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Orinda Sings JAZZ for Victims of Hurricane Irene at Orinda Theatre Square

September 2, 2011

Orinda, CA (Sep 2nd, 2011)
– The very first Orinda Jazz Festival will reverberate at the elegant Orinda Theatre in Orinda, CA on Sunday, September 18th, 2011 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. This one-day event is also a benefit for victims of Hurricane Irene as well as a fundraiser for local arts, and it features an impressive array of acclaimed international, regional, and local musicians and artists.

Scheduled to appear will be two-time Grammy Award recipient, Mads Tolling, an internationally renowned violinist and soloist for Grammy Award winning Turtle Island Quartet; flutists Vivana Guzman, described by the New York Times as an imaginative artist, and Moraga resident Carol Alban; keyboardist Frank Martin, who has performed with Andrea Bocelli  and Al Jarreau; guitarist George Cole,  a winner of the California Music Award for Best New Major Label Artist; and vocalists Holly Penfield, a San Francisco and Orinda native who has wowed and performed for Prince Charles and Princess Diana in London, Carnegie Hall performer Alvenson Moore, and Mary Jenson, a famous singer with a mellifluous voice.  In addition, the festival will feature a host of other celebrated local performers and musicians, including the winners of Orinda Idol contest, which will be held on Sept 11th, 2011.

The majority of the proceeds from this for-all-age event will be donated to the Hurricane Irene disaster relief program with a small portion going to the Orinda Arts Council, an established organization that supports visual and performing arts in the community, and to Orinda Theatre’s upgrade of its sound and digital system.

Ticket admissions, which include light refreshments, are $20 for the general public, and $15 for students. Tickets are expected to sell out fast, and they are available for purchase at the Orinda Theatre’s Box Office, or at the theatre’s website ( For more details, e-mail or call 925.254.9065.

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13th Annual California Independent Film Festival to Open With “The 5th Quarter”

January 19, 2011

Q&A with director Rick Bieber and actor Ryan Merriman precedes screening


Moraga, CA, Jan 13th, 2011 – The 13th Annual California Independent Film Festival will kick off with the award winning film “The 5th Quarter”.

The seven-day festival is launched on Friday January 28th with an Opening Night Celebration presented by Lamorinda. The evening’s festivities begin at 5:00 PM at a VIP Reception with celebrity guests at the New Rheem Theatre, 350 Park Street, Moraga.

Ryan Merriman will be attending the screening of "The 5th Quarter"

Ryan Merriman will be attending the screening of “The 5th Quarter”Following the reception and beginning at 6:30 PM will be the opening night movie, “The 5th Quarter” which received rave reviews at other film festivals around the country, including Boston Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival and Charleston International Film Festival.  “The 5th Quarter” is based on a true story. After his brother Luke was tragically killed in a car crash, Jon Abbate (Ryan Merriman) is driven to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to their most successful football season in the school’s history. Wearing his brother’s number on his jersey, he accomplishes that, and establishes traditions along the way. The film starring Aidan Quinn, Andie McDowell, Jillian Batherson and Ryan Merriman (scheduled to attend). The film’s director, Rick Bieber, is also scheduled to attend the event.

The Question & Answer with the film’s director, Rick Bieber, and actor Ryan Merriman will precede the movie.Tickets for the VIP reception, Q&A and screening are $25.  Purchase your tickets today at the New Rheem Theatre Box Office or at the festival’s website .(

About the California Independent Film Festival

The 13th Annual California Independent Film Festival runs January 28th – February 3rd 2011 at the New Rheem Theatre. Purchase your tickets today online at, or at the New Rheem Theatre Box Office at 350 Park Street, Moraga. For festival’s information call 925-388-0752 or e-mail .

The 13th Annual California Independent Film Festival (January 28th – February 3rd 2011) is presented by the California Independent Film Festival Association, a nonprofit arts and educational organization dedicated to furthering the art of independent filmmaking.

2011 sponsors include the Winchell Family, Murdy Foundation/David Trotter, Diablo Magazine, Walnut Creek Marriott, CouldB Music, Senior Solutions, New Rheem Theatre, Lamorinda Weekly, and Lamorinda Wine Growers Association.

Opening Night is sponsored by Lamorinda Weekly.