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Arts & Entertainment

Alameda Arts

Everything we do is focused on your child’s well-being

Two fun loving moms, Kate and Hazel, are ready to share their love of art and passion for crafts. They are First Aid- and CPR-certified, and are holders of California State Food Handlers Permits. Working moms, Kate and Hazel, appreciate the need for affordable, accessible elementary arts education in Alameda.

Our Mission:
Alameda Arts seeks to inspire and support the inherent creativity of every child through caring relationships and access to rich and varied mediums and activities.
Hazel Seiden

 Hazel was raised in upstate New York, traveled in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and has lived in Alameda for the past 15 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in elementary education from San Francisco State University. Her busy teenage daughter is off to college in the fall.

Kate Meade
Hailing from the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Kate brings her long time love of singing and theater to her work with children. She began Alameda Arts at Paden School in 2012 bringing her enthusiasm with art along with her. Kate is the mom of two boys, one now in college and one in high school. She continues to want to teach all children to jump rope and juggle. Kate is proud to be an Alameda citizen for the past 18 years.
2651 Barbers Point Road, #B
Alameda, California 94501
Kate Meade
Alameda Civic Ballet

“Our mission is to create and present community accessible ballet performances while educating and engaging the community in the performing arts.

Alameda Ballet Academy and its affiliate performing company, Alameda Civic Ballet, were founded in 2003 by the Artistic Director, Abra Rudisill. Both the school and company were created to impart the best elements of the classical ballet tradition to local dance students and the surrounding community of the East Bay. In her lessons and leadership, Rudisill draws upon her 20 years of experience as a Prima Ballerina and Ballet Mistress with Oakland Ballet, and she seeks to carry on her artistic lineage through the education of Bay Area youth.

Alameda Civic Ballet was founded in February 2003 and achieved non-profit 501(c)(3) status as a charitable organization in November of 2004. The goal of the company is to create and present quality community accessible ballet performances, while providing young dancers with valuable experience performing alongside professional dancers.
1402 Park Street
Alameda, California 94501
Abra Rudisill
Alameda Point Studios

Alameda Point Studios (APS) is located on the former Alameda Naval Air Station.  Our building at 1800 Ferry Point fronts the Sea Plane Lagoon with views across the bay to San Francisco. APS provides affordable light industrial space located on the former Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda California.
APS is ideally suited to support small businesses and artists in the industrial arts sector. Our community is diverse, creative and provides a collaborative environment for creating a wide range of projects. Current tenants include fine furniture makers, cabinetmakers, a stone carver, acoustic engineers, a print shop, designers, piano restoration & service, metal workers and many others. APS is located on the former with views of the bay and San Francisco beyond. We are located at 1800 Ferry Point, Building #14, Alameda California, 94501.
1800 Ferry Point
Alameda, CA 94501
Dean Santner
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

The Alameda Theatre is an Art Deco movie theatre designed and built in
1932 by famous SF Architect Timothy L. Pflueger, in Alameda, California. A
restoration and expansion project was completed in 2008, making the 750
seat historic theater the primary anchor of an eight-screen multiplex and
restaurant. Now showing 1st-run blockbuster films, the Theatre & Cineplex
is open 7 days per week, presenting film in 8 auditoriums.  The full snack
bar offers fresh popcorn & snacks but also includes specialty food items,
beer and wine from the Theatre’s adjoining restaurant; Cinema Grill.
Movie tickets may be purchased at the Box Office or at Cinema Grill where
guests may eat at the restaurant or order food to be delivered to their
Reserve Seat at the movie.
2317 Central Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Dan Hawkey
Altarena Theatre

Since 1938, Alameda Little Theatre Inc. has been presenting live theater in Alameda. In 1957 the company acquired an abandoned grocery store on High Street and turned it into the Altarena Playhouse, where we have been presenting creative, intimate, and artistically ambitious stagings of plays, musicals and revues ever since. Our inclusive and welcoming atmosphere makes Altarena a great place to go for patrons and a great place to work for artists. From re-envisioning the classics to promoting new works, our critically-acclaimed productions and our educational outreach programs foster greater appreciation and understanding of the theater arts in Alameda and throughout the Bay Area.
1409 High Street
Alameda, CA 94501
Chris Ciabattoni

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1710 Lincoln Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Frank Bette Center for the Arts

The Frank Bette Center is recognizable as a lovely yellow Victorian building in the center of Alameda. It was bequeathed to the community by Bette, a local artist and craftsman, as a place for “meetings, readings, showings and other creative doings.” Our mission is to fulfill and build upon Frank’s dream of providing a place to nurture creativity in fine arts, crafts, literary, and musical arts. The Center responds to those wishes in a number of ways.

CLASSES: Instruction is offered in a variety of media to a range of experience levels. Beginners can get their creative feet wet guided by experienced artist-teachers. More advanced students of life drawing, for example, may work at their own pace during weekly drawing sessions with a model and no instruction. There are also interest groups where like-minded folks gather to ply their craft in informal company.

PROGRAMS: There are regularly-scheduled events in music, poetry, and storytelling, during which creative spirits of many ilk come together to enjoy each other’s talents as well as to give and receive support and constructive input.

ANNUAL EVENTS:  In the early spring comes ”Alameda On Camera.”  For this popular event, 48 juried photographers converge on Alameda for 48 hours, and after they choose their 1/48th of a map of Alameda from a hat, they have one weekend to work within that small area.  These photos then comprise a large exhibit featuring often obscure, but also well-known, views of Alameda. In the summer, artists from far and wide converge on Alameda for the annual “Plein Air Paintout.” From the French term En Plein Air comes the simple idea of painting outside. The plein air painters do their magic at various locations throughout the community and provide onlookers with insight into their creative process. Their wonderful portrayals of Alameda’s unique vistas and homes are offered for sale at the end of the week in a grand show and sale at South Shore Shopping Center.  Then a show of these paintings goes up at the Bette for two months. In the winter, there is the “Holiday Boutique,” the discerning shopper’s delight, and “Deja Vu,” the silent auction of gently-used art objects.

EXHIBITIONS and SATELLITES PROGRAM: The two main galleries of the Center are regularly filled with rotating exhibitions of both group and solo shows. These shows present fine arts, fine crafts, jewelry and textile arts, sculpture, paintings, photography and more.  Additionally, member-artists are availed of the opportunity to show and sell their work in a number of Satellite Galleries in Alameda. In this way, FBCA shares an appreciation of the arts with and for the broader Alameda and East Bay community.

As a Community Art Center, the ripple effect of FBCA is considerable because “creative doings” are ongoing; at the Frank Bette Center there’s something for everyone.
1601 Paru Street
Alameda, CA 94501
Margaret Fago, President
Pinot’s Palette, Alameda

Join us for an unforgettable evening of fun, friends, and fine art where you enjoy the cocktails* and we provide the canvases!
Bring your friends, open your favorite bottle of wine and get ready to be inspired by our local artists who will guide you step-by-step through a featured painting. At the end of the night…leave with your own masterpiece.

Regular Classes:   Paint and wine parties are open to everyone and are perfect for your Girls’ Night Out, Date Night, or just a fun night out with friends.

Private Parties:  A perfect way to get your group of friends together for a night of painting and wine to celebrate a Birthday, Bachelorette Party, Anniversary, Corporate Event, or any celebration.

Gift Certificates:  Painting franchise gift certificates are a great present for all occasions and are good at all locations! Get a gift certificate immediately through email, pick it up at one of our studios, or have it mailed.

The great Picasso once said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” We’ve found the solution to that problem – with our relaxed, fun environment, & expert guidance from our local artists; you can awaken artistic ability that you didn’t realize you had! It doesn’t get much better than this – we let you bring your own snacks & wine at our BYO locations or purchase libations from select locations with bars – and that’s pretty much all you need to bring. We have the art supplies, wine glasses, ice buckets – and talented instructors that will turn you into Van Gogh before you can say Impressionism.
2210-D South Shore Center
Alameda, California 94501
Peri and Sean Gabriel
Rhythmix Cultural Works

A Place for Community – Creativity – Cultural Exchange 
Mission Statement
Rhythmix Cultural Works brings people of all ages together to share high quality arts experiences. Rhythmix offers a variety of performances, music, dance, theater, exhibits and arts education. Rhythmix also seeks to promote cultural awareness, encourage participation in the arts, support artists in the presentation of their work and be a resource for community gatherings and events.
Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) opened its doors in 2007. The 501(c) (3) was established in 1999 as the umbrella for RhythMix world music ensemble and RCW cultural exchange programs. From 1999-2002, RCW coordinated six successful cultural exchange trips to Cuba and Japan. During this same period, the RhythMix ensemble (now Maze Daiko) reached thousands of children through San Francisco Symphony Adventures in Music, Young Audiences and Bread & Roses programs. Inspired by these experiences, Artistic Director-Janet Koike, spent five years renovating an industrial space in Alameda to provide a home for RCW.

On June 2, 2007 RCW opened its doors to over 1400 people with a day of free community performances and a gala evening event representing a wealth of diverse artists in the Bay Area. RCW recently celebrated its third year Anniversary with a similar offering of free performances and workshops. Despite a challenging economic climate during its first four years of operation, RCW has served approximately 30,000 visitors with culturally mixed presentations of music, dance, theater and classes in our beautifully renovated 150-seat theater, art gallery, and classroom facilities. As nearly half of these visitors come from other parts of the bay area, RCW believes the continued growth of its audience contributes to a positive economic ripple effect on local businesses.

RCW productions include the Rhythmix World Music Series and Island Arts Concert Series featuring artists such as John Santos Sextet (Latin Jazz), Edgardo Cambon & Candela (Salsa), Brass Menazeri, Helladelics & Janam (Balkan), LaTiDo (AfroCuban), Melanie DeMore (African American Roots & Spirituals), Trio Garufa (Tango), Marina V (Russian Pop), Tom Rigney & Flambeau (Cajun), Mark Izu & Brenda Wong Aoki’s Kabuki Jazz Cabaret, Hot Club of San Francisco (Gypsy Swing), Jackeline Rago and the Venezuelan Music Project, Jorge Alabe’s Samba Rio (Brazilian Samba) and Mary Ellen Donald (Arabian percussion). RCW has also presented early and contemporary music with Joan Jeanrenaud‘s “4 Cellos”, The Ives Quartet, DoubleTake, Musical Art Quintet, SF Balalaika Ensemble, Ed Holmes in “Subhuman – Tales Beneath the Sea,” Natasha Miller (Jazz), Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater and Kodo artists “Hanayui” from Japan. RCW has presented Theater RAB from Germany, Keith Terry & Kenny Endo (Improvisational percussion & Japanese taiko), Shabnam (Belly Dance), Tomas Michaud (Flamenco), Circus Finelli and Bronkar’s Circus of Sound (Circus Arts), Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums (Swing Jazz), Wake the Dead (Celtic), Gamelan Sekar Jaya & Destiny Arts (Gamelan/HipHop collaboration), Moh Alileche (Moroccan Berber), Mano a Mano con Chile (South American), Maze Daiko (Japanese Taiko), Ojala (Cuban folkloric music) Accordian Babes, Beth Custer, Chelle & Friends, and much more.


Offer the local community access to a wide range of high quality art experiences.
Encourage community awareness through participation in the arts.
Provide artists support to develop and present new work and find new audiences.
Establish an affordable venue for local artists, community events and gatherings.


Dance, music and theater performances by local and visiting artists
Exhibitions of both regional and international fine arts, crafts, multimedia, and digital art
After-school classes in dance, movement, music and visual arts
Summer programs for youth
Weekend events for the whole family
Evening and weekend programs for adults
Workshops for professionals in dance, music, theater and more
International cultural exchange programs
Artist interaction with the community
2513 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Tina Blaine

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Alameda Chamber of Commerce
2215-A South Shore Center
Alameda,CA 94501
(510) 522-0414