Island Arts


Kelly Takunda Orphan comes by her claim to global citizenship in music and in life via her family’s Armenian roots, her African education and years spent performing in the Bay Area world music scene. Alamedans will have the chance to hear her ensemble, the KTO Project, at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Saturday, June 25.


Longtime Alamedan showcases 43 years of island dancing

Alameda-based West Coast Dance (WCD) Theatre will host its 43rd annual musical song and dance production. It’s described as a cavalcade of fluorescent colors, pop tunes and funky, fancy footwork. The two-day production that celebrates 43 years of West Coast Dancers showcases the stars of tomorrow singing and dancing to favorite songs from the past to the present.


Encinal High graduate returns as keynote speaker

Memorial Day in Alameda has long been commemorated with a ceremony at Veterans Park near the Bay Farm Island Bridge on Veterans Court. The annual ceremony is set for Monday, May 30, at 11 a.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is Patrick Harris who graduated Encinal High School in 1966. Chief Harris retired from public service in 2003, serving as the first chief of staff of the Maritime and Land Security Office of the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security. 


More than 1,000 people enjoyed three days of waterfront tours along the Oakland Estuary this past weekend as part of Rhythmix Cultural Works’ Island City Waterways event. The walking tour turned performance art happening was extremely well received and well organized, selling out each performance. Above, tour guide Julie Baron of Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden leads a group through the series of dance, music and spoken word performances behind Bridgeside Shopping Center on Sunday. 


Bay Farm Middle School students will be showcasing their projects for the National History Day nationwide competition at the Alameda Main Library from Saturday, April 30, to Saturday, May 28, during normal business hours. An opening reception is set for Wednesday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. This year’s topic is “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”