Island Arts

The Island City’s cultural meeting place, Rhythmix Cultural Works, has become synonymous with diverse musical productions that present this historic expressions of a particular cultural background.

Thursday night, resident flute player Stephen Shultz, along with four other internationally renowned flute players, brought music from the French court of King Louis XV to life on the Alameda stage with "Five Fantastic Flutes."

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.

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.

The Shakespeare Club of Encinal High School is hosting the second annual Citywide Shakespeare Monologue Competition at Encinal High School, 201 Central Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. The club invites all high-school and middle-school students who live or attend school in Alameda to take part.

The club has modeled the contest after the Shakespeare monologue competitions in England. Students read, analyze and then perform the one- to two-minute monologues for a panel of judges, an audience of their peers and the general public.

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