Summer's here, so why not celebrate by getting over to the first Concerts at the Cove 2014? Friday's show features Petty Theft, a San Francisco band that plays the popular music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Community members can come to the Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., to join in special kids' activities and to buy food or snacks starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The band will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. and play until 7:30 p.m. Guests should bring blankets or lawn chairs. The three summer shows are organized and sponsored by the East Bay Regional Parks District and the Rotary Club of Alameda, with the support of Festival Productions.
On July 11, BeaufunK with Michael Jeffries will perform music that brings together the funk styles of New Orleans and Oakland and are set to play some Tower of Power tunes. The Battle of the Bands comes to Crab Cove on Aug. 8.
Artists invite community members to Friday's Second Friday Art Walk. Some Island locations open are Autobody FineArt, Gray Loft Gallery, Studio 23, Pixies & Peony, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Rhythmix Cultural Works Julie's Tea Garden, Gary Francis Fine Art and Artistic Home Studio & Boutique.
Over at Redux Studios & Gallery on Lincoln Avenue, there's an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday for Ezra Eismont, the 2014 Saint Vincent de Paul of Alameda County's artist in residence. Event organizers say Eismont's pieces "encourage interaction and reflection on forgotten things and lost histories," while incorporating geometry, science and math through patterns, layers and sound.
On Saturday and Sunday, several Alameda artists are participating in the annual Pro Arts Open Studios tour. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., residents can visit the studios and work spaces of 26 Island artists who create watercolor paintings, glass mosaics, textiles, digital art, clay prints, abstracts pieces, ceramics and other media.
Artists Richard Kane, Mi'Chelle Fredrick, Marcia Alpert and Deborah Griffin are showing their creations at Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park St., while Bill Jarvis, Dorothy Rozman and Frank D'Amico will be at Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St.
Other artists include Larry Wilson at Studio C, 1166 Park Avenue #A; Wanda Fudge at 1610 Minturn St.; Susan Laing and Margot White at 728 Santa Clara Ave.; Bonnie Randall Boller at 3239 Briggs Ave.; JaYing Wang at Artistic Home Studio, 1419 Park St.; Vicki Newcomer at 2990 Johnson Ave.; and Maureen Green at 1406 High St.
Earlier this month, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., selected a clay monotype made by Randall Boller for its permanent collection. The piece, "Evolving," was one of 117 original prints chosen for the honor.
Closer to home, the Alameda Free Librarywill present a talk on the Northern California art scene from the 1950s through the 1980s at 6:30 p.m. June 18. Also, Jon Kerpel's exhibit of environmentally themed works, "A Page from the Great Book of Nature," is on display through June 28 on the second floor. Kerpel received a grant from the Puffin Foundation for the Alameda show and three other exhibits.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.