Public Affairs Group Hosts Speaker Nov. 13

The Alameda Public Affairs Forum is presenting a talk by journalist Robert Scheer from 7 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, November 13, at the Alameda Free Library.

The title of his talk, as well as his recent book, is “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street.”

In his new book, Scheer lays out the bi-partisan origins of the financial scandals that wrecked the American economy and left millions unemployed. And he outlines his thoughts on why the present economic mess takes place at the same time as wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, along with other dangers in the Middle East.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion.

Those who wish to meet for conversation before the talk are invited to come at 6 p.m. for coffee and refreshments. And everyone is asked to bring snacks or drinks to share.

For information call (510) 814-9592.


Scary Tactics Come to Alameda Library


That’s right, scary tactics are not limited to just election activities.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, October 20, members of the Xtreme Hauntings group will be at the Main Library to discuss their investigations of the paranormal, including hauntings on the USS Hornet.

Doug Carnahan and his team have spoken at the Alameda library before and will share some highlights of a TV program they’ve worked on. They will also discuss the dangers of paranormal investigations and identifying spirits.

In addition, author and comic illustrator Raina Telgemeier will be at the library for a workshop at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 21.

And at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 23, the acoustic group Euphoria — which includes two Alameda musicians — performs as part of the Live at the Library concert series and benefit. Tickets are $25.


Alameda Library Presents Native American Art, Artist

Michael Horse —  of Yaqui, Mescalero Apache and Zuni descent — will be demonstrating some of his artistic techniques and discussing the folk art of ledger painting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. this Wednesday, February 3, at the Main Library.

His work is on exhibit at the library through Saturday, February 20.

Horse, an award-winning artist, jeweler and actor, has shown his work in fine galleries and museums across the United States and throughout the world.  He is considered an expert and lectures regularly on ledger painting, the pictorial history of Native life. 

He is also a well-known actor whose credits include “Twin Peaks,”  “X-Files,”  “Walker Texas Ranger”  and “Passenger 57.”

Horse lives in the Bay Area. He and his wife own the Gathering Tribes  gallery in Albany.

“I’m very excited to share my ledger art with the Bay Area”, says Horse. “It is a fascinating art form that many people who are knowledgeable about Native art are not familiar with.”

Horse is also a talented jeweler, who uses only the best stones available and works in both silver and gold.

For the ledger art,  Horse uses vintage watercolor and pen and ink on vintage documents from earlier times.  He has been creating ledger paintings since the late 1970s. 

He became familiar with the form while working as a cultural consultant with the Heye Foundation in New York and the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.  In the museum, he was shown old ledger paintings and realized that it was something he could continue to do. 

“It is our history from our point of view.  We first painted on hide, then in the 1800s with the introduction of paper, we started to use this medium”, says Horse. 

Initally, when Native people were put on reservations they were not allowed to leave or to have weapons.  Prior to that time history was recorded on hides and via the oral tradition. 

When the hides were no longer available the people started to record either what they saw around them or what life was like before the reservation.  “It is actually a type of internment art”, says Horse.

He is still involved in film and has most recently been working on a television series pilot called “Sons of Tuscon” to be on the air some time this year.  Horse serves on the board of the American Indian Film Institute in San Francisco, which presents the oldest Native American film festival in the world every November.


Make books into art at free library session with artist

Artist Esperanza Surls made this book into a timely work of art.

Artist Esperanza Surls made this book into a timely work of art.

This looks like fun.

Spend an evening with artist Esperanza Surls cutting, folding, finding, painting and transforming a library discard into a work of art. Materials for images and collages will be provided or you can bring your own. Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Alameda Library at Oak Street. Registration is required in advance. Call 747-7713 or check in with the reference desk.