Island Arts

Gracing the plaza at the corner of Fifth Street and Willie Stargell Avenue is a giant baseball featuring Stargell’s signature. Below, alongside the new Safeway store are a series of panels celebrating Alameda History, in this case, the Alaska Packers fishing fleet that once wintered on Alameda’s north shore.

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.

Documentary filmmaker Jason Cohen will visit Alameda Theatre & Cineplex Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. to screen and discuss his powerful short film "Facing Fear."

The movie follows the story of Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal, perhaps the world’s most unlikely pair of friends because 30 years ago, when Boger was a young gay man living on the streets of Los Angeles, Zaal was part of a mob of skinheads who nearly beat him to death.

Boger and Zaal will also be in attendance at the upcoming screening to discuss their "moment of hate and lifetime of forgiveness."

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.