Review Category : Arts

Arts Week: April 3, 2014

MUSIC Anglerfish April 5, 9 p.m., free Level 6, West Entry Parking Structure This Saturday night the heavy rock sounds of local band Anglerfish’s upcoming concert will be echoing throughout the West Entry Parking Structure at UC Davis. AKOKA: The End of Time April 5, 8 p.m., tickets $25 to $49 Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center Inspired by the premier renowned clarinetist Henry Akoka’s prison camp recordings, fellow prison camp survivor Olivier Messiaen will perform his “Quartet for the End of Time.” The performance will be accompanied by pieces from David Krakauer and hip-hop artist Socalled. DANCE The Power of 1 April 6, 3 p.m., $12 Studio Theatre, Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre (PTDT) will be presenting “The Power of 1,” a contemporary piece that considers individual personal and cultural perspectives, to start their 29th season as a dance studio. The performance features the talents of the PTDT, the PTDT apprentice company and Third Stage Dance Company.   ART Hollingshead: The Art of Portrait April 7 to... ...

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The Mondavi Center hosts Circa’s “S”

On March 30, The Mondavi Center will host the Australian circus group Circa. Circa will be performing their show “S,” a captivating and raw example of the modern circus. Drawing inspiration from the smooth contours and constantly changing directions of the letter “s,” the cast will explore their physical and emotional limits with organic and powerful acrobatics. The performance is influenced by the simplicity of the letter “S.” With no numbers, acts, props or even elaborate costumes, the ensemble is said to be able to capture a sense of purity and vulnerability with their movement. As a result, Circa’s acrobatics engage the audience’s emotions. According to Yaron Lifschitz, the CEO and Artistic Director of Circa, “S” is a different piece from what he has done in the past. Lifschitz said he was excited about “S” being regarded as something beyond explanation but still moving. “It [“S”] is a place where the body and the artist become a resonant, poetic, theatrical, medium that generates an authentic human connection between the performers... ...

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UC Davis Sunatya, Visions Global Empowerment present Davis Dheem Tana 2014

On March 29, Davis’ classical Indian dance group, Sunatya, will host their showcase titled Davis Dheem Tana 2014 alongside teams from universities around the country, including UCLA, USC, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, University of Washington, Penn State, Tufts and Stanford. Davis Dheem Tana 2014 is made possible by a partnership with the Davis branch of Visions Global Empowerment. Since its inception in 2003, this nonprofit organization has conducted over 28 life skills training programs at universities and schools in South Asia. All proceeds from this event will be donated to youth affected by poverty and conflict. The 11 dancers in Davis’ all-female group Sunatya are trained in Bharatanatyam, which is a dance form originating in India. Originally performed by temple dancers in ancient times, Bharatanatyam is now widely performed around the world. The team prides itself in combining the classical form of Bharatanatyam with modern influences for a contemporary audience. “It’s a very ancient dance form and it was revived relatively recently in the 20th century,” said Neha Palacherla,... ...

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“Earth Water Science and Song” course brings together science, music

At what point does a musical composition have anything to do with water management and soil sciences? For most of us, never, but for the students in UC Davis’ academic course “Earth Water Science and Song” (Science and Society 42), they intertwine perfectly. For the past five years, UC Davis has offered this cross-disciplinary course for undergraduate students interested in understanding the connections between music and science. Science and Society 42 (SAS 42) is part of the Art-Science Fusion Program at UC Davis. The program was founded in the early 2000s by Professor of entomology Diane Ullman and local artist Donna Billick in hopes of teaching students how to use creativity to spark innovation in both science and the arts. In 2009, SAS 42 was added to the roster of classes that would be a part of this unique academic venture. Professor Emeritus of land, air and water sciences, Wendy Silk, co-founded the class with a former graduate student. Silk, who said she has a passion for music and science,... ...

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Tune In: The Musical Magic of Disney Movies

I’m just gonna go ahead and begin this column with a bold statement, one I expect most people will agree with: Disney movies are fantastic. They’re brilliant. They appealed to me when I was five, they appeal to me now as a 21-year-old and I can guarantee they will still appeal to me when I watch them with my kids in 15 years. But how do they do it? How does Disney manage to produce classic after classic? Yes, it may be due to their simple, yet symbolic storylines. It also may be magic (I mean, it IS Disney after all). However, there’s one specific aspect of Disney movies truly separates them from other animation. It’s the part of the movies that leaves you humming for days after watching. I’m talking about Disney’s amazing music. The catchy melodies of the songs, the accessibility of the lyrics and the distinguishable voices of the singers make these songs unique and unparalleled. Not to mention the variety in the songs of every musical... ...

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News in Brief: International House to host “Singing Our World Alive”

The International House of Davis will host “Singing Our World Alive,” a fundraiser event in which local musicians will lead the audience in a group song, on March 15. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Davis Community Men’s Talk Circle, will feature local musician Laura Sandage along with San Francisco based musician Doug von Koss. Gregory Guss, who organizes the Davis Community Men’s Talk Circle, helped bring Sandage and von Koss together. “Doug and Laura will bring a chant that people will not know about and they’ll teach a group how to sing it,” Guss said. “Part of what happens is that, as people stand together and start singing, they’ll unify as they work together and start feeling a connection. A community, an experience of community, will be born at that moment.” Sandage and von Koss have put the performance into two parts. “The first half will have people on their feet, with lively, energetic songs that can get the music going quickly,” Sandage said. “Then we’ll have a... ...

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Aggie Arcade: Your weekly dose of video games

March Madness March has been a slow month in the field of video game news, but that’s because people are busy actually playing games. I can’t remember a March lineup quite like this and it makes for an exciting time of the year (notwithstanding school finals). This past weekend I finished South Park: The Stick of Truth, the long-awaited collaboration between the creators of South Park and developer Obsidian Entertainment. South Park video games have a long history of being absolutely terrible, but show-runners Matt Parker and Trey Stone make a concerted effort with The Stick of Truth. The game plays like a love letter to fans of the show. The game’s humor coincides directly with its success — funny video games are rare because writing video game humor can be difficult. But the biting satire, pop culture references and crude jokes that define “South Park” are also found in The Stick of Truth. In fact the entire game feels like an extended episode of the show, right down to... ...

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Arts Week: March 12, 2014

MUSIC Marriage + Cancer/Virga/No Sects/Pockets March 13, 9:30 p.m., $5 Third Space Art Collective, 946 Olive Drive This “pissed-pop” band out of Portland, Ore., formerly called (and intentionally misspelled) Nucular Aminals, is stopping by Davis on their Bay Area tour. Think Magnetic Fields meets Nirvana’s guitar and quintessential Portland reverb grime. Also to perform: Virga, a KDVS-frequent local band; No Sects, post-punk and also local; and Pockets, a band with “sweet dreamy tunes,” according to the Facebook event. Davis Chamber Choir Winter Concert March 14, 7 p.m., free Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road The theme of the Davis Chamber Choir’s winter concert is “The Development of English and German Music” and will explore the languages’ chronological musical progression. The 20-member student-run choir, founded in 2011, performs once quarterly. Early Music and Baroque Ensemble Concert March 15, 7 to 9 p.m, $6 suggested donation The Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane Both the Early Music Ensemble, directed by William Cooper, and the UC Davis Baroque Ensemble, directed... ...

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The Mondavi Center presents Rita Sahai

On March 8, Indian musician Rita Sahai will be returning to perform at the Mondavi Center. Sahai performs Indian classical vocal music and will be accompanied by other musicians who specialize in traditional Indian instruments. Sahai specializes in a form of music known as Hindustani which is traditional repertoire from Northern India. Classic Hindustani pieces tend to feature either an instrumental or vocal soloist, tabla (a two-drum instrument), a drone (an instrument that provides a perpetual tone to follow) and a melodic instrument (like a violin or harmonium). Sahai accompanies herself on the tanpura, a traditional drone string instrument. Sahai was born in India and has performed music since she was a child. Since the age of 9, she studied Hindustani with renowned instructors and eventually came to the U.S. to expand her musical knowledge. She eventually trained under internationally-renowned sarod (traditional Indian string instrument) maestro Ali Akbar Khan, during which time she mastered Seni Allauddin Gharana style — a branch of Indian classic music known for its intricate ragas... ...

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Campus Chic: Michelle “Melles” Tran

How to Wear: The Denim Shirt. The denim shirt is a classic, staple piece that every girl and guy should own in their wardrobe, but how do we keep it chic without looking like we’re going to some tacky, denim-on-denim rodeo? Fourth-year economics major, Michelle “Melles” Tran, shows MUSE how she rocks a denim top for the spring season for a clean and simple, yet finished and sophisticated look. First off, ask yourself where you’re going. A denim top is appropriate for both a fun night out with friends and for a professional environment like the office depending on how you coordinate your outfit that day. For the guys, pairing your denim or chambray top with a clean pair of fitted chinos rolled at the hem and desert boots or boat shoes is an easy way to create a fashion-forward, yet relaxed and comfortable look. Feeling dressy? Throw on a blazer, and yes, you are allowed to do that; however, your blazer MUST have texture. If you have any sort... ...

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Shakespeare-On-a-Shoestring presents The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare-On-a-Shoestring (SOS), a no-budget troupe in the Department of Theatre and Dance, will present The Merchant of Venice from March 13 to 16. The play is directed by Bella Merlin, a UC Davis theatre and dance professor. Merlin came up with the idea of the Shoestring series, which minimizes the use of costumes and aims to maximize drama and audience involvement, shortly after she began to work at UC Davis. “I arrived in 2008 when the financial crisis was happening, and production budgets were being hacked,” Merlin said. “I wanted to tell the world that actors could tell any story despite the budget, so I made a series that deliberately had no budget.” According to Merlin, the idea for the series came about by accident. “I was at a conference in the Mondavi two years ago and we were talking about different facilities on campus,” Merlin said. “I realized that with the Wyatt [Pavilion] Theatre, we had a facility that was perfect for Shakespeare and it just came out of... ...

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Arts Week March 6, 2014

MUSIC “Innovation Greets Tradition” by Rita Sahai March 8, 7 p.m., $8 children and students, $20 adults Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center Presented by the UC Davis Department of Music, Rita Sahai will be performing a Hindustani classical vocal concert where she will be accompanied by the table, harmonium, viola and slide guitar. Sahai is a talented composer and performer whose vocal talents have led to recording vocals for the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Béla Fleck. Delbert Bump SA-ZIL March 7, 7 p.m., free John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Pianist and composer Delbert Bump will be presenting a new style of music called “SA-ZIL” that combines aspects of Salsa and Brazilian, creating a danceable combination of music. THEATER South Pacific March 7 and March 8 at 8:15 p.m., prices vary Davis Musical Theatre Company, 607 Pena Drive The Davis Musical Theatre Company presents weekend showings of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical South Pacific, a tale of war, love and oppression on a tropical island during World War II.... ...

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The Lounge Lizards present “No Instruments Attached”

 On March 14, The Lounge Lizards, UC Davis’ co-ed a cappella group, will host the annual show “No Instruments Attached,” performing a mixture of old favorites and new songs alongside several different a cappella groups. The show will welcome to the stage UC Davis’ male a cappella group The Afterglow, The Cal Jazz Choir from UC Berkeley and Acquire A Cappella from UC Santa Cruz. The Lounge Lizards will be performing a broad range of songs including “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The audience can also expect some older tunes by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Muse and Simon & Garfunkel. The oldest a cappella group on campus, The Lounge Lizards was started by UC Davis students. Vika Mlonchina, current Lounge Lizards treasurer and a third-year communication student who joined The Lounge Lizards in her first quarter, talked about the history of the group. “Our group has been around for nearly 20 years. We started in 1995 in a dorm lounge on... ...

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News in Brief: The Grapes of Wrath Symposium presents lectures on poverty, novel itself

On March 7, the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance will be hosting The Grapes of Wrath Symposium, honoring the 75th anniversary of the publication of the Steinbeck novel while also exploring the larger social, cultural and historical context surrounding the novel, both in the past and the present. The symposium is free to the public and will be held in Lab A at Wright Hall, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 5:45 p.m. Andrea Del Moral, a current Master of Fine Arts candidate in the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, contributed to the planning of the symposium, and chose the groupings of faculty that will be speaking together in their respective sessions. In an email interview, Del Moral also explained that the quality of the UC Davis faculty in both the agricultural sciences and the social sciences and humanities will present itself in these pairings, with the hope of allowing new connections to be made by students and faculty alike. “The symposium is an opportunity... ...

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“Spot It! Hip” Review

I may spend most of my time with video games nowadays, but I’m the kind of guy who can appreciate a good card/party game every now and then. Spot It! Hip falls into that category despite my initial skepticism. Adding the words “hip” or “hipster” to anything doesn’t appeal to my personal taste, but the core Spot It! formula makes for a fun game with friends. Spot It! Hip is a small tin can full of cards, each with various illustrations of things such as donuts, glasses or tacos. The idea of the game is to match similar objects with each other across numerous cards. For example, if I have a card with a spoon on it and another card placed in the center has that same spoon icon, I attempt to call out the name of the icon before anyone else. The actual goal of the game beyond that basic premise varies. Spot It! Hip’s instructions list five different game options that each put their own unique spin on... ...

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