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Wednesday, May 29, 2024



Noon Concert: Jolan Friedhoff and Isaac Friedhoff Calvo

Today, noon, free

Music 115

Ah, another music department noon concert. Jolan Friedhoff, violin, and Isaac Friedhoff Calvo, piano, play music by Catalan composers in Music 115.

Arboretum GATEways Arts Festival

Saturday, 11 a.m., free

UC Davis Arboretum

Studio 301 and other theater groups have long been performing on the Arboretum’s various stages. Now for the first time, the Arboretum will host a day long arts festival featuring the UC Davis art, music, dance and theater departments. See preview in today’s Muse for more about the festivities.

Best Coast, AB & the Sea, Dog Party, Produce Produce

Wednesday, 8 p.m., $5

Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 2nd St.

The Entertainment Council presents Los Angeles-based pop trio Best Coast this Wednesday night. As its name may suggest, Best Coast’s music, with its laid-back surfer vibe, is perfect for hanging out on the beach, or at least pretending to hang out on the beach. They will be joined by Northern California bands AB & the Sea, Dog Party and Produce Produce.


Passing Strange

Monday, 7 p.m., free

Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theater

Before you see Stew and The Negro Problem’s concert on Tuesday or Wednesday, view the Spike Lee film that was based on Stew’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Passing Strange. The film chronicles a young man’s experiences as he travels around the world for the first time and features foot-tapping, rock-and-roll musical numbers.


Dresden Staatskapelle

Saturday, 8 p.m., $25

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

The Dresden Staatskapelle orchestra was founded 461 years ago in Dresden, Germany, and is now one of the most respected orchestras in the world. Saturday’s program will include works by Schumann and Beethoven, featuring piano soloist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Gamelan Cudamani: Bamboo to Bronze

Sunday, 7 p.m., $12.50

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

If you saw (or read) Eat Pray Love this summer, you probably fell in love with the beautiful and peaceful culture of Bali. Now, you can witness Balinese traditions first-hand with this performance of the islands’ music and dance by the Gamelan Cudamani ensemble. Featuring traditional Balinese dress, instruments and dance, it’ll be like the islands have come to Davis.

Stew and the Negro Problem

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m., $24.50

Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theater

After establishing himself and his band, The Negro Problem, as some of Los Angeles’s most exciting rock-and-roll performers, Stew and his wife and collaborator Heidi created “Passing Strange,” a hit Broadway musical that won a Tony award and inspired a Spike Lee film. Now, Stew and The Negro Problem are back on tour for the first time in six years, making the Mondavi Center their first stop on their West Coast tour. See interview with Stew in Robin Migdol’s column today.


2nd Annual Confluence College Poetry Tour

Tonight, 8 p.m., free

John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St.

Sacramento poets John Murillo, Lawrence Dinkins and Dorine Jennette will read original works at tonight’s Poetry Reading Series, hosted by University Writing Program professor Andy Jones. All three are highly talented and unique writers, and if you’re struggling in your creative writing class, tonight’s reading is sure to be inspiring and educational.

Larry McNeill Xhe De and Da-ka-xeen Mehner Artists Lecture

Wednesday, 6 p.m., free

C.N. Gorman Museum, Hart Hall

Hear from the artists behind the Gorman Museum’s latest exhibit at this free lecture. Both artists have ancestral and family ties to the Tlingit and Nisgaa nations of Alaska and their art represents their rich cultural identity in what promises to be an exciting show.

Tomas Post: Clay Works

Through Nov. 2, free

The Artery, 207 G St.

View ceramics by Artery member Tomas Post in this unique exhibit. Post says his work explores the relationship between “walls and the markings that appear on walls,” unnoticed over time. His works utilize bright colors and a carefree attitude.

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


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