Island Arts

The sun feels warming

Power gives us much safety

The night is for rest

Poetry isn’t something you usually expect from a power company, but this haiku was penned by staff at the Island City’s Alameda Municipal Power (AMP).

The 126-year-old power company is celebrating National Energy Awareness Month and Public Power Week by hosting a haiku contest through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Students from Nea Learning Academy and schools around the Alameda Unified School District visited Rhythmix Cultural Works for a special Performance Art and Learning (PAL) event last Thursday at the local arts center. The Rhythmix PAL program provides arts learning opportunities for children whose access to such programs dwindles along with funding for the arts.

Sun Staff Reports

Painting in the traditional Chinese style is an approach that involves using Chinese ink and watercolors, special brushes and rice paper purchased in China, having a Taiwan-born and trained art teacher and speaking only Chinese in weekly studio art sessions. But high school senior, Henry Zhu, a senior at the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), has always allowed a bit of California to creep into his Chinese landscapes, creating a distinctive style that blends East and West, traditional and modern.

Performing Shakespeare, although a demanding theatrical challenge, can be richly rewarding for both the actors and the audience if the Bard is performed well. On a rustic outdoor, minimalist stage, the Encinal High School Drama Department hit that high water mark in its recent production of Romeo and Juliet.

Director Gene Kahane and company are to be congratulated on a production that brought freshness, vitality and clarity to a play drafted more than 400 years ago.

Fans of cinema and the silver ball came together last Thursday to raise funds for the potential Pacific Pinball Museum relocation to the Alameda’s Carnegie Library. Thousands were raised at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex through donations, sales of commemorative T-shirts and patches and a live auction raising around $5,000 through the sales of pinball memorabilia.