Above, left to right, a pretty serious bunch of poets: Alameda’s poets laureate Gene Kahane and Cathy Dana along with local poet Amos White invite all Alameda poets to climb on board the “The Poetruck” on Saturday, April 27, any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The specially decorated truck will be parked in front of Books Inc., 1344 Park St., to help celebrate both Independent Bookstore Day and National Poetry Month. Poets and lovers of poetry are welcome to hop into the truck, have a seat and read aloud a poem of their own or one they love.
From this weekend into the summer, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., will host the Island Arts Concert Series to celebrate the traditions and culture of islands around the world. The concert series spotlights local artists with diverse backgrounds on four upcoming Saturdays at 8 p.m. The concerts will showcase dance and music of Cuba, Tahiti, Indonesia and Japan and feature Bay Area artists: Jesús Díaz, Māhealani Uchiyama and Hālau Ka Ua Tuahine, Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Maze Daiko.
The Frank Bette Center for the Arts recently awarded Jennifer Kennedy its Call for Art Award for her photograph “Life Savers — a Whole Lot of Fun.” Kennedy was participating in the center’s annual Alameda on Camera event. Each photographer draws a number and — based on the number drawn — is assigned a small slice of Alameda in which to find and photograph something eye-catching. The life preserver throw ring on a fence near Alameda Fire Station No. 3 caught her eye, as well as the eyes of the judges.
Interested in providing input on future public art programming in Alameda? Join the Public Art Commission for a working session on Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m., City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., third floor, room to be announced. The meeting aims to identify, discuss and prioritize future public art programming for the City of Alameda.
The public is invited to City Hall on Friday, April 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. for an open house celebrating the local artists whose art will be exhibited on the first and third floors. First floor art features members of the Alameda Women Artists and the third floor features artist Cheryl Harawitz.