Today, 10 p.m., $3
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St.
Describing their sound as “Mexi-cali Gypsy Pirate Polka,” Diego’s Umbrella is sure to give a memorable performance at Sophia’s tonight. The group of six has all the trappings of a traditional Mexi-Cali band, yet deliver music that is anything but ordinary.
Kelley James; Starting Six; Loggy Live
Friday, 8 p.m., $7 presale, $12 at door
Theta Xi House at 515 1st Street
Check out the Theta Xi house tomorrow for a philanthropy concert featuring Davis’ own Starting Six and returning act Kelley James.
Sea of Bees
Friday, 5 p.m., free
Armadillo Records, 205 F St.
Sea of Bees’ Julia Baenzinger joins her unique singing voice with mellow acoustics, creating a sound that is retro but still fresh. It’s appropriate, then, that she lists “gypsies” as one of her influences. Visit Sea of Bees’ Myspace for a preview before catching the performance at Armadillo Records.
Urban Sherpas with Uncle Tony
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., free
Delta of Venus Café, 122 B St.
Enjoy a free performance by contemporary jazz group Urban Sherpas while you dine at Delta of Venus this Saturday. The group says their emphasis is on “groove and melody” and they also play cover tunes.
Boca do Rio, Techno Bus, Katharina and Friends
Sunday, 4 p.m., $10
Plainfield Station, 23944 Country Road 98 (Woodland)
All proceeds from this concert by local artists will go towards supporting conservation efforts in Bolivia. Plus, it gives you the chance to venture out to Plainfield Station bar and grill, a sleepy establishment that has served Davis locals and travelers for nearly 75 years.
AT THE MOVIES
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, 8 p.m., free
UC Davis East Quad
The Entertainment Council will offer a free screening of the ultimate cult classic for the second year in a row in our own East Quad. Wear costumes, bring props and get ready to experience movie-watching in a whole new way. If you’ve never been to a Rocky Horror screening, check out rockyhorror.com/participation/virgins.php to get the lowdown on how it works.
Sacramento Bicycle Film Festival
Friday through Sunday, 9 p.m., free
Fremont Park, Sacramento
We all bike everywhere we go; now, relax while watching films about bicycling in downtown Sacramento’s Fremont Park. In addition to the movies, there will be DJs, food, drinks and the opportunity to watch the Tour of California cycling race when it goes through Sacramento on Sunday.
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, 8 p.m., $5
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
The Symphony Orchestra is made up of some of Davis’ best musicians, so it’s no surprise that the group puts on some of the most impressive concerts every year. Don’t miss their performance on Sunday of Beethoven’s Egmont, featuring Susannah Biller, soprano, and Bella Merlin as narrator. The orchestra will also perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 in E Minor.
Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone
Sunday, 8 p.m., $17.50
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
Continuing Wednesday’s night of jazz is world-renowned tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who has been impressing audiences with his masterful jazz style for more than 50 years. Move over, kids – Sonny’s here to show you how it’s done.
UC Davis Jazz Bands: Organ and Big Band
Wednesday, 7 p.m., $6
Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theater
University jazz bands, joined by the organ, groove on tunes by director Delbert Bump. If you love jazz music, this is the concert for you.
The Matter of Taste
Wednesday through Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 23, 2 p.m., $11
Wyatt Pavilion Theater
The Department of Theatre and Dance presents a unique event directed by Granada Artist-in-Residence Anna Fenemore. Combining storytelling, music, and cooking demonstrations, The Matter of Taste explores what it means to have “good taste” and why this is so subjective.
“Eight From ACGA”
Friday, 7 p.m., free
Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.
Artists from The Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California will display some of their expertly-crafted sculptures at the Davis Art Center.
“Carol Bernard: If You See It,” “Not So Common Clay – Three Artists,” “Mug It Up!”
Friday, 6 p.m., free
Pence Gallery, 212 D St.
View art in three diverse mediums: pen and ink drawings, ceramic sculptures, and mugs. Local musician Steve Geller will perform as well.
ROBIN MIGDOL can be reached at email@example.com.