Campus offers two opportunities to experience visual and sonic music

Can you imagine deeply saturated images of atmospheric clouds and vast sonic landscapes inching closer? There's something about the works of Kronos Quartet and Icelandic band Sigur Rós that amplifies human emotion on an immeasurable scale. ...

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What to do when the malls outside are frightful

You've seen the scene a million times before, but you always forget just how bad malls are during the necessary Christmas shopping period. The parking lots are full, the lines are long, kids are screaming as they wait to sit on Santa's lap. ...

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CD review: Burlesque

For a film whose cast includes legends such as Christina Aguilera and Cher, this soundtrack is, to be polite, underwhelming. ...

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CD review: Deerhunter

Halcyon is defined as tranquil, peaceful and carefree. In this sense Halcyon Digest seems like it should be a musical volume that exudes calm. But despite its optimistic name, dark undertones ride many of the songs on Deerhunter's fourth album. ...

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Artsweek

This week in Davis: Hinterland; University Chorus; "Sticky Business: Art of the Honeybee." ...

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Mistletoe: the kiss of death?

On a busy weekend in December, Jerry Seifert, owner of the Silveyville Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm, can sell up to 75 bunches of mistletoe a day. Families drive out to Seifert's farm in the country to pick up a bushy Christmas tree and a bunch of mistletoe, a bright green sprig of cheer to combat the gloomy days of winter. ...

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UC Davis blows away competition in Battle of the Brains

101202_ca_BrainsHeadline: UC Davis blows away competition in Battle of the BrainsLayercake: Two Davis teams place in the computer programming competitionBy HANNAH STRUMWASSERAggie News Writer UC Davis students put their brains to the test in a computer programming competition Nov. 13, with two teams placing 11th and 37th. Over 80 universities from the Pacific Northwest competed in the regional ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), or the IBM Battle of the Brains, which consisted of problem solving through the use of computer programming. The winning team completed the most problems in the least amount of time with the least amount of errors. “They’ve got to analyze what the question is asking, what domains of geometry, engineering mathematics and physics need to be applied to solve the problem, and then they’ve got to design a solution that uses the computer to figure out what the optimal solution is,” said Doug Heintzman, director of strategy at IBM Software Group and sponsorship executive of the ICPC. The teams, coached by Vladimir Filkov, assistant professor... ...

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