Weekender: Art Walk; Mamma Mia! and Last Weeks for Railroad

Railroad exhibition
Andrew Russell, East and West Shaking Hands at Laying of the Last Rail. “The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West” is an exhibition at Crocker Art Museum that runs through Sept. 29. A railroad exhibition is also happening at the UC Davis Library through Sept. 20. (1869. Albumen print, Courtesy Union Pacific Railroad.)

Hot events this week: art and a musical

  • Mamma Mia! Davis Musical Theatre Company, Friday, Sept. 6, 8 p.m.
    • The classic musical featuring irresistibly catchy ABBA songs comes to Davis for the month of September.
    • See more Mamma Mia! show times here.
  • First Friday Art Walk, Downtown Woodland, Saturday, Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., free
    • Take a self-guided tour through historic downtown Woodland. Pop into local businesses to admire displays of local art.

Don't miss the train: railroad exhibitions closing soon

The anniversary celebrations of the transcontinental railroad at both UC Davis and the Crocker Art Museum end this month. At the Crocker, through Sept. 29, the exhibition celebrates the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869, when the Central Pacific and its eastern counterpart, the Union Pacific, were joined by a golden spike. Two photographers, Andrew Joseph Russell for the Union Pacific and Alfred A. Hart for the Central Pacific, documented the railroad's challenging path through mountains and plains. Their original photographs and stereoviews, as well as archival materials relating to the Promontory Summit ceremony, provide a new view into this transformative event, which allowed Sacramento — and E. B. Crocker — to prosper.

UC Davis has an exhibition at the library, too. Read more about that exhibition, which goes through Sept. 20, in this Arts Blog Lunchable. Lunchables feature exhibitions you can tour in a lunch or other short break.

Art on twitter

Our favorite art tweet this week is this UC Davis staff member's sketch of the soon-to-be very busy Bike Barn.

Tweet of Bike Barn Sketch

This arts blog information was compiled by Leigh Houck, UC Davis News and Media Relations Intern.

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