Review Category : Arts

Zombie genre comes to life onscreen and on campus

AggieTV’s first original movie series – BLiND – is making waves. Written and directed by former AggieTV member CJ Hwang, the series premiered its third episode last Friday on the AggieTV Youtube page. The production is a five-part film that focuses on a group of four students attempting to survive a zombie apocalypse on the UC Davis campus. Some students who have seen the series, like second-year environmental science and management major Maverick Bellard, are thoroughly impressed with the film’s moodiness and slick, cinematic style. “[The film] was intriguing and suspenseful,” Bellard said. “[I was amazed] that it was produced by students; it was far from amateur.” Instead of making a zombie film that focuses mainly on violence and gore, BLiND takes a more character-driven approach to the genre, illustrating the emotional and psychological state of each survivor. The drama and tension of the series comes not only from the danger of the undead threat, but also from the interpersonal conflicts between the characters. BLiND’s production manager, Stacy Han, a... ...

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Local school to tackle most musically-complicated show to date

On Nov. 7, Davis Senior High School (DSHS) will debut its fall musical, Into the Woods. According to Gwyneth Bruch, director of drama, this will be the school’s most musically complicated show yet. Into the Woods is based on the book of the same title by James Lapine. It was adapted into a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and premiered on Broadway in 1987. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a single tale following the journey of a childless baker and his wife, and their quest to begin a family. Devon Hayakawa, a senior who will be playing The Witch, praises the show for further developing beloved fairy tale characters. “Every character is really unique and [is] based off a fairy tale character, with the exception of [the] baker and baker’s wife, so it’s really cool developing that character and making them have full depth instead of caricatures,” Hayakawa said. The show’s musical complexity made for the school’s most rigorous audition... ...

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Bridging the gap between dance and theater

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theater (PTDT) mixes dancers of every age, skill and experience level with a unique theatrical narrative to explore a theme. This year’s season opener, “Learning to See”, marks the company’s 30th active year. Trokanski founded the local studio and the three companies (PTDT, Apprentice Company and Third Stage Company) that come together for performances. A storyteller herself, Trokanski finds that narration through dance has a unique impact on the viewers as well as the performers. “[This season’s opener] is all about learning to see the world around us, what we think we see and how we fool our eyes,” Trokanski said. “It’s an honest experience with what seeing is and what that understanding means in the mind and the world… The concert will have a different impact on audience members based off of where they are in life.” Trokanski’s narratives follow a non-linear scheme, mixing her own stories with stories written by the dancers about their personal life experiences. She gives her dancers prompts that pertain... ...

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News in Brief: World famous photographer comes to Davis

On Nov. 9, world famous photographer Gene Kennedy will be exhibiting some of his work at the 1855 Gallery, which is located in the Davis Cemetery. Kennedy is most recognized for his photography of the contemporary American landscape, particularly his black-and-white documentary images of suburban land development in Northern California. This upcoming presentation will consist of photographs focusing on the scenery of Yosemite National Park. As a documentary photographer, Kennedy said he expects viewers to be able to decide what his photos thematically represent with their own sensibilities and interpret his art using their own understanding of the world. He said that his photographs tend to carry hidden metaphors, but at other times, his objectives for the non-natural pictures are more strident and humorous. He describes that when camping in Yosemite, he was enamored with watching the spectacle of the firefall every night pouring down from Glacier Point. At 14, Kennedy received his first camera and began to take pictures of iconic rocks and waterfalls. According to Kennedy, Yosemite represents... ...

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ThePoetry-ThePoets&ThePoetesses The Poetry “All Things Cacao” By Kylina Matteoli This is not a sexualized poem about chocolate. This is a poem of all things pure nacional; where tree pods shiver away from branches; donde asar, pagar, y moler los granos create a Latin blend of perfection; where craftsmanship, pride and integrity demand favorable weather and conditioned soil; where running water is reserved for the harvest and hydration revolves around spirits and bebidos; where the holistic blessing of pale bones and incense feeds the pods; where electricity is static and online refers to laundry flapping in the wind; where spare change doesn’t refer to el dinero but means a second chance – una educación para los niños – to get them out of the village, out of la dueda; donde chicos en catorce años follow their father’s footsteps to take on another generation – la herencia de la familia – the original cowboy, un gaúcho; donde las chicas couldn’t be call girls even if they wanted to – saving themselves from... ...

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Classical Westerns to lasso in Davis cinephiles

On Nov. 9, 16 and 23 The Davis Order of Odd Fellows, a historical social organization, is set to screen classic American Western movies as a part of The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival. The festival will take place at The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge on 415 2nd St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the showtime at 7 p.m. This is the second film festival for The Odd Fellows, following their inaugural screening of classic cinema in early February, which Dody Black, Odd Fellows member and Good Fellowship Committee chairwoman, described as a success. “[The first event] was well-attended and enjoyed,” Black said. “[The Lodge] is just a great venue for these types of events here in Davis.” The festival serves as an opportunity for The Davis Odd Fellows to give back to the community, as admission is free — though donations are suggested. It also provides an avenue to showcase overlooked and underrated relics of cinema in an atmosphere unique to the traditional theater. Dave Rosenberg, the... ...

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Davis Musical Theatre Company presents ‘My Fair Lady’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company (DMTC) will be putting on a production of My Fair Lady, which will premiere this Friday and will run until Nov. 30. Set in London during the era of King Edward VII’s rule, My Fair Lady follows the story of Eliza Doolittle, a flower vendor from the Cockney district. After a linguist comments on her accent, proclaiming it an indicator of low social class, Doolittle embarks on her quest to learn proper speech and become more cultured. The cast and crew have been preparing for the musical’s run for about two months. Steve Isaacson, founder of DMTC and director of the musical, said that he and the company are devoted to making a top-notch production. “As the director, I’ll switch things up along the way until we’ve fulfilled every goal we have for the musical,” Isaacson said. “Even if it is on one of the last dress rehearsals, I’ll still change small details to make sure the production is the best it can be.” Isaacson... ...

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Studio 301 presents: Can You Hear the People Sing?

UC Davis student-run club Studio 301 will be presenting its Contemporary Musical Theater Review this weekend. They will be performing a cabaret of songs from popular modern and classic musicals. This year’s Contemporary Musical Review, titled “Can You Hear the People Sing?” will feature songs from musicals of the 2010’s such as Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical, as well as classic productions like Les Miserables. The show is made possible by a collaboration of five different student directors. When asked about the pros and cons of having so many people in charge, Roberto Aguilar, a fourth-year dramatic arts major and one of the student directors, expressed that he has overall positive feelings about the 301 team. “We have a lot of ideas and energy floating around [on the team]. It’s also great to know that we have such a fantastic group that supports each other and is there to push each other forward [in rehearsals],” Aguilar said. The Studio is set to showcase a variety of musical theater genres from... ...

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Aggie Style Watch: Halloween costume edition

For this week’s edition of Aggie Style Watch, we took a look at Halloween costumes and asked Davis students how they prepare for the festivities. We received a variety of responses, ranging from “I buy a costume the day before” to “I start thinking about it in the beginning of October, but get my act together the week of” and even “I’ve been planning for ages.” I believe that the perfect costume should be interesting enough to spark a conversation at a party or event. It should also be inexpensive to put together, because let’s be honest — costumes are worn for maybe five or six hours on one night of the year. So if you can work with pieces you already own and accessorize with costume props, life will be much easier come the 31st. It is also worth noting that in college, Halloween festivities often start the weekend before and continue throughout the week and into the following weekend. Therefore many students feel obligated (or maybe even excited)... ...

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The Morgue hosts Halloween Spooktacular

Written By HANNAH KRAMER — arts@theaggie.org Anyone who has opened their home as a venue to the multitude of bands passing through Davis knows that having neighbors who don’t mind noise is of paramount importance. It makes it easier if those neighbors are dead. The Morgue, conveniently located across the street from the Davis Cemetery, is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular this Friday, featuring musical performances by Kaz Mirblouk, The Ostriches and Dust Collector. Christopher Preston, Kaz Mirblouk’s drummer and a UC Santa Barbara graduate, describes the band as garage psych-surf. “[The sound is] influenced by [music groups] like Ty Segall and Bass Drums of Death, as well as older artists like the Standells,” Preston said. Matt Stalcup, a fourth-year technocultural studies and English double major and member of The Ostriches, describes his band’s “acid, psych-rock, freakout” style as a direct result of a mishmash of three very different musical tastes. “We [have] all [traveled] pretty far in our own directions [in terms of our musical tastes], so [our group has] a... ...

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ThePoetry-ThePoets&ThePoetesses   The Poetry “Equus” By Nicole Washington Your earthy smell fills the air, And your darkly feathered fetlocks, Move like the beat of the Native American, As they drum to the earth and sky, Their moans loud and crude, Like the treble and bass that comes from deep within your throat. Sturdy hooves strike the earth, Swift like lightning from the bulky thunderhead, All bone and hardened tissues. The rhythm of your heart can be felt as it floats beneath your well defined chest. As one can hear the buzz of the bee, Or the soft sounds of the bird in the fresh morning air. The impulsion of muscle, And forward contact with the slim skeleton. Floating effortlessly on joints made of delicate cartilage, You have no boundaries in your free mind. From the curve of your hardy spine, You carry a thousand pounds on four slender legs, A game of balance, Where one slight slip of the brain can throw everything off to one side, Or the other.... ...

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News in brief: Design project to combat water privatization

This Friday, a nonprofit activist group known as The Beehive Collective will be stopping in Davis to present their “Sucked Dry: Examining Drought and Privatization from Mesoamérica to California” tour. “Sucked Dry” is an educational storytelling tour that uses design displays to promote water restoration efforts and demote monopoly on water resources by big businesses across the country. Beehive Collective has partnered with the organizations Restore the Delta and No on Prop. 1 in order to localize and authenticate their cause in northern California. According to Ryan Camero, one of the Beehive Collective members, the activists use intricately layered fabric murals that depict social and environmental issues in different regions across the nation. “We are drawing the connections between crises in Central America to what is going on currently in California — the claiming of limited water resources by corporate interests in what is historically the most severe drought our state has ever faced,” Camero wrote in an email. The “Sucked Dry” tour will feature the group’s latest mural, called... ...

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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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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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