Island Arts

The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate National Poetry Month Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Featured poet will be Emily Dickinson played by Chetana Karel-Michaan from her one-woman show, Old Fashioned, Naughty, Everything: A Glimpse of Emily Dickinson. The reading is hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Admission by donation, light refreshments served. An open mic follows the featured poets.

Celebrating the great women of blues in the heart of International Women’s Month Rhythmix Cultural Works presents Pamela Rose’s critically acclaimed new show: “Blues is a Woman — from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt.” Many women have left their mark on the blues: Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sophie Tucker and many more.

A theatrical concert in which storytelling by the women musicians onstage is woven around the music, Blues is a Women augments the powerful, truth-telling, original songs written and popularized by early Blues women.

Rhythmix Cultural Works will present “My Darling New Orleans: A Mardi Gras Show” with CHELLE! and Friends Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. From jazz, funk and soul to Cajun, Creole and zydeco, experience a musical tour of New Orleans as the band delivers a musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy and intoxicating. Information and tickets, www.seerhythmix.org.

The second year of the Art in City Hall program begins tomorrow night with the opening of two new exhibits. Images from Zacatlan by Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) artists, Erica Norelius and Paul Feinberg, will be displayed on the third floor of Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., and works by Michele Mohler on the ground floor.

An exhibition of photography by Alameda Boys & Girls Club members ages 8 to 13 years old will go on display Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at South Shore Center. The ImageMakers Photography Club’s showcase, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Seiwald Family Foundation and the Perforce Foundation. The photos displayed were taken at the Boys & Girls Club, as well as other locations in Alameda and around the Bay Area.

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