Island Arts

Sun Staff Reports

Painting in the traditional Chinese style is an approach that involves using Chinese ink and watercolors, special brushes and rice paper purchased in China, having a Taiwan-born and trained art teacher and speaking only Chinese in weekly studio art sessions. But high school senior, Henry Zhu, a senior at the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), has always allowed a bit of California to creep into his Chinese landscapes, creating a distinctive style that blends East and West, traditional and modern.

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.

Fans of cinema and the silver ball came together last Thursday to raise funds for the potential Pacific Pinball Museum relocation to the Alameda’s Carnegie Library. Thousands were raised at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex through donations, sales of commemorative T-shirts and patches and a live auction raising around $5,000 through the sales of pinball memorabilia.

Book party set for novel with plot based on Alameda history

Alameda’s Poet Laureate, Julia Park Tracey, has written another mystery about a fictionalized Alameda (known as "San Pedro Island" in her books), and welcomes the public to attend her book launch tomorrow, Nov. 6, at the Alameda Museum.

Alameda Island Poets present their November reading, featuring Allegra Jostad Silberstein and Katy Brown. The reading takes place Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. An open mic reading follows. The event is free (hat passed for donations), and takes place at Frank Bette center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda.

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