Rhythmix Cultural Works

Gone are the days when our sleepy Island rolled up the sidewalks at sundown and the only action to be found on Park Street was the jukebox at the Buckhorn. Nights in Alameda are now alive and buzzing with unique events and creative gatherings all over town, just waiting for folks to venture out and join in on some good ol’ fashioned fun.

The following seven weekly happenings – one for each night of the week – are examples of just a few of the wonderful, homegrown activities taking place in an Alameda neighborhood near you.

ABC7's Michael Finney is grand marshal for the 2014 Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade. Photo from the parade website.

Making great art requires great talent, and a little luck. Whether pressing a shutter release or dragging a brush across canvas, the outcome is uncertain.

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is hosting a First Pitch Benefit Party for the 2014 T-Shirt League on March 20.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers the music and dance of Bali to Alameda school students. Photo courtesy of Rhythmix Cultural Works.

The Alameda Unified School District is accepting applications for a new parent advisory committee that will review and provide feedback on a new, state-mandated accountability plan the school district is required to generate to receive state funding.

Photo by Mike Rosati.

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Rhythmix Cultural Works is honoring veterans this month with Veterans Voices IV, a series of events that kicked off Thursday with a forum on veterans’ issues. The Alamedan attended Thursday’s forum and shot this video of veterans detailing their stories.

Rhythmix Cultural Works is honoring veterans this month with Veterans Voices IV, a series of events that kicked off Thursday with a forum on veterans’ issues.

From Small - Rhythmix

Rosie Morales had been up all night finishing installation of “Small Worlds,” the show she has curated in K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works. But rather than resting on her laurels, grabbing a beer and schmoozing, she plucked one of her own pieces off the wall.

“I think I’ll add more text to this one,” she said, and plopped down against a wall.

Photos by Steven Zegas.

Even though Berkeley’s Laurie Soman is what the regulars at Rhythmix Cultural Works' monthly bingo nights call a “bingo virgin,” she quickly got into the custom of balling up her paper cards after a game loss and throwing the ball toward the winner, bopping another player, unnoticed, on the head.

“This is the most fun part of the game,” Soman giggled as she repositioned herself with her yellow bingo dauber, an ink pen made especially for blacking out spots in the game, for the next round of the ten-round night.

Rhythmix’s regular, monthly second Thursday bingo night isn’t you’re grandma’s sleepy lodge game.