ARTSWEEK

LIVE MUSIC

 

Underworld Productions: Take Over

Today, 9 p.m., $15

The Empire in Sacramento

It’s a massively Greek event Kappa Delta Phi, Pi Alpha Phi, Chi Rho Omicron and Kappa Psi Epsilon have all teamed up to overthrow the Empire’s regime for one night only. There are a lot of rules for admission, including a long list of dress code requirements, so I suggest you check the Facebook event for more detailed information.

LIVE MUSIC

 

Underworld Productions: Take Over

Today, 9 p.m., $15

The Empire in Sacramento

It’s a massively Greek event Kappa Delta Phi, Pi Alpha Phi, Chi Rho Omicron and Kappa Psi Epsilon have all teamed up to overthrow the Empire’s regime for one night only. There are a lot of rules for admission, including a long list of dress code requirements, so I suggest you check the Facebook event for more detailed information.

 

Boat, Unit Panic, Elamenos

Friday, 8 p.m.

The Firehouse

The Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade probably rubbed off on these Seattle kids, who get a little synth-happy in their indie pop ballads. They’ll be joined by two student acts, Unit Panic and Elamenos. Also, hear Boat before the show live on KDVS 90.3 FM hosted by the Cool as Folk show from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

The Spokes, The Afterglow

Friday, 8 p.m.

1100 Social Sciences

The bubbly gum pink ladies have their windpipes all warmed up for their spring concert, which will be co-hosted by another student a cappella group The Afterglow. Watch out, they’re craaaaazy!

 

The Pinche Hueros, Shakedown

Friday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

The G St. Pub

Not often does a band emerge from the beautiful coastal region of Half Moon Bay, lodged between Santa Cruz and San Francisco. The Pinche Hueros bring to you an eclectic mix of all genres of fun: everything from hillbilly country to ska and reggae. Adding to the reggae vibe with a little more hip hop than other genres is Sacramento’s Shakedown. Heck, they’ll even throw in some turntable mastery for those who miss the Limp Bizkit days.

 

The Ian McFeron Band, Nicki Bluhm

Friday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

More important than Nicki’s charm is her ability to project that quality in song and in stage presence. The San Franciscan’s style is a throwback to the70s for anyone who enjoyed Linda Ronstadt, and Bluhm invites Tim Bluhm, her husband who spends his time with The Mother Hips, to add to her recordings. Be prepared for a nostalgic and memorable evening.

 

Davis Bike Church Benefit Dance Party

Friday, 7 p.m.

Delta of Venus

We all know and love the DIY bike spot on campus, where endless amounts of tools and peer expertise don’t come overcharged. So why not dance in support of this fine, holy institution? Music spun by Mr. Glass, Dog Tones and Deacon Morgan will lead this fundraising event. Also, enter the raffle to win a bike!

 

Standard Tribesman, Parts of Speech, Startropics, Sati

Saturday, 8 p.m.

The Firehouse

Come support some of this year’s most fun and fresh student bands. You’ll know everyone on the stage, plus everyone in the crowd. As you walk in the door with a cup of free chocolate soymilk, a hundred people will call your name. Then you’ll know all the words to every song, and hopefully every cover song, too.

 

Crazy Ballhead, Retrograde Revolution, Righteous Movement, Jeffrey Valentine

Saturday, 9 p.m., $8, 21

Old Ironsides in Sacramento

Crazy Ballhead has been holding down the hip hop tunes for years, and he’s performing on this evening to celebrate his newest release, The Children of Hope. He’ll be joined by the solid and amusing group Righteous Movement, who some might remember opened up for Lyrics Born and Saul Williams earlier this school year.

 

Leslie and the Badgers, Band of Annuals, The Botticellis,

Saturday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

Though every band on this bill is deserving of your Saturday evening, may I highlight for you the Botticellis of the overcast Outer Richmond district. They’ve opened for Grizzly Bear, and being a firsthand witness, I can assure you that they performed just as impressively. They’re sitting on a new recording, Old Home Movies, which they’d like to share with you this weekend. See page __ for an exclusive questionnaire.

 

Mochipet, Preshish Moments, Build 128, DJ Jon Droll

Sunday, 9 p.m., $3, 21

The Press Club in Sacramento

Daly City Records presents Mochipet, the funky electronic project of David Y. Wang which mixes hip hop and club music for a non-stop party. Like any innovative mash-up DJ, he throws together unheard of genre combinations, such as Tom Petty with Nelly. He will be joined by labelmate and Jerkeley resident Preshish Moments, and other DJs that guarantee you won’t leave the dance floor.

 

The French Kicks, The Weather Underground

Monday, 9 p.m., $12, 21

The Blue Lamp in Sacramento

Holy cow, The French Kicks are back in action with phenomenal new tunes. Already released on iTunes but enters stores on May 20, Swimming embodies older conventions of dance rock with a softer, shoe-gazey edge that almost blows The Walkmen out of the water. Get a sneak preview of Swimming just days before its official release.

 

GALLERY

 

Fashion Conscious

Today

Design Museum in Walker Hall

Come witness a “Project Runway dress from Elisa Jimenez as well as other innovative new green designs in all colors! See the front page for more details.

 

From Spoke to Sprocket: A Look at Bike Culture

Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MU patio

Bike culture is so rampant in Davis that you might not notice it, even if it crashes into you or cuts you off as you cross the street. A reception will take place to show some of the cyclist artifacts unearthed over the years, and this outdoor student exhibit is part of the Sustainable Transportation Fair and the California Bicycle Museum.

 

MONDAVI / THEATRE

 

Measure for Measure

Today through Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Main Theatre

Shakespearean drama takes the stage for Measure for Measure’s opening weekend, directed by MFA Candidate Randy Symank. The play explores ethics, sexual misconduct and other hard topics in contemporary Vienna. And for those looking for a discounted price, go on preview night!

 

“Symphonie fantastique

Sunday, 8 p.m., $13 for non-students and $6.50 for students

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Go see the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra perform works by Berlioz, Mussorgsky and various portions of Wagner’sDie Meistersinger.Graduate student Jessican Bejarano will conduct the Mussorgsky piece as part of her thesis on Russian secular art music.

 

Speaking Chinese

The department of theatre and dance has put together a bundle of activities centered on Chinese art. For the full schedule of workshops and performances, see page ___.

 

COMEDY / READING

 

Curtain Call at City Hall

Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.

Bistro 33

This week’s headliner is Chicago Steve Barkley, unfortunately probably unrelated to Charles. But hey, he’s hit up Showtime and HBO with his comedy bit. Also taking the mic on this fine evening will be Alex Koll and host DJ Mervin, both of whom have made Comedy Central appearances.

 

Birdstrike

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Griffin Lounge, Memorial Union

It’s time for more laughs, more crowd volunteers and more fish-related skits, as Birdstrike has their second monthly performance. Get your weekend started on the right foot, burning enough calories to justify all the more you will consume before Sunday.

 

Expression Redefined

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Griffin Lounge, Memorial Union

The student-run literary and arts publication Nameless Magazine is holding its quarterly performance to include students of music, fiction, poetry, visual art, comedy and so on to take the stage. This time around, they’ve also opened the invitation to faculty and graduate students, so it’s fair to expect at least one of your favorite classroom leaders at the mic.

 

AT THE MOVIES

 

Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

Opens Friday at the Varsity Theatre on Second Street.

La Misma Luna is such a heart wrenching film that even the trailer will make you bawl. When it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year, it got a standing ovation. Telling the story of a young boy dangerously crossing the border to find his mother working to keep him safe, this film is one all of us should see.

 

Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Today, 8 p.m.

Chemistry 194

This has little to no correlation with an ol oak tree. Rather, the 2007 film directed by Joy Dietrich shows the path a Korean adopted woman takes to discovering what it means to be Asian American.

 

American Past Time

Friday, 8 p.m.

Chemistry 194

Some experiences should never be relived, yet should also never be forgotten. This film follows a group of Japanese Americans through their imprisonment in holding campus during World War II. For those especially interested in Pearl Harbor events, this film will offer you a very unique perspective.

 

Editor’s picks:

Standard Tribesman, Parts of Speech, Startropics, Sati

Saturday at the Firehouse

Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

Opens Friday at the Varsity