Review Category : Arts

Halloween week in Davis

With Oct. 31 approaching soon, MUSE has compiled a list of Davis’ most popular Halloween attractions to help you celebrate a week of tricks and treats.   FOR THE KIDS   Davis Downtown Treat Trail Oct. 31, 2 p.m., free Downtown Davis Experience downtown’s spook-tacular aura at this annual family-friendly event hosted by Downtown Davis. This Davis tradition offers families a chance to trick-or-treat at local businesses and enjoy a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” presented by Pamela Trokanski’s Dance Workshop.   It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Oct. 31, 2 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 3:45 p.m., free Varsity Theatre, 616 2nd St. Take a break from all of that trick-or-treating and celebrate Halloween with the Peanuts gang by enjoying a free showing of this holiday classic courtesy of Varsity Theatre.   Impossible Acres Pumpkin Patch Oct. 30 to 31, 9 a.m., free Grandpa’s Barn, Corner of County Rd. 31 and 98 Enjoy the last days of October with free tractor rides, corn and haybale mazes, a farm animal... ...

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Davis celebrates Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed. The celebration begins on Friday and lasts until Nov. 2. In honor of the holiday, several festivities will take place within the Davis campus and community. Festive activities often include creating altars, preparing dishes that symbolize life and displaying belongings of the deceased. Davis Day of the Dead celebrations will allow the community to partake in such traditions while also incorporating art as a medium for remembrance. Thus, many Davis events for this holiday also feature poetry readings, live music and other creative works. Francisco X. Alarcón, a UC Davis Spanish lecturer and Spanish for Native Speakers Program supervisor, explained to MUSE how art ties into the holiday. “Art, poetry and music are essential components of the syncretic celebration of Day of the Dead,” Alarcón said. There will be two celebrations on campus. The first is a dedication to the community altar and takes place in Sproul Hall... ...

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AggieAngelous

ThePoetry-ThePoets&ThePoetesses   ThePoetry “Phosphenes” By Alice Hsueh I was so certain until yesterday. Well, as certain as I was ever going to be.   Like the sunsets you admire, I felt myself evanescing Embracing the idea of your love Colors deliquesce into swathes of poppy-bright warmth, tangerine heat I could surrender like the last sigh of the sun.   But as I sat, he caught my eye. A pat on the shoulder, a gentle touch to the knee, we twinkled over nothing. “I remember you,” was all he said. And as I swirled the wine in my cup, watching it glimmer in the candlelight I knew.   The stars, they dance in our lanterns. Windows of the soul, they say. So then tell me, can you see at all into mine?   There’s a brightness that is blinding me, even in the dark It hits me like an accusation in the night I am full of it, lost in a haze of shapes and incandescence And trapped inside my premonitory... ...

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Arts Week

MUSIC   Daedalus String Quartet Oct. 24, 7 p.m., $8 for students Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Listen to classical music from this quartet, consisting of violinists Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul, violist Jessica Thompson and cellist Thomas Kraines.   San Francisco Symphony Oct. 25, 8 p.m., $62 Mondavi Center Enjoy performances Appalachian Spring, Piano Concerto No. 20, Madame Press Died Last Week at Ninety and Symphony No. 93 from this Bay Area orchestra.   The Swon Brothers Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m., $15 The Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. See country music duo and “The Voice” finalists The Swon Brothers perform songs from their debut self-titled album at this show presented by country radio station, 101.9 The Wolf.   Halloween Karaoke Party Oct. 25, 7 p.m., $10 Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Dr. The Davis Musical Theater Company presents this Halloween party including festivities such as karaoke, a costume contest and a dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”   ART   Pumpkin Carving Contest Oct. 25, Noon, Free... ...

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Artist Review: James Ragan

On Oct. 16, I had the pleasure of listening to internationally renowned poet James Ragan at the John Natsoulas Gallery in downtown Davis. In his career Ragan has written plays, poetry and essays. Ragan is an incredibly effective and eloquent speaker, and through his poetry reading I discovered how language can create a unique, shared human experience among listeners. This was the first time I’ve attended a poetry reading. Part of me expected to be bored to tears. The visual arts have always been my area of concentration and I had never given too much thought to the art of spoken word. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ragan did not live up to the self-indulgent beatnik persona of what I imagined a poet might be like. He was very personable and his work was stirring. There was never a dull moment during the event. It did not take very long for me to truly feel that I was not just sitting back watching Ragan speak; I felt I... ...

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Regina Carter to take Mondavi Center stage

The wonder of music is its ability to combine creativity, passion and history into one collective sound. Jazz violinist Regina Carter showcases this phenomenon in her latest album, Southern Comfort, which explores and honors popular music during her grandfather’s days as a coalminer in Alabama. Carter will be performing Southern Comfort at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 1. The event is part of the Mondavi Center’s Director’s Choice series. The series is a selection of shows featuring performers that Don Roth, executive director of the Mondavi Center, holds close to heart. Roth said he had much respect for Carter’s passion and authenticity as a musician. “What’s so cool about Regina’s project is that it is a very different kind of music from the [traditional] jazz she’s famous for,” Roth said. “It is ‘roots’ music in the most authentic sense of the word. She’s exploring music that her grandparents knew when they were growing up in the Deep South, but she makes it [modern and] her own.”... ...

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Holy Ghost! to perform at UC Davis

  This Wednesday, the ASUCD Entertainment Council (EC) will be hosting a Holy Ghost! DJ set in the ARC Ballroom. The EC has brought artists such as Muse and The Strokes to campus in the past, they were extremely successful. EC Director and fourth-year music and communication double major Alexis Munnelly believes that Holy Ghost! will make that same jump to fame. “Our budget doesn’t allow for top 40 talent, so we seek up-and-coming talent that we believe will expand….We’re striving for variety [in the acts we bring to campus],” Munnelly said. “Holy Ghost! is indie electronic. It’s a unique style that has become prevalent at Outside Lands and Coachella. It’s not rave style and not as hardcore as EDM.” To keep costs down and the entertainment top notch, the EC keeps an ear to the ground of what types of music are becoming popular and reaches out to artists accordingly. Physical promotions director and fourth-year chemistry major Megha Chandrashekhar compares Holy Ghost! to artists like Disclosure, but stresses that... ...

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The Art Theater of Davis presents ‘Hay Fever’

From Oct. 29 through Nov. 23, The Art Theater of Davis will present Noël Coward’s English play Hay Fever. The play marks the fledgling theatre company’s third production and first comedy. The 1927 English comedy follows a weekend with the Bliss family, a group of eccentric bohemians who prove to be nightmarish hosts to their bourgeois guests. Timothy Nutter, artistic director and founder of The Art Theater of Davis, said the play will be a departure from the company’s previous heavily dramatic productions. According to Nutter, his English heritage also played a role in choosing Hay Fever as the next production for his theatre company. “Our first two plays were pretty heavy dramas, so to do something different, we chose a comedy,” Nutter said. “My family is English, so that played into it too. I just thought it’d be fun and that my family would like it if I did an English play once in a while.” Hay Fever features a nine-person cast consisting of actors from all across the... ...

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The art of getting by

My summer was kind of rough. I worked two jobs, took classes and had to deal with some discouraging obstacles in my personal life. It was disheartening to see my friends together at home without me via photos on Facebook. I also hadn’t spent time with my sister in months and her missing presence in my life was painful, to say the least. A friend recently asked me how I motivated myself to keep up my work ethic in such difficult times, and after much reflection, I thought about my friend Jack-Jack. Jack-Jack was a spunky brown-spotted Dalmatian who sat with his owner outside of Shields Library where I worked during the summer. My grumpy morning treks to my job were always immediately brightened when I saw the fuzzy pup’s wagging tail and sweet eyes, ready to greet me. His owner was a friendly older man who never seemed to remember me (even though I pet Jack-Jack often) and would always say, without fail, “This here is Jack-Jack. (To Jack-Jack):... ...

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Featured Musician: Kaz Mirblouk

Kasra “Kaz” Mirblouk, a third-year majoring in computer science and engineering, spent his summer touring across California with his self-named band, Kaz Mirblouk. KM is a three-piece garage rock-inspired band from Los Angeles consisting of a bassist, drummer and Mirblouk himself providing the vocals and acoustic guitar. The band expects to release their debut extended play (EP) Through the Glass in November. Mirblouk’s interest in music began in fifth grade when he started listening to artists such as Jack White, who motivated Mirblouk to learn guitar. Inspired by the wave of garage rock bands, KM started out in blues rock. However, over the past two years, Mirblouk states that the band has begun adopting influences from shoegaze and psychedelic rock into its sound. Despite many musical influences, Mirblouk attempts to maintain eclecticism in his band’s sound and finds it difficult to label KM as one particular genre. “I’d say we don’t just have one sound, but I’d like to convey all the influences I have in a way that [is]... ...

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AggieAngelous

  ThePoetry — ThePoets&ThePoetesses TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains references to abuse.     The Poetry “You are not a beater” By Samantha Chiang   You are not a beater I refuse to believe that one incident does a person make You are not some mentally unstable guy in need of anger management You are not someone who needs to assert his masculinity You are gentle, you are kind, you are self assured You are not a beater You are not a beater You never even laid that hand on me At least not that time Instead you just told me That if that little white stick showed two lines, one line more than we wanted You would throw me into a river Love river You told me that it couldn’t be true because you had your whole life ahead of you So I took my fists and I beat my stomach every night Bum bum bum Pounding rhythmically to rid any chances of that rhythmic unborn heartbeat And the... ...

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Arts Week

MUSIC   Holy Ghost! Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., $12 General Arc Ballroom This concert presented by ASUCD’s Entertainment Council will feature Brooklyn-based synthpop band Holy Ghost! along with DJs, GLSS and Shaun Slaughter aka D.A.M.B.   Experience Hendrix Oct. 16, 8 p.m., $77 to $97 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts An all-star cast of musicians will pay tribute to rock musician Jimi Hendrix through a performance featuring Hendrix’s most notable songs. The concert, which is organized by Hendrix’s own family, will feature musicians such as Hendrix’s musical inspiration, Buddy Guy, and longtime friend and bassist, Billy Cox. ART   Screever Fest Oct. 17 to 19, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free F Street, between Second and Third streets This three-day event allows members of the public to participate or watch a sidewalk chalk art contest. There will be prize winners each day.   Dinner with Artist Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., $100 general Pence Gallery, 212 D St. The Pence Gallery will be holding a three-course dinner... ...

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Reinstated Native American Studies course incorporates music and dance

Native American Studies 032: Native American Music and Dance, a lower-division class, will be entirely revamped next quarter. The class, which focuses on music and dance, aims to introduce students to indigenous Native American artistic expressions, as well as to help students develop new perspectives on cultural art forms different from their own. Created in 1969 by the late UC Davis Native American Studies Department founder David Risling, the course consistently reached full enrollment. It was so popular that it remained one of the few courses Risling continued to teach after earning emeritus status in 1993. However, the course has not been offered in over a decade largely due to Risling’s passing in 2005. UC Davis assistant professor Jessica Bissett Perea will now be in charge of the course and intends to offer it once a year. Perea has a postdoctoral degree in ethnomusicology with an emphasis on Alaska Native and circumpolar Inuit cultures, urban indigeneities, African/Native alliances and cultural production in the Americas. Perea recently received an Undergraduate Instructional... ...

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Spoken word poetry revamped in Davis

SickSpits has long been the go-to event for spoken word open mics on campus. This year the staff has implemented bimonthly open mics and is offering workshops for those interested in practicing and refining their craft. Yousef Buzayan, a fourth year majoring in international agriculture development and managerial economics, has been a part of the collective since the end of his second year at UC Davis. “SickSpits has always put on a general open mic, so anyone who wants to perform comedy, play the guitar, drums – whatever – is welcome,” Buzayan said. “[SickSpits] is also a poetry collective, and we perform both at the open mics, as well as in the community at high school, events on campus, conferences [or] anywhere people need performers.” The collective used to host open mics once a month. The move to a twice-a-month schedule is intended to improve both the sense of community and each individual’s poetic and performing skill, according to SickSpits member and second-year English major Iris Bloomfield. “The monthly open... ...

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Aggie Style Watch

                                                                                                                                                    We often think that fashion interferes with being comfortable and that a choice has to be made between relaxation and style. This is not the case for religious studies and history double major senior Diana Self. In her years at UC Davis, Self developed a style identity that juxtaposes edgy tattoos and piercings with au courant, romantic clothing. She manages to juggle fashion trends by shopping at inexpensive retailers. By choosing vogue pieces she knows will be comfortable and work well on her body, she can maintain a balance between personal identity, trends and comfort. Aggie... ...

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