Island Arts

Spelling Bee Set for Saturday

Jan 30,2018

This Saturday, Feb. 3, marks the fourth year of the Alameda Spelling Bee. The contest to prove the best student speller in town takes place at 9 a.m. at Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St., and is open to Alameda students in grades 4 through 9.

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Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp Lidiya Yankovskaya will conduct two Russian operas for Island City Opera this weekend.

Opera Welcomes Midwest Talent

Jan 25,2018

Island City Opera has attracted St. Petersburg, Russia, native Lidiya Yankovskaya to conduct its latest pair of operas by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 

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Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp The West End’s Washington Park as it appeared about 100 years ago. Postcard appears courtesy of

All About Washington Park

Dec 28,2017

One of the fine amenities of the West End is Washington Park. Located at 740 Central Ave. the park is defined by “upper” and “lower” areas. The areas were designated historically. 

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Seven Naughty Sins Visit Santa

Dec 21,2017

The Seven Naughty Sins paid 
a visit to St. Nick,
They wanted to entice him, see which naughty sin he’d pick.
Greed pushed and shoved the others, was first to Santa’s lap.
Envy yanked her out, gave old Greed a little slap.

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Poetry for the Season

Dec 14,2017

Yard Work
A curved man steps on the porch,
His saggy pants cause him to lurch,
Of danger he is unaware,
So while descending he declares:
My step is slow,
My hands do shake,
But every fall,
I work the rake. 

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Mike Lano

Xmas Tree Lane Opens

Dec 07,2017

The crowds were out on Thompson Avenue, ahem, excuse me, Christmas Tree Lane again last Saturday, to start off one of the Island City’s treasured annual holiday traditions.

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Laurent Pascal &nbsp&nbsp Jet Black Pearl is among the performers coming to town as part of Accordion Frenzy this Saturday.

Prepare for an Accordion Music ‘Frenzy’

Dec 07,2017

Rhythmix Cultural Works continues its mission of bringing fascinating elements of music and culture to the Island City when it hosts three of the world’s top accordion acts this Saturday, Dec. 9: Those Darn Accordions, Jet Black Pearl and Big Lou the Accordion Princess.

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