There's an interesting mix of historic, modern and even spooky events on tap in town over the next two weeks, many of which are free. For instance, the Alameda Architecture Preservation Society presents a talk on historically appropriate additions and alterations at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St.
The event's keynote speakers will be Alameda resident Stephen Ryerson of Ryerson O'Brian Architects, who will share case studies of restoration work involving small projects, as well larger homes. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for AAPS members.
Ryerson took a class in the mid-1970s at UC Extension about Victorian architecture. The course, taught by Alameda's Judith Lynch and the late Gary Kray, gave him the chance to focus on walking tours of Alameda's top historic homes. He went on to study design façade restoration and "found his calling," according to the AAPS.
Coming up on Monday is a free showing of the gothic horror classic "The Devil's Backbone," set for 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library. The film was directed by Guillermo del Toro.
It tells the story of a 12-year-old whose father died in the Spanish Civil War and then discovers that his orphanage is haunted. An acclaimed director, Del Toro also made "Pan's Labyrinth."
On exhibit this month at the Main Library are ceramic and mixed-media creations from Alamedan Susan Galleymore. A former marketing professional, Galleymore has turned her focus to colorful and unusual work, including unique ceramic tiles.
A reception with the artist will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, when she will discuss herwork and share refreshments.
USF professor Stephen Zunes will speak on Middle Eastern affairs at the Alameda Free Library on Nov. 9. His talk, which will focus on Syria, Iran and the United States, is sponsored by Alameda Public Affairs Forum.
The discussion is set to start at 7:15 p.m. Community members are invited to join group members for refreshments and conversation at 6:30 p.m.
Museum docent Gretchen Turner will be at the Alameda Free Library at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 to introduce Islanders to "David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition," which is on exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco through Jan. 20.
According to the de Young, "The exhibition marks the return of the celebrated British artist to California ... Expansive in scope and monumental in scale, this show is the first comprehensive survey of his 21st-Century work and represents one of the most prolific decades of his career."
The Hockney show in San Francisco highlights some of the artist's monumental paintings, Photoshop portraits, digital films that track the changing seasons, colorful landscapes created using an iPad, charcoal drawings and paintings completed in 2013.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.