Island Arts

You can get to Venezuela on the northern end of South America in 10 or 15 hours from Oakland International Airport. Or you can get to Rhythmix Cultural Works the northern end of Alameda for an authentic Venezuelan experience engaging all the senses.

Arrayed across the stage at Rhythmix for an 8 p.m. show on Thursday, March 18, will be the 10 master players and singers of Jackeline Rago & Venezuelan Music Project. The group will offer the infectiously exuberant, syncopated rhythms of calypso music from Venezuela and around the Caribbean. 


The Knights of Columbus is holding an e-waste fundraiser from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5, in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. There are no drop-off fees and donors can arrange pickups prior to the event by calling Guido at 415-806-9176. 

The Knights are also interested in contacting companies that have e-waste that the Knights can convert to cash for charity. The Knights use the money raised to help those with special needs. 



A free community concert is set for this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m., titled “Walking Together” with performing artist Ken Medema. The concert celebrates Alameda’s “Everyone Belongs Here” initiative created by Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) students to promote acceptance and inclusion.

Medema, an Alameda resident who happens to be blind, will share his gifts of storytelling and music in an interactive concert designed to affirm the beauty and diversity of the people of Alameda. 

Alameda Island Poets’ reading March 2 will feature Alameda Poet Laureate Julia Park Tracey and retiring St. Joseph Notre Dame teacher Elizabeth Norris. The reading will take place at Books, Inc. at 7 p.m. Free. Open mic will follow featured readings; sign up at 7. Above, Park Tracey signs copies of her latest Veronika Layne mystery at a recent reading.