Island Arts

 

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.

 

The Alameda Free Library is hosting a free concert celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month, showcasing the talents of the Dave Rocha Trio. The concert will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 30, at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. 

 

A free event featuring readings, an art exhibit and conversation with East Bay poet, playwright, performer and painter Charles Curtis Blackwell has been scheduled for Saturday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room at the Main Library, located at 1550 Oak St. 

 

There are houses down your shaded streets — 
beneath your oaks, your ginkos, your avenues of palm — 
Leaded in glass, shingled in fish-scale, spangled with gingerbread,
Victorian ladies tarted up for Carnival,
their history and lore curving like a staircase into view.

Gentlemen strolled in spats, ladies swung their parasols, 
bay breezes curling with fog and the clank of halyards, snapping flags. Water, at every turn,
glittering to shore, to ship, to ankles and toes. 

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