Norina Kenora, O, The Void
Today, 7 p.m.
R5 Records in Sacramento
I’ve got my worn-in Chucks, faded black hoodie and hella tight skinny jeans ready – Norina Kenora from Yuba City brings back an era of pop-punk a la Thursday and Saves the Day.
Friday, 8 p.m., free
Delta of Venus
If you didn’t catch their performance on last year’s Picnic Day, here’s your chance. Local quartet Yolo Mambo brings an easygoing and pleasant take on acoustic world folk that your parents would probably approve of, including a rendition of “Don’t Know Why“ by Norah Jones.
Tatsuya Nakatani, Chad Stockdale, Kevin Corcoran
Friday, 8 p.m., donations accepted
Funcastle in Sacramento
His name may sound like a character out of a Haruki Murakami novel, but Osaka-born, New York-based Tatsuya Nakatani is actually a percussionist who has made quite a name for himself in the improvised music scene. Also making a case for freestyle rock are Chad Stockdale and Kevin Corcoran.
Cashload, Star Off Machine
Friday, 10 p.m., $3 to $5, 21
The G Street Pub
If you’re the type of person who thinks winning awards is validation for good music, then here’s a gem of knowledge for you: Star Off Machine won last year’s title of “Best Hard Rock Band“ by the Orange County Music Awards – and if you’re a fan of acts like 3 Doors Down and Sevendust, then you should have no problem agreeing with such an endowment.
Sholi Release Party
Saturday, 8 p.m., free
Delta of Venus
Davis‘ best-kept musical secret is a secret no longer. From local house shows and Picnic Day to going on tour with Iron and Wine last year, the group is now celebrating the release of its first full-length LP, which drops on Tuesday and features other Sholi classics like “Any Other God” and “All That We Can See.“
Autumn Sky, Justin Farren, Ricky Berger
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Luna’s Café in Sacramento
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a line-up of sweet, succulent local talents? I’d take the Sactown folkster Justin Farren and his acoustic melodies over Jason Mraz any day, and the modern, cool jazz standards of Ricky Berger makes me wish I could be a little more musically talented and a little less tone deaf.
Retarded Muppit Farm
Saturday, 8 p.m., free
Buff Castle in Sacramento
Fact: Retarded Muppit Farm and I share the same initials! Neat. And if that’s not evidence enough to their coolness, take note of their music, a kinda electronic but definitely ironic sound.
Claudia’s Ashes, Lurid Bluss
Saturday, 9 p.m., $5, 21
The Stag in Woodland
In last week’s column, I wrote about all the different types of alter egos I’d want to adopt. However, I forgot to mention one: Hella hardcore, hella alt front woman of a band, such as Stephanie Michelle of NorCal goth/industrial band Claudia’s Ashes. The Aggie regrets the error.
AT THE MOVIES
Friday the 13th
Opens tomorrow at the Regal Davis Holiday 6 on F Street
Jason is back in the newest installment of the prolific cult classic series, a re-envisioning of the first four original films.
ART / POETRY
Second Saturday Art Walk
Saturday, 6 p.m.
See 2nd-sat.com for a detailed map
A little bit of sunset, a little bit of art, maybe a little bit of handholding? Sounds like possibly the most adorable Valentine’s Day date ever.
Poetry Night at Bistro 33
Wednesday, 9 p.m., free
Bistro 33 (226 F St.)
Wednesday’s dose of poetry is from Mary Mackey, a professor at Sacramento State University, and UC Davis‘ own Brad Henderson, a faculty member in the University Writing Program.
THEATER / MONDAVI
The Winter’s Tale
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., $16 general admission, $11 with a student ID
Graduating Masters of Fine Arts candidate Patricia Miller brought last year’s hit Nights at the Circus, and she’s back in the director chair again with William Shakespeare’s tale of pastoral romance. Performances continue Feb. 19 to 22. Visit theatredance.ucdavis.edu for more information.
Saturday, 8 p.m., $35 general admission, $17.50 with a student ID
Chris Thile first made a name for himself playing in the “progressive acoustic” band Nickel Creek, and he continues the mandolin-lovin‘ with bluegrass band Punch Brothers.
RACHEL FILIPINAS can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.