Review Category : Arts

Arts Week

MUSIC Korean Percussion Ensemble May 29, 12:05 p.m., Free Wright Hall The Korean Percussion Ensemble will be performing with guest artist Gamin Hyosung Kang, a classically trained p’iri player. Gamin is a highly acclaimed artist from South Korea. The afternoon will showcase the group’s knowledge of multiple genres within traditional Korean folk music and will seamlessly meld wind instruments and rhythmic drums. Sylvia Herold Ensemble May 30, 8 p.m., $20 Bill Wagman House Concerts, 1350 Monarch Lane The event titled “Vintage Songs and a Big Guitar” brings the sultry vocals of Sylvia Herold, the masterful notes of guitarist Mike Wollenberg and the hopping double bass lines of Chuck Ervin together for a night of American jazz-inspired songs through the decades. LocalTones 2014 May 30, 8 p.m., $5 presale/$7 at the door 123 Sciences Lecture Hall The UC Davis a cappella groups will be putting on the collective annual concert, LocalTones 2014, on Friday, May 30. The lineup includes The Afterglow, GreekBeats, UC Davis Jhankaar, The Liquid Hotplates, The UC Davis... ...

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Column: Smells Like the Nineties

Ideas on what to wear to a ‘90s themed party Recently my friend told me she had been invited to a 1990s-themed party. She was wondering what to wear. After much consideration, she settled on trousers and a T-shirt. “Don’t forget shoes,” I replied. “People wore shoes in the ‘90s.” Was ‘90s fashion really so dull and nondescript? Granted it had a hard act to follow coming after the ‘80s bombarding us with, among other offerings, shoulder pads, leg warmers and lots and lots of neon. But was ‘90s fashion really so boring that you could boil it down to this joke and only be half joking? Just what was in the average wardrobe in the 1990s? It’s a fair bet that if you were a slave to trends at some point you’d have owned an item of clothing by Benetton. As well as the rugby-style polo shirts, bright colors and checks, there was the controversial ad campaign. You remember the ones featuring AIDS patients and bloody newborn babies that... ...

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News in brief: Research project presents choreographed Isabella’s Dream

In his new choreographed piece, Isabella’s Dream, Granada Artist-in-Residence Dr. Henry Daniel continues his exploration of the intercultural contact and migration that stemmed from Columbus’ voyage. “The choreography is driven by the stories that the performers bring to the project,” Daniel said. “I posed a very specific question: ‘Can you trace your family history from August 3, 1492, the start of Columbus’ voyage, to today?’ People can rarely do that, but they go through the process of connecting their background to that date.” According to Daniel, the main content of the piece is presented as a dream of Queen Isabella of Castile, who hired Columbus to go on his initial voyage in which he attempted to reach the east by sailing west. This resulted in the “discovery” of the New World. Isabella’s Dream is part of a research project known as Project Barca, of which Daniel is the lead investigator. Project Barca combines artistic practice with academic research. This is known as practice as research, and according to Theatre and... ...

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UC Davis Film Fest celebrates student filmmakers

On May 21 and May 22, the UC Davis Film Festival returns for its 14th year. Twenty-seven short films will be presented at the Davis Varsity Theatre starting at 10 p.m. The festival is produced by the Department of Cinema and Technocultural Studies (CaTS), the Art Studio, the Department of Theatre and Dance and is co-sponsored by the Department of Design. The two nights are a celebration of student filmmaking at UC Davis. When it began, the festival averaged 15 to 20 submissions each year. This year, over 50 films have been submitted. Sarah Pia Anderson is one of three faculty producers and helped to found the festival. Anderson is currently a professor in the CaTS department and has been a professional television and theater director for over 20 years. “I look forward to it every year, every year is different. It’s a unique event [for our] campus because it connects the different arts programs,” Anderson said. The festival has been held at the Davis Varsity Theatre since 2008 and... ...

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Arts Week

MUSIC Yolo Mambo May 25, 6 p.m., free Ketmoree Thai Restaurant, 238 G St. Yolo Mambo will be playing a blend of world jazz this Sunday evening. The group features Catherine LeBlanc’s multi-lingual vocals complemented with world instruments, including Carla Campbell on percussion, Phil Summers on Spanish guitar and Steve O’Neill on string bass. KDRT and Davis Music Festival Fundraiser Party May 22, 4 p.m., $5 suggested donation Sudwerk’s Dock Store, 2001 Second St. KDRT and the Davis Music Festival will be holding a fundraiser party that includes live music by The Bottom Dwellers, Owl Paws and others that will be performing at the Davis Music Festival. Included in the donation price is a raffle ticket for a chance to win a single-day pass to the BottleRock Music Festival in Napa, Calif. THEATER AND DANCE The Art Theater of Davis Presents: Hedda Gabler May 22 through June 1, (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3:30 p.m.), $15 Third Space, 946 Olive Drive The Art Theater of Davis... ...

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Column: Smells Like the Nineties

Jane’s Addiction paved the way for alt-rock. Twenty-six years ago, Perry Farrell first sang of his desire to be as big and immovable as an ocean. He did so on Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing’s Shocking, an album that possessed the magnitude of that of which he spoke. Released in 1988, the band’s major-label debut is an alt-rock classic, one of the most distinct records of its day, singular in sound and vision, right down to its totemic album cover, a sculpture of naked conjoined twins with heads ablaze. Let’s count the ways Nothing’s Shocking affected the modern rock landscape: 1. It gave art rock some muscle. There was a time when art rock was synonymous with elevating brains over brawn, as if rocking the eff out was the sole province of dudes who took shop class in place of Calculus II. But whoever said that you had to choose between the two? Jane’s Addiction called nonsense on this false dichotomy on Nothing’s Shocking, an album that was plenty adventurous and yet... ...

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Chamber ensemble yMusic performs at Mondavi Center

The sextet chamber ensemble, yMusic, performed at The Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall on May 17 at 8 p.m. The contemporary group melds classical training with compositions from some of the biggest names in popular music. Some of their more notable collaborators include indie giants Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent and Dirty Projectors. MUSE had a chance to speak with trumpet player and co-founder of yMusic, C.J. Camerieri, about the group. Tell us a little bit about how yMusic started. Well, five or six of us were students at Juilliard together getting classical degrees. Rob, the non-Juilliard member, and I were playing with a lot of bands. So we graduated school and sort of lost track with each other. At a certain point — about four years after we had graduated — we all started running into each other at the indie rock gigs and it was a cool moment of reconnection through this alternative music (which was not a part of our schooling). It was kind of a surprising development; we... ...

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Aggie Arcade

Local Multi-player Renaissance Growing up with video games was not a solo affair for me. My brother and I constantly played multi-player games with each other and forged a competitive rivalry. Friends came over to experience the two-controller mayhem. Those were good times. Along the way video games lost the joy of two or more players in a single room trading laughs and/or insults. Now the industry continues to push online multi-player and it’s an understandable shift. Not everyone has the time to get together in the same room to play games and some people just don’t have enough video game-loving friends in the same area code. But online multi-player doesn’t replicate the feeling of local multi-player. The distance between players creates a divide that limits the maximum potential for fun. Sure, I’ve had great times playing online with friends — Borderlands and Mass Effect 3 in particular stand out as recent examples. But nothing matches my enthusiasm for a memorable local multi-player session. Luckily, independent game developers have the... ...

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Fifth annual Nigerian Cultural Show promises fun, free evening

On May 16, the UC Davis Nigerian Student Association (NSA) will host their fifth annual Nigerian Cultural Show. The free event will include dance, theater, food and music with the aim of teaching people about Nigerian culture. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Giedt Hall 1001. The Nigerian Cultural Show is the main event in the NSA calendar. Nnedy Obiwuru, a third-year international relations and Spanish student, is currently vice president of the NSA. “Our sole purpose is to entertain and inform people of our culture,” Obiwuru said. Every year the show includes a play which is based around the experiences of young Nigerians living in America. “This year the theme of the play is a wedding,” said Tinola Adeeyo, a third-year managerial economics major who has been involved in the show for the last three years and is current president of the NSA. “It’s the wedding of a Nigerian to an American and how he has to deal with the dynamics of that; his parents aren’t necessarily ready to... ...

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Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom to offer live music, art, vendors

On May 17, KDVS will be holding the 14th semi bi-annual Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom Music and Art Festival (O:RMF) in collaboration with Sudwerk’s Brewery and Third Space Art Collective. From 12 to 10 p.m., a flurry of musical talents from the Sacramento Valley and beyond will be performing, along with activities and features that are being added to the festival, including craft and food vendors. Fourth-year Spanish and English double major Estefania Alvarez, events director at KDVS, explained that Sudwerk’s Brewery will feature two music stages, while Third Space will be showcasing art. According to Alvarez, the involvement of both has allowed her more freedom in her vision for this year’s festival. “[O:RMF] used to be both in the fall and spring, but now we’ve moved toward an annual festival in the spring,” Alvarez said in an email. “The festival is completely different this year. It’s no longer at Plainfield Station or one stage, but at Sudwerk’s Brewery with two stages (one under the overpass and another inside the... ...

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The Art Theatre of Davis presents Hedda Gabler

From May 16 to June 1, The Art Theatre of Davis will present the play Hedda Gabler by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. This is the new theatre company’s second production and will be directed by local actor and dancer Timothy Nutter. Hedda Gabler was published in 1891 in Germany. The play follows a wealthy, newly married upper-class woman (Hedda) living under the expectations of the European patriarchy in the late 19th century. Women in this era were expected to fulfill their expected gender roles as housekeepers, child-bearers, hostesses and submissive objectified entities for men’s pleasure. This realist production looks at the psychological effects of social gender roles on women and also explores the themes of marriage, manipulation, power, suicide and existentialism. At the time of its publication, the play was considered controversial and rebellious for the ideas it prompted. It was presented in an informal style that strayed from extreme soliloquy and Shakespearean dramatics. The realism of the play forced audiences to consider their own existences in the context of... ...

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Arts Week: May 15, 2014

MUSIC ORMF XIV May 17, 12 p.m., Sudwerks (2001 Second St.) $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door The new installment of KDVS’ annual music festival will feature 18 different bands on two stages. The festival will feature Love Cryme, Gentlemen Surfer, Michael RJ Saalman, Tha Dirt Feelin’, Dank Ocean, Whiskey Business and more. FULL DISCLOSURE: The writer works for KDVS. San Francisco Symphony May 15, 8 p.m., Mondavi Center $50 to $107 The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, will perform three pieces: Lemminkäinen’s Homeward Journey by Sibelius, Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Elizabeth Seitz, a music history coordinator from the Boston Conservatory, will give a pre-performance talk at 7 p.m. Lara Downes: Billie Holliday Remembered May 17, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., Mondavi Center $47 to $51 Pianist Lara Downes pays tribute to the musical legend in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Holliday’s birth. The concert will feature solo piano performances of famous songs including “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless The... ...

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Column: Smells like the Nineties

Nostalgia for the year 1994 It’s a strange thing to see an era you remember being regurgitated by the nostalgia machine. The last couple of years have been a constant stream of early ‘90s anniversaries: Nevermind! Dazed and Confused! My So-Called Life! It’s not like we didn’t see this coming, of course — culture tends to move in generational 20ish-year cycles, so a resurgence of interest in the ‘90s was inevitable. Sure, the early ‘90s was a rich flourishing of culture after the desert that was the late ‘80s. But this year, we’re at the 20th anniversary of 1994. And listen: 1994 was awful. You wouldn’t know it from the stuff that’s being written, though. Rolling Stone, for instance, published a feature earlier this week on the premise that 1994 was “mainstream alternative’s greatest year,” a benchmark that raises all sorts of interesting questions, not least of which is how something mainstream can still be termed “alternative” without setting off some sort of cosmic feedback loop that will eventually devour... ...

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Arts Week: May 8, 2014

Music Ross Hammond May 14, 6.30 p.m., free The Corin Courtyard Jazz guitarist Ross Hammond’s 11th and most recent album, Cathedrals, was released in June 2013. Finish Ticket May 10, 7.30 p.m., free West Village Apartments See indie pop rock group from San Francisco, Finish Ticket. The band was recently signed to Atlantic Records. Literature and Poetry The Poetry Night Reading Series presents Joe Wenderoth May 8, 8 p.m., free Celeste Turner Wright Hall Joe Wenderoth will be reading from his new book of poetry, If I Don’t Breathe How Do I Sleep (2014). Celeste Turner reading featuring Elizabeth McCracken May 15, 7.30 p.m., free 126 Voorhies Hall Elizabeth McCracken, National Book Award Finalist and author of the newly published Thunderstruck and Other Stories, will be the Celeste Turner reader this year. There will be a book signing after the reading. The event is sponsored by Creative Writing Program Reading Series. Art Dumpstir Dive: A First Year MFA Art Show Reception: May 9, 6 p.m., free The Pence Gallery The... ...

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Finish Ticket to play free show at West Village

On May 10, Finish Ticket will be performing at UC Davis West Village. The free show begins at 7:30 p.m. The San Francisco-based band has been storming the West Coast and recently signed to Atlantic Records. Finish Ticket was started by twins Brendan and Michael Hoye and their friend Alex DiDonato. In 2012, brothers Gabe and Nick Stein joined. In a phone interview, MUSE caught up with Brendan and Michael Hoye to find out about their success. MUSE: How does it feel to be signed to Atlantic Records? Brendan: It’s cool. It didn’t ever sink in the way you expect it to. There were months of figuring it out and that night it felt really good. Michael: What we’re noticing now is it’s really cool to have so many people on our team. We’re [active] on social media and now we have a graphics department. We can get everything done really fast. Before, it would take us a week and we’d have to track down a freshman to get our... ...

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