Friday, 8 p.m., $25 at the door
Electronic Music for Change and the Entertainment Council are co-sponsoring this night of DJs, go-go dancers, refreshments and giveaways in which a portion of the profits will go to charity. Have fun while making a difference – not bad for a Friday night.
Jayanti Sahasrabbuddhe, Hindustani vocal music
Saturday, 5 p.m., $15
Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.
Enjoy age-old Indian music performed by classically-trained vocalist Jayanti Sahasrabbudhe and accompanists Ravi Gatala on the tabla and Vivek Datar on harmonium. Whether you’re an expert in Indian music or have never heard it before, it’s sure to be an ear-opening experience.
Swiss Family Skiers, Angora Debs, The Hondettes, DJ Toddles
Saturday, 7 p.m., $6
Delta of Venus, 122 B St.
KDVS 90.3 FM presents this eclectic group of performers at Delta of Venus on Saturday. The Swiss Family Skiers are a garage/surf band from San Francisco and The Hondettes are an all-female trio of rockers, also from San Francisco.
30 Seconds to Mars
Sunday, 7:30 p.m., $30 day of show
Get ready for Freeborn Hall’s first big-name act of 2011 – Los Angeles-based band 30 Seconds to Mars. The band was founded by actor Jared Leto and his brother Shannon and now also includes drummer Tomo Mili?evi? and bassist Tim Kelleher. If you haven’t gotten a ticket yet, you’d better hurry before the show (now up to 1,165 attendees on Facebook) sells out. See interview with Tomo Mili?evi? in today’s Muse.
AT THE MOVIES
Made in Dagenham
Opens Friday, showtimes TBA, $9.25
Varsity Theater, 616 Second St.
Sally Hawkins (Never Let Me Go) stars in this based-on-true-events film that can best be described as a British Norma Rae. Female factory workers in 1968 fight against sexual discrimination and go on strike. Sound dull? Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half stars and said, “The unexpected thing about Made in Dagenham is how entertaining it is.”
Kenrick Tam, piano
Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., $17.50
Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Pianist Kenrick Tam, the winner of the 2007 Mondavi Center Young Artists competition, returns to UC Davis for a solo concert. Tam has since joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic, toured Eastern Europe as a soloist with the San Jose Youth Symphony and appeared at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar. A pre-performance lecture by composer Ryan Brown and Artist-in-Residence Laura Downes will take place one hour before each concert. See preview in today’s Muse.
Plein Air: Celebrating the Central Valley
Through Feb. 4, free. Reception Friday, 7 p.m.
Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.
In case you didn’t know, plein air is the art of bringing one’s easel outside in a natural environment and painting the scene around you. This exhibit at the Davis Art Center showcases plein air painting of scenes found around Yolo County in mediums ranging from watercolors to oil paints. A reception with the artists will be held on Friday.
Gordon Cook: Out There
Opens Saturday through March 13
Nelson Gallery, University Club, Old Davis Rd.
One of the first exhibits in the Nelson Gallery’s new home at the University Club is a collection of paintings, drawings and lithographs by Gordon Cook. San Francisco-based Cook (1927-1985) was especially interested in views of the water. Throughout his career, the San Francisco and Sacramento Delta landscapes were the subjects for many of his paintings and etchings, many of which are included in this brand-new exhibition.
Sa Moana: The Sea Inside
Through March 10, free
C.N. Gorman Museum, Hart Hall
American Samoan artist Dan Taulapapa McMullin explores the culture of modern Pacific Islanders in this new exhibit at the Gorman Museum in Hart Hall. Utilizing oil paintings, installation sculptures and social media, McMullin navigates the various challenges facing Polynesian cultures, including climate change, indigenous bodies, communal traditions and urbanization. A must-see for any fan of Pacific art.
ROBIN MIGDOL can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.