Weekender: Egghead Walking Tours, Student Recitals, and Campus Square Dancing

Sculpture of light-blue Egghead by Robert Arneson called Bookhead.
Bookhead is one of the five in The Egghead Series of sculptures on campus that are "on tour" this May by the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis. Find all about these iconic sculptures created more than 30 years ago by the late Robert Arneson, professor emeritus. (Alysha Beck/UC Davis)

Weekends mean Egghead walking tours throughout May

Saturdays and Sundays in May, tours starting at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, free

people standing in front of an egghead outside of the library
(Courtesy Manetti Shrem Museum)

Celebrate the year of the Eggheads with the Manetti Shrem Museum staff in May for staff-led walking tours celebrating the Eggheads’ 30th anniversary on the UC Davis campus. Start at the museum with a visit to Hatched: The Making of Robert Arneson’s Eggheads, a pop-up display of Egghead maquettes in the lobby, and then visit the five Egghead locations across campus. You’ll hear Egghead lore and learn about how and why Arneson created these iconic sculptures and how we care for them today.

Registration is limited to 20 people per tour with on-site signup beginning at 12:30 p.m. for the 1 p.m. tour and 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. tour. Tours require walking approximately 1.5 miles.

Emmet Cohen Organ Quartet Thursday night

May 16-18, 7:30 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, tickets from $45

Portrait of artist
(Courtesy Mondavi Center)

Emmet Cohen’s 2022 sold-out run in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre was nothing short of electric. So electric, in fact, that Cohen returns just one year later, this time “plugged in” to a Hammond B-3 with his virtuosic, soulful organ trio. Whatever instrument he’s playing, Cohen has a unique ability to connect with audiences through his harmonically sophisticated, joyful and open-hearted takes on great tunes. For Cohen playing jazz is “about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections.”

Get tickets here: Emmet Cohen Organ Trio | Mondavi Center 

Watch him perform here: Emmet Cohen Organ Band | Lester Left Town 

Pierre Bensusan Live

Thursday, May 16, 8-10 p.m., 1970 Lake Blvd Suite #1, Melon Ball - Watermelon Music

The legendary French guitarist is performing in Davis for the first time!  Read more here

Butterfield Exhibition at Manetti Shrem Museum extended through June 30

Read an Arts Blog review of the exhibition.

Noon concert is Mojave Trio: works by graduate students

Thursday, May 16, 12:05 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Friday, May 17, 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, tickets from $12

Sara Parkins, violin
Maggie Parkins, cello
Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano

photo of the three artists
(Courtesy, UC Davis Department of Music)

About the Trio

Mojave Trio is dedicated to presenting a wide variety of classical music from the standard repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries to new works of our time. The ensemble performs often in Southern California, including the “Sundays Live” radio broadcast from the Bing Theater at the LA County Museum of Art; Monk Space, Pomona, Occidental and Scripps Colleges, and others.

Davis Rave Co and the Pence Gallery present 'Digital Disruption: The Synthetic Self'

Friday, May 17, 6-10 p.m., the Pence Gallery, 212 D. St., tickets from $6

An open call art show created in collaboration with Davis Rave Co and The Pence Gallery. The show is titled Digital Disruption and is centered around concept of technology’s hand in creating chaos within the self. The show will feature local emerging artist and thee event will also have a live band and alcohol vendor. We hope to cultivate an environment of art, creativity, music, peace, wellness, wonder and unity.

Read more here: Digital Disruption: The Dirt 

Get tickets here! 

Student recital: Ryuya Iwase, solo piano

Saturday, May 18, 3 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Works to be announced

UC Davis Sinfonietta featured on Sunday at Pitzer

Sunday, May 19, 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

photo of performance
(Courtesy, UC Davis Department of Music)

Christian Baldini, director and conductor


  • Henryk Górecki: Kleines Requiem für eine Polka

  • Peter Chatterjee: Spirits of the Dead

  • Bryndan Moondy: Fractured Pond

Next week

Lecture on “Brazil in Africa: Music and Diasporic Condition of Brazilian Returnees in Benin”

Tuesday, May 21, 4 p.m., on Zoom

portrait of artist

Juan Diego Díaz, associate professor of music, will give a lecture on Brazilian music in Africa as part of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science Dean’s Faculty Fellowships Public Talks Series. The free online talk is May 21 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

In “Brazil in Africa: Music and Diasporic Condition of Brazilian Returnees in Benin,” Professor Díaz discusses how the descendants of Africans who relocated from Brazil to Benin two centuries ago have reinvented an ancient Brazilian folk theatre genre called burrinha to express contemporary allegiances to their Brazilian past.

Register here 

Jazz Combos of UC Davis Tuesday

Tuesday, May 21, 5-7 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Otto Lee, director and UC Davis lecturer in music

photo of performance
(Courtesy, UC Davis Department of Music)

Graduate Student Ensemble next Thursday

Thursday, May 23, 12:05 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

photo of performance
(Courtesy, UC Davis Department of Music)

The Graduate Student Ensemble (GSE) is excited to put on its fourth annual concert. The ensemble gives music graduate students a creative and social setting in which they can experiment with varied instrumentation and diverse repertoire.

Program to be announced

Campus square dancing  at Mondavi

Thursday, May 23, 5-7 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio, Mondavi Center

With dance caller Evie Ladin, the UC Davis Bluegrass and Old Time String Band will perform live while YOU dance! 

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