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Tabletop Shakespeare
Among the artful weekend offerings is Tabletop Shakespeare from Mondavi Center. (Courtesy photo)

Stay in and watch a show 

By Michelle Villagomez, UC Davis Media Relations Intern

Weekly Shinkoskey noon concert features Latin Jazz

Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Latin Jazz, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Thursday, Oct. 29, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, online via Youtube (you can also listen afterward to the recording)

  • This week, Latin Jazz. The Shinkoskey noon concert features a collaboration of musicians including Brian Rice, a highly acclaimed performer, educator — UC Davis lecturer in music — and recording artist and one of the most versatile percussionists in the Bay Area. In this musical performance, Rice will play the congas and musicians Saul Sierra will play the bass, Marco Diaz, piano, and Dave Flores, drums.
  • From folklórico to modern jazz, this new quartet of accomplished musicians collaborates to bring listeners a kaleidoscope of music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and many other Latin traditions. Learn more here.

Next week, Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Solo Viola, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Thursday, Nov. 5, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, online via Youtube

  • This concert presents a solo featuring violist and UC Davis lecturer in music, Ellen Ruth Rose playing the viola. Rose will perform music by Bach, Shulamit Ran, and by UC Davis Professor of Music in composition, Kurt Rohde
  • For more information on the event, click here. If you miss the concert, the video will be posted here

Tonight — Conversation and Book Launch: Young, Gifted and Black

This virtual event, Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists. The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art is a continuation of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum’s fall programs. This event celebrates the recent publication of this survey of the work of a new generation of Black artists that accompanies the “Young, Gifted and Black” exhibition, which will travel to the Manetti Shrem Museum in 2022. Associate Curator Susie Kantor will be in conversation with collector Bernard Lumpkin, writer Antwaun Sargent, and curator Matt Wycoff. 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.

Claudia Rankine
Poet, essayist Claudia Rankine will be in conversation next week. See below.  (Courtesy photo)

For more information about this event, click here. Register here

If you can’t attend, the Arts Blog will run a story on the event afterward, too. 

Mondavi HomeStage Events All Weekend

This curated series of exceptional live-streamed events brings the world’s finest established and emerging performing artists right into your house, with events ranging from Shakespeare to music. Share your passion for the arts with your family and friends and connect to your community. 

HomeStage series is available for Mondavi Center members and UC Davis students. Students access HomeStage for free here. Nonmembers can become a member here and current Mondavi Center members can login here.

Lara Downs, piano 

  • Quiet Street, world premiere

Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, a trailblazer on and off-stage whose musical roadmap seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory.

Join Downes in the world premiere of Quiet Streets, a virtual piano concerto by composer Elena Ruehr. Recorded in Jackson Hall in October 2020, the piece is an ode to our silenced cities during the time of shelter in place, capturing the unexpected beauty and tranquil melancholy of a deserted cityscape.

The piece is performed live by Downes as piano soloist, accompanied by a virtual string orchestra pre-recorded in Surround Sound, and a saxophone heard playing a lonely nocturnal ballad from a fire escape high above the quiet streets.

The evening will also feature a selection from Shelter, a suite of pieces Downes recorded in her home during quarantine. Go to this UC Davis Arts Blog story to read about an NPR series she is hosting. 

More information on the Mondavi show here

Complete Works: table-top Shakespeare at home

  • Livestreamed from Sheffield, London & Berlin

Originally conceived in 2015, in Complete Works six performers create condensed versions of all of the Shakespeare plays, comically and intimately retelling them, using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on the stage made from a tabletop.

More information on Complete Works here. Times vary each week.

Complete Works this week

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.Twelfth Night

Friday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.Cymbeline

Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.Julius Caesar

Sunday, Nov. 1: Antony and Cleopatra — followed by a post-show discussion*

*After each Sunday performance, the performers will host a Q&A live on Zoom. To register for a post-show Q&A please email feaftertalks@gmail.com with the date of the post-show discussion you are interested in.

Virtual Dia de los Muertos at TANA

Sunday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m., free, via zoom. Registration details coming soon here.

TANA, the art-making center of Chicana and Chicano Studies, UC Davis, will hold its Dia de Los Muertos celebration virtually this year. It will include a blessing, Aztec dance, spoken word performances, a community altar with photos, and submitted videos of home altars.

 Coming up next week

Claudia Rankine Reading and Lecture Just us: An American Conversation

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m., free, via zoom. Register here.

  • Coming the day after the U.S. presidential election, this virtual event, like Rankine’s intimate book, promises to bring us into a necessary conversation about what we don’t know. As Rankine says, “It’s all right to not know; it’s what you do with your not-knowing.”
  • Join acclaimed author, playwright, poet and multimedia artist Claudia Rankine for a reading and lecture based on her timely new book, Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf Press, 2020). In a series of essays that mix text and visuals, Rankine questions what it means to interrogate white privilege, liberal politics, white male aggression and much more.
  • Read more

Alberini Family Speakers Series: Lesley-Ann Noel

Presented by the College of Letters and Science’s Department of Design, Noel’s lecture, “Envisioning Pluriversal Design,” will be held online Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. PST. Register here

Noel is associate director for design thinking for social impact and a professor of practice at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design at Tulane University. She focuses on developing design curriculum for intercultural audiences that challenges traditional norms and promotes the work of designers outside of Europe and North America whose views have often been overlooked. Her research, drawing on anthropology, education and business, is guided by an emancipatory philosophy aimed at correcting the power imbalance between some researchers and subjects who come from marginalized or oppressed groups.

In her talk, Noel will address the concept of “pluriversal” design. In pluriversalism, one method of understanding the world is not considered more valid than others, especially the largely dominant Eurocentric one. Pluriversality accepts many worlds, worldviews and epistemologies in which no particular worldview and description is placed in a position of privilege. 

She is a founder of the international Design Research Society, which aims to “create a liberatory and radical space in the design research community to promote/create intercultural and pluralistic conversations about design.” The group recently held the first-ever pluriversal design conference. Prior to joining Tulane in 2020, Noel was a fellow and lecturer at Stanford University and part of the Ocean Design Teaching Fellowship that brought together experts in design, ocean science and international policy.

A former Fulbright scholar, Noel earned a doctorate in design from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of the West Indies.

The Alberini Family Speaker Series, supported through an endowment by the Carlos and Andrea Alberini Family Foundation, brings renowned innovators and thinkers in design to campus to inspire students and encourage community engagement and learning.

Read more here.

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