Island Arts

The public is welcome to share  ideas, interest, questions or concerns at a community meeting for the renovation of Alameda’s Carnegie Library into the Carnegie Innovation Hall. The event will take place at The Local, 1333 Park St., Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The idea for the Carnegie Innovation Hall is to create a location that pairs educational programming and entrepreneurship with the arts, performance, music and technology. The development team needs community input and involvement to help shape their program and events.


A free concert will be held in special celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. The concert will showcase the talents of the Dave Rocha Trio. Rocha has performed with his jazz group for more than 20 years. In addition to his trumpet expertise, Rocha is also an accomplished flugelhorn player. This instrument is similar to the trumpet, but has a larger bell, which gives it a darker, mellower sound.

The Alameda Island Poets will celebrate National Poetry Month Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m., at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Featured poet will be Emily Dickinson played by Chetana Karel-Michaan from her one-woman show, Old Fashioned, Naughty, Everything: A Glimpse of Emily Dickinson. The reading is hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Admission by donation, light refreshments served. An open mic follows the featured poets.

Celebrating the great women of blues in the heart of International Women’s Month Rhythmix Cultural Works presents Pamela Rose’s critically acclaimed new show: “Blues is a Woman — from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt.” Many women have left their mark on the blues: Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sophie Tucker and many more.

A theatrical concert in which storytelling by the women musicians onstage is woven around the music, Blues is a Women augments the powerful, truth-telling, original songs written and popularized by early Blues women.

Rhythmix Cultural Works will present “My Darling New Orleans: A Mardi Gras Show” with CHELLE! and Friends Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. From jazz, funk and soul to Cajun, Creole and zydeco, experience a musical tour of New Orleans as the band delivers a musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy and intoxicating. Information and tickets,