Posts Tagged ‘Moraga’

The 2012 California Independent Film Festival Countdown

October 12, 2011

Moraga, CA (October 11th, 2011) – The countdown begins for the 2012 California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF), which will be held from Feb 10th, 2012 through Feb 16th, 2012. To usher it in, the organizers will have a series of events leading up to its opening night.

The first event will be held this Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2012, 7 PM, at the Hacienda de las Flores in Moraga, CA. It is the launch of The Lamorinda Theatres Concert Series, with a special presentation of “The Autumn Benefit Concert for CAIFF”. This concert will be breathtaking as attendees will definitely be amazed at the eclectic musical scores, ranging from Jazz, New Age, Halloween to Fusion; especially, with the addition of exotic instruments –the largest crystal didjeridoo in the world, and singing bowls.

Scheduled performers to appear at the concert are Frank Martin, a famous keyboardist who played with Sting, Al Jarreau, Andrea Bocelli, and Tuck and Patti; Kai Eckhardt, one of the top international bassist in the world and a member of The John McLaughlin Trio; didjeridoo and singing bowl performers, Paradiso and Rasayami who currently has a New Age chart-topping CD; and Carol Alban, a well-known flutist who has played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Attendees are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes for the costume contest. Ticket admissions with light refreshments are $20 for adults; $15 for CAIFF members and students. Tickets are available at the Lamorinda Theatres website (www.LamorindaTheatres.com/events_newrheem.asp)

On Friday, October 21st, 2011, it will be a day and evening of extravaganza. CAIFF is proud to present the theatrical release of its 2010 award winning film for Best Score, “Mighty Macs” at the New Rheem Theatre. This is a heart-warming true story of a small-unknown school’s improbable journey in 1972, to win the first national women’s collegiate basketball championship. Tickets are $10 for general admission; and $8 for matinee admission, students and seniors.

In the evening, to celebrate Halloween, another fundraising event for CAIFF will take place. Lamorinda Theatres opens the doors to its “Dark Dreams Haunted House” at the New Rheem Theatre. This haunted house has been named one of the top-rated “Most Haunted Houses” in the nation and has attracted at least 500 visitors annually in the past five years. Ticket admission to the “Dark Dreams Haunted House” is $8; and $7 for the “Friday Night of Fright” movie. As a special treat, visitors purchasing both tickets will have the benefit of purchasing a small popcorn and small beverage for only $2.

Tickets for “Mighty Macs”, “Dark Dreams Haunted House”, and “Friday Night of Fright” are available for purchase at the New Rheem Theatre Box Office or visit www.LamorindaTheatres.com .  For enquiries, call 925.388.0752 or e-mail info@caiff.org .

As part of the 2012 California Independent Film Festival Countdown, more future events are in-the-works , and they will be announced very soon in the festival’s website (www.CAIFF.org).

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Hollywood Star of “Moneyball” Visits Orinda Theatre Square

September 28, 2011

Orinda, CA (September 27th, 2011) – The newly released, film, “Moneyball”, is currently one of the top box-office hits worldwide, and it is currently screening at one of Lamorinda Theatres’ cinemas—The Orinda Theatre.

This  Saturday only, Oct 1st, 2011, Orinda Theatre welcomes one of Lamorinda’s rising Hollywood Stars— Stephen Bishop, who will be in attendance at the 6:30 PM screening of “Moneyball”. Stephen hails from the town of Moraga, CA, and went to Campolindo High School.

Mr. Bishop, who plays Oakland A’s outfielder, David Justice, in the movie, will be available to greet and meet well-wishers at the Orinda Theatre. He will also make a special appearance to introduce the movie, and to share insights and inside stories on the making of the movie, after its screening.

Mr. Bishop’s other most notable film and television credits include Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, and The Rundown.

This screening is a special limited engagement in the Bay Area, and it is recommended that tickets are purchased before October 1st, 2011, in anticipation of being sold-out. Ticket admissions are $10 for the general public, and $8 for seniors, students and children, and they are now available for purchase at the Orinda Theatre’s Box Office or at the theatre’s website (www.TheOrindaTheatre.com). For inquiries, call 925.254.9065 or e-mail info@LamorindaTheatres.com .

Standing Room Only at the First Annual Moraga Jazz Festival

August 11, 2011

Moraga, CA (August 11, 2011) – The New Rheem Theatre’s presentation of the very first Moraga Jazz Festival has set tones of “jazzy” superlatives reverberating in its big auditorium since this past Sunday, August 7th, 2011.

The festival’s caliber of well-acclaimed international and local performers wowed the crowd at the New Rheem Theatre’s Winchell Auditorium. The four- hour concert ended up as a standing-room only as wave of avid jazz fans could not resist witnessing the historic and momentous event.

The lineup included Alex De Grassi, a famous “Maestro Guitarist”, who has captivated audiences from around the globe with his fiery renditions; jazz legend Roger Glenn who played with Dizzy Gillespie; keyboardist Victoria Theodore who is a mainstay of Stevie Wonder’s concert tours; Mark Levine on the rhythms of bass; Frank Martin, who has performed with some internationally acclaimed artists like Andrea Bocelli  and Al Jarreau; George Brooks on the saxophone; Carol Alban, founder of the Moraga Jazz Festival and a famous local flutist; and other celebrated musicians.

Attendees, who came all over from the San Francisco Bay Area, Canada, and New York, were amazed that the founding committee of five volunteers only had six weeks to plan the entire event. The committee members, which include Carol Alban, the founder, Mayor Karen Mendonca of Moraga, Town of Moraga Manager Jill Keimach, Karen Wyle, and Beau Behan, candidly responded that they did not do it all alone. The musicians and performers also volunteered their time and energy, and altogether, it was a grassroots effort inspired by a worthy cause—to raise money for the tornado victims of Joplin, MO.

The founding committee of the Moraga Jazz Festival and the New Rheem Theatre would like to thank all of the performers, musicians, and the festival sponsors and supporters, and all of its attendees and fans.  With their support, the future of the Second Annual Moraga Jazz Festival is now secure, and it will take place sometime next year, in 2012.
Major Festival Sponsors include New Rheem Theatre, California Independent Film Festival, Swanson Music, Lamorinda Weekly, DC Pianos, In The Bag, Inc., Moraga UPS Store, Lamorinda Web, Moraga Chamber of Commerce, Jonathan Winchell Auditorium and Orinda Theatre .

 

The New Rheem Theater Celebrating One Year Anniversary!

June 8, 2011
Come help the New Rheem Theater celebrate its 1 year anniverary!
 
On June 25th, theywill be showing “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2” at 3 PM, and Zachary Gordon, the star of the movie, will be in attendance as a special guest. It will be fun and exciting for all. There will have games for kids, cotton candy machine, and wheel of fortune for everyone to enjoy.

There will also be having a reception at 6 PM and then a showing of the move “The Majestic,” at 7 PM, and the writer and associate producer, Michael Sloan will be on hand for a live Q&A after the movie.

Tickets are $8 for the 3 PM show, and $25 for the 7 PM show (includes the reception). More information on their website at www.TheNewRheemTheatre.com.
 
 

Are there any foreclosed, bank-owned, REO or potential short sale properties in the East Bay cities Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda (Lamorinda)? If so, what type of discount are they selling for?

May 12, 2010

Yes, there are distressed properties in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda, just not many compared to other cities in Alameda and Contra Costa that were hit significantly harder by the market downturn.

From January 1, 2010 to May 7, 2010, there were 28 distressed sales in Lamorinda accounting for 17.7% of total sales in these cities.  In addition, there were another 26 sales pending as of May 7, 2010.  Of these 28 sales, 10 were short sales, and 18 were REO’s.  These properties were listed for an average of $669,949 ($306/square foot) and sold for an average of $642,402 ($295/square foot) – a 4.1% average discount on the list price.

During the same period of January 1, 2010 to May 7, 2010, there were 130 non-distressed sales (re-sales and new construction) that were listed for an average of $1,017,907 ($427/square foot) and sold for an average of $966,636 ($409/square foot) – a 5.0% discount on the list price. 

Based on this data, distressed properties are selling for an average discount of 30.7% versus non-distressed real estate sales.

For more information about this market, or to sign up for a free-list of distressed sales in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda or other Contra Costa or Alameda County cities, please contact Andy Read, Broker, at 510.594.2400 x 222 or aread@Caldecott.com.