Island Arts

Altarena Playhouse’s current show, Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, is an old favorite. You may know it from the Robert Redford-Jane Fonda 1967 film version of the same name, where a young couple take on married life without knowing very much about each other. Simon made his screenwriting debut in this wistful domestic comedy set in Greenwich Village that centers on Paul and Corie Bratter in a fifth-floor walkup. Much of the play’s comedy focuses on the apartment’s Spartan furnishings, lack of heat and those dreaded five flights of stairs (six, if you count the stoop).

A scene from Raven Tales: The Movie by Alameda animator Chris Kientz. The film’s premiere showing on Saturday, Feb. 7, will feature a talk by the film’s creators and will benefit the Alameda Animal Shelter.

The players in Lucia di Lammermoor look on as the hapless bridegroom, Arturo, in the person of Ray Chavez, makes his appearance at Ravenswood Castle during Island City Opera’s dress rehearsal of Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic opera in three parts. The opera will unfold this weekend at the Elks Club, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., with performances at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 23 and a matinee at 2 p.m., this Sunday, Jan. 25. Call 263-8060 for ticket information.

Gracing the plaza at the corner of Fifth Street and Willie Stargell Avenue is a giant baseball featuring Stargell’s signature. Below, alongside the new Safeway store are a series of panels celebrating Alameda History, in this case, the Alaska Packers fishing fleet that once wintered on Alameda’s north shore.

State Tournament to be held at Pacific Pinball Museum

The body that ranks the world’s best pinball players, the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA), coordinates the State Championship Series finale, simultaneously held across 33 different states on Saturday, Feb. 7.

This year’s competition in California will be held at Alameda’s Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) at 1510 Webster St.

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