Noon concert: members of the New Century Chamber Orchestra
Today, noon, free
Fresh from a performance at the Mondavi Center last week, three members of the New Century Chamber Orchestra will perform a free noon concert in the Music building. Iris Stone, violin, Kurt Rhode, viola, and Joanne Lin, cello, will play works by Mozart and Beethoven.
Step Jayne – Live in Studio A
Tonight, 11 p.m., free
kdvs.org, KDVS 90.3 FM
Sacramento’s post-punk/psychedelic outfit Step Jayne will perform live in KDVS’ Studio A in Lower Freeborn. The acoustics of Studio A are legendary, and notorious KDVS tech Fenris Wulf will engineer the recording. You can listen on KDVS’ website or on the radio.
Mermaid Bones, TEEF, Cigarette Bums
Friday, 7 p.m., cover fee
Haussler Haus, 1818 Haussler Dr.
Rock out to power pop and garage punk at the Haussler Haus tomorrow night.
Daphne Loves Derby
Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., $10
ASUCD Coffee House
CoHo shows are back! Unfortunately, if you haven’t already bought your ticket you may be out of luck – the show is currently sold out. But if you’re one of the lucky ones who have a ticket in hand, get ready for the band’s dreamy lyrics and mellow acoustics on Saturday night, all from the comfort of your friendly CoHo.
Jackstraw, Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack
Saturday, 8 p.m., $20
Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St.
Two country/folk/bluegrass groups will perform at Odd Fellows on Saturday. Tickets are individual graphic art pieces by Eric Redpath and proceeds will go to the Davis Farm to School program. Listen to great music, get a piece of art and help out a good cause all in one evening!
Telekinesis, The Love Language, Jake Mann & the Upper Hand
Tuesday, 8 p.m., $12
Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St.
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen presents this all-ages show featuring three groups each currently on tour around the country.
Tonight, 8 p.m., $9
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
The San Francisco Opera Grand Cinema Series brings Puccini classic La Rondine to the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall, and if you love opera you won’t want to miss it. Soprano Angela Gheoghiu, who has become something of a superstar in the opera world thanks to this role, will star as an older woman who falls for a young man. With beautiful orchestration and stunning vocals, it’s sure to be a spectacular performance.
Body of Knowledge
Friday – Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., $12
Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theater
MFA candidate Karl Frost conceived and directs a truly original work that brings a whole new meaning to the term “audience participation.” The audience is invited to participate in a behavioral experiment and then come onstage and observe the actors’ bodies at work, all while surrounded by an audio and visual installation. See preview in today’s MUSE.
Poetry evening: Hannah Stein, Katherine Hastings
Tonight, 7:30 p.m., free
Logos Books, 513 Second St.
Local poets Hannah Stein and Katherine Hastings will read their poetry at Logos Books tonight at 7:30 p.m. Beware, though: after attending a poetry reading you will almost certainly be inspired to try your hand at writing a poem of your own, so be sure to factor some writing time into your weekend plans. For real.
Poetry Night Reading Series: Connie Post
Tonight, 8 p.m., free
John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St.
Poet Laureate Emerita Connie Post will read some of her latest works at Poetry Night tonight at 8 p.m. Post has authored seven poetry books and created two poetry series in Livermore, Calif. An open mic segment will follow her poetry reading at 9 p.m.
Author talk: Elena Mauli Shapiro
Friday, noon, free
UC Davis Bookstore Lounge
Elena Mauli Shapiro, who received her master’s in comparative literature at UC Davis, will discuss her first novel 13, Rue Therese in a one-hour discussion at the Memorial Union bookstore. The novel tells the story of an American professor who moves to Paris and discovers a mysterious box in his office filled with letters, photographs and antique objects. The book was praised by Publishers Weekly as “imaginative” and “sensual.”
ROBIN MIGDOL can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.