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Alternating Currents 
The Albany Bulb Event Series & Beyond


Coming Soon - Deets on the recently

concluded Fairy house construction workshop at the glade! 

Alternating Currents – The Albany Bulb Event Series was conceived and designed in spring 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting severe limiting of safe performance venues for Bay Area artists and audiences.

Alternating Currents celebrates both the rich and diverse creativity of Bay Area artists and musicians working in all media and genres  and the extraordinary beauty and uniqueness of the Albany Bulb. Alternating Currents is directed by Debra Pughe and Jon Winet, and is a project of the community-arts organization Love the Bulb.

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previous events

2024 "riprap, rebar, salt, & bone" Dance | MUsic event
Interdisciplinary music-dance performance at the Albany Bulb by "Meatclock" (Gemma Szusterman & John Colle Rogers);  JoAnn Selisker and Scott Duane

"More Than A FACE"
PAnel Discussion

Our first 2024 event  was an off-site  panel discussion at  120710  featuring distinguished Bay Area artists and writers Sarah Cahill, Olivia Ting and Maria Porges. The panel  was the culminating event of "More Than a Face," an exhibition  curated by  Alternating Currents alum Randy Hussong,. The panel  was  co-sponsored by 120710.

Active, thought-provoking exchanges with respondents Craig Nagasawa and D.L. Pughe   followed the formal remarks with brilliant  SRO audience participation  of 45 + people.

2023 "Wind, Water, Birds," By "Gusty Winds May Exist"
Shakuhachi musician Nancy Beckman and Recorder and woodwinds musician Tom Bickley of "Gusty Winds May Exist" describe the performance: "WIND, WATER, BIRDS’ offers a respite both literal and figurative from the chances and changes we all encounter day to day.” 

Sunday Afternoon @ YSA w/ The Roosevelt Middle School All Stars

Led by the inimitable Randy Porter, music director, composer, musician and educator – with guest artists-teachers  Dan Plonsey and Christopher Lowell Clarke – featuring  an eclectic range of contemporary tunes, jazz standards and original compositions in a convivial outdoor setting

A collaboration of Youth Spirit Artworks, the Roosevelt Middle School Music Program  and Alternating Currents.

2022 "Sonic Dogness," a collaborative installation and performance event by artists Olivia Ting and Annette Jannotta debuted on July 17. 2022  Visit the project page, or artists' website and Eventbrite page for additional information.

"IN C," our spring Equinox event (March 20, 2022) brought together over 50 musicians in a community performance of Terry Riley's seminal 1964 composition.  Over 100 people - and nearly that many dogs attended the dusk into twilight concert.


2021  Second Valve slide - The Christopher Lowell Clarke Quartet  a jazz performance  featured  Howard Wiley - Tenor sax, Michael Jones - bass, and  Greg German - drums and composer | band leader Christopher Lowell Clarke on trumpet.

"High Tide Bulb Chorale," was an experimental jazz concert directed by Musician | Composer Randy Porter with colleagues Christopher Lowell Clarke, Ben Green and Dan Plonsey  that took place on Saturday. August 14 at the Amphitheater.  

"HEAR | TOGETHER," our Mother's Day event was  a collaboration with New Music Bay Area, Contemporaneous, the Crowden Music Center and the Ross McKee Foundation The all-day event took place offsite at the Crowden School in Berkeley. 

"Remnants & Rudiments," a performance featuring poet Maw Shein Win and musicians Dan Plonsey  and Thomas Scandura.  

 “11 11 Caution 20 20 Veterans Day,”  an Intermedia project by musician Dan Plonsey & artist Randy Hussong.
“Spinet Farewell” 
Inaugural show featuring pianist Sarah Cahill


All Alternating Currents shows are free. 

Bulb visit DETAILs



recently revived Soundcloud channel featuring tracks by AC Alumni 

Tropical Leaves

It can get chilly and/or hot out at the bulb. Bring layers & sunscreen
AND Wear comfortable shoes!

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All events are free although some require registration. Donations are welcome.



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however space is limited.

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