‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to the Library, Kofman Theater

Members of the Diablo Ballet Company will visit with young readers and take photos at the Alameda Free Library at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The audience will also be treated to part of a retelling of “The Nutcracker.”

Space is limited, so interested parents and kids should plan to be there at 2:45 p.m., according to members of the Alameda Free Library Foundation and Live at the Library, which organized the event.

For questions, call 510-464-1099 or e-mail info@libraryfoundation.org.

For those hoping to see a complete showing of “The Nutcracker” without leaving the Island, the Alameda Civic Ballet will perform its annual production at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, at the Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Ave.

Tickets are available online, and start at $18.

The story of “The Nutcracker” transports audience members on a magical journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, according to the Alameda Civic Ballet. The journey includes a heroic battle against the Mouse King, travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and a visit to the Kingdom of the Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Land of Enchantment.

The Alameda Civic Ballet’s eighth-annual production is choreographed by artistic director Abra Rudisill and is performed with the classic Tchaikovsky musical score.


Alameda Library to Showcase Victorians, Music


A lecture on Alameda architecture of the Victorian Era (1837-1901) takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, at the Main Library.

Though Alameda mirrored many American cities by imitating styles popular during Queen Victoria’s reign, the Island has retained its Victorian-era charm, say local architecture and history buffs Eric J. Kos and Dennis Evanosky.

The two speakers plan to explore Victorian-era domestic architecture and how the various styles prevalent during her reign took root and flourished in Alameda.

This is the first of a series of four programs that will cover the background of Alameda’s rich architectural diversity and its influences on Alameda. Other themes to be discussed in upcoming meetings are Greek Revival on December 15, Gothic Revival on January 19 and Italianate on February 16.

Also coming up at the library is the final LIVE @ the Library 2010 Concert Series.

This Saturday, November 20, the Alameda Library Foundation, Friends of the Alameda Library and the City Library Board Art Committee present Rick Dougherty of the Kingston Trio, who will share a cabaret evening of songs from jazz to folk served with sides of humor and wit.

The event sponsors are Perforce Foundation, Wells Fargo, Clear-Com, Bank of Alameda, and Burma Superstar. In-kind donors include Cairdea Design & Marketing, R&B Cellars, Books Inc., and Dewey’s Friends Café.

All concerts are at the Alameda Main Library in the Regina K. Stafford Rooms.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., while the concert starts at 8:00 pm. Light refreshments and R&B Cellars wine available.

Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to benefit the library foundation and supporting organizations. They can be bought at Books Inc. at 1344 Park Street, Dewey’s Friend’s Café in the Alameda Main Library and online.

Thanks to Beth Bourland for the illustration of the Alameda home; Beth’s art is on display at High Street Station coffeehouse as part of the Frank Bette Center’s second satelitte gallery.


What’s Up at Lincoln and Oak

Pardon the dust around Gim’s Chinese Kitchen, off Park at 2322 Lincoln Ave.

The kitchen is getting a makeover (see below), and the new equipment should be up and running by this weekend, according to management.


The popular take-out spot is right next to the Alameda Free Library, and is also across the street from the Goodwill thrift store and the Saint Vincent De Paul Society thrift store.

The Saint Vince De Paul shop will soon have a tenant. Starting on Wednesday, October 7, it is leasing part of its space to ReliaTech computers. The computer retailer and repair service bills itself as “low cost, high quality.”

Employees at Saint Vincent De Paul say the thrift shop will remain open, as well.


Live at the Library – A Big Hit in Alameda!

Live at the Library

The first Live@theLibrary concert on Saturday, September 26 was sold out, and organizers are hoping for a similar turnout at the next two shows, set for October 24 and November 21.

This past Saturday, jazz singers Kathy Moehring, Barbara Brown, Kevin Brown and Rick Dougherty entertained the crowd, along with musicians Kelly Park, Sam Bevan and Jason Slota.

“Ticket sales are going well for the next show,” said Sue Coberg, a library supporter and concert volunteer. “And all the money raised from ticket sales goes to the library.”

The packed house of about 120 people was particularly pleasing to concert organizer Ruth Belikove. “This is so fun to see a home-grown concert series take off at this venue!” she said.

“This is good for the library and for Alameda, since it shows what the community can do,” Belikove added. “We just gave it a shot, and it turned out to be wonderful.”