Deadly Davis Derby/Dance Party/Dash
Friday, 6 p.m., $3-5
Delta of Venus at 122 B St.
It’s good ol‘ fashioned madness and malarkey presented by the Davis Bicycle Collective. Make sure to get to Delta of Venus at 5:30 p.m. to register your team. The race starts at Delta, goes around Davis and is followed by a dance party featuring DJs TAO, Nix, Dog Tonez and Jordie La Forge.
Drive, Fair Game, Kattywompus, The Grumpy, Private Criminals
Friday, 8 p.m., $10
The Boardwalk in Orangevale
If the dark stringy hair and eyeliner aren’t telling enough, here are some more tidbits about Drive: They’re hella alt, hella scene and hella influenced by bands like Linkin Park, Evanescence and 30 Seconds to Mars. Take plenty of high-angled shots of yourself at the show to post on your MySpace afterward, because if you’re lucky enough, you just might end up on theirs as well.
Buildings Breeding, Tall Tales, Seth Pettersen
Friday, 9 p.m., $5
Primary Concepts at 219 E St.
Buildings Breeding, a home-grown indie-pop outfit, are no strangers to the local music scene. Along with the group in this “Cool As Folk“ presented show is Ventura-based Tall Tales, whose intimate slow-coustic should also draw in fans of Horse Feathers and Port O’Brien.
The Phenomenauts, The Secretions, Cobra Skulls, Ashtray
Saturday, 8 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 day of show
The Boardwalk in Orangevale
There’s no denying that Oakland band The Phenomenauts have a thing called personal – specifically, their own brand of space-themed rockabilly called “Rocket Roll“ and shows complete with spacesuits, flashing lights and toilet paper gun. Seasoned cadets (that’s how the band refers to its fans) will salute in honor, newcomers should shed the cynicism and accept such unabashed campiness.
Pregnant, Woman Year, Stag Hare, 60 Watt Kid, Conncet 9, Talibam
Sunday, 7 p.m., donations accepted
60 Watt Kid must be on to something good if they were able to confuse the more or less self-appointed almighty reviewers of Pitchfork. Moving from sonic, tranquil psychedelic to jarring garage, the band is as much Animal Collective or Talking Heads as they are Brian Eno and as much abstract art as they are mad science.
Wavves, Ganglians, Vampire Hands
Sunday, 8 p.m., $6
Luigi‘s Fun Garden in Sacramento
Wavves made waves with his debut album Wavves, and the San Diegan is back at it again with his latest release Wavvves. Confusing? Perhaps, but it’s nothing compared to his music, an entirely strange but wholly compelling mix of distorted pop-punk, electronics and experimental noise.
Tuesday, 8 p.m., $12
Harlow‘s in Sacramento
British? Check. Cutesy and upbeat? Check and check. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Deerhoof fans, meet Los Campesinos!, a seven-piece indie outfit from Wales whose songs will get your hands clapping and your feet moving.
Jenny Lewis, Dawes
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., $22.50 in advance, $25 day of show
Empire Events Center in Sacramento
Oh, Jenny Lewis, how I do I love thee? Let me count the ways: From your childhood acting days to fronting Rilo Kiley and from your country-tinged solo debut to your soulful sophomore release, you can do no wrong in mine eyes.
The Gaslight Anthem, Heartless Bastards
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., $13 in advance, $15 day of show
The Boardwalk in Orangevale
They’re catchy, they’re sincere and they evoke an image of quaint all-American rock ‘n‘ roll – I guess there’s a reason why New Jersey based band The Gaslight Anthem has been labeled as a baby Bruce Springsteen of sorts. After making a pit stop at the Boardwalk, the group will soon bring their punk-meets-blues stylings to the sweltering valley that is the Coachella Music Festival.
AT THE MOVIES
Monday, 6:30 p.m., $10 general admission, $5 with a student ID
As part of the Mondavi Center’s “Focus on Film” series, this season highlights works of influential Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. ART / GALLERY
Thursday, 6:30 p.m., free
Activities and Recreation Center, Ballrooms A and B
Harvard University biomedical engineer David Edwards will discuss his unique creative process of combining both disciplines as part of Art/Science Fusion program.
Getting Graphic: Discussion on Gender and Sexuality in Comics
Friday, noon to 5 p.m., free
Memorial Union East Conference Room
The library of the UC Davis Women‘s Research and Resource Center presents its first annual comic conference, which celebrates women writers and artists in the comic industry, with works that discuss gender, sexuality and mental health.
THEATER / MONDAVI
Linda Bair Dance Company: Turning Ten
Today and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., $14 general admission, $10 with a student ID
Veterans‘ Memorial Center Theatre at 203 E. 14th St.
The dance company will be performing some crowd favorites for their 10th birthday, including “Weight of the World“ and “One Mad Brunette.“ There will be also be a Q&A with the dancers following performances today and Saturday, and a free class will be taught by the company on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Davis Art Center and at the door.
Main Stage Dance/Theatre Festival
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., $14 general admission, $10 with a student ID
Main Theatre, Wright Hall
Elements of dance and theater are combined for this annual festival, which will showcase six separate works from undergraduate students and MFA candidates. The festival starts tomorrow and will continue next weekend. To purchase tickets, visit theatredance.ucdavis.edu.
RACHEL FILIPINAS can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.