Island Arts

Alameda Island Poets vice president Nanette Deetz hosting a poetry reading.

Special to the Alameda Sun

April is National Poetry Month, an excellent opportunity to reintroduce Alameda to its own band of poets. Dozens of local residents join together once a month or more to read their works at local venues, including Books, Inc. and Frank Bette Center for the Arts. There are ongoing poetry series at the Main Library, as well as the Home of Truth and occasional open mic nights at local bars or coffeehouses. (Read the Alameda Sun calendar of events for announcements.)

Local author Phil Canalin has penned a new collection of short stories that captures the experience of being homeless in a unique way. Invisible Society Fables uses story lines and morals of classic childhood fables while converting them to contemporary tales of homelessness in a straightfoward, respectful manner.

The Bumper Box is one of the unique exhibits created by the Schiess brothers of Alameda to demonstrate scientific principles through pinball. This and several other exhibits will be displayed at a museum in Germany.

Alameda artists have contributed to an exhibition now heading to Germany for display at the Phaeno Museum in Wolfsburg, Germany. The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) of Alameda will present several interactive science exhibits, playable pinball machines and large hand-painted reproductions of pinball art in a show starting Wednesday, May 13, in Wolfsburg.

Fairy tale and folk undertones shade story of Thatcher-era England

Mothers and Sons: Mrs. Johnstone (Donna Turner) and Mickey (Michael Scott Wells) face off against Eddie (Nathan Brown) and Mrs. Lyons (Amber Somerfield) in Altarena Playhouse’s musical, Blood Brothers.

Local author pens science fiction story

Gaia is a futuristic novel, a mystery, an adventure story and a polemic on conservation. Oh yes, in case you’re put off by a heartfelt argument for saving our environment, it is also a love story. This is the first of Alameda author Morton Chalfy’s books available in Kindle (and other reading devices) and in paperback. There are more in the production pipeline.