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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Arts Week


The Speed of Sound in Seawater, Buff Clout, Golden Arm, Jesus and the Rabbis

Friday, 9 p.m., free

The Bomb Shelter, 720 Anderson Road

Experience the Bomb Shelter, an actual 1960s underground bomb shelter built in the backyard of 720 Anderson Rd. that now plays host to musicians around the country thanks to the concrete bunker’s natural reverb. Concerts don’t get more intimate than this.

Jake Mann and the Upper Hand, Mist and Mast, J. Irvin Dally

Friday, 10 p.m., $3

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Jake Mann headlines Sophia’s, joined by Berkeley acoustic band Mist and Mast and Sacramento’s J. Irvin Dally. Use this opportunity to chill out before the next day’s Picnic Day craziness.

San Kazakgascar, The Universal Steve, Smoke Shovelers

Saturday, 5 p.m., free

Delta of Venus Café

In honor of Picnic Day, Delta of Venus gets the night’s music off to an early start with a patio show by Middle-Eastern/Indian-inspired group San Kazakgascar. Also on the program are The Universal Steve and Smoke Shovelers.

KDVS 90.3 FM Annual Fundraiser

Monday through Sunday, Apr. 25, recommended donation $25


Campus radio station KDVS, which operates solely on ASUCD fees and independent donations, gets its annual fundraiser off the ground on Monday. Students and community members are encouraged to make a donation of $25 or more. For a $25 donation, students will receive a free premium package of music, T-shirts, books, DVDs and more. Go to fundraiser.kdvs.org to make your donation.


Baaba Maal

Today, 8 p.m., $12.50

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

Mixing music from his native Senegal with pop, R&B and other styles, Baaba Maal is one of the most refreshing artists performing today. His show tonight will feature tracks from his latest album, Television.

UC Berkeley Gamelan Sari Raras

Friday, 7 p.m., $9

Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theater

Now this sounds like one of the coolest college performing groups I’ve ever heard of. UC Berkeley’s Gamelan Sari Raras, made up of current and former students, puts on shadow puppet plays, accompanied by traditional Javanese instruments. If the performance is half as neat as it sounds, this should be a memorable evening.

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 8 p.m., $25

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

With more Grammy nominations that Michael Jackson, the Saint Louis Symphony is one of the great musical acts of our time. The symphony will play Rouse’s Rapture and Adams’ Dr. Atomic Symphony, among other works.

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, noon, free

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

Take some time out of your Picnic Day festivities to enjoy Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major performed by the always-impressive Symphony Orchestra. And hey, it’s also a rare opportunity to take in the fabulous atmosphere and acoustics of the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall absolutely free of charge.

Empyrean Ensemble: Program III

Sunday, 7 p.m., $9

Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theater

The UC Davis ensemble-in-residence has an intriguing lineup for this concert, including Eric Moe’s Jozaphine Freedom featuring video by Suzie Silver and Jesper Nordin’s In the Midst of Trespassing for violin, percussion, and electronics.


Persepolis screening

Monday, 6 p.m., $9

Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theater

Persepolis continues the Mondavi Center’s Graphic Novel film series. The 2007 film, based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels, tells the story of the coming-of-age of a young woman in revolutionary Iran. Featuring exquisite black-and-white animation and the voice talents of Sean Penn and Gena Rowlands, the film has been hailed as an instant classic.


Launch Party for new book by poet Indigo Moore

Today, 7 p.m., free

John Natsoulas Gallery

Poet Indigo Moore, along with Brian Tso James and Marilyn Nelson, will read from his new book, Through the Stone-Cutters Window. Modern dancer Robert H. Johnson will also perform.

“Matrix vs. Möbius: An Art Historian’s Guide to Recycling”

Tuesday, 4:10 p.m., free

Art 210D

The Art History Department’s Spring Lecture series offers a discussion about art’s role in the recycling of materials and culture led by art history professor Simon Sadler. Turns out recycling isn’t just for bottles and cans!

ROBIN MIGDOL can be reached at arts@theaggie.org.


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