Island Arts

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.

About the Featured Poets

Elizabeth Norris’s poem for two voices (a teacher’s and a student’s) is accompanied by student Spencer Anderson at the St. Joseph Notre Dame literary evening celebrating 25 years of Prisms magazine. Teachers and students shared their poems and original musical compositions. Norris is the faculty adviser to the Prisms staff.

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