Island Arts


Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rumors on Slate at Michaan’s Theater

Alameda kids will be performing a pair of theater classics later this month when the Tomorrow Youth Repertory troupe presents Neil Simon’s Rumors and The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Alameda Point’s Michaan’s Theater, 2700 Saratoga St., Alameda. The group puts on several performances throughout the year in Alameda.


Many of the artists who contribute to Alameda’s vibrant art scene are concerned about the future of the City of Alameda’s Public Art Fund. In recent meetings of the Public Art Commission, members of the public questioned the method the city has established to disburse funds contributed to the program. It appeared that an open bidding process using formal requests for proposals (RFP) hadn’t been established. 


Alamedans have a convenient way to blaze in the new year with heart-pumping blues and soul courtesy of the Island’s cultural mecca, Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). RCW has invited diva Terrie Odabi to perform two sets of her honest, soulful and intoxicating music New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7 and 10 p.m. The later showing includes a Champagne toast.


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.