Written by ERICJ.KOS Published: THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2010
Alameda resident and famed wealthy industrialist Mr. Tommy recently pooled his resources with fellow eccentrics and explorers d'Arci Bruno and Marc Ribaud to reach beyond the "Civilized Pale" and discover what lies out of conceivable reach for many Alamedans.
Indeed, the indomitable Mr. Tommy made his fortune in the distilling, tobacco, vanilla and film industries, amassing the unbelievable wealth required to organize an expedition to the Far West territories of Alameda. The troupe braved the mossy jet, the radioactive hangar, the deadly rabbits with sharp fangs and other horrifying dangers to bring Alameda knowledge of its uncharted regions.
Painstaking efforts were made to map the unexplored Far West which, while largely left wild and untouched, manages to collect artifacts from past generations of Bay Area residents.
Here on this foreign shore Mr. Tommy discovered untold riches beyond his wildest dreams. Indeed, even he struggles to understand these items he, with the help of his extensive entourage, brought back.
Alameda's very own Rhythmix Cultural Works agreed to serve as Mr. Tommy's storage and laboratory for one month only.
In Mr. Tommy's own words, "We here now present never-before-seen wonders, evidences genuine and original, which I, through great effort and toil, brought back from a land beyond imagining. Come marvel, witness, and exclaim as formerly hidden wonders are revealed with illuminance."
During the month of March, Alamedans are invited to Rhythmix to discover unknown Alameda, reaquaint themselves with artifacts from their mysterious pasts, and well, just be stupefied by the mystique of the Far West of the Island.
In all reality, Alameda-based artists Pons Maar (aka Mr. Tommy), d'Arci Bruno, and Marc Ribaud present a new art exhibit at Rhythmix Cultural Works' K Gallery at 2513 Blanding Ave. "Tommy's Point, recent findings from a Great Expedition beyond the Civilized Pale to shores hitherto unknown in Alameda" will run March 10 through April 2. An opening reception will be held March 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. amid great fanfare and refreshments. The show features the artists' discoveries from their exploration of Alameda Point. Come down and help identify what they found.