History can be boring, but the folks at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda are determined to make it anything but. This weekend, they will premier Island City Waterways
, a multi-disciplinary, multi-part free public art performance that will explore the rich history of Alameda’s various waterways. The performance takes the form of a half-mile walking tour that has four stops. It starts at the Fruitvale Bridge where artist Ginny Parsons will lead art-making workshops while an East Bay Parks specialist teaches the crowd about falcons. At the next spot, muralist Mark Lewis Wagner will create large scale drawings of Alameda immigrants that will turn into a backdrop for a dance performance. Then its off to the Rhythmix Cultural Works theater for an interactive installation and historical storytelling session, followed by a massive music and dance finale at the last destination. It’s totally free, but advanced tickets have all been reserved for the total six performances planned for Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22. Remaining slots will be given to walk-ups on the day of the event at a first come first serve basis.