Rhythmix nails first place four out of past five years

Organizers of the Mayor’s 2014 July Fourth Parade honor the most creative, exciting and energetic of the entries to the parade with trophies each year. Judges chose from among more than 160 entrants to the parade this year.

Did you know that the City of Alameda has a Public Art Fund with over $200,000 to be disbursed?

Since a public art ordinance was adopted in 2003, the City has taken a measured, deliberate approach to disbursing public art funds. Sadly, the disbursement process is still not resolved. Over the past decade, numerous community meetings were held, staff reports prepared, a Public Arts Commission (PAC) was seated, and a study was commissioned to assess the public art program and recommend development of arts and culture in Alameda. 


Kelly Takunda Orphan comes by her claim to global citizenship in music and in life via her family’s Armenian roots, her African education and years spent performing in the Bay Area world music scene. Alamedans will have the chance to hear her ensemble, the KTO Project, at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Saturday, June 25.

Review by Kathy Lautz

The New Esterhazy Quartet provided a lively and convincing inaugural concert for the Rhythmix Cultural Works’ new Classical music concert series. The quartet, consisting of Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss on violins, Anthony Martin playing viola and providing color commentary, and William Skeen on cello, made a lilting and lively interpretation of the Haydn Quartet Op. 71, No. 1 to begin the program.

Two generations of magicians will take the stage in Alameda this Sunday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. when award-winning master magician Dan Chan brings his sophisticated sleight of hand to Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) for the first time. Chan’s son James, 7, will also appear, performing his own brand-new illusions and juggling.

Alameda’s own Maze Daiko ensemble performed at the 2015 Taiko Jam, the highlight concert of the North American Taiko Conference, on June 13. Held this year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the conference draws hundreds of taiko players from around the world and virtually all North American taiko community leaders annually, according to conference promoters.

Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) is displaying a gallery of works from the Canvas Peace Project, an idea created by the HOPE for Ariang Foundation to raise money to support educational opportunities for women and children in South Sudan. Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 27, RCW will be host to an art auction to support two nonprofit organizations, HOPE for Ariang and the Valentino Achak Deng (VAD) Foundation.

One of the event’s organizers, Julie Stonehouse, lives in Alameda and has connected the VAD Foundation with the Canvas Peace Project and RCW. 

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) announced the artists selected to beautify the utility’s transformer boxes in the Park Street business area this week. As part of its Power Box Art project in partnership with the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) and Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW), AMP selected nine adult artists and one student artist to have their work reproduced on a vinyl wrapper for several designated utility boxes. 

Councilman to hold office hours
On Thursday, July 3, Councilman Tony Daysog will hold office hours from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Danube Coffee House at 1333 Park St. He will be available to answer questions and offer comments on city issues. 

Daysog will also be available at the Alameda Farmers’ Market the following Saturday, July 5, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Contact Daysog at 747-4726 or tdaysog@alamedaca.gov.