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By Karen Nikos-Rose on October 8, 2020

By UC Davis News and Media Relations Intern Michelle Villagomez

Concerts, plays, talks and an exhibition in Sacramento are on tap this weekend. And we have some events next week too. Keeping reading to find out more.

Photographer, 'Haiku for the Harp' are up today

Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Haiku For the Harp, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Thursday, Oct. 8, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, online via Youtube

  • Today’s Shinkoskey Noon Concert features Kerstin Allvin, a solo harpist, and lecturer at UC Davis. Tune in as her concert binds together the art of poetry and music into one unique performance. Kerstin Allvin has won numerous awards and competitions throughout her career as a concert harpist and has performed across the United States from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie to the historic Carmel Mission in California.  She has frequented Japan, performing solo concerts at the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Nogi City Hall, and for Detroit/Toyota City’s Sister City Association. She holds degrees, honors, and performance certificates from Indiana University, University of Michigan, and post-graduate studies with Jaqueline Borot, honorary professor of the Paris Superior Conservatory of Music. 
  • For more information, go here. If you miss it, the video will be posted here.

Next week’s Shinkoskey concert features Beethoven

Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Beethoven’s Chamber Music For Strings, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Thursday, Oct. 15, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, online via Youtube

Photographer, LaToya Ruby Frazier speaks tonight

Thursday, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., free, via zoom. Register here

  • The program features acclaimed photographer, LaToya Ruby Frazier in conversation with Sampada Aranke, a Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art scholar-in-residence. Frazier’s work reveals the impact of systemic problems — from racism to deindustrialization to environmental degradation — on individual bodies, relationships, and spaces. Most recently, she took photos of the family of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, in March. Read more here. The Arts Blog will run a story on the event afterward, too. 
  • For future events, check out Manetti Shrem’s fall calendar

Frida Kahlo Tonight Virtually

A Virtual Exhibition Tour of Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, at de Young Museum, Thursday, Oct. 8, 5 p.m., free, zoom Webinar

  • Tour Frida Kahlo’s largest exhibition in ten years through an engaging virtual exhibition and Q&A. For more information on Frida Kahlo and the exhibition, go here
  • To register for the event, click here 

The Garage on the Grove (TGTG) holds solo exhibition featuring UC Davis Alum Saturday

Vincent Pacheco: Smile Now, Cry Later, 2287 Grove Ave., Sacramento, Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., free

  • Artist and UC Davis Alum (B.S., Design, ’03; M.F.A., Art Studio, ’17), Vincent Pacheco presents Smile Now, Cry Later an immersive installation of sound, color, and, most importantly, PIÑATAS. Pacheco spent the last year and a half creating sculptural piñatas ranging from a nostalgic VHS tape of favorite movies from his Chicano upbringing in San Francisco to an oversized syringe - an artifact of his early proximity to close family members who were active in the Mexican Mafia and the drug trade. Learn more about the show on TGTG’s website. This is a Second-Saturday reception.
  • Mandatory masks and social distancing. TGTG COVID-19 guidelines here.
  • For upcoming shows, go here.

UC Davis Creative Writing Reading Series goes virtual Tuesday

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., free, Online via Zoom

  • This week, Ariana Reines will engage in a reading and conversation regarding her novel A Sand Book. “Ariana Reines is the most daring spiritual poet of her generation. Her direct, intense poems reckon with profound questions on a personal level, using a dizzying array of materials, from ancient texts to contemporary art, as they make an account of how it feels to be human in the 21st century. She has created performances for the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial as a member of the literary group Semiotext(e). Her play Telephone received two Obie Awards. Reines' recent collection, A Sand Book, was nominated for a National Book Award in 2019. Read more here.

Coming up...

UC Davis Theatre Festival play explores racism, policing friendship

Register now for next week. A ripped-from-the-headlines one-act play about race, police and friendship examines the search for truth after a white police officer kills a black man. “This Is How It Happened,” by Sacramento native Anthony D’Juan is being presented by Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank through the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance. Free performances will be live-streamed free on Oct. 15 and 16 at 5 p.m. (PDT). Register here

“Although D’Juan wrote this piece in 2015, ‘This Is How It Happened’ could not be more applicable to the issues we are facing today in our society,” said director Lyndsay Burch, associate artistic director of Sacramento’s B Street Theatre. “D’Juan has crafted incredibly rich, relatable, and complex characters who draw the audience in and leave them asking important questions. After viewing this play, I believe audience members will be inspired to look at their own behavior and examine ways that they can be a part of creating positive change.”

For details about access to the play and other events, visit catalyst3t.com.