Review Category : Arts

Holy Ghost! to perform at UC Davis

  This Wednesday, the ASUCD Entertainment Council (EC) will be hosting a Holy Ghost! DJ set in the ARC Ballroom. The EC has brought artists such as Muse and The Strokes to campus in the past, they were extremely successful. EC Director and fourth-year music and communication double major Alexis Munnelly believes that Holy Ghost! will make that same jump to fame. “Our budget doesn’t allow for top 40 talent, so we seek up-and-coming talent that we believe will expand….We’re striving for variety [in the acts we bring to campus],” Munnelly said. “Holy Ghost! is indie electronic. It’s a unique style that has become prevalent at Outside Lands and Coachella. It’s not rave style and not as hardcore as EDM.” To keep costs down and the entertainment top notch, the EC keeps an ear to the ground of what types of music are becoming popular and reaches out to artists accordingly. Physical promotions director and fourth-year chemistry major Megha Chandrashekhar compares Holy Ghost! to artists like Disclosure, but stresses that... ...

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The Art Theater of Davis presents ‘Hay Fever’

From Oct. 29 through Nov. 23, The Art Theater of Davis will present Noël Coward’s English play Hay Fever. The play marks the fledgling theatre company’s third production and first comedy. The 1927 English comedy follows a weekend with the Bliss family, a group of eccentric bohemians who prove to be nightmarish hosts to their bourgeois guests. Timothy Nutter, artistic director and founder of The Art Theater of Davis, said the play will be a departure from the company’s previous heavily dramatic productions. According to Nutter, his English heritage also played a role in choosing Hay Fever as the next production for his theatre company. “Our first two plays were pretty heavy dramas, so to do something different, we chose a comedy,” Nutter said. “My family is English, so that played into it too. I just thought it’d be fun and that my family would like it if I did an English play once in a while.” Hay Fever features a nine-person cast consisting of actors from all across the... ...

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The art of getting by

My summer was kind of rough. I worked two jobs, took classes and had to deal with some discouraging obstacles in my personal life. It was disheartening to see my friends together at home without me via photos on Facebook. I also hadn’t spent time with my sister in months and her missing presence in my life was painful, to say the least. A friend recently asked me how I motivated myself to keep up my work ethic in such difficult times, and after much reflection, I thought about my friend Jack-Jack. Jack-Jack was a spunky brown-spotted Dalmatian who sat with his owner outside of Shields Library where I worked during the summer. My grumpy morning treks to my job were always immediately brightened when I saw the fuzzy pup’s wagging tail and sweet eyes, ready to greet me. His owner was a friendly older man who never seemed to remember me (even though I pet Jack-Jack often) and would always say, without fail, “This here is Jack-Jack. (To Jack-Jack):... ...

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Featured Musician: Kaz Mirblouk

Kasra “Kaz” Mirblouk, a third-year majoring in computer science and engineering, spent his summer touring across California with his self-named band, Kaz Mirblouk. KM is a three-piece garage rock-inspired band from Los Angeles consisting of a bassist, drummer and Mirblouk himself providing the vocals and acoustic guitar. The band expects to release their debut extended play (EP) Through the Glass in November. Mirblouk’s interest in music began in fifth grade when he started listening to artists such as Jack White, who motivated Mirblouk to learn guitar. Inspired by the wave of garage rock bands, KM started out in blues rock. However, over the past two years, Mirblouk states that the band has begun adopting influences from shoegaze and psychedelic rock into its sound. Despite many musical influences, Mirblouk attempts to maintain eclecticism in his band’s sound and finds it difficult to label KM as one particular genre. “I’d say we don’t just have one sound, but I’d like to convey all the influences I have in a way that [is]... ...

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  ThePoetry — ThePoets&ThePoetesses TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains references to abuse.     The Poetry “You are not a beater” By Samantha Chiang   You are not a beater I refuse to believe that one incident does a person make You are not some mentally unstable guy in need of anger management You are not someone who needs to assert his masculinity You are gentle, you are kind, you are self assured You are not a beater You are not a beater You never even laid that hand on me At least not that time Instead you just told me That if that little white stick showed two lines, one line more than we wanted You would throw me into a river Love river You told me that it couldn’t be true because you had your whole life ahead of you So I took my fists and I beat my stomach every night Bum bum bum Pounding rhythmically to rid any chances of that rhythmic unborn heartbeat And the... ...

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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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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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