Minus the Bear, Portugal. The Man, The Big Sleep
Today, 8 p.m., $10 for students and $16 for non-students
Buehler Alumni Center
Still touring on their triumphant release Planet of Ice, Minus the Bear still have some tricks up their sleeves, always providing a dynamic live performance. Witness with your naked eyes their blended prog rock with finger tapping galore to create both catchy fasties and smooth sexual ballads.
Vetiver, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
Today, 9 p.m., 21
Harlow’s in Sacramento
Not only is this the most perfect live venue in Sacramento for an intimate performance and a drink, but it’s the perfect band to accompany such activity. Vetiver so soundly dabbles in acoustic folk-inspired tunes like that of Bon Iver, Bob Dylan and Will Oldham. Don’t be a sucker like me and miss this show!
People Power Tour
Friday, 7 p.m.
Sacramento State University Ballroom
UC Davis’ Students Organizing for Change as well as the Muslim Student Association are helping MeCHA and Acción Zapatista Davis to promote awareness of human rights, governmentally-imposed inequity and to support DQ University. This concert will feature Kiwi, Geologic, both Filipino American hip-hop artists with a strong message.
Guttermouth, Another Damn Disappointment, Losing all Pride, Get Dead
Friday, 8 p.m., $15
The Boardwalk in Orangevale
A depressing sounding bill, I know. But Guttermouth is all sorts of fun! I mean come on, ten albums later and they’re still punk. Catch the Epitaph goofballs and yell “She’s Got the Look” as loud as you can.
Waiting for Bruce
Friday, 8 p.m.
Delta of Venus
Who doesn’t love an evening of Caribbean cuisine along with a free live music at Delta? Fully indulge yourself in this voluptuous atmosphere, but don’t expect good ol’ Springsteen to show up with Rachel from Friends as his back up dancer. Waiting for Bruce is a band compiled of blues musicians who are known to cover Hendrix, Cash and even The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Loch Lomond, The Heather Show
Friday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
Loch Lomond is a Portland band with all the right connections – their latest record Paper the Walls was recorded with Adam Selzer (Norfolk & Western) at his Type Foundry Studio, also the machine that pumped out records from The Decemberists and M. Ward. But listen carefully to Loch Lomond – they may not be Scottish, but they’re just as charming and interestingly dressed.
The Dimes, Tyler Ramsey, Shelley Short
Saturday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
The Dimes are so ridiculously popular; they’re hitting up Davis twice on their visit! The name Tyler Ramsey might strike a folksy chord with diehard Band of Horses fans, he’s one of their guitarists! Ramsey will be joined by the second Hush Records artist this weekend, Shelley Short. For a closer look at her latest release Water for the Day, see pageM7
The Ancient Sons, My Imaginary Friends, Olin and the Moon
Sunday, 9 p.m., $3, 21
The Press Club in Sacramento
Primitive psychedelic loosely defines the tunes of The Ancient Sons out of Sacramento. They’ll be accompanied by the Northwest tourers from L.A., Olin and the Moon, who bang out folk songs in between spitting sunflower seeds. Also on the bill is the absolutely adorable My Imaginary Friends also from the smoggy city, upbeat and reminiscent of Belle and Sebastian.
SWIMS; Mute Socialite; Alas, Alak, Alaska!; Afternoon Brother
Wednesday, 9 p.m., $5, 21
The Blue Lamp in Sacramento
A solid lineup to say the least, infinitely diverse to say the most: SWIMS hits the fretboard fast enough to make Minus the Bear look sluggish. Folk soloist Alas, Alak, Alaska! is mesmerizing in the most mystical of ways. And Afternoon Brother –well, they’re the token quirky, experimental band for the evening.
READING / SPOKEN WORD
Wednesday, 9 p.m.
He once ruled the Native American Studies department on campus, butnow he serves as professor emeritus and dabbles in poetry and fiction. Jack Forbes will bestow upon eager ears insight from the world which he has traveled and observed.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Griffin Lounge, Memorial Union
These comedic clowns have reserved the Griffin Lounge on the occasional Friday this quarter just to provide you with free entertainment. And don’t expect the Birdstrikers to write up any witty skits for their audience – this performance will be fully improvisational.
MONDAVI / THEATRE
The Girl in the Frame
Today through Saturday, 8 p.m., $18
Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre in Rancho Cordova
Dine but don’ ditch – this restaurant promises you a wonderful musical after your meal. The Girl in the Frame stars four young people all exploring lighthearted romance, and one of the main characters is UC Davis student Joshua Glenn Robertson. Tonight is the preview night, which offers a discounted $10 ticket through the door, supporting the cast. More information can be found at garbeaus.com.
Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., $14.50 for students and $29 for non-students
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
This classically trained Croatian is crazy good at guitar and he hasn’t even turned 30 yet! Robert Belini will daze crowds with his ability to tap his fingertips up and down the fretboard faster than you can blink your eyes. For an in-depth profile on Belini revealing all his uniqueness, see page M2.
AT THE MOVIES
Opens Friday at Regal Davis Stadium 5 on G Street
Who’s got repulsor power? IRON MAN! Follow your childhood, indestructible super hero onto an action-packed big screen.
Made of Honor
Opens Friday at the Regal Davis Holiday 6 on F Street
The only word relevant to a synopsis or a motivation to seeing this film is the following: McDreamy.
Friday at 7 p.m. only at 600 FourthSt. in Sacramento.
Have the unique opportunity to preview for $5 the documentary exploring the roots of marijuana legalization. Director Dan Frank will appear for a question-and-answer section post-screening.