Island Arts

Harbor Bay Landing hosts celebration for Year of Ram

Lunar New Year is one of the most important of the traditional Asian holidays. On Saturday, March 14, the Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee will host its 17th Spring Festival at the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center to celebrate the coming of the Year of the Ram, in the Chinese zodiac.

The first day of the Year of the Ram fell on Feb. 19. People born in the Year of the Ram are clever, kind-hearted, helpful, trusting and popular.

The fictional Father Frederick "Freddie" Monahan may have gone down with the Titanic in 1912, but he’s back in angelic form in 2015.He’s raising holy heretical hell in Frederick Donne’s provocative book Tear Drops Of God.

The annual music festival for Otis Elementary School will be live-streamed this Saturday, Feb. 28. The Owlpalooza is a product of the Otis PTA and features bands: Maddy’s Fiddle Madness, Paisley Rose, The Up and Down, Ukemamas, The Saloons and the Jitters. The event is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. with live streaming available at

Soli Deo Gloria (SDG), Alameda’s well-established choral group, will present a preview performance of Joseph Haydn’s masterwork featuring more than 60 voices and a 30-piece orchestra Saturday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m.

As a part of its European tour this coming July, SDG will perform this concert along with other choruses at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.  The July event will celebrate the 650th anniversary of the historic mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna founded during the Hapsburg Empire.

Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) is displaying a gallery of works from the Canvas Peace Project, an idea created by the HOPE for Ariang Foundation to raise money to support educational opportunities for women and children in South Sudan. Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 27, RCW will be host to an art auction to support two nonprofit organizations, HOPE for Ariang and the Valentino Achak Deng (VAD) Foundation.

One of the event’s organizers, Julie Stonehouse, lives in Alameda and has connected the VAD Foundation with the Canvas Peace Project and RCW.