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Friday, July 19, 2024



Expo 70

Wednesday, 7 p.m., small cover fee

The Cake House, 2271 Halsey Circle

Improvisational psychedelic band Expo 70, hailing from Kansas City, Miss., is set to bring its unique style to Davis. Get ready for some truly out-of-this-world musical stylings.

Old Man Markley, Miss Lonely Hearts and the West Nile Ramblers

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., $15

Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St.

Nine-piece bluegrass band Old Man Markley, country/roots Miss Lonely Hearts and jazz/Americana group West Nile Ramblers will share the stage at Odd Fellows Hall this Wednesday. Support Davis musicians and enjoy a night of bluegrass and country music.


House on Haunted Hill

Friday, 8 p.m., free

UC Davis East Quad

One of the best parts of Halloween is watching scary movies. Don’t miss out on this time-honored tradition – stop by the quad tomorrow night to catch the 1959 Halloween classic “House on Haunted Hill,” starring the ever-creepy Vincent Price. A millionaire offers $10,000 to whoever can stay in his haunted house for one night, but they’ll have to survive ghosts, murderers and more.


Shinkoskey Noon Concert (Madness and Music Festival)

Today, 12 p.m., free

Mondavi Center Lobby

If you missed out or are too cash-poor to get tickets to any of this weekend’s Madness and Music Festival concerts, never fear: You can attend a preview concert at noon today, absolutely free. Eric Zivian on piano and Hrabba Atladottir on violin will play works by composers Lee Hyla and Gyorgy Kurtag, among others, who will be featured throughout the festival.

Electronic/Mixed Media Concert (Madness and Music Festival)

Tonight, 8 p.m., $9

Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theater

Members of the UC Davis technocultural studies department will take part in David Tudor’s Rainforest IV, a percussion piece that utilizes custom-built sound generators, found materials and other instruments. The piece will be performed on all three levels of the Mondavi Center Lobby, so you’ll really be surrounded by sound.

Alarm Will Sound (Madness and Music Festival)

Saturday, 8 p.m., $10

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member ensemble featuring a variety of instruments that performs truly innovative interpretations of modern works. On the program are works by Aphex Twin, Lee Hyla, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and more. Lee Hyla, who is a composer-in-residence, will give a pre-performance lecture about his featured work Pre-Pulse Suspended at 7 p.m. in Jackson Hall.

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra (Madness and Music Festival)

Sunday, 7 p.m., $5

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

The always-fantastic UCDSO concludes the whirlwind Madness and Music Festival with a concert of a diverse group of pieces. Highlights are sure to be Four Hardy Songs for soprano and orchestra, composed by music professor Pablo Ortiz and Lu-lu, Lu-lu, by Festival Composition Fellow Jean Ahn.

Note: For a full schedule of the Mondavi Center’s Madness and Music Festival, go to mondaviarts.org.

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Wednesday, 8 p.m., $17.50

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

Violinist Robert McDuffie leads Venice’s revered period-music ensemble in Vivaldi’s famous work Four Seasons, followed by Philip Glass’ The American Four Seasons.

Delfeyo Marsalis Octet

Wednesday – Saturday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m., $18.50

Is there any Marsalis relative who isn’t a master musician? Brother of famed jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads his jazz octet in a rendition of his latest album, Minions’ Dominion.


William Maul, Cynthia Charters and Sharon Wolpoff

Wednesday – Nov. 27, free

John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St.

Maul’s surrealist pop culture paintings and Wolpoff’s photo-realist paintings are eye-catching and masterful. This Natsoulas Gallery exhibit is certainly one for the 21st century.

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


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