11 America. Soundtrack by The Residents. (2007, 75 minutes, digital)

In conjunction with Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar, YBCA presents all four feature films by this remarkable and visionary artist. These movies expand on many of the themes of her visual art and interactive projects, playfully upending cinematic traditions with artistic approaches rooted in cutting-edge technology and feminist activism and theory. Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton is prominent among Hershman Leeson’s collaborators on these films, which also feature many other Bay Area-based artists.

Receive free gallery admission to Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar when you purchase a film ticket.


Chevy’s Closes in San Ramon

18080 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the Mexican restaurant Chevy’s closed in San Ramon near Bollinger Canyon Rd. and San Ramon Valley Blvd. According to sign in the window check out their Emeryville and Union City locations if you miss them.

Real Estate

House of the Day

Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Simply Bay Area Team 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.

Homes are still going over listing price in a short time. Check out this meticulously maintained home located on a private lane. With an awesome backyard for entertaining and inviting space on the inside, it sold for almost $40k over listing in just 3 days! This lovely home has 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and over 3,000 square feet.

Address: 1163 Keaveny Ct, Walnut Creek, CA
List Price: $1,299,500
Sold Price: $1,338,000
Days on Market: 3
Close of escrow: 2/17/17

Listing courtesy of Kelly McCormick and Andrea Klein with J. Rockcliff Realtors.