Island Arts


The Alameda Island Poets monthly free reading has been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Featured poets are Jannie M. Dresser and Alison Hart. Open mic follows. Light refreshments will be served by donation. 

Dresser is a Bay Area poet with Central Valley roots. She is the author of Workers’ Compensation: Poems of Labor and the Working Life and is now compiling an anthology of Central Valley poets. 


Scottish bagpiper offers unique opportunity for revelers to celebrate while raising money to help fight cancer

For the third year running, Alameda resident and Scottish ex-patriot Andy MacKay will play “Auld Lang Syne” on the bagpipes in every bar in Alameda. That’s how he celebrates the New Year and raises money for the American Cancer Society. 


The Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) will continue one of its annual traditions again this year when it celebrates the Island City in a unique photography exhibit titled Alameda on Camera

The call for applications is open now for the show that brings together 48 photographers over 48 hours shooting in 48 different sections of Alameda. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Jan. 22. The juried competition will feature artwork using photo-based media and techniques that can earn awards in multiple categories.


Chanukah Celebration


The current show in the back room of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) is a paean to the Park Street Bridge — a fruitful dialog between visual and written art forms. When the Alameda Women Artists decided on a group project this year, they chose to focus on Park Street Bridge. They posted their images on the FBCA website and invited poets to respond to their paintings.