Art, Music will Grace Downtown Tomorrow


Over a quarter mile of art and music will be presented along Park Street during the Love Our Island Art Walk — Radical Beauty, Part 3, set for this Friday, June 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. Running between Buena Vista and Encinal avenues, Radical Beauty, presented by Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association will feature three new art installations in empty storefronts and six live music ensembles.

RoCoCo and Joanna Ruckman will present an installation in the storefront at 1320-1326 Park St. RoCoCo is comprised of two interdisciplinary artists, Modesto Covarrubias and KC Rosenberg. Many of their works begin with a dialogue as the framework and address such topics as gentrification, free speech, intention and forgiveness.

At 1617 Park St. near Pacific Avenue, Heather Deyling will present her piece, “Invented Hybrids.” The art is imagined variations and combinations of flora, fauna and fungi representing an alternative future in which species have merged to create new life forms. 

Across the street in front of Alameda Marketplace, Paul Manousos will present his vocal stylings. On the next block, in front of Walgreens, art walkers will find Chinyakare, a dynamic Shona marimba ensemble from Zimbabwe led by Julia Chigamba. 

A few more blocks down the road, at Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St., Trio Sin Lio, will perform their rocking salsa, son and boogaloo, featuring Bay Area Latin musicians Camilo Landau, Omar Ledezma, Jr. and David Belove.

In front of Park Street Plaza, 1419 Park St., art walkers will find the Cava Menzies Duo featuring Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips performing jazz renditions on keyboard and trumpet. Then in Redwood Square Alley, Steve Lucky and the Carmen Getit Show will perform swing music.

Love Our Island Art Walk is a two-year initiative supported by the California Arts Council to elevate Alameda as a recognizable destination for the arts, and engage East Bay communities as part of that experience. Showcasing a diverse range of Bay Area artists, the project features temporary art installations in empty storefront windows in Alameda’s commercial districts, accompanied by free live musical performances on select Second Fridays through 2019.

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