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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Arts Week


SickSpits Open Mic: Poetry Special
Tuesday, 7 p.m., free
John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. / Delta of Venus, 122 B St.
SickSpits, UC Davis’ slam poetry team, is holding their April Open Mic as a Poetry Special, in honor of National Poetry Month. Emceed and featuring performances by members of SickSpits, the open mic will consist of anyone with the initiative to sign up and spit their poems, raps or spoken word pieces. Sign-ups for the open mic start at 6:45 p.m.


Carol Drinkwater, “The Olive Route”
Thursday, 3 p.m., free
Robert Mondavi Institute South Building, Room 1207
Well known for her best-selling fiction and memoir pieces about her olive farm in Provence, Drinkwater gives a lecture, “The Olive Route,” followed by a book signing.


Wednesday, April 17, 8 p.m., $29.50
Mondavi Center
Brought to you by UC Davis’ Entertainment Council, indie rock band Metric will be performing at the Mondavi Center. Frequent performers at large festivals such as Coachella and Sasquatch, Metric is touring in part to promote their new album, Synthetica Deluxe. Tennessee rock band Mona opens the show.


Feminist Film Festival
Thursday and Friday, 6:30 p.m., $7-10 per night
Veterans Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St.
The eighth annual Davis Feminist Film Festival will be showing a variety of different films over the span of two nights. Pieces come from artists all over the world, featuring various stories, cultures and languages. All proceeds from this grassroots event go to maintaining the festival and providing student internships. Tickets can be bought at the WRRC, the LGBTRC, the Davis Farmers Market, Armadillo Music or at the box office at an increased price.

YCFS Screening No. 7: Un Prophete
Sunday, 7 p.m., $2 recommended donation
Yolo Pleasure Dome, 1401 Pole Line Rd.
The Yolo County Film Society is presenting, as their seventh showing, Jacques Audiard’s Un Prophete. Un Prophete is Audiard’s seventh film, which won the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. A crime story along the same lines as Italian gangbanger films, the film functions both as a story and as social commentary.


Shantala Shivalingappa
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8 p.m., tickets starting at $21.50
Vanderhoef Studio, Mondavi Center
Critically acclaimed Indian Kuchupudi dancer Shantala Shivalingappa will be performing her solo piece, “Gamaka,” at the Mondavi Center. Accompanied by live music, the performance explores the relationship between movement and sound and the poetic elements that resonate between them.


Depression: The Musical
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., suggested donation $10-15
DCC Fellowship Hall, 421 D St.
The Davis Community Church is hosting the comedic tragedy Depression: The Musical, written by professional speaker and comedian Brian Wetzel. His play has received national exposure not only for its humor and harmonies but also for its awareness of a severe mental issue. Wetzel has been recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Health.

El Coloquio de los Perros
Friday, 6 p.m., suggested donations at the door
Wyatt Pavillion Theater
Grupo de Teatro La Poltrana will be performing José Ortega’s theatrical rendition of a short story written by Miguel de Cervantes, a satirical comedy in which a man deliriously imagines two talking dogs who speak about the society in which they live. This production kicks off the XXV Cervantes Symposium of California to be held from April 12 to 13.

Friday, Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 6:30 p.m., $12 student tickets, $15 regular tickets
Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop & Performing Arts Center, 2720 Del Rio Place
Davis Shakespeare Ensemble brings a physical theater piece that incorporates a dynamic series of performance techniques. Inspired by a medieval poem, the performance discusses universal issues still relevant to today’s society and weaves in contemporary texts.

— Tanya Azari & Cristina Fries


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