Affordable activities to keep you busy for a summer in Davis

Its a common predicament: Youre stuck in Davis for the summer, youre bored and you have no money.

By the Aggie Arts Desk

 

Its a common predicament: Youre stuck in Davis for the summer, youre bored and you have no money. If youre 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 youre 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.

 

Chris Rue

 

Slidehill Park

Bring a piece of cardboard big enough to sit on, or find one at the bottom of this giant cement slide.

 

June Quan

 

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.

Jackson Yan

A mini-guide to free music in town

Youre broke, but your ears are itching for some orgasmic sounds. Dont fret, there are more options than youd suspect for a night of free live music. The 21-and-under can park it next to Sophias 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 Seattles best musicians. Then theres 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 Sophias 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.

 

Rachel Filipinas

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 Bjorks haunting vocals. To hear more of Mr. Glasss playlists, check out his KDVS show “Good Good every Monday at 9:30 a.m.

 

Justin Ho

 

American River

People complain that there is nothing to do in Davis, but I dont think enough take advantage of the fact that there is a lot of outdoorsy stuff thats 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 youre set.

 

Sonia Parecadan

 

RACHEL FILIPINAS can be reached at arts@californiaaggie.com. XXX