A special ’Round the World Festival and Fundraiser will take place this Sunday, Oct. 8, will dedicate 50 percent of its proceeds to those recovering from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). The event is family-friendly and will feature performances by Babá Ken & The Nigerian Brothers, Taller Bombalele, Michael Nejad and Capoeira by Sumido of Capoeira Mandinga.
More than 1,000 people enjoyed three days of waterfront tours along the Oakland Estuary this past weekend as part of Rhythmix Cultural Works’ Island City Waterways event. The walking tour turned performance art happening was extremely well received and well organized, selling out each performance. Above, tour guide Julie Baron of Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden leads a group through the series of dance, music and spoken word performances behind Bridgeside Shopping Center on Sunday.
Over the last year, Rhythmix Cultural Works has produced six Love Our Island Art Walks, an art-centric creative placemaking project that utilizes public art, storefront art installations and live musical performances to activate Alameda’s historic downtown districts and business corridors. In 2018, 20 visual artists and 150 performing artists graced Park and Webster streets and the South Shore Shopping Center in support of the project theme of Radical Beauty.
Two Alameda artists will join forces to create an afternoon of family fun and arts-learning at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Sunday, Feb. 3. Dancer, choreographer and recent Alameda resident, Tara Pilbrow, offers a humorous peek into the roller-coaster ride of early parenthood with her wonderfully engaging modern dance piece, “2+1.”
Bringing the community together for a celebration of global cultures through dance, music, art and food, Rhythmix Cultural Works presents its third annual ‘Round the World Festival this Sunday, Oct. 7, from noon to 3 p.m. Guests of all ages are invited to take a journey through West Africa, Brazil, Japan, Persia, India, Spain and Latin America with hands-on arts activities, demos, delicious treats and more.
For the past six months, RCW has been bringing art and music to the streets of Alameda with the theme of Radical Beauty as part of its Love Our Island Art Walk series. Showcasing a diverse range of Bay Area artists and musicians, Love Our Island Art Walks feature temporary art installations in empty storefront windows, accompanied by free live musical performances to activate Alameda’s downtown districts.
So far 12 art installations along with 17 performance groups have been presented as part of this project along Park Street, Webster Street and South Shore Center.
Straight from India via San Jose, Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) presents Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues on Saturday, March 24. Kumar’s band demonstrates that down-home Chicago and Mississippi blues and Bollywood music have a lot in common and complement each other well. The evening will be further enhanced by delicious barbecue provided by Oakland Smoke Shack starting at 7 p.m.
A full 50 years have passed since Motown’s heyday, yet the “Sound of Young America” still excites and thrills listeners of all ages. Baby Boomers who grew up with the music of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Marvelettes, Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many others, continue to put those songs at the top of their playlist.
Rhythmix Cultural Works continues its mission of bringing fascinating elements of music and culture to the Island City when it hosts three of the world’s top accordion acts this Saturday, Dec. 9: Those Darn Accordions, Jet Black Pearl and Big Lou the Accordion Princess. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
No less than Teller of the famed duo Penn & Teller described the performance as, “Sexy, raw and diabolically funny.” (And he’s the quiet one.) ‘Tis the season, after all, for polka! Get into the swingin’ spirit of the holidays with accordion music that offers a modern twist.
In what some described as a wonderful escape from current events last Saturday, people of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicites joined together to celebrate the arts phenomenon that is Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). The cultural arts center just celebrated 10 years of bringing the world’s most talent musicians, dancers and visual artists to Alameda.
The event included live perfomances; wine, beer and spirits tastings; a panel of women wine, beer and booze makers as well as giant spreads of food from many of the Island’s favorite restaurants.