Weekender: Catalyst Play Wraps Up; Bay Area Museums Open; Noon Concerts Returning

Keyed Contraptions
Kristopher King, bassoon Michael Hernandez, saxophone Jonathan Szin, clarinet are Keyed Kontraptions, opening the noon concert series, virtually, Oct. 1 (Courtesy photo)

UCD Theatre Play 'Flowers' ends this week

Stories compiled by Leigh Houck, UC Davis News and Media Relations Intern

Both Thursday Sept. 24 and Friday Sept. 25, 5 p.m., catch “Become the Flowers,” by Talia Friedenberg (B.A., theatre and dance, ’19) and directed by Kyle Holmes (B.A., English, ’10; M.A., education, ’12). Register for the online event here.

Catalyst online readings during fall quarter will include “This Is How It Happened” by Sacramento native Anthony D’Juan and directed by Lyndsay Burch (associate artistic director, B Street Theatre) in October, and “Small Steps” by festival alumnus and Davis native Briandaniel Oglesby in November. Watch for coming events throughout the year.

San Francisco art museums opening

The de Young museum is scheduled to open to the public on Friday, Sept. 25. The museum plans to open to members on Sept. 22, 23, and 24. This reopening is pending City of San Francisco approval. Check here for the most up to date information. 

The Asian Art Museum reopens next week on Saturday, Oct. 3. Members will be able to preview exhibits on Thursday Oct. 1 and Friday Oct. 2. To celebrate, the museum will offer free admission for all through Monday, Oct. 12.  Reserve your tickets and learn about the museum’s coronavirus procedures here. Tickets are limited to comply with distance restrictions. 

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art also reopens next week on Sunday, Oct. 4. SFMOMA will offer free admission and free parking through Sunday, Oct.18. SFMOMA members can enjoy preview days on Thursday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 3. Plan your visit and review the museum’s coronavirus procedures, here. Tickets are limited. Reserve your tickets online starting Friday, Sept. 25. Members can reserve their tickets online starting Wednesday, Sept. 23. 

Ongoing Events: 

Support your local not-for-profit art gallery! The Pence Gallery, located in downtown Davis, is hosting its Art Auction 2020 online through Saturday, Sept. 26. Go to their website pencegallery.org to view the 150-plus available pieces and place your bids. Many of this year’s pieces were donated by UC Davis faculty and student artists. 

Coming up:

Shinkoskey Noon Concerts returns virtually Oct. 1

Have you been missing the weekly Shinkoskey Noon Concerts? Well, they’re back! Starting Oct. 1, you will be able to enjoy free musical performances via Youtube each Thursday from 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m. The first concert will feature the group Keyed Kontraptions. Learn more here.

NEA Grant Funds Imagining America Programming that Begins in October

Imagining America, currently headquartered at UC Davis, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support IA's series of collective creative engagements that will take place throughout the month of October. 

This year's virtual program of performances, exhibitions, scholar and artist talks, community dialogues, and networking spaces replaces the in-person 2020 National Gathering that was originally scheduled to take place this fall in New Orleans. Their series of creative engagements will run from Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 30, with weekly Monday late afternoon plenary performances/dialogues and several smaller mid-week workshops and cross-promoted programs. Registration is now open. A snapshot of some of the performers and speakers who will be part of the programming are: Sunni PattersonTank and the BangasCarol BebelleArlene GoldbardJeff ChangMichael “Quess?” MooreJose Torres TamaCarlton TurnerJanet “Sula Spirit” Evans, and DG Uprising.

The NEA has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment's second round of funding for the fiscal year 2020. Included in the agency's announcement is a “Presenting and Multidisciplinary Art Works” award of $20,000 to Imagining America. 

Click here for more information. 

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