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RADIUM Prepares for Takeoff

RADIUM Presents has announced Radium Runway, the first in a series of events at Alameda Point in support of their ambitious plan to build Radium, a 500-seat theater and arts center there. The name is a nod to the former occupant of the site, the US Navy, who used radium on instrument dials and switches.

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SF Sunset on Seaplane Lagoon in Alameda. Photo Maurice Ramirez Photography.

Three days of free events

The three-day program is FREE and will show off prime examples of the talent who call the Bay Area home: Jazz Mafia, Circus Bella, and Island City Opera — including an appearance by legendary mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, who not only lives in Alameda, but is a key player in the drive to make Radium a reality.

Radium Runway will take place on the proposed footprint of the theater and performance center and can be thought of as an early prototype of sorts. The event will be the first in a series of events through 2023 that will mark the proposed footprint of Radium on the grounds of the former Naval Air Station. The variety of talents taking the stage is a deft mix designed to appeal to a cross section of audiences. All the events are free to the public.

Dazzling performances by Bay Area favorites

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Circus Bella’s Elise Hing. Photo Daisy Rose Coby.

Fans of Jazz and Hip Hop will have the opportunity to watch and listen to Jazz Mafia starting at 6 p.m. the evening of Friday, October 21. Admission is free but reservations via Eventbrite.com are strongly encouraged.

Two performances each on the afternoons of Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 from Circus Bella, bring Flip*Flop*Fly to the shores of Alameda. In their quest to delight and amaze, the troupe of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and clowns will pull out the stops for audiences of all ages in what is now the company’s thirteenth season. Each show lasts an hour and will be accompanied live by Rob Reich and his six-piece Circus Bella All-Star band. Admission is free but reservations via Eventbrite are strongly encouraged.

Island City Opera performs Saturday evening, October 22, at 6 p.m., with a line-up that includes the internationally beloved Frederica von Stade, Island City Opera founder Eileen Meredith, Alameda’s own Chelsea Hollow, and the glorious sounds of tenor Alex Boyer. The program will be a mix of favorite standards, original compositions, and inspiring classics. Alex Katsman and Ron Borelli will accompany the singers. As with the other events, admission is free, but registration via Eventbrite is strongly encouraged.

A vision for performing arts at Alameda Point

Radium Presents

Launched in 2017, RADIUM Presents is an initiative to establish a performing arts center in Alameda that would cater to the needs of the local East Bay arts community. Radium envisions a center focused on creative innovation that will encourage established artists and companies to develop new works, will introduce extraordinary emerging artists, and will share these new works through a distinctive and accessible space.

“Bringing the arts to Alameda in a significant way is a very important piece in completing the intriguing puzzle that is the Alameda of tomorrow,” says Christopher Seiwald, the founder of RADIUM Presents. “And we are committed to making that happen. I’m excited and proud to be part of the effort alongside Frederica von Stade. When it comes to creating and building community, the arts matter, full stop.”

Plans call for the proposed theater and performance venue, Radium, to be built on the Alameda waterfront as part of the newly revitalized Alameda Point. With its breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline and bay, the aim is for Radium to be home to live and broadcast performances from internationally acclaimed guest performers. In addition, the venue will offer a rich selection of new work from East Bay artists, and will function as a space for creation and learning for students in the fields of music, dance, opera, theater, literary and visual arts.

Adam Gillitt is the Publisher of the Alameda Post. Reach him at [email protected]. His writing is collected at AlamedaPost.com/Adam-Gillitt.

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