Review Category : Arts

Gallery 1855 presents “Archive of Abandoned Dreams”

From Feb. 1 to Mar. 1, Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery will present Archive of Abandoned Dreams, a photography showcase by Bulgarian-born, Texas-based artist Ellie Ivanova. A free opening reception will take place on Feb. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring an appearance by Ivanova herself. The series consists of black-and-white portraits that celebrate moments Ivanova holds dearly. However, Ivanova does not use photography to merely capture existing memories. Rather, she brings to life the spirits of her personal history, from fairytales recited by her grandmother to the poetry of Bulgarian symbolist Dimcho Debelyanov. “[My photographs] are, in many ways, interpretations of faraway memories and personal stories that I stumble across,” Ivanova said. Such fairy tales and personal stories encompass themes of fortune, justice and supernatural forces that, despite not belonging to Ivanova, paved the way she approaches life. Archive of Abandoned Dreams thus makes a reality out of Ivanova’s nostalgia for the unknown. “For me, nostalgia is the painful necessity for re-experiencing past events,” Ivanova said. “I... ...

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AggieTV to begin shooting “Far From Strom”

AggieTV, UC Davis’ student video and media production studio, is in the works to begin shooting their latest feature film “Far From Strom,” which will be directed by AggieTV executive director Ruben Rojas. With an ASUCD production budget of $1000 and an expected running time of over an hour, the film marks the studio’s largest and most ambitious project to date. The story, which was written by fourth year English major and screenwriter Nicholas Troughton, follows the life of Vic (Victoria), a 13-year-old tomboy who is stuck between her life in a small Midwestern town and aspirations of wanting something more.The film also delves into Vic’s budding relationship with Nash, an older rebellious cool girl, who not only serves as Vic’s central love interest, but also the catalyst inspiring Vic to seek out greater aspirations. However, the story becomes complicated when Vic becomes rivals with her older friend Louis, who also begins developing feelings for Nash. “I think ‘Far From Strom’ is a story worth telling because it’s something we... ...

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ASUCD serves up comedy, acapella and spoken word

This Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., the ASUCD Coffee House will be transformed from a hangout area to a space for artistic expression where the ASUCD Entertainment Council will be presenting Open Mic Night. The performances, which will take place on the west side of the CoHo, near Swirlz bakery, will range from a cappella to comedy to spoken word poetry. The headliners will be The Spokes, Birdstrike Theatre and SickSpits. The showcase will also feature 12 different performances from selected student artists. Entertainment Council president and third-year communication major Alexis Munnelly said that when looking for headliners, the organizers really wanted “diversity in [their] selections.” They specifically chose the three headliners because they are “very popular on campus” and will hopefully draw large crowds. Students had the opportunity to submit videos of their performances for a chance to showcase their talents, and Munnelly said that as far as the remaining open mic slots went, there were about 30 auditions for 12 spots. “[We] tried to evenly select vocalists... ...

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AggieAngelous

Facilitated by Camille Iman Woods ThePoetry-ThePoets&ThePoetesses ThePoetry Untitled by Gabriel Patterson   “I can’t breathe,” yet I continue to tell myself to remain calm. I put my “hands up” and over my head because from an early age I was taught that doing so helps to expand the lungs, optimizing the flow of oxygen throughout the body…. As a member of a very small African American population in Santa Fe, New Mexico, my childhood and adolescence were not without challenges and I became well acquainted with the racial inequities and injustice that reverberate in U.S. society. I understood that, based solely on the difference in our skin tone to that of our peers, my brothers and I were somehow viewed as inherently different, even inferior, to our White and Latino friends. Every parent is concerned about their children and all the risks and dangers in our world (i.e. motor vehicle accidents, illness, injury, rape, death, financial hardship, etc). However, as parents of three Black males, my mothers and fathers have... ...

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News in Brief: UC Davis Craft Center Presents ‘Impromptu’

Every quarter, the UC Davis Craft Center Gallery presents two exhibitions to share the work of instructors and volunteers. At the center, artists have the opportunity to truly reflect their artistic personality and aesthetic to the public. Kicking off this winter’s run is Impromptu, which features pieces by flamework instructor Kim-Xuan Nguyen. The exhibit will be open from now until Feb. 4, with an opening reception on Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Impromptu is a collection of flamework pieces channeling elements of nature, from redwood burl to sawdust left by insects. Every piece crafted was done so in a way that let the flames take control. Ngyuen attributes her love for improvisation to her roots as a pianist, though her style hasn’t always been so free. “I’ve started out very controlled in most of the mediums I’ve worked with (and I started out playing classical music), but as I’ve gained control and confidence, it frees me to be more playful,” Nguyen said. According to Nguyen, improvisation allows her... ...

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UC Davis Department of Design presents ‘Red Dress: Design Stories for Heart Health’

From now until March 13, the UC Davis Department of Design is presenting its latest exhibit, Red Dress: Design Stories For Heart Health, at the UC Davis Design Museum in Cruess Hall. The exhibit is part of the department’s collaboration with the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program (UCDWCMP) to raise women’s heart health awareness. The exhibit showcases 18 red dresses designed by students for various UC Davis Red Dress Collections over the course of five years. The dresses, which differ according to the designer’s interpretation of the theme of heart health, all share a similarity in the color red — the national color for raising awareness of heart disease. In order to highlight the various emotional stages one goes through when battling cardiovascular disease, Adele Zhang, the museum curator, divided the exhibit into four categories: Awareness and Prevention, Celebration and Appreciation, Freedom and Signifier, and Inspiration and Encouragement. In addition to the exhibit, the department will also put on its annual February runway show in Sacramento. The event, which... ...

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Aggie Style Watch

Letty Uy, a third-year design major, is very interested in music, television and entertainment, “but fashion has always been [her] number one.” With a summer internship at an upscale New York-based fashion design house and years of experience on the UC Davis Entertainment Council, Uy is well on her way to pursuing an exciting career in a field that she loves. ASW: Can you tell me a little about what you’ve chosen to wear today? Uy: I wore my black turtleneck. It’s perfect for cold weather. It’s from UNIQLO, and it actually has HEATTECH technology, which is really cool! I’m also wearing black polka dot Old Navy skinny pants. They’re actually really comfortable. I can walk in them and not feel suffocated. Then I’ve got black ankle boots and this trench coat that I’ve had for about eight years. Oh, and I’m wearing a green belt for a little pop of color. Can you give me three words to describe your style? Simple, monochrome and comfortable. Can you tell me... ...

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AggieAngelous

ThePoetry-ThePoets&ThePoetesses   The Poetry “Someone New” by Rouzbeh Rahai In the winter, In the winter him and I would drive to the water, where the ocean’s echo kept us from exchanging the strongest whispers. He screams. “when are you going to start your own family” Midst the December gloom on our skin, our breaths spiraled our futures in the air. He reaches for the cold sand and watches the wind whistle it away, as I looked past the water. Family meant always staying together And all the family we had were a family of seashells the ocean our best friends, and I guess our moms and dads But ever since we moved away the promise for togetherness seems like a promise only ever made. Because these days I find parts of myself turning invisible. Slowly becoming see-through as I join in groups and share drinks then spike my drink with my dreams thinking, “Here’s to new beginnings.” Warm memories with strangers that slide down my throat I Go home. Find... ...

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UC Davis Department of Music presents Music and Words Festival 2015

From Jan. 27 to 31, the UC Davis Music Department, in collaboration with the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, will present Music and Words Festival 2015. The five-day festival will include more than seven concerts and presentations from university artists, distinguished professors as well as local and national performers. The festival, which is titled differently every year, began in 2010 and occurs every two years. According to Sam Nichols, co-director of Music and Words Festival, this year’s theme came about from a piece the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra is playing, titled “Sinfonia,” which he said uses text in a strange and revolutionary way. The piece, which is composed by Italian composer Luciano Berio, features eight singers during the orchestra’s performance. The songs are about unique texts, for example, words from graffiti art found in Paris in 1968. “This work sums up knowledge, philosophy, social criticism, popular and high-brow intellectual thoughts,” said Christian Baldini, the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra music director. “It engages the audience, it is provoking and it... ...

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Aggie Style Watch: Roaming Reporter

While clothing is an integral part of life, it is also deeply personal.  The style choices we make each day reflect who we are and convey who we want to be to the outside world. Although American pop culture places a lot of importance on fashion as a form of self-expression, many other cultures stress modesty or conformity to social norms. To see how people around campus felt about fashion, I decided I would ask UC Davis students what the word “style” personally means to them. The ASW team roamed the Memorial Union area asking students to share their views. “It depends on what kind of person I want to be that day,” said Nora Kovaleski, a fourth-year English major. “Fashion should be interesting to look at, but also comfortable,” said Rachel Chase, a fourth-year English major. “To me it’s about personal expression, being creative and not living in your comfort zone,” said Eavan Huth, a second-year English and psychology double major. “Dressing up is a way that you can... ...

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AggieAngelous

The Poetry The Mistress On His Mind By Camille Iman Woods Warning: Sexually explicit   He stopped me one day and talked to me, really talked to me he stimulated my mind and caressed my thoughts as he talked to me and we walked towards the library as he caressed my thoughts my thoughts get so lonely that they thought, he was the one as soon as he touched   it had been a while since I had the pleasure of shared intellect and I was eager eager to ask him to make love to my intellect more often so much more often In my mind   His ideas were strong like black coffee hard like baseball bats and long like run on sentences and I liked it, yes, our conversations were my orgasm I climaxed   and wondered if he was single, you know really single he was married   and he told me that we couldn’t talk anymore because he loved my mind more than his wife’s because... ...

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Acme Theatre Company presents ‘Stop Kiss’

From now until Jan. 11, Acme Theatre Company will be presenting its winter production of Stop Kiss at Veteran’s Memorial Center. The play, which is directed by company member Betsy Raymond, shares similarities with a homophobic hate crime against a Davis resident nearly two years ago. Written by American playwright Diana Son, Stop Kiss tells the love story of two women, Callie Pax and Sara, and how their relationship develops after being victim to a homophobic attack. The play, which debuted Off-Broadway in 1998, is told out of chronological order and alternates between moments before and after the attack. Along with addressing themes of homophobia and love, Raymond says the play is also adamant in depicting themes of young adulthood. “I was drawn to this play because I think it really personalizes an issue that has been made really impersonal in our national dialogue,” Raymond said. “The play doesn’t really make any effort to send a broad message, but I think just by connecting into this personal story people can... ...

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Sick poetic spits to hit UC Davis once again

SickSpits artist will be performing their spoken word pieces on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the TCS Building (also known as the Art Annex Building) at this year’s SickSpits CUPSI Qualification Slam. Admission is free, but SickSpits is requesting donations of $5. All proceeds from donations will provide the SickSpits team with the opportunity to attend the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, a slam competition featuring collegiate spoken word artists from across the nation. SickSpits, founded in 2005, has served as a collective for spoken word poets throughout the area. Throughout the years, the collective has served as an outlet to promote and celebrate the art of slam poetry. Owen Somerfield, a fourth-year English major who has attended SickSpits’ slams, is appreciative of their on-campus presence and the outlet they provide for local spoken word artists. “Slam poetry is a great outlet for expression that isn’t really discussed much, if at all, in class because it’s reliant on performance,” Somerfield said. “[…] SickSpits is invaluable to our campus because it... ...

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Artsmonth

MUSIC Deborah Wong, Ethnomusicologist Jan. 8, 3 p.m., free Everson Hall 266 Join ethnomusicologist Deborah Wong in observing Thai and Asian American music. Wong will specifically discuss how ethnomusicology handles sexual themes among cultures. OK Sweetheart Jan. 17, time and ticket prices TBA Third Space OK Sweetheart’s music is a soothing blend of indie folk and ’60s soul. Behind OK Sweetheart is singer-songwriter Erin Austin, who created the musical project after working with the Oklahoma music community. Keep up with Third Space’s Facebook page to learn more about the event. Gregory Porter Jan. 19, 7 p.m., $27 to $51 Mondavi Center Spend the evening with Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, who tells moving stories through song. Porter develops a distinct sound by blending traditional Jazz elements with elements of soul, folk and R&B. LITERATURE SickSpits CUPSI Qualification Slam Jan. 7, 7 p.m., free TCS Building (Art Annex) Come hear the top Fall Slam participants and core SickSpits members dish out some rhymes for a spot on the SickSpits Slam Poetry team.... ...

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Aggie Style Watch: Special Edition

Readers and fellow fashion-mavens, I thought I’d finally give you all a better sense of who writes these articles. My name is Allison Reiss, and I am a third-year design major. My background in fashion: In high school I participated in an after school fashion design regional occupation program. I learned extensively about the fashion industry from guest speakers and hands-on projects. Here in Davis I have taken several textiles and clothing courses. I also worked two summers at a tiny, locally owned clothing boutique in my hometown. At the boutique, I helped manage the store’s blog and social media campaign and even assisted the owner with buying directly from wholesalers. My favorite part of my summer job at the boutique was interacting with clients and dressing the mannequins. My style in three words: Hodgepodge, thrifty and wannabe-Parisian. I am still developing my personal style. I wish I already had a chic and composed signature look, but for now I am still experimenting with fashion. I figure I’m young; there... ...

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