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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Arts Week



Today, noon to 1 p.m., free

The Quad

Just as their name suggests, Souterrain’s sound is all about soul and folk melodies. Laura Norton, Sam Shirley and David Sachs make up the band. Despite have only three members, Souterrain packs a lot of sound as Norton’s voice is extremely smooth and Sach’s upright bass is full of depth. Today, on the Quad, Souterrain will play a free set. Grab your lunch and check out this unique trio.


Saturday, 8 to 9:30 p.m., free

Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street

Have you ever tried beatboxing? It’s hard right? Well, try to beatbox and sing at the same time. Butterscotch, the R&B singer, pianist and beatboxer who was featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, can do the seemingly impossible of beatboxing and singing simultaneously. Today, at the Natsoulas Gallery, Butterscotch will perform a free show. This performance will be her first appearance in Davis in almost four years. Also, don’t forget to check out MUSE’s interview with Butterscotch before you head over tonight.


k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang

Today, 8.p.m., $21/$33/$38.5 (students)

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

In 2009, she sold out the show at The Mondavi Center. And today, k.d. lang returns to the main stage to bring an outstanding repertoire of sound. If you’ve never heard of Lang before, she is known for her versatility with her unique vocal abilities and song choices. Tony Bennett, another familiar face at the Mondavi Center, has claimed to be lang’s biggest fan.

Rising Stars of Opera

Friday, 8 p.m., free

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

It’s accepted that many students are intimidated to check out Mondavi Center performances due to the obstacles of simply affording tickets. But on Friday, the hall should be buzzing with happy college students who will be getting in a free show which features the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and Adler Fellows. Tickets are limited, however, so make sure to come early or check with the ticket office to see availability before showing up.


The 5th Annual Davis Jazz Festival: Beyond the Beat Generation

Friday to Saturday, varying, free

The Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First Street

The annual festival has been going on for a few weeks now. However, Friday continuing into Saturday will be the official conference day for the event. Poetry contest winners, live music and appearances from renowned poet Neeli Cherkovski are among some of the events to take place.


Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit

Today to Nov. 20, 11:30 to 5 p.m., free

Pence Gallery, 212 D St.

An alter display made up of decorated skulls doesn’t necessarily have to feel morbid and creepy. The Mexican cultural celebration Day of the Dead (or Dia De Los Muertos) is a tradition that pays tribute to deceased family members in an uplifting way utilizing varying forms of art. Artists Alison Smith, Amanda Lopez and Malaquias Montoya are among some of the featured artist for the Day of the Dead exhibition currently displaying at the Pence Gallery.

UYEN CAO can be reached at arts@theaggie.org.


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