Island Arts

The Community Garden Project on Webster Street was a huge success. On my way over I grabbed every plant with a pink flower from Grocery Outlet along with a shiny new shovel. I finally got to meet the famous Maggie while checking out and she promised she would visit my plants in their new home.

The “Front Porch Blues” feted East End neighbors to 90 minutes of live music, which enlivened an unusually subdued Alameda Fourth of July, with their audience safely ensconced on front porches and in their driveways.

Guitarists Dennis Cole (left) and Greg Kaufman performed mainstay tunes that included, “Muddy Waters, “Hoochie Koochie Man” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Little Red Rooster” at the front door of Cole’s home. 

The Everyone Belongs Here Poem and Poster Contest theme this year was how everyone still belongs here and belongs together, but how everyone needs to adapt to show unity. The winning poem and poster appear here. 

Thirteen in Quarantine

Peyton Y. Cheung
43 days of SIP
43 days of going crazy
43 days of driving my parents and brother insane,
43 days of dying of boredom

What was supposed to be an end of the year event turned into an online extravaganza for the Alameda High School (AHS) drama department. On May 22, the drama department livestreamed The Living Room Cabaret. The event was a variety-talent show hybrid, featuring talented actors and singers from AHS. More than 250 people tuned in for the live event and, as of May 23, the show had more than 520 views.

A significant amount of work went into planning the night.

As part of the Island City’s 2nd Friday art openings, San Francisco collage artist Maureen Shields will exhibit works at Inkblot Gallery, 933b Central Ave., this Friday, March 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Shields makes mixed-media collages that combine hand-painted and drawn elements with print material sourced from the 1940s up to the 1980s.

Shields’ art attempts to balance between the whimsical, the grotesque and the commonplace, hoping to skew perspective and reintroduce the strangeness and complexity associated with childhood.