Super Mash Bros.
Tonight, 7 p.m., $12
Los Angeles-based electronic-pop-rap group Super Mash Bros. will hit Freeborn Hall tonight for an unforgettable performance. With songs like “Bruce Willis Was Dead the Whole Time” and “From Honor Role to Out of Control,” you know these guys won’t hold back.
The Finches, Key Losers, Katie Delwiche, Coal Beautiere
Friday, 7 p.m., $5
Bike Forth, 1221 ½ 4th St.
Who knew Davis’ bike repair collective also put on shows? Catch four great acts on Friday – maybe it’ll inspire you to treat your bike with more love.
Jackstraw, TV Mike and the Scarecrowes
Friday, 9 p.m., $3
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St.
Bluegrass reigns Friday night at Sophia’s. Portland-based guitar/mandolin duo Jackstraw and Oakland’s “cow punk string band” TV Mike and the Scarecrowes bring their four-city joint tour through Davis before wrapping up in Santa Cruz.
The Common Men, The Kimberly Trip
Friday, 9 p.m., small fee
G Street Pub, 228 G St.
Local punk-alternative band The Common Men will hit the G Street Pub stage, joined by “geek pop” band The Kimberly Trip. Both groups are highly accomplished and gaining in popularity, so catch this show to say you knew them from way back when.
Music on the Green featuring Thao Nguyen, Boxes, AshEL, Lounge Lizards, David Ronconi and Seamoose
Saturday, 6 p.m., free
Central Park, Downtown Davis
Get your Saturday night off to a great start by listening to Get Down Stay Down’s Thao Nguyen, the UC Davis a capella group Lounge Lizards, spoken-word performer AshEL and more at Central Park’s Music on the Green. Music just sounds better outside, doesn’t it?
Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom IX
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., $10
Plainfield Station, 23944 County Rd.w 98
KDVS presents a diverse group of bands and musicians for this year’s O:RMF concert at Plainfield Station. It’s sure to be a great afternoon/evening of music and food, including burgers and a beer bar, in the truly unique setting of the extremely rural County Road 98.
AT THE MOVIES
10th Annual UC Davis Film Festival
Wednesday – Thursday, 8:30 p.m., $5
Davis Varsity Theater, 616 2nd St.
View short films created by UC Davis students in a real theater setting at the 10th annual campus-wide film festival. You may just see the work of the next James Cameron.
The Turning Pointe: The Arts Unite for Freedom
Friday, 7 p.m., $8
Wright Hall, Main Theater
Anti-genocide student coalition STAND and the Elite Dance Company are teaming up to raise money and awareness for some very important causes in this combination of dance, spoken word poetry, a capella and art. Part of the proceeds will go to the City of Joy in DR Congo. All attendees are sure to be entertained as well as enlightened about the tragedies of genocide and mass atrocities around the world.
University Concert Bands
Wednesday, 7 p.m., $4
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
As a former member of the University Concert Band, I can say with absolute authority that Wednesday’s concert is sure to be a knockout. Expect to hear some great music, including Johan de Meji’s The Lord of the Rings-inspired Symphony No. 1, played by your very talented fellow students.
Ann Foley Scheuring Book Signing
Friday, 7:30 p.m., free
Logos Books, 523 2nd St.
Local author Ann Foley Scheuring will discuss her latest book, Valley Empires. The book is about the Central Valley’s cultural heritage as told from two men’s perspectives. Sheuring will sign copies of her book and answer questions, and light refreshments will also be served.
Nada Brahma Concert and Indian Music Workshops
Saturday, workshops 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., $40, concert 8 p.m., $15
Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.
Classical Indian musician Nada Brahma will teach two workshops, on percussion and instrumental/voice, before giving a concert herself at the Davis Art Center. Sounds like a great opportunity to learn a new kind of music straight from the expert.
Friends and Strangers: The Making of a Creole Culture in Colonial Pennsylvania
Tuesday, 12 to 1:30 p.m., free
UC Davis Bookstore Lounge
John Smolenski explores the unique Quaker culture of colonial America in his new book. He argues that Quaker leadership arose from the combining of Old World culture with New World diversity and delves deeply into the roots of English culture in North America. A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion.
ROBIN MIGDOL can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.