Review Category : Arts

News in Brief: Record Store Day on April 19

April 19 cannot come sooner for music aficionados and vinyl collectors alike. The third Saturday in April, also known as Record Store Day, will have customers waiting patiently outside local shops to score limited releases of rare vinyl. Record Store Day appeared in 2007 as means of highlighting the culture that encompasses local music shops, artists and music fans, and it is doing just that. The event has quickly gained popularity; almost 1,000 stores in the U.S. and hundreds more worldwide now participate in the day. Stores host activities ranging from live concerts to signings and parades, yet most come for the extremely exclusive vinyl releases. Some of the records up for grabs this year are: Death Cab For Cutie’s ft. Magik*Magik Orchestra Live 2012, Joy Division’s  An Ideal For Living and  The Notorious B.I.G.  Life After Death. But with so many record stores after only a few thousand records, no store knows for sure what they will have in stock. Paul Wilbur, manager of the Davis-based record store Armadillo Music,... ...

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News in Brief: Local author publishes miniature book

Local author Rick Palkovic, along with his family, will sign copies of his new book, Limit 55, a micro-fiction collection published in a miniature book, at The Avid Reader on Saturday, April 19. Rick, who wrote all of the stories in the collection, said that the idea for the collection came from his brother Mark, who is a collector of miniature books. “It was Mark’s idea to do 55-word short stories since it would fit the miniature book format so well,” Rick said. “There’s some precedent as a newspaper in San Luis Obispo has a contest for stories of that length. None of these stories were ever entered for the contest, as they’re original for this project.” Rick said he eventually warmed up to the format, since it required a bit of thought on his part to write the stories. “There’s a lot unsaid in these stories, because I don’t have the words needed to spell them out,” Rick said. “It was surprising once in a while that I needed... ...

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KDVS Fundraiser 2014 celebrates 50th anniversary

It’s that time of year again — the annual KDVS Fundraiser is taking over 90.3FM. The radio station will be asking for donations from listeners from April 21 to April 27. As well as special programming, KDVS will host events in Davis in conjunction with local businesses. Drew Evans has been a DJ at KDVS since January 2013 and became fundraising coordinator a year ago. Evans explained the format of this year’s fundraiser and how vital this event is for KDVS. “We do it every year in April for one week. We have DJs on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week; 168 hours straight where we’re asking for pledges and we basically raise about 50 percent of our operating costs for the year. We’re hoping to raise quite a bit more than that this year. The target is $50,000,” Evans said. This year’s fundraiser holds special significance as it coincides with KDVS’ 50th anniversary. KDVS prides itself on remaining an educational and noncommercial radio station. “[KDVS]... ...

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Arts Week: April 17, 2014

POETRY Poetry Night Reading Series: Hannah Stein April 17, 8 to 9:30 p.m., free The John Natsoulas Gallery The Natsoulas Gallery holds bi-monthly poetry readings and open mic nights. This week, Hannah Stein, a popular Davis-based poet, will feature her works, among them her most recent poem “A Broken Music,” which focuses on music, history and biographies. DANCE Elite Dance Company Showcase April 19, 8 p.m., $5 to $7 The Arena Theatre This annual showcase will take place in Wright Hall and will feature choreography from several types of dance including jazz and contemporary. MUSIC Left Coast Chamber Ensemble April 17, 12 to 1:00 p.m., free Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center This free performance from the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and actor David Moore sets Walter Mosley’s short story, “Reply to a Dead Man,” to music. The ensemble boasts flute, oboe, guitar, viola and bass which dramatically carry the audience through the narrative. HellaCappella April 18, 7:30 p.m., $10 to $20 Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall UC Davis’ all-female a cappella group,... ...

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Column: Smells Like the 90s

Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam — The Relentless Debate “Who’s better?” — how often do we hear that question posed? Whether the discussion revolves around sports, music, politics or pizza, we live in a culture that loves reducing the issue down to two competitors: Beatles v. The Stones, Jordan v. Kobe, Republican v. Democrat. And so goes the debate between music fans over which band rocked it better: Pearl Jam or Nirvana? But how can you compare the talent of these two iconic groups whose sounds are so distinct yet are both forever linked to the Seattle alt rock/grunge movement from which they were born? You can’t. But what about a discussion of which band was more influential? Clearly, both had staggering early success. The difference here is that Nirvana’s landmark Nevermind followed their lesser-known debut album Bleach, while Pearl Jam’s first release, Ten, was a huge breakthrough success. That said, Nevermind cemented Nirvana as the “face” of a new music movement. Not only did its success help make grunge popular,... ...

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Design Museum to display selected undergraduate design pieces

The Annual Picnic Day Design by Design exhibition in the Design Museum will be displaying selected entries submitted by UC Davis undergraduate design students. Sponsored by the Birgitta and Helge Olson Design Award and the UC Davis Design Museum, the exhibition of undergraduate design pieces will be on display at the Design Museum beginning April 11 and will run through June 5. Tim McNeil, UC Davis Department of Design chair and associate professor of design, explained that the exhibition’s presentation of undergraduate design talent intentionally coincides with Picnic Day annually because the event’s popularity draws in a large number of interested visitors. “In terms of outreach and visibility for students, absolutely this is the most important student showcase, and considering all the people connected to the student body or newly visiting, certainly in terms of attendance for the museum, Picnic Day is the biggest day for us,” McNeil said. McNeil said he and Design Museum Curator Adele Zhang are responsible for the first cut of submissions that are “incomplete or... ...

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Aggie Arcade

Facebook’s Virtual Reality While I was busy relaxing during spring break, Facebook created quite a buzz with its acquisition of Oculus VR for $2 billion, the company responsible for the Oculus Rift. The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display which has yet to see a commercial release. Developer kits have been out there for a while now and those who have experienced the VR device express a level of excitement often saved for groundbreaking technology. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the Oculus Rift, “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.” Some may see that statement as hyperbolic, but plenty of people share the sentiment when it comes to the Oculus Rift. The acquisition itself proves far more divisive though. After reading the press release, I went to numerous game sites to see reaction to the news. To my surprise, it was overwhelmingly negative — it seems that a lot of people don’t... ...

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FADS to present Picnic Day fashion show

The UC Davis Fashion and Design Society (FADS) will be hosting their annual runway fashion show in Freeborn Hall on Picnic Day, April 12. This year’s show is called “Raw Edge” and will feature 16 new collections from advanced design students at UC Davis. A small group of UC Davis design students spent the entire 2013-14 school year imagining, planning out and creating four to six new garments for the show as their senior projects. After taking a series of classes that taught them how to cut, sew and dye garments, the students were able to advance to the class known as “Signature Collection,” or Design 179, taught by design professor Susan Avila. There, the students spent 10 weeks drawing and putting together unique lines of garments based on a theme each designer chose. Each designer cut, dyed and sewed their outfits by hand. The inspirations of the collections range from religious traditions to a modern twist on British aristocracy to the galaxy and beyond. Fourth-year design major Nancy Pulciano... ...

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Arts Week: April 10, 2014 to April 16, 2014

April 12 is UC Davis’ 100th Picnic Day, which will feature a huge variety of events on and off campus. A thorough schedule can be found at picnicday.ucdavis.edu. ART 2nd Friday ArtAbout April 11, 5 to 11 p.m., prices vary Downtown Davis This is a special pre-Picnic Day edition of the 2nd Friday ArtAbout which features artistic events on display throughout the downtown area. This month features wine tastings at Whole Foods and the Davis Food Co-Op as well as live music at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine. Design Department Fashion Show April 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m.; $5 general, $3 student Freeborn Hall The UC Davis Fashion and Design Society will present their work at a runway show. The show will feature collections by senior students and individual articles by lower division students. Davis Dance Revolution 2014 April 12, 7:30 p.m.; $15 student, $20 regular, $7 children Freeborn Hall The 10th annual edition of the Picnic Day dance contest will, as always, feature competitors in the traditional and modern dance categories.... ...

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ASUCD Entertainment Council to bring French Cassettes to Quad

West Coast band-to-watch French Cassettes will perform at the MU West Quad on April 14 at 12 p.m. French Cassettes’ first album Gold Youth was released in August 2013 following their 2011 Summer Darling EP. Scott Huerta, founding member and vocalist, spoke to MUSE in a phone interview about the band. MUSE: Tell us about the formation of the band. HUERTA: My brother and I [began the band] in a really small town called Ripon, Calif. We started writing in our home. I found another guitarist [Mackenzie Bunch], then my brother [Thomas Huerta] joined and he played bass. Then we found a drummer [James Gallagher] and we moved to San Francisco. We gigged around here a lot. What made you settle in San Francisco? We were playing the same three coffee shops over and over and we just knew we had to get out of Ripon. There was a surprisingly good music scene at the time and it was a great community. All my friends were super talented and encouraged... ...

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Column: Smells Like the ‘90s

Do We Need A New Nirvana? Nirvana was a pretty important change agent in the ‘90s. They brought on a massive cultural shift that essentially juxtaposed the ‘80s with the ‘90s. I think the world was on a precipice anyway and Nirvana happened to be making the right kind of art at the right time and in the right place. I think the most recent cultural shift has been brought on not by art or music but by technology, and so to say we need another artist like Nirvana to shake things is only half true. If you ask me there is more important music being made today than ever before, especially in Australia. Genres are being stretched and recreated; ideas and boundaries are being challenged. The issue isn’t the music; it’s the audience and the manner in which they consume the music. People listen to songs on iPods and download tracks from blogs and this happens at such a fast rate that any artist with anything important to say... ...

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MFA thesis projects

The MFA Thesis Performances will be held from April 8 to April 13 in and around the Wyatt Theatre and will present various styles of performance art, from site specific choreographies to adaptations of fantasy novels. The five pieces — which consist of one hour-long collaboration and four half-hour long solo works — are organized into two programs, which will run on different days. Program 1 consists of works by Lindsay Beamish, Mary Ann Brooks and Deirdre Morris, while Program 2 features works by Peet Cocke, Andrea del Moral and Amanda Vitiello-Jensen. From Lake Spafford to a fantasy land and from historical female figures to race relations, the MFA Thesis Performances will explore various times and places. MUSE was able to speak with most of the artists behind each piece. Lindsay Beamish was not available by press time; her untitled piece features performers interacting with video footage. Mary Ann Brooks — Improvising While Black: The Wreck Part 2 Mary Ann Brooks’ piece is a work of dance improvisation with a... ...

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Willie Nelson and Family to perform at Mondavi Center

Willie Nelson and Family will perform at The Mondavi Center on April 9 at 8 p.m. Lukas Nelson, Willie’s son, will open the show with his own band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Lukas is also part of Willie’s band. While traveling to Taos, N.M., Lukas spoke with MUSE in a phone interview about family, his music and being on the road. MUSE: How is the tour going so far? NELSON: It’s going really great. I just left Fort Collins and we stopped for only eight hours of rest. We were in Victor, Idaho; it’s where Wyoming, Utah and Idaho connect and Montana is close, just north. We played at a place called The Knotty Pine and before that we we were in Salt Lake City. Your own band [Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real], opens for Willie and you also perform in his band. What do you like about touring with your dad? I’ve been playing with my dad [Willie Nelson] since I was 13 years... ...

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TEDxUCDAVIS turns Davis “Inside Out”

The art exhibition “Davis Inside Out,” which is set to officially open April 9, will soon line the walls of UC Davis’ Social Sciences and Humanities building. The installation features 400 large black and white portraits of UC Davis students and community members pasted along the building’s concrete exterior, and aims to celebrate individualism and identity. The installation is modelled after the work of French artist JR, who in 2011 won a TEDx prize for his public displays of mass portraiture. His work pushed the boundaries of street art and encouraged people to be vocal in their beliefs. Since his initial project in 2005, JR has encouraged others to join in and replicate versions of their own Inside Out as a means of showcasing identity. Today, tens of thousands of people from over 100 countries have participated in Inside Out exhibitions. According to Shavika Singha, a fourth-year communication major and director of marketing at TEDxUCDAVIS, Inside Out projects quickly gained global popularity. “Several campuses have done it and a lot... ...

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Davis Feminist Film Festival celebrates ninth anniversary

The annual Davis Feminist Film Festival (DFFF) is set to take place on April 10 and April 11 at the Veteran’s Memorial Center on 14th Street. This is the festival’s ninth year in production and will once again feature an array of local and international films. This year’s festival will showcase local films on April 10 at 7 p.m. and mainly international films on April 11 at 6 p.m. The event will feature 16 short films, an interactive art piece/documentary, local food and craft vendors and a silent auction. Admission is free. The DFFF was founded in 2005 as a fundraiser to support international internships with nonprofit grassroots feminist organizations. The festival is currently spearheaded by the Consortium for Women and Research (with the help of other on-campus organizations) and continues to gain international prestige. DFFF focuses on showcasing films of underrepresented voices in the mainstream media. Women only make up six percent of the film industry, and this is not including women of color as well as other minorities... ...

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