For music, the Shinkoskey Noon Concert, which is always free, will present “The Baroque Sonata in Five Easy Lessons,” with UC Davis Faculty Affiliate Michael Sand, Baroque violin and UC Davis lecturer Phebe Craig, harpsichord. Sonatas by Giovanni Paolo Cima, Marco Uccellini, Johann Schmelzer, Biber, and Handel. Noon at the Recital Hall, Pitzer Center.
Also, the Valente Lecture features Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl. She studied musicology and philosophy as well as mathematics and music at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. After postgraduate studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) she graduated in 1988 with a dissertation on Ockeghem at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg. Room 266, Everson Hall, 4-5:30 p.m.
Twisted Pine at Mondavi through Saturday
Moving beyond the standard verse-chorus-solo structure of traditional string bands, Twisted Pine is a multilayered ensemble that brings the enveloping sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic, instrumental setting. In its early days, Twisted Pine hewed close to its bluegrass origins, but over time developed a unique, infectious style without limits. Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast, drawing audiences in to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring and charismatic appeal. More about them here. Tickets and more information here.
Arts Market and Powwow is this weekend
The Arts Market and Powwow starts Friday with the Powwow following on Saturday, all in the Quad on the UC Davis campus. This is the 47th UC Davis Powwow features drumming and dancing, and craft and food vendors. Grand entry at noon. The Indigenous Arts Market runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as during the Powwow. More information on the Facebook page.
Coming up soon: Global Tea and Star Trek
The Global Tea Initiative will be hosting an on-campus talk by ceramics collector Shirley M. Mueller on Monday, April 29, at 4:10 p.m. More information here. Free.
Come learn about the intricate history of Chinese export teapots.
And on Saturday, May 11, tickets are still available for the Chancellor’s Colloquium featuring Capt. James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner.
The event will begin with a screening of the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, culminating with a conversation between May and Shatner.
“Star Trek has been a huge influence in my life,” May said. “Our new UC Davis strategic plan is imbued with the same type of adventurous spirit that inspired the crew of the Enterprise to seek out new life and civilizations. That’s why it’s called ‘To Boldly Go.’”
The event is part of a national tour by Shatner, and he'll stop in San Rafael a few days later.
Tickets for the May 11 colloquium are on sale here. Prices range from $55 to $125; all faculty and staff get a 10 percent discount, and those who are subscribers receive 25 percent off. Students receive half off.
Attendees can also purchase a ticket to pose for a photo with Shatner for $125.
Or look for the cardboard cutout on select days. That photo is free.