The Alameda Main Library is hosting an exhibit of paintings by folk artist Leon Kennedy of Oakland through May 31 on the second floor. Kennedy, a native of Houston, is considered to be one of the top 100 self-taught artists in the United States.

The library is pleased to present a talk on the "Intimate Impressionism" show at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco in its first-floor meeting room at 6:30 p.m. May 14. The speaker is decent Jim Kohn of the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, who will discuss some of Degas' ballerina paintings, still-life works by Cezanne and more.

Rhythmix Cultural Works on Blanding Avenue celebrates the opening of its latest art show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The exhibit features photographs by Jan Watten and paintings by Ginny Parson which "capture unexpected moments in the natural world," according to the gallery. The show runs through July 3.

Next month, Rhythmix Island Arts will present "Lumago Lampas" on June 7, just before for Philippine Independence Day on June 12. The show will include performances by the American Center of Philippine Arts, Parangal Dance Company, Kulintronica and Kristian Kabuay.

The Parangal Dance Company will perform the evocative Hindu Malayan-influenced dances of the Mindanao. Funding for the show comes from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation.

The Alameda-based Virago Theatre Company is set to perform the play "Arousal" by George Pfirrmann at the Flea Theater in New York in late July and early August. In June and July, the group will stage readings of new plays at the Flight Deck arts space in Oakland.

Over at Alameda South Shore Center, the Bagel Street Café should open its doors over the next few months. Later this year, the Best Lil' Porkhouse will start doing business at the mall.

In addition, Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails, an Italian restaurant owned by Alameda residents Giuseppe and Christine Naccarelli, is now serving lunch at its South Shore location.

Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.