Rhythmix Cultural Works

 

Seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos and his namesake sextet return to Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) for an enchanting summer evening of Afro-Latin-inspired music, song and culture.

As one of the premier Afro-Latin jazz groups in the country, the John Santos Sextet’s repertoire consists of original compositions and exciting original arrangements of classic rhythms, styles and songs from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the United States.

 

Rhythmix Cultural Works celebrated a decade of music, art and dance on June 11 with a free open house featuring Puerto Rican Bomba, Buti Yoga, Brazilian Capoeira (above), Cuban Salsa, Zumba Fitness and the unveiling of a new donor wall. Ten new major donors were honored and Mayor Trish Spencer read a proclamation announcing June 11 (the arts facility’s anniversary) as Rhythmix Cultural Works Day. The cultural center will host an additional celebration on Aug. 19. 

 

On the night of May 20 the air hung with quiet expectation at the Rhythmix Cultural Works K Gallery. The space was adorned with the vivid artwork of the Alameda Women Artists (AWA).

 

A special performance by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir has been set for this Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) will host. Under the direction of Emmy winner Terrance Kelly, the choir will express joy and unity through black gospel and spiritual music.

 

Interested in learning more about the essential music of The Beatles? Rhythmix Cultural Works has just the class to satisfy that need. Over four evenings in May and June, celebrated Carnegie Mellon music professor Stephen Schultz will share the secrets of hit songs from the “Fab Four,” arguably one of the most influential bands in rock-and-roll history.

 

Two events coming up here in the Island City are focused on learning to appreciate the artform of opera. Today, at 1:30 p.m., catch “The Exceptional Giuseppe Verdi,” a new performance by Mastick Senior Center music director John Kendall Bailey at the center.

Then next week, it’s “A Night at the Opera” at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at Rhythmix Cultural Works. The evening will include the powerful, uplifting voices of Eileen Meredith.

 

Walking into the K gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works to view the recent exhibition, Coupled, I was greeted with walls adorned by exquisite paintings, astonishing photographs, clay sculptures and an air of illuminative artistry. Going from section to section, I had the opportunity to embrace the progress of love, the memory of the love and the happiness in finding love through each individual’s artistic story. 

 

Listening to and learning more about a favorite genre of music often evokes a sense of nostalgia. That is why long-time professional rock musician, writer and teacher, Peter Elman, is dedicated to sharing with others the history of and his experiences playing rock ‘n’ roll music. 

Elman has lived in the Bay Area for 40 years. He has played music since 1963. He also has extensive experience teaching music history. He has produced more than 30 albums and worked with a number of prominent musicians, like Nils Lofgren and Lacy J. Dalton.

 

Alamedans have a convenient way to blaze in the new year with heart-pumping blues and soul courtesy of the Island’s cultural mecca, Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). RCW has invited diva Terrie Odabi to perform two sets of her honest, soulful and intoxicating music New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7 and 10 p.m. The later showing includes a Champagne toast.

 

Diverse family fun abounds at the Island’s center for art, comedy and music

The holidays are just around the corner and Rhythmix Cultural Works, located on Blanding Avenue, has a roster of fun seasonal events for everyone to enjoy. From music, to comedy, to flamenco, to bubbles!

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