Weekender: Alum Artist Butterfield Speaks; Poetry, Chamber Music Quartet

Sculpture of hollow horse in beige and blue with objects scattered below
Three Sorrows (quake, tsunami, meltdown from Gretel Ehrlich’s Facing the Wave), 2016. Cast bronze, wood, plastic, wire, found objects, 81 x 100 x 40 in. Tia Collection, Santa Fe, NM. © 2023 Deborah Butterfield/ licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. This work is on display at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.
Members of a quartet play on stage

Telegraph quartet performs noon concert

Thursday, Oct. 19, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m. UC Davis Music Department, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Free, a Shinkoskey Noon Concert  

The Telegraph Quartet formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire and contemporary, non-standard works alike. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has performed in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the United States and abroad, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Masters Series, and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Interlochen Arts Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. The Quartet is currently on the chamber music faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as the Quartet-in-Residence.

Poetry night at John Natsoulas Center for the Arts

521 First Street, Davis, Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 to 9 p.m. (first and third Thursday of every month)

Come see and participate in a live poetry performance hosted by Davis Poet Laureate emeritus and UC Davis' own Andy Jones, featuring D.R. Wagner and Dave Boles. You can view the full fall events calendar for the John Natsoulas Gallery here.

Artist Talk: Deborah Butterfield at Manetti Shrem

Sunday, Oct. 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed sculptor Deborah Butterfield (’71, M.F.A. ’73) discusses her formative years at UC Davis, her inspirations and mentors, and how her experience in Northern California resonates in her work today. 

Woman working on sculpture beside another person
Deborah Butterfield working at Walla Walla Foundry studio, 2012. Walla Walla Foundry. (Courtesy of the Artist).

P. S. These are not horses is Butterfield’s first solo museum exhibition in California since 1996. Born in 1949 in San Diego, California, she is known for her remarkable equine sculptures crafted from detritus and found materials such as mud, scrap metal, driftwood and fallen branches. Collected by nearly 90 major public and private institutions throughout the United States, Butterfield's distinctive work is instantly recognizable to art lovers and travelers alike. Read about the whole exhibition including Butterfield and other artists.

Molly Shannon in conversation at Mondavi

Friday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Mondavi Center at UC Davis, Jackson Hall

Comedic genius Molly Shannon celebrates the release of her first book, a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir of resilience.

Molly Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on Saturday Night Live, where she starred alongside Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Cheri Oteri, Tracy Morgan, and Jimmy Fallon, among many others. Shannon is primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley. Hello, Molly is a candid, compulsively readable, hilarious and heartbreaking memoir. At age four, Shannon’s world was shattered when she lost her mother, baby sister and cousin in a car accident with her father at the wheel. Held together by her tender and complicated relationship with her grieving father, she was raised in a permissive household where her gift for improvising and role-playing blossomed alongside the fearlessness that would lead her to become a celebrated comedic actress. Purchase tickets.

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