By the Aggie Arts Desk
It‘s a common predicament: You‘re stuck in Davis for the summer, you‘re bored and you have no money. If you‘re looking for a better way to spend your time than watching reruns on television, MUSE provides a suggestion of fun – and more importantly, affordable – things you can do if you‘re in the area.
Second Saturday Art Walk
You know that dream girl you want to impress? Or that hunky guy on your radar? For the ultimate cheap night out, head to downtown Sacramento on the second Saturday of the month for an art walk. With galleries opened late into the evening, this should be the perfect place to show that girl or guy how cultured you are. The galleries feature an array of local artwork, from paintings to installation art. To top off the night, take your date to one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the galleries.
For the non-lovers, Second Saturday is a great way to socialize and people watch, as the event attracts an eclectic group of artists and locals. And best of all – free wine!
The next art walk is June 14. More information is available at 2nd-sat.com.
Bring a piece of cardboard big enough to sit on, or find one at the bottom of this giant cement slide.
Sacramento French Film Festival
Pay homage to French cinema this summer at the eighth annual Sacramento French Film Festival. It will take place from July 17 to 28 at the Crest Theatre. The festival will feature full-length movies and short films in French with English subtitles.
Tickets can be purchased in packages or for individual showings. Admission is $9 for students and $10 for non-students. The Crest Theatre is located 1013 K St.
A mini-guide to free music in town
You‘re broke, but your ears are itching for some orgasmic sounds. Don‘t fret, there are more options than you‘d suspect for a night of free live music. The 21-and-under can park it next to Sophia‘s at the “Balcony B“ (a.k.a. the Fish ‘n‘ Chips outdoor seating) and enjoy a view of folk-inspired performances from some of Sacramento, Bay Area, Portland and Seattle‘s best musicians. Then there‘s the traditional house show, which can serve as a multi-functional venue in terms of eat, drink and entertainment, above and beyond music. Check local message boards such as daviswiki.org/events_board, kdvs.org/events or undietacos.org for more information on local, underground shows located in anything from living rooms to coffee shops. For more information on Sophia‘s entertainment schedule, go to sophiasthaikitchen.com.
Nicole L. Browner
Poetry Night at Bistro 33
From Sacramento rapper Random Abilideze to Native American professor Jack Forbes, Poetry Night at Bistro 33 offers a wide range of readers for any creative persuasion. Held every first and third Wednesday of the month, it also gives up-and-coming poets a chance to showcase their own work with an open mic that follows the featured reader. Take the time to start working on your prose this summer in anticipation for the event – an intimate and friendly crowd is sure to be welcoming to any aspiring writer. Poetry Night is hosted by University Writing Program lecturers Andy Jones and Brad Henderson. Bistro 33 is located at 226 F St. For more information, check the Facebook group.
Mr. Glass at Delta of Venus
Looking for a weekly escape for the summer nights? Hear DJ Nix, a.k.a. Mr. Glass, at the Delta of Venus 122 B St. every Thursday and Friday. Mr. Glass spins a diverse set of genres, including soul, jazz, downbeat, and funk. Mr. Glass has been known to mix a variety of underground rap and has been known to play balls out-funk mixed with Bjork‘s haunting vocals. To hear more of Mr. Glass‘s playlists, check out his KDVS show “Good Good“ every Monday at 9:30 a.m.
People complain that there is nothing to do in Davis, but I don‘t think enough take advantage of the fact that there is a lot of outdoorsy stuff that‘s only a short drive away. Located halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, American River is the probably one the finest places in California to go kayaking or rafting. Calmer types can find just as much on the quieter stretches as the whitewater thrill-seekers. Take a best friend or a date and picnic basket, and you‘re set.
– Sonia Parecadan
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