Upcoming Events

Back by popular demand Rhythmix’s music history courses will focus on the phenomenon of the Beatles. Their songs will be studied, with analysis of the musical and lyrical content, as well as structural elements. What musical styles do the songs address? What were their musical influences? In what ways did their music change over the years? Why were the Beatles so popular and influential? What exactly caused Beatlemania? How did the group form, grow and end? Where do their public images and personal lives fit in? The Beatles are the most famous rock group in history; the reasons for this are cultural as well as musical, and we will study the two elements simultaneously.

Looking to try something new, healthy, fun, and cultural in 2020? Bring your dancing shoes and come join Rhythmix Cultural Works and experience a Non Stop Bhangra dance class with Dholrhythms Dance Company. A one of a kind dance class that will get your feet stomping, hips shaking, shoulders bouncing leaving you with ear to ear smiles while breaking out a sweat. Class will be taught by Vicki Virk, co-founder of Dholrhythms Dance Company and Non Stop Bhangra who has been teaching and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for over 15 plus years.

Toya Alexander, local Jazz & R&B artist, will perform love songs from the past and present along with a few of her own originals. Toya has previously produced several tributes to Phyllis Hyman and opened for Howard Hewitt, Freda Payne, Norman Connors and has been a featured vocalist for several Bay Area bands and public and private events. This is her sixth appearance at Rhythmix Cultural Works.

Rhythmix Cultural Works honors the memory of Alameda’s lost Japantown with a commemorative celebration of the Day of Remembrance.

The annual Day of Remembrance, February 19, 1942, commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, who had to abandon their jobs, their homes, and lives, to be sent to one of ten internment camps scattered in desolate, remote regions of the country. No Japanese Americans were ever charged, much less convicted, of espionage or sabotage against the United States. Yet they were targeted, rounded up, and imprisoned for years, simply for having the “face of the enemy.”

Ask 20 people how to define the music of New Orleans and you’ll get 30 different answers. It could be jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, or gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock or the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians. Combining these elements and more, CHELLE & Friends delivers a stewpot of musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy, aromatic and definitely intoxicating.

CHELLE! and Friends is made up of some of the most distinguished and accomplished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their vibrant music comes alive with the driving voices of artistic director, founder, New Orleans native, and Oakland’s own “Queen of New Orleans Music,” Michelle Jacques, Rhonda Crane, Jay Lamont and Bryan Dyer, with Donna Viscuso on woodwinds, Eric Swinerman on guitar, Kevin Scott on bass and Michaelle Goerlitz on drums.

In a celebration of art-making and aging, local filmmakers Elizabeth Sher and Maggie Simpson Adams profile the lives and success of two East Bay inspirations in “Edith and Weezie: Age is Just a Number”. Through these two short documentaries, Sher and Adams provide insight into what is possible when we cast aside life’s hurdles to make room for our futures.

A showcase of all-body musician/dancers curated by Keith Terry.

Body Music – clapping, snapping, stepping and vocalizing – is music you can see, dance you can hear — likely the oldest music on the planet.

Keith Terry, in his 40th year of pioneering contemporary Body Music and producing events in the Bay Area and around the world through his Oakland-based arts non-profit Crosspulse, teams up with Rhythmix to present BODY MUSIC/East Bay including educational assemblies, an all levels workshop and live concert featuring a host of Bay Area body music artists.

Thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man (a.k.a. Louis Pearl) explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles. Combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep both kids and adults alike mesmerized, this show is fun for all ages. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, and people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement.

Thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man (a.k.a. Louis Pearl) explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles. Combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep both kids and adults alike mesmerized, this show is fun for all ages. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, and people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement.

Back by popular demand, join Carnegie Mellon University Professor of Music Stephen Schultz for a four-week course on the musical and cultural factors that made the Beatles the most important band in rock history. Albums and topics covered will include Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, The White Album, Abbey Road, Let It Be, the breakup of the band, and each member’s first solo album.