Island Arts

Among the many musical talents that swirl around Alameda’s own Rhythmix Cultural Works, (RCW) is Stephen Schultz, a professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University. Schultz has put together two exciting musical offerings at RCW for the New Year. 
Classical Fridays at Rhythmix

A collaborative project between local photographers, St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, and the homeless called Visible goes on display this Friday at Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave. in Alameda. The project offers an opportunity for homeless photographers to define their lives in our increasingly image-driven culture.
The show opens this Friday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

On Dec. 8, Bryan Schwartz released Scattered among the Nations, a collection of photos and stories from the world’s most isolated Jewish communities. The book, which took Schwartz more than 16 years to complete, features captivating images of Jewish communities and their stories of maintaining connections to Jewish culture and customs. The book’s collaborators, Jay Sand and Sandy Carter, helped Schwartz with photography and content

The sun feels warming

Power gives us much safety

The night is for rest

Poetry isn’t something you usually expect from a power company, but this haiku was penned by staff at the Island City’s Alameda Municipal Power (AMP).

The 126-year-old power company is celebrating National Energy Awareness Month and Public Power Week by hosting a haiku contest through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Performing Shakespeare, although a demanding theatrical challenge, can be richly rewarding for both the actors and the audience if the Bard is performed well. On a rustic outdoor, minimalist stage, the Encinal High School Drama Department hit that high water mark in its recent production of Romeo and Juliet.

Director Gene Kahane and company are to be congratulated on a production that brought freshness, vitality and clarity to a play drafted more than 400 years ago.

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