Weekender: For Theater and Art, Stay in Davis or Head Out of Town

Sharon Rietkerk as Lily Garland and Christopher Ryan as Oscar Jaffee in a promotional shot for the Davis Shakespeare Festival's production of "On the Twentieth Century." (Yarcenia Garcia / Davis Shakespeare Festival)

The Weekender is a regular feature of the UC Davis Arts Blog appearing each Thursday — when weekends really need to begin. The column features stuff to do on and around the UC Davis campus this weekend. Know of art and related events in the region? Let us know at kmnikos@ucdavis.edu

Davis Shakespeare Festival in full swing

The Davis Shakespeare Festival, a theater company run by Gia Battista, a UC Davis alumnae, is well into its summer season, but there’s still plenty of time to catch even the first play with Mary Stuart playing through Aug. 4 and On the 20th Century, directed by Battista, through Aug. 5.

The third and final play of the season is on stage beginning Sept. 19, As You Like It, which will run through Oct. 14.

And, beginning with tonight’s performance of On the Twentieth Century, “Pay-what-you-can Thursdays” are back. Details on that and all tickets here. All productions are at the Veterans Memorial Center Theater, 203 E. 14th Street, Davis.

Listen to this interview with Battista, the artistic director, directors and actors on Capitol Public Radio's Insight as they talk about Mary Stuart.

The Gorman in Ukiah

If you are headed north, you might stop by the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah for their photography exhibit Our People, Our Land, Our Images, which was originally created at UC Davis. And this next weekend, there is a special opening event July 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit opened June 30.

The exhibit was created by curators at the C.N. Gorman Museum at UC Davis more than 10 years ago. It has traveled extensively throughout the country, with stops at the Smithsonian Museum, the Museum of the American Indian and will be making its final stop at the Grace Hudson Museum.  

The exhibition started with a historic gathering of indigenous photographers at the UC Davis campus, in which the photographers had an opportunity to meet one another and share their work, according to an article in the Ukiah Daily Journal.

On Aug. 25, historian Linda M. Waggoner will discuss the life of Lillian St. Cyr, known as “Red Wing.” She was the first Native American Hollywood film star.

On Sept. 16, the C.N. Gorman museum director and curator will be on hand for their final discussion of their work, the exhibit and the future of indigenous photography.

The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4 ($3 for seniors and students) and $10 for families (free for everyone the first Friday of every month, and always free for members.) For more information, visit gracehudsonmuseum.org or phone (707) 467-2836.

Film, furniture, photography at SF MOMA

As summer swings into high gear, SF MOMA welcome two new exhibitions to the museum: Donald Judd: Specific Furniture (opens July 14) and Susan Meiselas: Mediations (opens July 21). Get to know these iconic American artists through work that they produced at pivotal moments in their careers. The museum by the bay is also kicking off a fresh season of a three-week film series Modern Cinema on July 12.

Tickets to the special exhibition René Magritte: The Fifth Season (May 19–October 28, 2018) are available still available. Learn more about timed tickets for special exhibitions.

All SFMOMA tickets and information here.

Capital Culture List: Newsies, Michael McDonald, others

Hear the podcast, Capital Culture List, tell you about the cultural highlights around the Sacramento and Davis region this weekend. Soterios Johnson, director of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Partnerships at UC Davis, and former public radio host, gives you what’s happening in the region this week and every week in his new blog, Capital Culture List, a public service of UC Davis.

This week he talks about Disney's Tony-award winning Disney's Newsies at The Broadway Music Circus in Sacramento July 10-15, Michael McDonald at the Crest, and much more.

Photography at Gallery 1855

Gallery 1855 in Davis presents a solo exhibition of Ian Nelson’s photography through July. The reception is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Nelson’s works feature his travels in Hawaii and Thailand, with subjects including foliage, animals and ocean life. His full-color underwater images are printed on aluminum. The nonprofit gallery is at the historic Davis Cemetery District, 820 Pole Line Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday. Additional details can be found at www.daviscemetery.org.

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