For those who may want something other than turkey on their plate next week, get ready for Lola's Chicken Shack, set to open on Monday at 1417 Park St. Fifth-generation Alamedan Ryan Rogers is opening the down-home eatery with his parents, Mark and Nancy Rogers.

Ryan says there used to be a restaurant named Lola's on the Island back in the 1960s that served chicken. But the chicken the Rogers will serve will be very different, since he uses koji, a special rice-based coating from Japan that gives the poultry a fresh and juicy taste.

His parents once ran Baker Street Cookies in Alameda and around the Bay Area from 1978 to 1995. Now, the family hopes to bring its love of food and hospitality to a new restaurant that will seat about 40 people.

"The name comes from two of our grandkids, whose first names are Logan and Talullah," Nancy Rogers said.

If you looking for some post-Thanksgiving action that doesn't involve more calories or a trip to the store, check out Saturday night's event at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Avenue. There's an art show full of work by military veterans. Plus, there's an improvisational concert and spoken-word event being held to support the veterans' organization, The Mission Continues.

Performing artist and U.S. Navy veteran Toby Lurie and These Are Not My Hands will explore the spontaneous intersection of words, music, sound, noise, image, imagination and meaning, according to Rhythmix. The current members of the ensemble are James Carraway, David Cuetter, Ed Holmes, Joe Paulino, Mark Purvis and Tim White. Tickets for Saturday's 8 p.m. show are $15.


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Nearby, Gary Francis Fine Art, 1419 Park St., is hosting a holiday open house from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. More than 40 artists will have their hand-made leather, ceramics, jewelry and fine art for sale.

On Wednesday, students from Encinal High School will host Art from the Heart, an auction of art that will benefit victims of the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines. The event takes place at Otaez Mexican Restaurant on Webster Street. Plus, the restaurant will share 15 percent of proceeds from evening meals with the fundraising effort if guests mention this Encinal High project.

Students at Encinal raised impressive $1,850 during the first five days of their typhoon-focused effort. Their aim is to collect $3,000, according to teacher and supporter Jessica Kerber.

Over at the Main Library on Oak Street, Bay Area artist Maria Kaplan is exhibiting her abstract paintings on the second floor through Dec. 28. Community members are invited to meet Kaplan at a free reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first floor of the library on Wednesday.

On Dec. 7, the library will host a gardening program from 2 to 4 p.m. Master Composter Lori Caldwell will discuss tips and techniques for building healthy garden soil, basic composting, worm composting, cover crops and sheet mulching. To attend, call 510-747-7713.

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