Island Arts


Bay Farm Middle School students will be showcasing their projects for the National History Day nationwide competition at the Alameda Main Library from Saturday, April 30, to Saturday, May 28, during normal business hours. An opening reception is set for Wednesday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. This year’s topic is “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”

The deadline for submissions to the Fourth of July Parade art and poetry contest is tomorrow. This year’s parade marks the 40th anniversary of the annual event, and organizers want to celebrate by involving kids in the festivities. Students who live or attend school in Alameda are eligible to participate in a youth art and poetry contest to celebrate America’s independence with the theme, “America: Let Freedom Ring.”

Alameda resident Donna Stoering began playing concerts when she was five years old and teaching professionally when she was just 10. She grew up in the Bay Area, but after receiving a Marshall Scholarship, Stoering has lived most of her adult life in Europe. She founded new music festivals on three continents and spoken to various United Nations organizations in Geneva on the use of music to address conflict resolution, youth violence, humanitarian issues and international education initiatives. 


All are welcome to join in the National Poetry Month celebration of California’s first Poet Laureate, Ina Coolbrith. The 150th anniversary of her birth and the centenary of her laureateship at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition will be commemorated at an open reading of the Alameda Island Poets First Wednesday poetry event, Wednesday, April 6, at Books Inc. on Park Street 7 to 9 p.m.

Open mic follows at this National Poetry Month Celebration presented by Alameda Island Poets. The event is free and open to the public.


Cue the fireworks and dancing boys: I have an announcement. The Gin Game is the best show I have ever seen at Altarena, in 15 years of reviewing. Top notch, stellar, outstanding: What else can I say? I’m not given to superlatives in reviews, especially because I’ve seen so much mediocre theatre since I started reviewing in the Bay Area in 1992. But this. The Gin Game: Go see it.

There are no ninja, vampires or time-travelers. The two actors, who comprise the entire cast, are older, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t drama, action, violence, romance and comedy.