Ai Goldsmith, flute, and Miles Graber, piano
Today, noon, free
Goldsmith and Graber tackle music that combines European and Japanese influences in this noon concert entitled “Airs Japonais.” Composers include Yoshiko Noda, Eugene Bozza and Toru Takemitsu, who are little-known in the United States but have composed pieces that are truly evocative of European and Japanese heritage.
Social Studies, Lions, Bats & Bears, Retrospekt
Friday, 8 p.m., $3
Delta of Venus, 122 B St.
Everyone’s invited to Delta of Venus’ indie pop dance party. San Francisco twosome Social Studies experiments with complicated lyrical formats and melodies to create moody yet joyful songs. They are joined by Chicago’s Retrospekt and Davis regulars Lions, Bats & Bears.
Sea of Bees, Matt Bauer, Garrett Pierce
Friday, 8 p.m., $7
209 Second St.
The Philadelphia Weekly, BlogCritics and Thrasher Magaine have praised Matt Bauer’s expertly crafted folk music. Singer-songwriter Garrett Pierce is well known in San Francisco for his powerful and danceable songs. Sea of Bees is, of course, a favorite in the Davis/Sacramento area. Overall, the three are sure to put on a terrific show.
Woodsman, Gauntlet Hair, Art Lessing and The Flower Vato
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., donations to KDVS 90.3 FM accepted
Villanova House, 802 Villanova
Support KDVS and see an eclectic group of musicians perform at the Villanova House on Tuesday night. Denver-based Woodsman and Gautlet Hair are joined by Sacramento’s psychedelic Art Lessing and The Flower Vato.
AT THE MOVIES
Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., $2
123 Sciences Lecture Hall
You’ve seen all your friends attending the Entertainment Council’s “Inception” screening on Facebook, and now the big event is finally here. The event was pushed back a week and moved from Social Sciences 1100 to Sci Lec to accommodate the overwhelming response. Be sure to get there early, and remember: It’s just a dream.
Saturday, 8 p.m., $12.50
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
Buika is not only a phenomenal singer, she also has an incredible life story. She grew up in a gypsy neighborhood on a Spanish island called Mallorca to political refugee parents from Equatorial Guinea. Buika’s music blends flamenco, jazz and soul, and it seems to touch everyone who hears it.
Sunday, 3 p.m., $10
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
Get in touch with your inner kid again with this wonderfully imaginative and colorful show from Portland’s Imago Theater. The show incorporates puppets, acrobatics, dance and more. It’s sure to bring to mind the good old days when your imagination ran wild and perhaps bring a little of that magic back into your life.
Alexander String Quartet
Sunday, 7 p.m., $22.50
This world-famous ensemble will perform Mozart’s String Quartet in E-flat Major and Beethoven’s String Quartet in E-flat major, op. 127, in the second of four performances at the Mondavi Center this year. A question-and-answer session with the audience will be held immediately after the concert.
Delfeayo Marsalis Group and student guests
Wednesday, 8 p.m., $12.50
Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Master jazz musician Delfeayo Marsalis will perform with his band and, in the great jazz tradition of learning on the spot, will invite students from three area schools to join them onstage. On Wednesday, music students from Harper Junior High, El Camino Fundamental High School and Davis High will get the chance to hone their skills with true greats in the jazz world.
ART/GALLERY”Lin Fengmian’s Legacy During the Cultural Revolution: The Case of Two Rebellious Watercolors”
Tuesday, 4:10 p.m., free
Katharine Burnett will give a free lecture about Chinese painter Lin Fengmian, who became famous for combining Chinese and Western painting styles in the 1920s and ’30s. His work was marred by China’s Cultural Revolution, though, and Lin even destroyed some of his own paintings and was imprisoned for four years. Burnett’s lecture is sure to be an enlightening one.
ROBIN MIGDOL can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.