Review Category : Arts

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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Celebration of Life Festival to be held in Davis cemetery

The Celebration of Life Concert and Art Festival is the perfect opportunity to immerse one’s self in something larger than the pursuits of academia. This upcoming event is meant to be a reminder that life is special, and it needs to be lived to the fullest. The sixth annual Celebration of Life Concert and Art Festival will take place on Sunday at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District. This is a free event that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy. There will be special music performances by Bob Bralove accompanied by his music ensemble, poetry readings by Davis poet laureate Dr. Andy Jones, and a non-juried art show. Bralove is a keyboardist, lyricist, composer and member of a quartet called the Psychedelic Cabaret. Bralove expressed his positive feelings towards the event taking place in the Davis Cemetery District. “It couldn’t be more appropriate to hold an event like this in a cemetery,” Bralove said. “We will be playing about half original music and half classic covers […]... ...

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AggieAngelous

THEPOETRY-THEPOETS&THEPOETESSES   THEPOETRY #TheRevolutionWillNotBeHashtagged By Camille Woods the revolution will not have a mixtape the revolution will not be tweeted the revolution will not be on Beyonce’s world tour the revolution will not be on your Facebook newsfeed the revolution will not be hosted by Oprah the revolution will not be on BET the revolution will not be the next black president the revolution will not “Turn down for what” the revolution will not be on Drake’s next album the revolution will not sold at Forever 21 the revolution will not be 50 percent off the revolution will not “Eat Fresh” the revolution will not just do it the revolution will not come with a side of fries the revolution will not create Metaworld Peace the revolution will not be on Lebron’s jersey the revolution will not be on Kim Kardashian’s Sex Tape the revolution will not be “Brought to you by Sprite” the revolution will not roll back prices the revolution will not give free samples the revolution will... ...

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Actors and authors work together to bring stories to life

When a story is dramatically read straight from the page, the piece is brought to life without losing any of the writer’s original intention, at least that’s what Stories on Stage Davis founder Jeri Howitt believes. Stories on Stage is a monthly story reading (running from September to June) in which local Yolo County actors and writers collaborate to create dramatic prose readings to present and perform for the Davis community. Since branching off from its Sacramento origin a little over a year ago, Stories on Stage Sac, Howitt’s team has found a niche in Davis’ creative community. “Usually [when presenting a work of literature to an audience], the author reads their own work. Some of them can read [prose well aloud], but some of them haven’t got a clue,” Howitt said. “The actor brings a totally different set of skills with hesitations, timing and tone. I’ve spoken with every featured author, and they are all stunned by what the actors have done with their work.” At Stories on Stage... ...

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Outside Lands: It’s Up to You

Guest review of San Francisco music festival I’m intrigued by any festival where patrons are willing to bury alcohol at its location weeks in advance. That being said, Outside Lands is far more enthralling than a venue for imbibing burrowed spirits. You could say this wasn’t my first rodeo, despite the lack of bovine. I have been to the hallowed fields of Golden Gate Park before and experienced the gravitas of the festival. But on this expedition, I found myself pondering a specific question: I wanted to know why, with the plurality of music festivals that exist today, would you choose Outside Lands? Here’s my take: The festival has a proven track record for attracting A-list performers. Between his pulsating sound and his heated, generally one-sided deliberations on the nature of man, Kanye West did shake the earth. That alone should attract a throng. But I was committed to the notion that Outside Lands is not just a colder Coachella. No — while sipping on a generally overpriced refreshment and... ...

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Culture Collide music festival set to showcase international indie talents

Festival offers affordable chance to discover new cultural music On Oct. 14 to 15 and Oct. 16 to 18, the Culture Collide music festivals will be underway in San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively. The festivals, which will feature the headlining acts Cloud Nothings and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, will also be presenting numerous international musicians, with more than 40 bands playing in the San Francisco festival and over 60 acts from 25 different countries playing in Los Angeles. Culture Collide festival founder Alan Miller, who also leads Culture Collide’s editorial platform, stated that the festival offers a great chance for the discovery of music, culture and innovation. “We at Culture Collide have gone around the world and delegated the search for talent and found really great talent. I think for a college student with little travel experience, this can be a great chance for discovery,” Miller said in a phone interview. Because of its international focus, Culture Collide will be offering a stage for international sounds that deviate... ...

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Featured Artist: Bryce Vinokurov

UC Davis art lecturer to be featured at Alex Bult gallery   UC Davis art lecturer Bryce Vinokurov will be presenting his most recent work “Tel Aviv: Urban Landscapes” at the Alex Bult Gallery in Sacramento. A preview will be held on Oct. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., and an open reception will be held on Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will run from Oct. 9 to Nov. 1. The gallery, which features 55 art pieces inspired by various buildings throughout Tel Aviv, Israel, is influenced by Vinokurov’s recent four-month stay in Tel Aviv during the spring. According to the artist, the gallery will not include paintings of specific sites from Tel Aviv, but rather collages of buildings and landscapes that Vinokurov witnessed during his time there. Vinokurov pointed out that it was the grittiness of Tel Aviv that attracted him to the city. He also noted that there was a combination of first and third-world aspects in the city that led to his decision... ...

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Davis celebrates Chinese culture through food and film

Last Saturday the Davis community celebrated Global Confucius Institute Day and the Davis Chinese Film Festival’s opening ceremony at the Mondavi Center. The gala event featured a photo exhibit, a showing of Eat Drink Man Woman by Oscar-winner Ang Lee and a question-and-answer panel of four distinguished speakers. Not only did the event present fine forms of art but also intimate perspectives of Chinese culture and values. Global Confucius Institute Day commemorates the 10th anniversary of Hanban (Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language). It also pays honor to all institutes devoted to teaching Chinese language and culture, including UCD’s very own Chinese Language program. In fact, the Davis Confucius Institute centers its teachings on Chinese food and beverage culture. Michelle Yeh, panel moderator and UC Davis’ department chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures, provided educational insight on the significance of learning food history. “Food provides a unique prism through which to understand society, history and culture,” Yeh said. “Chinese food has a history of 5,000... ...

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AggieAngelous

In loving memory of the Resilience & Inclusivity of Maya Angelou   Welcome to the introductory installment of The California Aggie’s first poetry column: AggieAngelous. AggieAngelous is here to display the diversity of Aggie creativity and interest through the beauty of poetry. This column will display poems written by UC Davis students of all majors, years, talents and backgrounds in a variety of styles including free verse, sonnets, haikus, epics, ballads, odes, etc. Every column will feature one to three poems written by Aggie students and a short bio about them. Be sure to check in with AggieAngelous online weekly to read the work of up-and-coming UC Davis writers and get to know your peers in sections of the column entitled “ThePoetry” and “ThePoets&Poetesses.” AggieAngelous welcomes all writers and will offer a glimpse of the poetry scene in Davis. One of the sections of the column, “ThePoetrySlams,” will feature event information about anything poetry related in the city of Davis. This section will be a resource for people interested in seeing... ...

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TBD Fest Expands to 3-Day Lineup

Modern-day music festivals tend to focus on their headliners and not much else — certainly not the location that they are taking place in. Luckily for Northern California residents, a festival set in West Sacramento from Oct. 3 to 5 is turning the paradigm on its head, showcasing Sacramento as a creative community, and has been doing so for the last seven years. TBD Fest, formerly known as Launch, began in 2007 as an art party in Sacramento’s Greens Hotel, and has dramatically expanded every year since. Michael Hargis is the founder and organizer of TBD. “In 2012 we decided to go all out with a full-scale music festival; in 2013 we expanded to a two-day platform, and this year we are going even bigger with a three-day event,” Hargis said. To organizer and co-founder Clay Nutting, the name change from Launch to TBD represents the evolution of the event. “It’s to be determined; the partners we have, the people we lock arms with. Farm to fork is big now,... ...

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OK Go’s Tim Nordwind talks optical illusions, new album, upcoming tour

If you’ve been on YouTube anytime in the last decade, you’ve probably experienced the artistic endeavors of alternative rock band OK Go. This Grammy-award winning group is known for their quirky-creative music videos, like the treadmill-choreographed “Here It Goes Again” and the puppy-dominated “White Knuckles”, as well as their innovative dance-inducing alt-rock sound. OK Go recently released their first single “The Writings on the Wall” from their highly-anticipated album, Hungry Ghosts, which is set to drop October 2014. The music video which was released with the song garnered more than one million views within the first day. The band is set to kick off their first tour in three years at Assembly Music Hall in Sacramento on July 15. MUSE spoke with OK Go co-founder and bassist Tim Nordwind about the upcoming tour, Hungry Ghosts and the band’s creative pursuits. MUSE: What kind of sound were you going for with “The Writings on the Wall” and can we expect the same feeling with the rest of the album? Tim: “The... ...

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Roving reporter: What is art?

For the final online issue of the 2013-14 school year at UC Davis, Muse decided to conduct a special roving report in which random people at the Memorial Union and the Quad were asked the age-old question, “What is art?” Dozens of people were candidly asked and those who chose to respond offered their views on the question. “Art is something that people make that makes you feel good inside. Art is a piece of work that an artist creates that invokes an emotion within me.” — Steven Anyanwu, fourth-year computer science major “I’m an artist and I still haven’t figured out a response to that question.” – Kajsa Edvardsson, second-year art major “Art is the purest form of expression of the soul.” – Dawson Bell, second-year environmental science and management major “I’m fond of Scott McCloud’s definition of art: art is anything a human does that doesn’t directly grow out of the impulse to survive or reproduce; other stuff we do just because this is what we want to... ...

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