“Miss Richmond” heads to pageants

Alexis Pickins, otherwise known as “Miss Richmond,” will be representing her hometown in two upcoming beauty pageants. The 22-year-old senior at UC Berkeley will compete in Miss Black California Dec. 28-30 and Miss California Jan. 12-13, and she may well be the first “Miss Richmond” the city has ever seen. But for the community, Pickins isn’t just a pretty face – a star student in high school and the first who will graduate from college in her family, she’s a…

Oktoberfest brings beer, Bavarian costumes to Craneway Pavilion

The Craneway Pavilion on Richmond’s marina harbor echoed to the sounds of steins clinking, beer pong balls pinging, Bayern Maiden’s guitar twanging and dirndl and lederhosen-clad dancers from the Golden Gate Bavarian Club delivering stompingly hot performances of peasant dances at the first East Bay Oktoberfest on Saturday. Amy Higgins, who was manning a booth as community manager for Google + Local, estimated that 1,000 people turned out for the fest. Across the cavernous room, attendees were being given free…

Interactive art makes waves on Macdonald Ave.

An outdoor art exhibit of work by acclaimed new media artist Scott Snibbe made its debut at the Richmond Arts in Motion festival this Saturday. The display consists of four screens that hang in the front window of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts on the corner of 11th St. and Macdonald Ave. Three panels feature pre-recorded videos of the EBCPA’s students and resident artists dancing and acting in silhouette. The fourth panel pulls pedestrians on Macdonald Ave….

Art and soul coming to Richmond this Saturday

Richmond Main Street and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts will team up this weekend for Saturday’s Spirit & Soul and Richmond Arts in Motion festivals. The back-to-back events will kick off at 1 p.m. on MacDonald Avenue between 13th Street and Harbour Way.

Free Healthcare: Zumba

Feet stepped and hips swayed at last Thursday’s free Zumba class in the Iron Triangle.  Though the building on the corner of Macdonald Avenue and 9th Street reads “Karate,” this space is the new home of Main Street Zumba Fitness. The bi-weekly class, located in the heart of historic downtown Richmond, began in March and ran through July.  But after a successful first season, Richmond Main Street and Contra Costa Healthy Eating Active Living Collaborative (HEAL) decided to sponsor a…

Richmond vocalist brings Bay Area talents to the East Coast

Chantler Townsend, originally from Richmond, moved to New York in 1996 to seek more exposure for his career in music and dance. Now his funk and soul his group New Music Race (NMR) are working hard on perfecting their sound for their debut album “Arrival,” set to be released in the early fall.

Richmond native’s memories of the great Donna Summer

Donna Summer hit the music chart with the song “Love To Love You” in the mid 1970s. It was a sensuous sound that we had not heard since the late Silvia’s song “Pillow Talk.” Terry Lynn, a Richmond native, conveyed her fanship to Donna Summer as a person of unique style and class. I saw a profile on Donna Summer on ABC’s 20/20 at the time of her Disco reign in the mid 1970s. There the history of her eastern…