Today, noon, free
UC Davis West Quad
Mellow hip-hop/rap MC Kero One descends on the quad for another EC-sponsored lunchtime concert. Hit songs include “Fly Fly Away,” “When the Sunshine Comes” and “Welcome to the Bay.” Many consider Kero One to be a nice alternative to harder rock and rap artists today, so don’t be shy – come see what he’s all about.
Shoenberg’s Trio for Strings
Today, 12:05 p.m., free
The music department continues its noon concert tradition with a performance of Shoenberg’s Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello, op. 45 (1946). Terri Buane: violin, Ellen Ruth Rose: viola, Thalia Moore: cello.
The Head & The Heart and Fences
Tonight, 8:30 pm, $5
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St.
Tonight Sophia’s welcomes two Seattle-based indie bands for an early show. Though each group’s sound is unique, both rely on mellow, minimal acoustic instrumentation and soulful lyrics to create beautiful melodies.
Birds & Batteries
Friday, 6 p.m., free
Armadillo Music, 205 F St.
Birds & Batteries will also play Sophia’s Thai Kitchen at 9:30 p.m., but if you want to catch them a little earlier absolutely free, stop by Armadillo Music for an in-store performance at 6 p.m. The band hails from the Bay Area and describes its music as experimental indie pop.
Sunday, 7 p.m., free
Marilyn’s on K, 908 K St., Sacramento
If you find yourself in Sacramento on Sunday night and are hankering for some live music, check out Portland psychedelic guitar-rock band Floater at Marilyn’s on K.
AT THE MOVIES
Donnie Darko: Free Screening
Friday, 8 p.m., free
UC Davis East Quad
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the titular character who is plagued by visions of a bunny rabbit who tells him to commit crimes in this indie fave. Also starring Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Patrick Swayze, it’s a film that you just have to see to believe.
Rising Stars of Opera w/ UC Davis Symphony
Saturday, 8 p.m., free
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
What, a free Mondavi Center concert?! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to listen to great music in Jackson Hall without opening your wallet. San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows are talented young opera singers, and two of them, tenor David Lomeli and soprano Karen Slack, will perform a recital accompanied by our own Symphony Orchestra. The program includes selections from “Tosca” and “La Boheme.”
Wednesday, 8 p.m., $17.50
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
You’ve probably heard Tex-Mex pop/rock band Los Lobos on the radio more times than you can count over the years, and now they’re coming to the Mondavi Center. The performance will mark their first all-electric appearance at the Mondavi Center, so you know it’s gonna get loud.
4th Annual Davis Jazz & Beat Festival
Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m., free
John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St.
Celebrate Beat poetry and jazz music at this annual festival, which will feature poetry readings, painting improvisation, performances by dozens of jazz ensembles, kids’ activities and more. Much of the proceeds will benefit the Davis High School Jazz Band to continue the tradition of jazz music education. See preview in today’s Muse.
The Architecture of Thought
Through October 29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, free
UC Davis Craft Center Gallery
The Craft Center is currently displaying ceramics by wheel throwing instructor Latika Jain. Jain’s pieces take on unusual but highly architectural shapes, sizes and colors and will certainly inspire the artist within you to take one of Jain’s classes and learn how to create ceramic sculptures for yourself.
ROBIN MIGDOL can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.