A good number of Alameda artists joined this past weekend's 48th annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire. The Plein Air (outdoor) Paintout participants creatively portrayed the crowds, rides, treats and other fun from the big event.

The artists will share their work and sell some paintings from 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday at South Shore Center. The full exhibit will go up at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts with a gala from 7 to 9 p.m. next Friday, and the show will be on display through Sept. 29.

Alameda Women Artists will present their 19th annual exhibit and silent auction at the Alameda Historical Museum from Saturday through Sept. 1. The show includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, collages and mixed-media works.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit AWA's Student Art Awards program. The opening reception is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and a closing reception will take place at the same time Sept. 1.

A new exhibit of nonrepresentational art is on display at the Alameda Main Library. Local artist Jaan Carter, who has lived on the Island since June 2011, is sharing her work there through Sept 1.

In the performing arts, Virago Theatre Company will present a reading of a new play by Rachel LePell, "Particulate Matter," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Autobody Fine Arts, 1517 Park St. The play focuses on the intersection of political activism and personal relationships. (Write to laura@viragotheatre.org to reserve a slot for this free special event).

Out at Alameda Point, Makani Power says it continues to test and demonstrate the functionality of the company's airborne wind-turbine technology with its Wing 7 development. It's also tackling the issue of radar obstruction and recently won a grant from the U.S. Army to analyze the radar cross-section of its system, according to CEO Corwin Hardham.

At the nearby U.S.S. Hornet, a flashlight tour is planned for the evening of Aug. 18. During the day, World War II Filipino veterans will speak about their role in helping to win the war in the Pacific.

Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.

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