Island Arts

The annual music festival for Otis Elementary School will be live-streamed this Saturday, Feb. 28. The Owlpalooza is a product of the Otis PTA and features bands: Maddy’s Fiddle Madness, Paisley Rose, The Up and Down, Ukemamas, The Saloons and the Jitters. The event is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. with live streaming available at www.concertwindow.com/79293-owlapalooza.

Soli Deo Gloria (SDG), Alameda’s well-established choral group, will present a preview performance of Joseph Haydn’s masterwork featuring more than 60 voices and a 30-piece orchestra Saturday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m.

As a part of its European tour this coming July, SDG will perform this concert along with other choruses at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.  The July event will celebrate the 650th anniversary of the historic mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna founded during the Hapsburg Empire.

Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) is displaying a gallery of works from the Canvas Peace Project, an idea created by the HOPE for Ariang Foundation to raise money to support educational opportunities for women and children in South Sudan. Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 27, RCW will be host to an art auction to support two nonprofit organizations, HOPE for Ariang and the Valentino Achak Deng (VAD) Foundation.

One of the event’s organizers, Julie Stonehouse, lives in Alameda and has connected the VAD Foundation with the Canvas Peace Project and RCW. 

Alameda artist Katherine Meyer will display a collection of her charcoal drawings called Finding Your Place at the Morris Graves Museum of Art (MGMA) in Eureka, Calif. Some of the drawings take their inspiration from views here in Alameda, where Meyer lives. 

The solo exhibition will run from Saturday, March 7, through Sunday, April 19, with an opening reception set for March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. during First Saturday Night Arts Alive — an art celebration occuring monthly on Eureka’s Main Street. Meyer will also hold an artist’s talk Sunday, March 8, from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Edgar Allen Poe awards are given out each year on the writer’s birthday. Poe would have been 206 this year. The awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television. Mystery Writers of America coordinates the event which celebrates works published or produced in 2014 this year.

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