Island Arts

From this weekend into the summer, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., will host the Island Arts Concert Series to celebrate the traditions and culture of islands around the world. The concert series spotlights local artists with diverse backgrounds on four upcoming Saturdays at 8 p.m. The concerts will showcase dance and music of Cuba, Tahiti, Indonesia and Japan and feature Bay Area artists: Jesús Díaz, Māhealani Uchiyama and Hālau Ka Ua Tuahine, Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Maze Daiko.

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts recently awarded Jennifer Kennedy its Call for Art Award for her photograph “Life Savers — a Whole Lot of Fun.” Kennedy was participating in the center’s annual Alameda on Camera event. Each photographer draws a number and — based on the number drawn — is assigned a small slice of Alameda in which to find and photograph something eye-catching. The life preserver throw ring on a fence near Alameda Fire Station No. 3 caught her eye, as well as the eyes of the judges. 

The public is welcome to share  ideas, interest, questions or concerns at a community meeting for the renovation of Alameda’s Carnegie Library into the Carnegie Innovation Hall. The event will take place at The Local, 1333 Park St., Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The idea for the Carnegie Innovation Hall is to create a location that pairs educational programming and entrepreneurship with the arts, performance, music and technology. The development team needs community input and involvement to help shape their program and events.

More than 70 makers, scientists, garage tinkerers, artists and crafters are needed to showcase their work at the 2019 Alameda Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Alameda Point. 

The faire is especially looking for exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things. To sign up, visit

For more information on any of these events, write to the city’s Economic Development Department at econdev@alameda


Alameda students are invited to enter the “Everyone Belongs Here” poster contest by Tuesday, April 30. The theme this year is “Every Pronoun Belongs Here.” Through original art and writing, entrants must use the pronoun she, he, they, ze, hir or co in place of formal names, and that regardless of that pronoun the individual is a part of the community, a citizen and accepts all citizens.