Joseph Tavares — better known in music circles as Jay Tablet — is coming home to launch his debut solo album, “Put It On The TAB,” with a show at the Great Plate.
From fifth grade through high school graduation, he lived in Tracy, before moving to Bend, Ore., to pursue his musical career. But, he said, “TraCity” is the perfect place for his May 7 show.
“I thought it would only be right to come back and reunite with family and friends and also give a great show and party for the people wanting something enjoyable to do on a Saturday night,” Jay said, adding that his work springs from his life experiences.
“I really use what life throws at me as inspiration to make music that my fans can enjoy and relate to,” he said of his upbeat, lyrical style.
The former Tracy resident doesn’t like to categorize his work as one genre or another, though it’s definitely made for people who want to get on the dance floor. He said that he just wants people to get a good vibe from the album.
“This being my first solo album, it gave me a lot of freedom to just go…” he said. “After listening to the album, I hope you’ve danced, learned, enjoyed and got at least one song to call your favorite.”
The album, however, isn’t his first effort. He released two albums with Cloaked Characters, a group that prides itself on upbeat, poetic hip-hop dance music.
During the show, “Put It on the TAB” will be on sale for $10.
At a glance
• WHAT: Jay Tablet’s “Put It on the TAB” album release
• WHEN: 9 p.m. May 7
• WHERE: The Great Plate, 714 Central Ave.
• DETAILS: 21 and older, only
• COST: $5 cover, $10 for the album
Congressional display of art in Tracy
Local high school artists will have a chance for national attention when the winners of the 11th Congressional Art Competition, presented by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, are announced Saturday, April 30, at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.
The fifth annual art competition will showcase the artistic talents of students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. The winning artwork from each congressional district will be displayed in a corridor at the state Capitol.
There are 48 entries from students in the 11th Congressional District.
All entries for the competition will be on display in a special exhibition Saturday at the Grand Theatre from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The winners will be announced during a noon ceremony in the ETK Theatre.
Center to celebrate senior citizens
Celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of senior citizens is part of the plan as the Lolly Hansen Senior Center sets to observe Older Americans Month in May.
The center will host a series of events for seniors starting with an open house at 375 E. Ninth St. The open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, will feature 35 vendors and booths providing a variety of information on senior related topics, ranging from in-home care to senior housing and recreation. Representatives from county’s Social Security office will also be on hand, along with organizations including Comfort Keepers and insurance agencies.
A spring dance for men and women age 50 and older will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. May 10, as festivities continue.
The next event will be a health seminar from noon to 1 p.m. May 18, presented by Community Hospice, which will touch on topics including advance-care directives, living trusts and wills.
Spring tea at the center will wrap up the month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 25.
A series of fundraisers for the senior center will also begin in May.
On four Saturdays, the city will open the Tracy Transit Station for the Tracy’s Best Yard Sale.
All the $25-per-booth fees to set up shop at the event will go toward the senior center, while those who sell used items — including clothes, books, housewares, electronics, toys and collectibles — get to keep the proceeds from their sales.
The yard sales begin with one on May 7, with the other three following on June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13. The sales will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Sellers must register one week before the sale, and they must fill out an application, available at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 715 Central Ave.
For information about Older Americans Month: 831-4230 or www.ci.tracy.ca.us. For information on the Tracy’s Best Yard Sale: 832-6858.
Evolution of the captured image
A study of the transition of film and the traditional darkroom to digital image capture and the computerized studio will be the theme of an exhibition next month at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.
Michael Randolph is an accomplished photographer in the region who has exhibited his work professionally since the 1980s. His photos study nature, beauty, form and the process of creation, ranging from the real to the surreal.
“Going Through Change” will feature 16 of Randolph’s images, in which he explores his own trip through the medium’s evolution.
“I am transitioning with the changes in photographic technology; from film to digital, from the traditional darkroom of silver gelatin prints to the computer’s scanning, software and printing on fine art papers,” Randolph said.
“In college, I was inspired by legendary Group f/64. I began shooting large format and combining images in the darkroom. These works developed like paintings, using light to expose several negatives to create one final image. Today, this process is created electronically….”
The exhibition opens May 7, with a reception with the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. A gallery talk with Randolph is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. May 21.