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MUSIC Musical Charis and Shayna & the Bulldog Today, 10 p.m., $3 Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. Catch two local pop groups at Sophia’s tonight: Sacramento’s trio Musical Charis and Davis’ own pop/rock quartet Shayna & the Bulldog. Both groups sound ready to bring a little happiness into your Thursday night. Mark Matos & Os Beaches and Buxter Hoot’n Friday, 10 p.m., $3

MUSIC

Musical Charis and Shayna & the Bulldog

Today, 10 p.m., $3

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St.

Catch two local pop groups at Sophia’s tonight: Sacramento’s trio Musical Charis and Davis’ own pop/rock quartet Shayna & the Bulldog. Both groups sound ready to bring a little happiness into your Thursday night.

Mark Matos & Os Beaches and Buxter Hoot’n

Friday, 10 p.m., $3

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St.

Sophia’s switches from tonight’s locally-based pop to Sacramento folk for Friday’s evening entertainment. Both groups have been influenced by everything from the psychedelic ’60s and LSD to the Grateful Dead and classic rock-and-roll. This is hippie rock for the 21st century.

Yolo Mambo

Sunday, 6 p.m., free

KetMoRee, 238 G St.

Yolo Mambo, a Davis-based acoustic band, plays world and jazz music, and this Sunday they’ll perform at delicious Thai restaurant KetMoRee for the first time. Feel like you’re on an exotic vacation without even leaving downtown Davis.

An evening with SOULAJU

Sunday, 7 p.m., free

The Delta of Venus, 122 B Street

This event, sponsored by the Ethnic & Cultural Affairs Commission and Cultural Studies, will present Soulaju, a hip hop and world music duo. Also featured are UC Davis Spoken Word collective SickSpits and other guest DJs.

AT THE MOVIES

Countdown to Zero

Today, 8 p.m., free

194 Chemistry

Catch a free screening of this important documentary about the nuclear arms race. Countdown to Zero follows the nuclear arms race from the invention of the nuclear bomb to today’s global arms crisis, making an argument for worldwide nuclear disarmament. The film was featured at the Sundance Film Festival; however, a theatrical release date has not been set yet, so take advantage of today’s screening.

THEATER/MONDAVI

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

Today – Saturday, May 1, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 2, 7 p.m., $12

Arboretum Gazebo

Student-run production company Studio 301 presents the classic hippie musical in probably the most inspiring setting on campus: the arboretum gazebo. There’s no better way to get in the mood for peace, love and rock-and-roll than lounging in the great outdoors.

Radio Stories and Other Stories: An Evening with Ira Glass

Today, 8 p.m., $12.50

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

We’ve all heard the voice of NPR’s most iconic broadcaster, Ira Glass, in programs like This American Life. Now, come see the man behind the voice and get a backstage look at how Glass creates each episode of This American Life. You’ll even watch as the show is recreated right on the stage, complete with sound effects, dialogue and music.

UC Davis Baroque Ensemble

Saturday, 3 p.m., $6

Mondavi Center, Rumsey Rancheria Grand Lobby

Take in some great period music with the Baroque Ensemble on Saturday afternoon. In an unusual twist, the ensemble will perform in the Mondavi Center’s dramatic lobby instead of one of the theaters, which sounds like a great way to mix things up.

Some Things Are Private

Wednesday – Saturday, May 8, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 9, 2 p.m., $11

Wright Hall, Main Theater

UC Davis is the first university to be granted the rights to perform this controversial show, based on photographer Sally Mann’s nude pictures of her children from the 1990s. Taking on topics such as privacy, nudity and children in art, the show aims to make each of us question what art is and where we draw the line. Check out our article in MUSE for more information.

ART/GALLERY

Pence Gallery Garden Tour

Sunday, noon, $25

Pence Gallery, 212 D St.

For those gardeners and budding landscape architects out there, the Pence Gallery will hold its 19th annual Garden Tour this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The tour features nine home gardens in the Willowbank and Oakshade neighborhoods, and guests can also enjoy a silent auction and refreshments. For more information, visit pencegallery.org.

“The Gene in Context: Organic Complex Systems as a Model for Generative Architecture”

Tuesday, 4:10 p.m., free

Art 210D

Design and art history professor Christina Cogdell discusses recent efforts to combine molecular biology and architecture to discover new processes in both fields. As it turns out, architecture and biology have a lot to teach each other, and us, about the complex systems that organize our lives.

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