Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 at 4:20 pm in Lamorinda.
Now that â€śThe Officeâ€ť is over for the season, a summer full of empty Thursdays stretches bleakly before us.
Starting next week, though â€” because this Thursday, thereâ€™s plenty for art and literature lovers to do.
Start your evening at Orindaâ€™s Theatre Square, where the city is hosting Cal Shakes Day to celebrate the contributions of the popular theater festival with food, music and performances from both local students and professional thespians.
Councilman Tom McCormick, who helped organize the event, reported he has heard rumors a hot dog joint will be serving up their condiments with intriguing panache: Theyâ€™re using those nifty chocolate fountain machines to dispense ketchup and mustard.
The evening will also celebrate the opening of the new Cal Shakes box office, where patrons can pick up both tickets and play merchandise, in Theatre Square.
The free event runs from 5-7:30 p.m.
If you hurry (without breaking the speed limit, of course â€” remember: Slow Down Lamorinda!), you can catch the Sweet Thursdayâ€™s presentation at the Lafayette Library by Marta Acosta, an Oakland-based author whose popular books combine romance and a Latina sensibility with vampire lore (a vastly underappreciated genre.)
That free talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
â€” Brooke Bryant