Mondavi Season Starting, Gorman Museum Grand Opening Preview

There's Music on the Lawn in Napa; Art in Sac Open Studio Event

Memberd of band gather in casual clothing outside
Shakti will perform next week as the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts opens its season. (Courtesy photo)

This weekend

Music on the lawn at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art 

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 

On the courtyard lawn Sunday afternoons at di Rosa in Napa in September listen to live music beginning at 1 p.m. This series is included with general admission tickets and membership, kids are free.

Spread out a blanket, your favorite beverage, and a picnic for a fun afternoon. Wine will be provided by WineSociety for a cash donation. Purchase general admission tickets in advance here

poster illustration of museum's music on the law series

Mondavi Center opens with Shakti 50th Anniversary Tour next week

Sept. 8, 2023, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center 

Shakti was a band formed to combine Eastern and Western music. They ended up forging the way for modern “world music.” With Zakir Hussain, violinist Shankar Mahadevan, and ghatam player T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram,  John McLaughlin founded Shakti. “For me,” McLaughlin reflects in a short story on the Mondavi website, “it was an imperative that Shakti become my permanent group after the Mahavishnu Orchestra.” Together they honed an ecstatic new fusion, blazing uncharted pathways and demonstrating the potential of such global composites to generations of musicians around the world.

Now McLaughlin and Hussain are preparing to resume their journey — joined by percussionist V. Selvaganesh (T.H. Vinayakram’s son), vocalist Mahadevan, and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan — for an album of new compositions and a world tour marking Shakti’s 50th anniversary. Today’s Shakti honors the legacy of the original band by acknowledging their tradition while continuing to push beyond existing boundaries into new musical landscapes. “It’s really a thrill,” McLaughlin says of Shakti’s 50th anniversary plans. “I’m delighted to be part of this marvelous tradition of the Shakti group.”

Be sure and get a ticket for a show that you won’t want to miss. You can purchase tickets here. You can view a preview a video of what you can expect on the tour here.


Matilda The Musical JR. starts next week at Woodland Opera House

Sept. 7-10, Woodland Opera House, 340 Second Street, Woodland, performance on Thursday, Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Matilda The Musical, JR. is a delightful and spunky stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “Matilda.” The story follows the journey of Matilda Wormwood, a girl with extraordinary powers. Witness the highs and lows of her adventures while she learns how to use her powers, and protect herself from those who want to take advantage of them. Don’t miss out on this performance. Purchase tickets here, and be sure to check out all the other shows the Woodland Opera House has to offer.

actor in 'Matilda' shown in photo illustration
"Matilda" (courtesy photo)

Open studio in Woodland coming up

Sept. 9 and 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

In conjunction with the Verge Center for the Arts, visit the open studio to see artwork you may have previously missed, as well as new pieces. This may paint a clearer picture of what the studio is all about. Exhibit of Steve Briscoe (former preparator at Manetti Shrem Museum of Art) and Lynn Beldner's studio is located at 2023 Davis Street, Woodland.  Find the studio here. Find Sac Open Studios Verge Center for the Arts here. See all Sac Open Studio information here.

A shelf of art objects
(Courtesy, Lynn Beldner and Steve Briscoe)


Barn Gallery Art Farm Exhibition Opening in Woodland

Sept. 14, 2023, Wed. and Thurs., 2:30-5 p.m. 

The Art and Ag Project Connects artists with Yolo County farmers and provides the community with a unique glimpse into the worlds of artistic expression and agriculture. Get the details for the exhibit here

Gorman Museum of Native American Art Grand Opening later this month at UC Davis

Save these dates: Sept. 22 and Sept. 23

artwork depicting an upright coyote dressed in clothing in front of brick wall
Among the contemporary Native American art that will be on display is Harry Fonseca, Coyote Leaving the Rez, 1979. Serigraph, 111/150. Gift of Gloria and Selig Kaplan. (courtesy)

In celebration of the grand opening and 50th anniversary, the Gorman Museum of Native American Art will feature an exhibition of contemporary artworks by California Native American artists.  Artworks are drawn from the museum collections and loans from artists and institutional collections. Sept. 22 will include a dedication from 12 to 2 p.m., and the following day, Sept. 23, there will be a celebratory event from 12 to 4 p.m. Click here for a list of the artists featured and more information on opening. Be sure to check out the full story here


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