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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Arts Week


Sunday Afternoon Howl! Open Mic
Sunday, April 21, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., free
Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St.
As a celebration of a traditional pub, Little Prague is hosting a multimedia Open Mic Sunday afternoon. The call is for poetry, prose, impromptu bar songs and acoustic jam sessions. Art materials will also be provided to paint or craft while listening to performances. This event is for all ages and is open to the public.


UC Davis Book Club: Travels with Charley
Tuesday, April 23, 7:10 p.m., free
206 Olson Hall
UC Davis Book Club’s first meeting of Spring Quarter will occur this Tuesday in Olson hall. Present members will discuss John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley, the chosen reading for April, and then discuss book selections for May.

Sexy Feminism
Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., free
Avid Reader, 617 2nd St.
Heather Wood Rudolph and Jennifer Armstrong, the bloggers and authors behind sexyfeminist.com, are coming to the Avid Reader to discuss their new book, Sexy Feminism. The book is intended to lead young women to and through feminism and dispel any stereotypes associated with the word. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signings will take place after the event.

Vegetable Literacy
Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., free
Avid Reader, 617 2nd St.
Deborah Madison, cook and former Davis resident, will be speaking on her new cookbook at the Avid Reader. The book focuses on the ins-and-outs of 12 plant families and features over 300 recipes for their use.

Author Talk: D.R. Wagner
Monday, April 22, Noon to 1:30 p.m., free
MU Store Lounge
D.R. Wagner, a lecturer for the Davis Design program, will be speaking on his new book, 97 Poems by D.R. Wagner, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Wagner is also a musician and visual artist, and has published over 20 books of letters and poetry.

University of California, Davis
Tuesday, April 23, Noon to 1:30 p.m., free
King Lounge, Memorial Union
Dennis Dingemans and Ann Foley Scheuring will be presenting their book, University of California, Davis, consisting of 200 black-and-white images describing the history of UC Davis. Dingemans is a geography professor at UC Davis who co-authored the book Woodland, and Scheuring is the author of Abundant Harvest: The History of the University of California, Davis.

Kitty Kindergarten
Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., free
Blanchard Room, Davis Public Library, 315 E. St.
Dr. Sophia Yin, animal behaviorist and veterinarian, is coming to speak at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Library. Her talk will be about the early socialization of cats in order to create kind and outgoing kittens. Refreshments will be provided.


Picnic Day Entertainment Showcase
Friday, April 19, Noon to 1 p.m., free
Picnic Day 2013 presents this Friday’s Entertainment Showcase as the culmination to its Pre-week events. The showcase will feature Clouds Like Mountains, a “post-powerpop” band from Fresno, and San Francisco indie-pop band Finish Ticket. Free food will be provided.


Picnic Day Fashion Show
Saturday, April 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., free
Freeborn Hall
This Picnic Day, the runway will be run by student models and designers. UC Davis’ Fashion and Design Society, made up of UC Davis design majors, will present their works in an annual fashion show. The event is very popular and fills up quickly, so show up early for seats.


Davis Dance Revolution
Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., $15 tickets
Freeborn Hall
This Picnic Day will see the eighth annual Davis Dance Revolution, a dance battle wherein 14 UC Davis dance teams compete in modern- and traditional-style dances for a $1,000 prize. Student tickets are $13 presale at the UC Davis Ticket Office or $15 at the door.


The Foreigner
Thursday to Saturday, April 18-20, 8 p.m., $8 student tickets
Wyatt Deck, UC Davis Arboretum
In collaboration with the UC Davis Arboretum, Common House Productions will be performing Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, a comedic play about a foreign man who believes that everyone around him is “lost in translation.” Tickets can be reserved at commonhouseproductions@gmail.com.

Friday to Saturday, April 19-20, 8:10 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2:15 p.m., $16 student
DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Dr.
Acclaimed musical Oklahoma! is coming to Davis, as presented by the Davis Musical Theatre Company. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the play, which is a multi-emotion-evoking musical centering around the forbidden love held between a cowboy and a farmgirl.

San Francisco Symphony
Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m., $52 student tickets
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
The San Francisco Symphony will be performing two pieces, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5. The talented and renowned Herbert Blomstedt will be conducting, and the performance will feature Augustin Hadelich as the soloist for Beethoven’s only violin concerto.

Arlo Guthrie
Friday, April 19, 8 p.m., $29 student tickets
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
Still celebrating his father after his 100th birthday in 2012, Arlo Guthrie will be performing solo at the Mondavi Center on Friday. A great contribution to the American folk genre, Guthrie will be performing as part of his Woodie Guthrie “Here Comes the Kid” tribute tour.

Firebird Ensemble
Monday, April 22, 7 p.m., $8 student tickets
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
A collective of young musicians, Firebird Ensemble will be presenting six separate and collaborative pieces this Monday. Their music is intended for varied audiences, and is well-known all across the United States. Monday’s performance is the first part of their program; Program II will be presented on April 26th.

– Tanya Azari


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