Island Arts

Students from Alameda High School (AHS) are presenting their watercolors, drawings and image transfer projects now through March 26 at Rhythmix Cultural Works’ K Gallery. The show is titled  A Brief Display of Works: Alameda High School and Charlie Milgrim.

Along with the student works some cardboard sculpture and artwork by their teacher Charlie Milgrim will be on display.

The Encinal High Drama Department is currently presenting the mega opus extravaganza: Hairspray.

Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, this musical is ostensibly centered on 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues; but don’t be fooled.

The music and dancing takes place on the “Corny Collins Show,” a diminutive version of “American Bandstand,” but with an audience of thousands, not the millions that Dick Clark enjoyed.

Coinciding with the second Friday openings happening all over town tomorrow night is the presentation of one particularly giant piece of art by local artist d’Arci Bruno at the Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM).

With funding from an East Bay Community Foundation grant, PPM artists have produced several hand-painted acrylic-on-canvas murals.The latest mural reproduces original art from the famous Captain Fantastic game, featuring Elton John in his role as Captain Fantastic in The Who’s rock opera, Tommy.

Another art exhibition opening for second Fridays, Naturally, features nine Bay Area artists displaying works with a spring-like theme.

Meet sculptors Flavia Krasilchik, Lisa Jacobs and Susan Revier; printmakers Mark Taylor and Shari Arai DeBoer; painters Stephen Namara, Marya Wintroub and Mi’Chelle Fredrick; and photographer Pernilla Persson at the opening reception this Friday, March 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

The show runs through April 11.

Alameda author and editor Julia Park Tracey annouced Monday her latest book in The Doris Diaries series: Reaching for the Moon won the grand prize at the Great Northwest Book Festival, which honors the best titles of the late winter and early spring season. Tracey released the book in 2013.

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