Island Arts

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.

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.