Island Arts

The public is invited to view the latest art installations in the first and third floor galleries in Alameda City Hall at an open house set for tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. In addition, check out a loop of animated shorts from the Alameda International Film Festival titled Animated, Independent and Unrestrained.

On display now through Dec. 21 in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts’ (FBCA) Main Gallery, the exhibition Transformation features local artists expressing themselves on the theme of change. An opening reception for the artists will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. 

Discuss how the artists tackled the concepts of: alter, remake, reconstruct, metamorphosis, shift, adjust, Photoshop or distort.

Former East Bay resident and California native, Alisha Rodrigues, now living in Tetonia, Idaho, will launch her new book as the keynote speaker at the next meeting of the Alameda Island Poets. The monthly reading takes place Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. 

Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana host the meeting. Admission is by donation and includes light refreshments and an open mic session.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a 65-member orchestra,  called “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia” by Indonesia’s Tempo Magazine, will perform at Rhythmix Cultural Works Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. Since 1979, Gamelan Sekar Jaya has presented more than 400 concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Indonesia. The group’s success arises from its devotion to traditional repertoire and its passion for innovation having composed more than 60 major new works for Gamelan and dance. 

The Grand Master Fiddler Youth Champion (GMFC) for 2019 is Miles Quale of Alameda, who had placed second the past two years.

“I was pretty excited that I won,” he said. “It’s always fun to compete and play with some of the best fiddlers in the nation.”

The 15-year-old began playing at age three. He won by playing “Bitter Creek,” “Wyatt’s Waltz” and “I Don’t Love Nobody.”

Miles and his brother Teo received a special treat of playing at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday as a guest of Opry star Connie Smith.

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