Island Arts

Natica Angilly serves as artistic director of Artists Embassy International, which is hosting a quartet of poetry events in January.

Local poets and poetry lovers have four events to enjoy in January. Artists Embassy International is hosting four Saturdays of readings, activities and performances.

Will Durst and his merry band of pranksters (left to right) Mari Magaloni, Debi Durst, Johnny Steele, Will Durst and Michael Bossier.

For the twenty-second consecutive year, Will Durst and his merry band of pranksters are proud to bring their Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show end-of-the-year comedy extravaganza to Alameda. They will appear at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave.

‘Doubt: A Parable’ a riveting production on religion by local high school

Encinal High School (EHS) students just finished a highly acclaimed production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable.

Skeptics might have entertained the mistaken belief that "Doubt" would soar over the intellectual domain of high-school students or it would exceed the average adolescent’s attention span; they were wrong. This production was riveting; holding both student and adult audiences spellbound from curtain to curtain.

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Marnell Xavier’s West Coast Performers will join singer Chris Pucci on stage at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22, at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave.

The show will consist of dance routines and classic Christmas songs, Italian arias and a few Elvis Presley classics. Pucci is an alumnus of Juilliard and the Metropolitan Opera young artist program in New York City.

Xavier is an Alameda native who has been performing since she was four years old. She operates West Coast Dance Theatre, located at 1604 Grand St., and organizes dance performances annually.

Alameda High School student Matthew Mendoza has an eye for photography, just ask the Bank of Marin. Mendoza’s photo, "Alameda Moving at a Blur," captures an iconic view of Alameda Theater’s sign and surrounding Park Street at night, and was selected from among some 140 photographs submitted to grace a page in the bank’s 2015 community calendar.