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A museum dedicated to Alameda history.

Home to a unique collection of artifacts and exhibits emphasizing the role of the Alameda Naval Air Station in the defense of our nation.

The rehabbed 1937 historic theater and megaplex has a certain charm about it, namely owed to its fifty-foot screen, balcony, and Art Deco architecture, courtesy of Timothy Pflueger.

An art gallery featuring contemporary art by emerging and underrepresented artists, aimed at helping private and corporate collectors build art collections.

Located in a remodeled industrial warehouse, Bridgehead Studios, founded by professional photographer Chuck DiGuida, provides a site for photographers, artists, and filmmakers to showcase their work to a diverse and appreciative crowd.

Nestled between Alameda’s bustling Park Street and Alameda High School, this 92-year-old hall draws about 250 people on Friday nights for dancing to live zydeco, and occasional Saturdays for swing. These weekly gigs are not too unlike a church function -- except for the full bar hidden in the back corner — with punch bowls filled with Oreos, pretzels, and chocolate chip cookies, and regulars who affectionately call each other by name. Tables line the wooden dance floor in this four-hundred-capacity hall, and it’s easy to see why people of all ages and walks of life – from rockabillies to pimply-faced teens in Nirvana T-shirts to your aunt who frequents Ashkenaz – come for the guaranteed crowd and, oh yeah, the handy dance lesson beforehand.

Forrealism specializes in displaying indigenous art, creating a wide array of pieces throughout the gallery. The space, which is run by a collective of artists, aims to educate onlookers with an emphasis on creating a peaceful future.

The center offers art-related classes and workshops for children and adults, in such subjects from watercolor to wood turning, and also operates a gallery with regular exhibitions.

Stepping inside this cozy venue might conjure up sweet memories of sunny days spent in your grandma's kitchen. Beyond beer and wine, the cafe offers up a simple but sweet home-style menu of soups, sandwiches, and baked goods like lemon pound cake. Live bands, from jazz to bluegrass acts, hit the stage weekly. The Station also caters private events in its lounge area or in the entire cafe.

It's impossible to be all things to all people, but this cafe at the end of Park Street in Alameda almost succeeds. This space is a hodgepodge of creativity: A variety of hippie arts and crafts for sale, such as rain sticks and beaded baskets, fill up the space, plus there are regular crafts nights, and poetry readings. Order a pot of black lavender tea and start knitting at one of the large wooden tables. No one will kick you out.

A branch of the community art center Rhythmix Cultural Works, the gallery's exhibits celebrate the vitality of the local cultural arts community.

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