Alameda Weekend Things: Bluegrass, Urban Farming and Annie Jr.

Laugh off the stress of the week with a comedy jam, listen to some rockin' bluegrass, learn all about compost piles and chickens, take the kids to see "Annie Jr." and even more


Come hear The Stairwell Sisters as they revitalize American roots music and bluegrass. This five-member, all-female band has earned critical acclaim and will play a show at the Elks Lodge. All proceeds fund scholarships, youth activities and community programs. 

When: 8-11 p.m.
How much: $20

Johnny Steele & Friends combine elements of Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show, then blend those with their own music, interviews and dealing with middle age. See if you can keep up with Johnny's quick wit at this fun event.

When: 9-11 p.m.
How much: $15 in advance, $20 at the door


It might not sound too appetizing, but creating a compost piles with worms is one of the best things you can do for your garden. You don't need a lot of space, so urban farmers should not fear. Learn to do this correctly with guidance from experts at Ploughshares Nursery.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How much: Free

The rehearsals, stage setting and hard work of the theater's summer camp has finally paid off and the cast will perform the musical Annie Jr. for Alameda audiences this Friday through Sunday. There are no advance sales for this show, so come early to grab your ticket.
Where: Little Theater at
When: Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m.
How much: $13, adults; $7, youth under 18, seniors and military


The Poetic Dance Theater Company strives to present poetry and dance as a unified art form. They will be performing a free show that will include a poem and dance special for Alameda, a public dance and even a Jim Morrison look-alike contest. Don't miss out on this one!
When: 1-3 p.m.
How much: Free

No, this isn't about bird calls. It's about urban chicken farming. If you got a chance to stop by , then you probably got excited about the possibility of keeping chickens in your yard. Whether you have them, or you want them, bring your questions to this event.
Noon to 3 p.m.
How much: Free


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