Island Arts

Like most gluttons, culinary obsessives, annoying recreational eaters, imperious food snobs and occasionally successful cooks, I have entertained the dubious notion of opening a restaurant.

Lunar New Year is one of the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This year, the Lunar New Year began on Jan. 31 marking the start of the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac. People born in the Year of the Horse are thought to be energetic, clever, warm-hearted, able and popular.

The Lincoln Middle School (LMS) Marching Band, directed by Tyra Ingram Cable and led by drum major Emily Tran, made its eighth appearance in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to watch the parade and celebrate the Year of the Dragon. The parade, whose tradition stretches back to the 1860s, is one of this country’s few remaining night illuminated parades.

A unique show of mixed media work by clients of Oakland’s Clausen House are now on display in the Signature Gallery of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA). The show continues through March 2. Founded in 1967, Clausen House aims to help adults with developmental disabilities gain competency, develop relationships and join the community with increasing command over their own lives. The organization builds life skills through art, nutrition, health, money management and information technology classes. Art is an important component of the adult education program at Clausen House.

The Altarena Playhouse is currently presenting Side Show; a semi-biographic musical based on the life of Daisy and Violet Hilton.

Daisy and Violet are perhaps more widely known as the glamorous conjoined twins who fueled lurid imaginations and provided fodder for tabloids up until their deaths in 1960.

Given the show’s misleading title, many might anticipate a show that barely rises above an actual side show or expect a lurid stage rendering of an anthology of anecdotes derived from tabloids; that’s your prurient mind playing tricks on you.

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