Weekender: Lawntopia, Pence Garden Tour, Exhibits Closing

Catch Artist Events at 2 Closing Exhibitions at Manetti Shrem Museum

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A farewell event for Malaquias Montoya and the Legacies of a Printed Resistance wraps up this weekend at the Manetti Shrem Museum with Montoya talking about his work. (Courtesy, Jamie Gelfond)

Igor Veligan, Susan Lamb Cook, and I-Hui Chen String Performance in noon concert

Thursday, May 2, 12:05 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E Pitzer Center, free​, a Shinkoskey Noon Concert


  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio in G Major (“Gypsy Rondo”), XV:25

  • Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, op. 49

photos of three artists
(Courtesy, UC Davis Department of Music)

Spring Into Glass

May 3 - May 27, The Artery, 207 G. Street, free

Reception on Friday, May 10 from 6-9 p.m.

The Artery presents “Spring into Glass,” featuring the beauty and versatility of glass artistry. This exquisite exhibition runs from May 3 to 27, with the reception on Friday, May 10, from 6 to 9 pm.

“Spring into Glass” celebrates the rich tapestry of glass craftsmanship created by the northern California glass community. 

You will see sculpture, blown glass, fused glass, stained glass, lampworking, jewelry making, cast glass. The artists include current Artery members, former members and esteemed guest artists.

Read more details here: Spring into Glass 

Into the Woods in Davis

Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., Davis Musical Theatre Co., 607 Pena Drive, $20

The 1987 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel," and "Cinderella" as well as several others. 

The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, their interaction with the witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. Recommended for ages 10 & up.

Get tickets here: Into the Woods Tickets 


Friday, May 3, 6-10 p.m., UC Davis Quad, for students and faculty only, free

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Lawntopia information flyer from the ASUCDEC Instagram page @asucdec.

Lawntopia is around the corner. Get ready to groove under the sun and enjoy an experience of extremely talented student performers and two incredible artists, Aminé and Ravyn Lenae, set to ignite the stage. There will be amazing food vendors, free merchandise, preshow activities, and much more. 

Student recital with Robi Castaneda

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Robi Castaneda (Courtesy of the UC Davis Department of Music)

Friday, May 3, 5 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center


  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 850

  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata No. 33 in C Minor, Hob. XVI:20

  • Frédéric Chopin: Variations brillantes in B-Flat Major, op. 12

  • Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) 

New Exhibit at the Pence Gallery: Renewal by Inga Poslitur

May 3 - June 23, The Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis

Inga Poslitur’s new series of oil paintings capture flowering plants in natural environments, as well as in lovely arrangements of bouquets in domestic settings at the Pence Gallery. As the artist writes, “I seek to capture the essence of this journey with these paintings serving as a testament to growth and creativity, capturing moments of beauty to be cherished long after the petals have fallen.” Painting from life, she emphasizes the life cycle of plants, detailing their blooming and fading in glorious detail. Stop by the Pence for a special demonstration by Inga Poslitur of her floral paintings from 2-5 p.m.  May 5 as part of the Annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour.

Farewell to the exhibition Malaquias Montoya and the Legacies of a Printed Resistance

Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m., the Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis

people discussing art in front of prints on wall
Gary Ashley (Courtesy, Manetti Shrem Museum)

Join Malaquias Montoya and other exhibiting artists in the exhibition gallery for a farewell to Malaquias Montoya and the Legacies of a Printed Resistance. This important and meaningful exhibition brought together the work of ten artists and activists at a critical time for their voices to be heard. Visited by thousands of students and community members, the exhibition has been a celebration of the power of printmaking. All are welcome.

31st Annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour

Sunday, May 5, 12-5 p.m., 212 D St., tickets starting at $25

Visit five gorgeous private gardens in Davis on this self-guided tour, and enjoy learning about plant selection from Yolo County Master Gardeners. Artists Marie-Therese Brown, Raquel Cox, Marlene Lee, Barbara Smithson, and Teresa Steinbach-Garcia are painting in the gardens from 12-4:30 p.m. Stop by the Pence for a special demonstration by Inga Poslitur of her floral paintings from 2-5 p.m., or take a quick tour of her exhibit Renewal at 1 p.m.. Also, the first 150 people to visit the Pence can pick up a free snack bag. 

This event provides essential funds to support the mission of the Pence Gallery, a nonprofit art organization. 

Learn more information and buy tickets here: Garden Tour – Pence Gallery

Alexander String Quartet returns to the Mondavi Center

Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m., Jackson Hall, tickets from $35

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(Courtesy, Mondavi Center)

The Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg look back 100 years to the tumultuous social and political era of the early 20th century — times not unlike our own — and explore enduring works of the great music it produced. Program will include works by Debussy, Ravel, Webern, Schoenberg, Sibelius, and Nielsen.

Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout the Alexander String Quartet concerts.

Get tickets here: Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg | Mondavi Center 

Voice Students of Jonathan Nadel perform at Pitzer

Tuesday, May 7, 4 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program to be announced.

Artist Talk: Alicia Eggert

Wednesday, May  8, 4 p.m., the Manetti Shrem Museum

This is your opportunity to meet the artist whose work is seen every day by many UC Davis campus folks. (It's the neon sign currently displayed at the Manetti Shrem Museum). Learn about her body of work and her process, and share your response to This Present Moment.

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Photo: Vision & Verve (Courtesy, Manetti Shrem Museum)

An evening with David Sedaris

Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m., the Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall, tickets from $27

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(Courtesy, Mondavi Center)

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. 

His bestselling books include Barrel FeverMe Talk Pretty One DayHolidays on Ice and Let’s Explore Diabetes with OwlsCalypso, his 2018 collection of essays, is a  New York Times best seller, and a Washington Post  Best Book of the Year.

Get tickets here: David Sedaris | Mondavi Center 

The California Studio Lecture: Tania Candiani

Thursday, May 9, 4:30 p.m., the Manetti Shrem Museum

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Tania Candiani, Tidal Choreography, film still (Courtesy, Manetti Shrem Museum)

Tania Candiani is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work explores the intersection of art, literature, music, architecture, science and labor. Her production methods emphasize ancestral knowledge and its techniques and technologies. In 2015, Candiani represented Mexico at the 56th Venice Biennale. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums, institutions and independent spaces. Candiani has received the Guggenheim Fellowship in the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution Research Grant for Artists, among others. She is a member of the National System of Art Creators of Mexico. 

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