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The Island is a website that covered local news in Alameda, California from February 2008 through April 2011. If you need information about anything that happened in Alameda during those years, you may find it …

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Articles by Michael Singman-Aste

Island Arts: I’m with stupid
1, April 21, 2011 – 1:14 pm | 6 Comments
Island Arts: I’m with stupid

Scott Siedman, Only Human, 2010. Oil on canvas. Photo by Michael Singman-Aste.

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By Michael Singman-Aste
Timed to coincide with the 33rd annual Saint Stupid’s Day Parade in San Francisco on April 1, “an extension of the medieval …

Island Arts: UFOs in Alameda? Carl Weingarten’s “Photographic Impressions” at Blue Dot
1, April 7, 2011 – 12:04 am | No Comment
Island Arts: UFOs in Alameda? Carl Weingarten’s “Photographic Impressions” at Blue Dot

 
Carl Weingarten, Unidentified Matinee, 2009.

By Michael Singman-Aste
Carl Weingarten is best known — and well known — as a music producer and guitarist, but he’s also a lifelong photographer. His “Photographic Impressions” at Blue …

Island Arts: Feng Jin at the Alameda Museum
1, March 17, 2011 – 12:04 am | No Comment
Island Arts: Feng Jin at the Alameda Museum

Feng Jin with Romancing the Metal, 2011. Copper and wood boards.*

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By Michael Singman-Aste
Having studied Japanese for two years at the University at California, Berkeley, there was a time when I knew several hundred Chinese …

Island Arts: The sky is the limit
1, March 10, 2011 – 12:04 am | No Comment
Island Arts: The sky is the limit

Nancy Husari, La Géode, 2001. Photograph.

 
By Michael Singman-Aste
You’ve got your limitations; let them sing,
And all your life will waken with a cry:
Why should you halt when rapture’s on the wing
And you’ve no …

Island Arts: Alameda painter Malia Bush
1, February 21, 2011 – 12:03 am | No Comment
Island Arts: Alameda painter Malia Bush

Alameda painter Malia Bush, left, with her “Steno Monsters” and “To Pluto,” at right. Photo by Michael Singman-Aste.

By Michael Singman-Aste
A nighttime ritual when tucking in my girls was to count “one, two, three, glow!” …

‘Black & White’ at Rhythmix Cultural Works
1, February 3, 2011 – 12:04 am | No Comment
‘Black & White’ at Rhythmix Cultural Works

By Michael Singman-Aste
“Black-and-white” works of art often aren’t. As the statement for the exhibit at Rhythmix Cultural Works explains, “black-and-white” is often used to describe any monochromatic work, including those rendered in sepia or …

Carnevale memorial: In pictures
1, January 16, 2011 – 9:01 am | No Comment

Writer and photographer Michael Singman-Aste shot these photos at Friday’s procession and memorial for Alameda Fire Captain Scott Carnevale, who died on January 3 of cancer. Carnevale was 42. For a full story on Carnevale’s …

Island arts: A marriage of opposites
1, January 13, 2011 – 12:03 am | One Comment
Island arts: A marriage of opposites

By Michael Singman-Aste
The California Society of Printmakers (CSP) held the reception for their 98th annual membership exhibition at the Alameda Public Library’s main branch on January 5. Yes, ninety-eighth. Founded in 1912 as the …

Island arts: This Isle’s loss
1, December 30, 2010 – 12:03 am | 3 Comments
Island arts: This Isle’s loss

By Michael Singman-Aste
If you’re naughty, La Llorona will get you!
The Weeping Woman of Hispanic folklore is a bad, bad woman. Specifically, she was a failed wife and mother. Tsk, tsk. Like the teenage girls …

Review: Jingletown Holiday Art Walk
1, December 22, 2010 – 12:03 am | No Comment
Review: Jingletown Holiday Art Walk

By Michael Singman-Aste
“I steal souls, then sell them back at a profit.” So says photographer Mariah Carle, one of 14 artists crammed into 4:20 Gallery at 420 Peterson Street in Oakland. The gallery is …

Alameda Museum exhibits Alameda Women Artists
1, November 26, 2010 – 12:03 am | No Comment
Alameda Museum exhibits Alameda Women Artists

By Michael Singman-Aste
Twenty members of Alameda Women Artists (AWA) converged on the Alameda Museum for their 17th annual exhibit, beginning with a reception on November 13. There are some very pleasant surprises. Much of the …

Island Arts: Not so black and white
1, November 12, 2010 – 12:02 am | Comments Off on Island Arts: Not so black and white
Island Arts: Not so black and white

By Michael Singman-Aste
Collectors of photography know they want an Ansel Adams, Cartier-Bresson, or an Arbus. They might not know yet that they want a Watten. That’s where B&W: Black & White Magazine for Collectors of …