Alameda’s Rhythmix Hosts Island to Island Arts Festival


Performers from Alameda, Manhattan and Japan will participate in this weekend’s Island to Island Arts Festival at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow evening.

The March 4-5 event features Chieko Kojima of Japan, Kaoru Watanabe of Manhattan and Alameda’s Maze Daiko drumming group.

Kojima is the principal dancer of the internationally renowned Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo. She is known for her innovative interpretations of Japanese folk dance, according to Rhythmix, while flautist
Watanabe is trained in both traditional and contemporary forms of eastern and western music.

“Together they reinvent tradition in our modern world with clarity and relevance,” Rhythmix says.

Members of the Maze Daiko global-instrumentation-and-rhythm performing group include Janet Koike, Cristine Sato, Elaine Fong, Kathryn Cabunoc, Tina Blaine and Carolyn West.

Tickets for this weekend’s concerts are $20-$25, and drinks from the bar and other concessions will be available at the show.

The concerts are made possible thanks to funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the East Bay Community Foundation, as well as the support from Kodo Arts Sphere America.


April 27: Alameda Circus for Arts in the Schools

Alameda will once again host the Circus for Arts in the Schools. The show is Sunday, April 27 at Kofman Auditorium. Jeff Raz, who I had the pleasure of interviewing a couple weeks back, will be serving as ringmaster. You can check out a short profile of him here. Buy tickets to the two shows (1 p.m. and 4 p.m.) online or at the always-fabulous Toy Safari on Park Street.