Baseball benefit, airmen honored and more

Baseball benefit, airmen honored and more

Michele Ellson

Frank Bette Center for the Arts president Faye Wilson and vice president Margaret Fago with Drew Burgess, who will discuss how artists show emotions in paintings in an upcoming talk. Photo courtesy of Fred Fago.

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is hosting a First Pitch Benefit Party for the 2014 T-Shirt League on March 20. Admission is $10 general and $50 for VIPs, who will get a pair of drink tickets and appetizers in the theater’s mezzanine; tickets are available at the theater and on its website. The event, which begins at 6 p.m. for VIPs and 7 p.m. for people with general admission tickets, includes a showing of Play Ball! Blogger Kin Robles’ documentary about Alameda’s historic T-shirt league, “Play Ball!” Proceeds from the event will benefit the new T-shirt league, which is being created by the Alameda Recreation & Park Department in conjunction with the city’s Friends of the Parks foundation and founding members Kevin Kennedy, Kevin Kearney, Bill Sonneman, Robles, Eric Cross, Adrienne Alexander, John Costello, Cindi LaCroix and Lil Arnerich. Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 will sponsor the new league. Starting this summer, boys and girls will be able to sign up to play for free at Tillman, Bayport, Franklin, Lincoln and Washington parks.

The USS Hornet celebrates Living Ship Day on March 15 by honoring the Tuskegee Airmen. Two of the airmen, the first African American pilots to fly for the military, will be on board for a special presentation. The guest speakers are Lt. Burl Smith of Oakland, who trained in the fighter program, and Sgt. Clyde Grimes, also of Oakland, who served in the group’s intelligence bureau. Historian Dave Cunningham, who serves as the Tuskegee Airmen chapter president in the Bay Area, will moderate the panel discussion. Living Ship Day activities begin at 11 a.m. and continue through 3:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 1 p.m. Tuskegee veterans will be admitted free on March 15. The museum is at 707 West Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, at Alameda Point.

Miss Alameda Jessica Robinson is conducting a Climate Change Expedition on March 15, starting at 9 a.m. The expedition, inspired by former Vice President Al Gore’s ClimateRealityProject.org, will start by highlighting Alameda South Shore Center’s sustainability and waste management efforts and will include a viewing of the documentary film “Trashed,” a tour to highlight infrastructure in place to help address climate change and a presentation detailing efforts participants can make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The event will end with an optional dinner and tour at Trabocco restaurant. Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for early bird registrants, $25 for regular admission and an additional $25 for the dinner and restaurant tour, and are available online.

Rhythmix Cultural Works is launching a film series, Rhythmix Picks Flicks, on April 17 with a screening of “Gasland Part II.” The movie is an indictment of fracking for natural gas. The screening begins at 8 p.m.; admission is free, though a donation of $5 to $15 is suggested. Future films to be screened include M.T. Silvia’s “Atomic Mom” and the best of the 2014 Albany FilmFest. Rhythmix is at 2513 Blanding Avenue.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts is hosting a series of monthly art talks, including a March 12 talk by Drew Burgess. Burgess, an art instructor at the College of Alameda, will demonstrate how emotion is conveyed in art. The talks will take place on the second Wednesday of each month through June. Admission is $10, and $5 for Frank Bette members, and advance reservations are recommended; information is available on the center’s website or by calling 523-6957. The art center is at 1601 Paru Street.