The America's Cup has gotten interesting with Oracle Team USA putting the pressure on Emirates Team New Zealand, and that's brought a nice crowd of fans to the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.

Many thanks to theater owner Kyle Conner and staff for giving the community such a treat. Especially with the near capsize of the Kiwi's AC72 catamaran during last Saturday's race on the Bay, the on-screen action has been exhilarating and exciting for sailors and non-sailors alike.

Over at the nearby Main Library, activities are ramping up for the fall. During Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28), the library will show the movie, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" for teens. The viewing is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Stafford Room.

The library is inviting students in grades eight to 12 to join its "awesome" teen book group, which will have a planning get-together from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Teens will pick out books to read and discuss, as well as schedule programs, for the 2013-14 school year.

Teen volunteers are also needed to decorate the Main Library's homework center. Call 510-748-7780 or send an e-mail to mconciatori@alamedaca.gov to participate.

Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Avenue is hosting a free Afro-Latin percussion workshop with John Santos for students of ages 8 to 17 who register in advance. The special program will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27.


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At the event, the five-time Grammy nominee, composer, bandleader and SFJAZZ artistic director will share his techniques and demonstrate a wide variety of rhythms from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on congas, bongos, maracas, timbales and other instruments. Sponsors include Latin Percussion Inc., REMO drumheads and SABIAN cymbals.

On Sept. 28, the all-female Latin group Azúcar Con Aché will take the stage at Rhythmix at 8 p.m. Tickets to see the Bay Area-based ensemble are from $15 to $20.

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts, on Lincoln Avenue, is having its annual members meeting at 7 p.m. Friday. The center wraps up its eighth-annual Plein Air Paintout exhibit and sale Sept. 28.

Over on Park Street, Dog Bone Alley is hosting a pet communications clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 29. The events will be led by Barbara Martin, and pet lovers can pay for 15-minute sessions. Proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.

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