Late winter showers give Alamedans the chance to take in some terrific indoor cultural activities. Rhythmix Cultural Works, for instance, is hosting a benefit for after-school music programs on the Island beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. The theme, "Serenade at the Arcade," is a CD release party for the String Arcade Quartet.
There will also be music from Minecraft, Plants vs. Zombies, Legend of Zelda, Portal, Galaga and more, as well as games brought in from High Scores Arcade and Oakland's Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment. Tickets are $5 to $25.
Speaking of entertainment, the Alameda Free Library will show the original "Secret Life of Walter Mitty," a film made in 1947 on 5:30 p.m. Monday. Danny Kaye stars as a mild-mannered man who imagines that he is several daredevil heroes in the film.
The art of Georgia O'Keeffe will be in focus at the library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when docent Marsha Holm of the de Young Museum in San Francisco will speak about the painter's time at Lake George, N.Y. On the second floor of the library, Wood Middle School students are showcasing their 13th annual Museum of History exhibit. With help from Alameda County Service-Learning Waste Reduction project coordinator Nate Ivy, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students put together a fashion show of historic outfits made from trash; hence, they are calling the March show "A History of Trashion."
Books Inc. on Park Street presents Anchee Min, author of "Red Azalea," a memoir of her childhood during China's Cultural Revolution. Min will share her new book "The Cooked Seed" with the community at 7 p.m. Friday. Her memoir describes her arrival to the United States and adjustment to her new home in Chicago.
On Saturday at 7 p.m., writer D. Boy discusses his debut novel "Made to Break" at Books Inc. Sacramento-based author Christian Kiefer, who wrote "The Infinite Tides," will join him at the free event.
Also, Redux Studios & Gallery on Lincoln Avenue is showing artwork made by San Quentin inmates on death row through April 6. The exhibit features nearly 100 works made by a group of prisoners. The aim of the show is "to highlight the humanity we all share and in doing so offer some beauty from an unexpected source," organizers say. It was put together in cooperation with the St. John Bosco Prison Ministry at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.