Island Arts

Many people have heard of the “bluebird of happiness,” a phrase that has roots stretching back thousands of years in multiple cultures including: Native American, Chinese, French and German. Stories and legends associate bluebirds with hope, springtime and home. 

Ever wondered what it is about the period from 1950 to 1980 that spawned such a treasure trove of great artists, songs and records? Throughout the rich, long arc of popular music, there has always existed the great singer. These individuals elevate a song to another dimension, a place where listeners are thrilled and inspired for the rest of their lives. 

In homes all over the Bay Area, the morning of Aug. 3 may have begun in an ordinary way with dad making pancakes in animal shapes and mom sleeping in. But, if their day happened to take them to South Shore Shopping Center — perhaps seeking back-to-school specials — the day took an extraordinary turn. 

The 2nd Friday Art Walk spotlights art, culture and nightlife in Alameda each month. Galleries, shops and bars stay open late each second Friday and feature local art, live music and special discounts. The City of Alameda, MV Transit and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. have partnered with 2nd Friday Art Walk to provide a free shuttle that loops from east to west in Alameda and includes a stop in Oakland’s Jingletown neighborhood.

The lineup of makers at the Alameda Mini Maker Faire was announced last week. More than 75 exhibitors will display their works and get people involved in making.