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Headline: Artsweek

Layercake: March 10, 2011

By ROBIN MIGDOL

THIS WEEK IN DAVIS: Yan Jun; Beer Geeks beer tasting and digital art installation; Hefty Thigh

Yan Jun

Tonight, 8 p.m., free

TCS Building (Art Annex)

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Beer Geeks beer tasting and digital art installation

Friday, 6 p.m., $1/5

Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St.

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Hefty Thigh

Friday, 8 p.m., $5

TCS Building (Art Annex)

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MUSIC

Yan Jun

Tonight, 8 p.m., free

TCS Building (Art Annex)

Underground Beijing musician, poet, critic and visual artist Yan Jun will give a free concert followed by an open discussion in the Art Annex. Yan’s influence in the Beijing music scene stretches far and wide; he’s published six books, performed all over the world and his live performances are completely unique.

Yolo Mambo

Friday, 7 p.m., free

John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St.

As part of this month’s Second Friday ArtAbout, local world-music band Yolo Mambo will play for two hours at the Natsoulas Gallery. World beats and free art? Nothin’ wrong with that.

San Francisco Guitar Quartet

Friday, 8 p.m., $5-15 suggested donation

Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.

The Davis Art Center Classical Guitar series continues with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet. The group’s concert here in 2009 sold out – that should tell you a little about how entertaining and skilled these guys are. Friday’s concert will include the “Winchester Mystery House Suite.”

Hefty Thigh

Friday, 8 p.m., $5

TCS Building (Art Annex)

The Davis Feminist Film Festival is right around the corner, and to kick off the festivities, all are encouraged to attend a fundraiser for the event featuring live bands, DJs, film and more. Bands will start at 8 p.m. and include Shannon Harney, Ajunia the Flower and Beastie. DJs start at 8:45 p.m.

THEATER/MONDAVI

Tango Fire

Tonight, 8 p.m., $17.50

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

Tango Fire will showcase more than just dance; along with 10 Latin dancers, musicians and signers will also come together to showcase the best in fiery, Latin ballroom dancing. Forget “So You Think You Can Dance” – Tango Fire is the real deal.

Pidgeon

Friday, 5 p.m., free

Wright Hall, Lab A

The Consortium for Women in Research, School of Veterinary Medicine and the department of theatre and dance are sponsoring this unique play written and performed by performance artist Claudia Stevens. The play is about animal rights activist Dame Miriam Rothschild and utilizes animal and nature sounds, music and audience participation.

Come Hell and High Water

Friday – Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Wright Hall, Main Theater

It’s your last chance to see Dominique Serrand’s devised work Come Hell and High Water. The play (which also features music) is centered around several characters who have all been affected by a flood. See review in today’s MUSE.

Yefim Bronfman

Saturday, 8 p.m., $17.50

Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall

Love piano music? Then you’ll love piano virtuoso Yefim Bronfman’s concert at the Mondavi Center on Saturday. Soviet Union-born Bronfman has studied at Julliard and collaborated with all the major symphonies in the United States. His concert will include works by Haydn, Schumann and Chopin.

Alexander String Quartet

Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $22.50

Mondavi Center, Vanderhoef Studio Theater

The Alexander String Quartet is always a popular act at the Mondavi Center, so it seems only fitting that the group will perform two concerts this Sunday. The 2 p.m. show will include Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-Sharp Minor, op. 131, with commentary by author and composer Robert Greenberg. At 7 p.m., the Beethoven will be performed again along with Mozart’s String Quartet in G Major.

ART/GALLERY

Beer Geeks beer tasting and digital art installation

Friday, 6 p.m., $1/5

Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St.

In honor of March’s Second Friday ArtAbout, the Davis Food Co-op is hosting a beer tasting event along with a digital art installation by Mehdi Moghaddam. Beers are $1 per taste and $5 for a full slate.

LAADS Magazine Launch Party

Friday, 7 p.m., free

Delta of Venus, 122 B St.

Music, giveaways and art exhibits will all be part of the launch party for LAADS magazine, a publication dedicated to community perspectives of art, culture, music and more. DJ Mr. Glass will perform and works by local artists will be on display.

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

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