Island Arts

The public is invited to City Hall on Friday, April 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. for an open house celebrating the local artists whose art will be exhibited on the first and third floors. First floor art features members of the Alameda Women Artists and the third floor features artist Cheryl Harawitz.

The Alameda Park & Recreation department has asked Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA) to develop an art show designed to inspire environmental awareness. CASA is seeking works in any medium that depict the harms of plastics in waterways. They will also consider any works that expose, acknowledge, celebrate and educate environmental issues.

This Earth Day event is held in upper Washington Park, 740 Central Ave., on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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.