Island Arts

 

As this year’s Alameda on Camera competition began, photographer Mike Gifford joined 48 other camera buffs at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA). They studied a map of Alameda divided into 48 sections, and then drew numbers from a hat. Each amateur paparazzo now had to shoot something — anything — within the section of the city that corresponded to the number he or she drew. Gifford drew number 48: the westernmost section of the city. 

Young people in and around Alameda can learn to “walk on water” at Mike’s Paddle Kids Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Summer Camp. Explore beautiful Ballena Bay while learning to SUP. Taking in breathtaking views of San Francisco, meeting underwater friends and enjoying the summer sun are just a few of the perks for this week-long, full-day camp.

 

Interested in learning more about the essential music of The Beatles? Rhythmix Cultural Works has just the class to satisfy that need. Over four evenings in May and June, celebrated Carnegie Mellon music professor Stephen Schultz will share the secrets of hit songs from the “Fab Four,” arguably one of the most influential bands in rock-and-roll history.

 

Two events coming up here in the Island City are focused on learning to appreciate the artform of opera. Today, at 1:30 p.m., catch “The Exceptional Giuseppe Verdi,” a new performance by Mastick Senior Center music director John Kendall Bailey at the center.

Then next week, it’s “A Night at the Opera” at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at Rhythmix Cultural Works. The evening will include the powerful, uplifting voices of Eileen Meredith.

 

The annual celebration of spring and the Lunar New Year in Alameda has been set for Saturday, April 29, at the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center. Now in its 19th year, the Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee’s Spring Festival will celebrate The Year of the Rooster. 

The free event features local favorite the Lincoln Middle School band; multicultural dances and music; tai chi and karate demos; and a lion dance. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs for comfort while viewing the performances.

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