Island Arts

Alameda’s Tomorrow Youth Repertory in association with Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre will present Seussical the Musical this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave. Suessical debuted on Broadway in 2000. The story is based on characters and scenarios from the enormously popular books and beloved characters of Dr. Suess.

Violet Grayson Lawton has written a delightful book called In the Village of Lonsdale. It is a collection of short remembrances of her family spanning almost 50 years. These are the tales most repeated around the kitchen table when members of a family gather and

remember the stories that belong to the heart of the family.

Not every family is lucky enough to have their stories recorded for future family members. I wonder what stories might have been told about my own great-great grandmothers, but because nobody wrote them down I don’t have them to talk about.

Above, the horn section for the Bob Claire Orchestra performs at a prior Crab Cove Concert. Alameda’s own Soulstice performing its unique brand of reggae music will headline the last free family-friendly outdoor concert of the year set for Friday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Local Alameda family band The Barefoot Quales, pictured at right, comprised of (left to right) Teo, 9; Miles, 11; Maria; Niko, 6; and Christopher, will play during the concert’s intermission.

Alameda’s own Maze Daiko ensemble performed at the 2015 Taiko Jam, the highlight concert of the North American Taiko Conference, on June 13. Held this year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the conference draws hundreds of taiko players from around the world and virtually all North American taiko community leaders annually, according to conference promoters.

Two productions of the 42nd annual musical song and dance extravaganza by Alameda-based West Coast Dance (WCD) is set for this weekend, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Dance to the Music presents a cavalcade of fluorescent colors, pop tunes, and funky fancy footwork. The product of Artistic Director Marnell Xavier celebrates 42 years of West Coast dancers showcasing stars of tomorrow singing and dancing to favorite songs from past to present. The shows take place at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave. in Alameda.

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