Island Arts

As the annual Cross Currents exhibition comes to a close, an artist panel discussion and closing reception will be held this Saturday, Aug. 29, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Artists Patricia Lamborn, Cyrus Ng and Justin Yanke will talk about their work and why they became artists.

The discussion will be in an informal question-and-answer format led by Teddy Goldsworthy-Hanner, a professor at the Academy of Art San Francisco.

Refreshments will be provided.Final bids for silent auction items will be at 2:15 p.m.

Bestselling author and the founder and co-editor of Inquiring Mind, Wes "Scoop" Nisker will visit the United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave., this Satuday, Aug. 22, for a day of meditation. He will use classic Buddhist meditation techniques and discuss and present both new and traditional Buddhist views of self and reality.

Nisker’s presentation, "How To Be An Earthling, Wes Nisker on Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science," will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Friends of the Alameda Free Library presents Kumar Fanse’s Colors of India. Fanse’s work captures the beauty of the land and its people. The exhibition provides a sample of what is there to see and experience in India. Fanse has lived in Alameda since 1971. He works with watercolor, oil on canvas and gauche on dry leaves and tree bark.

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.