Island Arts

Alameda’s own Maze Daiko ensemble performed at the 2015 Taiko Jam, the highlight concert of the North American Taiko Conference, on June 13. Held this year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the conference draws hundreds of taiko players from around the world and virtually all North American taiko community leaders annually, according to conference promoters.

Two productions of the 42nd annual musical song and dance extravaganza by Alameda-based West Coast Dance (WCD) is set for this weekend, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Dance to the Music presents a cavalcade of fluorescent colors, pop tunes, and funky fancy footwork. The product of Artistic Director Marnell Xavier celebrates 42 years of West Coast dancers showcasing stars of tomorrow singing and dancing to favorite songs from past to present. The shows take place at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave. in Alameda.

A senior from Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) will have his photograph grace the halls of Congress. Each spring, the Alexandria, Va.-based non-profit Congressional Institute sponsors “Congressional Arts Competition, An Artistic Discovery,” a nationwide high-school visual-art competition. The institute works with Congress to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. 

Marrow Registry this Weekend
 

Gallagher & Lindsey Realtors is hosting “Team Joey Marrow Registry Drive.” Donor registration and swabbing will take place this Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gallagher & Lindsey’s office, 2424 Central Ave. 

The company hopes to find a marrow transplant donor for Joey LoParo, 27, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. His aunt died of the same disease the year he was born. Joey’s parents, Joe and Laura LoParo, are Realtors at Gallagher & Lindsey. 

The nation’s most talented craftspeople are chosen to display their works at the Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., April 22 through 26. The 121 craftspeople chosen to participate must show one-of-a-kind or limited-edition works. Among the displaying artists was Alamedan Christina Goodman.

Goodman’s jewelry was displayed along with hundreds of fine works of basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood.

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