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Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy Sextet: Art Blakey’s Centennial Year at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Aug 24th

Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy Sextet: Art Blakey’s Centennial Year:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 24th, 2019

The Messenger Legacy is an elite line-up of six alumni of one of jazz’ most influential bands — Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. The performance commemorates the centennial of Blakey’s birth and honors the legacy of the man whose bands became one of the most important institutions of apprenticeship in American music history. Among those Blakey nurtured in their early careers are Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Chick Corea, and Wynton Marsalis. Drummer Ralph Peterson leads the legacy band. He was selected by Blakey to play alongside him in 1983 in the Messenger’s two-drummer big band. The band is intergenerational featuring alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, tenor saxophonist Bill Pierce, who were mainstays in the late 70s and 80s, bassist Essiet Essiet from Nigeria, trumpeter Brian Lynch, and pianist Geoffrey Keezer.

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Craving Chinatown Food Festival in San Francisco July 13th


Craving Chinatown Food Festival:

Chinatown
Waverly Pl. ( btw Sacramento & Washington St), San Francisco
Saturday, July 13th, 2019
11:00am – 3:00pm | $15

We Are The City: Chinatown takes place at Summer Saturdays on Waverly with Community Youth Center of San Francisco. The theme is Craving Chinatown: a community food festival with delicious dishes from local restaurants, cooking demonstrations and activities for the whole family!

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Ride to End Alzheimer’s at SoulCycle in Walnut Creek July 20th


Ride to End Alzheimer’s:

SoulCycle
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Saturday, July 20th, 2019
1:00pm | $30 – $50

Come “Ride” to End Alzheimer’s at the Walnut Creek SoulCycle studio! A ticket will get you a bike in a 45 minute SoulCycle class, spin shoes, water, and post-class complimenatry Al Pastor Papi tacos!

SoulCycle is providing their space for the ride, so ticket sales (less Eventbrite & SoulCycle fees) will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The ride will BEGIN AT 1:00 pm, but please arrive to the studio by 12:30 to sign your waiver and have your bike properly setup.

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Author of “The Disaster Artist” – Greg Sestero at Lafayette Library July 17th


Author of “The Disaster Artist” – Greg Sestero:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
6:30 – 8:30pm | Free (registration required)

Join us for a lively evening with New York Times Bestselling author, actor, producer and screenwriter Greg Sestero.

Greg’s 2013 memoir “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made” was published
by Simon & Schuster and adapted into a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award nominated film featuring an all-star cast including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Sharon Stone, Bryan Cranston, and Alison Brie.

The real life story centers on Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, who meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class. Together they travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true by making Tommy’s personally-funded film “The Room” which surprisingly has become one of the most popular underground cult phenomenon films ever. Fifteen years after the initial limited release of “The Room,” it’s still playing to late night moviegoers in theaters internationally.

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Free Movie – Viva Las Vegas at Orinda Theatre July 11th


Free Movie – Viva Las Vegas:

Orinda Theatre
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Thursday, July 11th, 2019
7:00pm | Free

Viva Las Vegas is a 1964 American musical film directed by George Sidney and starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. The film is regarded by fans and film critics as one of Presley’s best films, and it is noted for the on-screen chemistry between Presley and Ann-Margret. –Wikipedia

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Free Fishing Day In San Francisco July 6th


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Free Fishing Day:

San Francisco
Saturday, July 6th, 2019

Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear the rod out of your hands as it smashes your lure? What’s that? You say you never learned to fish? Continue Reading

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Gettin’ Wriggly With It: Build A Worm Composting Bin at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill July 18th


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Gettin’ Wriggly With It: Build A Worm Composting Bin:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, July 18th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00pm | $25 per household

Don’t toss your precious food scraps into the green can. Use them to make the best fertilizer EVER! Keeping a worm bin at home is easy, takes mere minutes each week, produces NO odors, and is fun for the whole family. Your garden and houseplants will thank you. This hands-on bin-building workshop provides everything you need to get started, and you will go home with complete ready-to-start bin, including the worms! $25 fee is for ONE household, and includes ONE worm bin. Children welcome.

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Stars & Stripes 5K Race in Concord July 4th


Stars & Stripes 5K Walk & Run:

Todos Santos Plaza
2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord
Thursday, July 4th, 2019
8:15am

The race will include special medals for all finishers, custom age group medals for 5-year age group divisions, and more!

Proceeds from this race benefit Shelter, Inc and their efforts to re-build lives, one family at a time, by giving them a home, the skills and the resources to live the life they deserve.

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The Good Person of Szechwan Playing at Cal Shakes in Orinda July 3rd – 21st


The Good Person of Szechwan:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Wednesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 21st, 2019

In a city of “haves” and “have-nots,” can a good person stay good even as their fortunes rise? The Good Person of Szechwan is a fable for our times exploring the lengths to which one must go to keep clean in a dirty world.

by Bertolt Brecht
adapted by Tony Kushner
translated by Wendy Arons
directed by Eric Ting

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East Bay Mudd Powerhouse Tribute to Classic Soul and R&B at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord June 27th

East Bay Mudd Powerhouse Tribute to Classic Soul and R&B:

Todos Santos Plaza
2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord
Thursday, June 27th, 2019
6:30 – 8:00pm | Free

Head to Todos Santos Plaza on Thursday nights the Farmers’ Market and free music concerts in the Park with a great line-up of wonderful Bay Area musicians playing Salsa, jazz, zydeco, blues and more.