Island Arts

At a screening of the documentary film Shallow Waters, The Public Death of Raymond Zack, last Sunday, Alamedans struggled with the import of a particularly unfortunate turn of events that resulted in the death of Alameda resident Raymond Zack in 2010. 

Zack succumbed to hypothermia after several hours in the bay waters off Shore Line Drive near Willow Street. First responders, limited by budget and training restrictions, damaged water-rescue equipment and convoluted communications did not act to bring Zack back to shore in time to save him. 

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis will visit Alameda Free Library by live video stream Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Shalvis will discuss her bestselling romance novels just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Shalvis is the author of more than 50 contemporary romance novels, including her award-winning Lucky Harbor series. She lives in a small Sierra town full of quirky characters. 

Visit for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

The Alameda Community Chorus (ACC) will host an open house sing-along on Monday, Feb. 8. The sing-along is part of ACC’s spring session and concert series. ACC is a nonprofit for vocal enthusiasts that provides a platform to enjoy singing. Kathryn Neale Manalo directs ACC’s chorale group. 

ACC also offers an 11-week course that gives lovers of singing an opportunity to celebrate and participate in a learning and performance environment. Auditions are not required. ACC members joyfully sing within many genres of music. 

Review by Kathy Lautz

The New Esterhazy Quartet provided a lively and convincing inaugural concert for the Rhythmix Cultural Works’ new Classical music concert series. The quartet, consisting of Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss on violins, Anthony Martin playing viola and providing color commentary, and William Skeen on cello, made a lilting and lively interpretation of the Haydn Quartet Op. 71, No. 1 to begin the program.

Altarena Playhouse lights up the East End with its latest offering, Ring of Fire, a musical revue of Johnny Cash tunes that also tells his life story in broad strokes. The show uses a cast of two men and two women, each singing in turn, representing Cash’s father, brother, mother, wife and self, plus backup singers, as the song demands. With a repertoire ranging from light and cheerful to dark and brooding, the show captures the essential points of Cash’s career.