Poets to Celebrate Arts

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.

"Start the year with poetry in your heart and lift your spirits with self-expression," said Natica Angilly, artistic director of Artists Embassy. Events are suitable for children and adults. Refreshments are served and all events are free and take place at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave.

 Jan. 3, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Be a part of the ancient chorus, and share in the telling of a short tale called "Kevin’s Story" about a spaceship that goes to the sun. Everyone will have a chance to be narrator, chorus and audience. A collage workshop for envisioning the New Year will also take place (children and adults). An open mic for poetry follows.

Jan. 10, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: An afternoon of poetry with invited readers and open mic. Poets’ art will be on display in the gallery. All ages welcome.

 Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Multi-art extravaganza and arts mixology: Dance, poetry and visual arts combine, with an unstoppable buffet of treats. Art forms combine and recombine when artists mingle. Invited readers and open mic for all ages.

 Jan. 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Masks and masquerade: Come dressed as your favorite literary character, try on a new face for a day. Change your persona, your mask. Share poetry and the written word as well as the act of being a poet/writer. All ages welcome for dress-up and readings.

The variety of activities and audience participation makes these events all the more inviting, say the poets.

"It’s a great way to celebrate Jack London’s birthday," said Angilly. "There’s always cake!" London was born Jan. 12, 1876, and moved to Alameda as a child in 1881. He went to school on the West End. Later he wrote about stealing oysters from the shoals around "Asparagus Island," aka Bay Farm Island.

All workshops and events are offered free as part of Artists Embassy International’s ongoing programs for the public, in cultural creative expression through the universal language of arts.

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