Big Sean ft. J Good
Today, noon, free
Spend your lunchtime today on the wet Quad with legendary wordsmith Big Sean ft. J Good, presented by the ASUCD Entertainment Council. Haven’t heard of Big Sean? Shame on you. This is your one chance to witness a verbal virtuoso grace our muddy greenery with sheer talent. This is seriously not a show to miss.
Today, 12:05 p.m., free
115 Music Building
This week’s free noon concert – taking a break from the usual Mondavi Center lobby ambience – will feature Genevieve Lee on piano, performing UC Davis music professor Kurt Rohde’s “One.”
Sex Type Thing
The Davis Graduate
Anyone miss Stone Temple Pilots? Sex Type Thing may not have been from their best albums, but STP’s mark on the ’90s scene was by far better than Velvet Revolver’s mark on whatever scene we’re in today. Check out Sex Type Thing for a grungy ’90s night at the Grad.
Norcal Noisefest pre-show
Today, 7 p.m., free
John Natsoulas Gallery
Norcal Noisefest kicks off on Friday, but don’t forget the pre-show at the Natsoulas Gallery tonight. The show will feature Mucky the Ducky, Chinapainting and Chad E. Williams. Experimental, ambient drone might not grab everyone’s interest, but hey, it’s indie, right?
Folk Music Jam Session
Friday, noon, free
The folk music jam session is back! Visit the arboretum and bring your own instrument for noontime improvisational fun. As always, no experience is required so leave any self-consciousness at the door. Or the arboretum gate. Whatever.
Davis Community Idol
Wednesday, 7 p.m., $6
Davis High School
Don’t be fooled – just because it’s at the Davis High School performing arts building doesn’t mean it’s a high school-only event. This vocal competition will feature ten local post-high school performers and instrumental accompanists. Expect nothing short of extraordinary talent. Tickets are also available at Watermelon Music in advance.
LITERATURE / POETRY
Opening Night: Readings by the Creative Writing Faculty
Today, 7 p.m., free
Walking through Voorhies Hall is captivating, to say the least. Whether it’s the presence of the prolific University Writing Program or a glimpse of one of my articles on a faculty door, I’m always intellectually entertained. Some of the UWP’s notable faculty will be performing their own fiction and poetry on Wyatt Deck this evening.
ART / GALLERY
Art in the Cemetery
Sunday, 11 a.m., free
Davis Cemetery at 820 Pole Line Rd.
Art in the Cemetery is just what it sounds like – an art exhibition featuring the work of local artists … at the Davis Cemetery. Works include photographs, paintings, poetry, literature and more. Anything that’s close to the Chiles Mansion site is intriguing enough, and possibly worthy of a later visit. (Daviswiki it. Seriously.)
Sunday, 8 p.m., free (donations welcome)
Center Court at 3600 North Freeway Blvd. in Sacramento
Fashionably Live is a music, fashion and art showcase in Sacramento, featuring the Davis-born designer line The Imaginary Zebra, who will be presenting their fall collection. The show’s theme, “Fashion is important to everyone,” should be readily apparent.
AT THE MOVIES
Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Today, 7 p.m., $10
Davis High School
Tonight, an environmental film festival will be held at the Davis High School, showcasing educational environmental short films. The Sierra Club Yolano Group and Tuleyome are hosting the event. Tickets are available at Armadillo Music. For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook event page.
THEATER / MONDAVI
Yamato Taiko Drummers
Today, 8 p.m., $17.50
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
If you’ve never seen a Taiko drum performance, try to check it out at least once, and why miss a chance to visit the Mondavi Center? The performers can put on an entertaining show for any crowd – especially since a school matinee is scheduled for 11 a.m. today. For more information, visit mondaviarts.org.
JUSTIN T. HO can be reached at email@example.com.