While we are still in COVID-19 isolation, it’s beginning to look a little like “normal.” There are even two live events in these selections. Keep reading. Save the date for next Wednesday’s free concert at the Mondavi Center (virtually) featuring the Fry Street Quartet and Robert Davies, pictured above. There’s even a Picnic Day fashion show next week — arguably the annual event’s most popular show (with Doxies being a close second?). And don’t forget the virtual noon concerts, available anytime via YouTube, and helping you remember that weekends and the Arts Blog Weekender are really just a “virtual” state of mind. Enjoy.
Karen Nikos-Rose, Arts Blog editor
Top photo: Save the date for Mondavi free concert next Wednesday, Fry Street Quartet and Robert Davies — Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project
Start your weekend today with artists and music
Today, Thursday, April 8:
Crocker virtual event showcases regional Native American artists tonight
Thursday, April 8, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., free, via Zoom. Register.
Tune in to this event for a special program at the Crocker Art Museum highlighting five regional Native and California Indian artists. Each artist will share their stories, process, and imagery in a rich visual presentation.
Learn more about the event here.
Shinkoskey presents solo pianist
Shinkoskey Noon Concert, Thursday, April 8, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, via UC Davis Music’s YouTube Channel.
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, op. 90
- Robert Schumann: Papillons, op. 2
- Franz Schubert: Klavierstücke No. 2 in E-Flat Major, D. 946
Derek Tam appears regularly throughout the Bay Area and beyond as a conductor and historical keyboardist. He is the executive director of the San Francisco Early Music Society, a major advocate for early music in the United States, and serves as the artistic director of the biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, an internationally renowned celebration of early music. Tam is president-elect of the board of Early Music America, a national organization dedicated to strengthening historical performance. For more details about this concert, visit the website of the UC Davis Department of Music.
Preview of next week, ‘Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’
Thursday, April 15, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, via UC Davis Music’s YouTube Channel.
- Anna Presler, violin and artistic director
- Phyllis Kamrin, violin and viola
- Matilda Hofman, viola and UC Davis lecturer in music
- Leighton Fong and Tanya Tomkins, cello
- Michel Taddei, double bass; and others
The Garage on the Grove holds solo exhibition featuring UC Davis alum Saturday
“Fractured River,” Jodi Connelly’s (MFA ‘18) long-awaited installation, is ready for viewing at The Garage on the Grove, Sacramento. TGTG is holding two receptions with the artist on 2nd Saturdays: April 10 and May 8, both from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For those that want to enjoy Connelly’s work from afar, TGTG will be hosting an Instagram live reception on Sunday, April 25 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Open viewings will be Thursdays April 15, 22, 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays April 17, 24 and May 1 from noon to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.
YoloArts presents ‘Healing Histories: Medicine in Yolo County’
Historic healing practices of Yolo County come to life in a new exhibition on view at the Gibson House and Property in Woodland. Herbal remedies across time and cultures are probed in this exploration of the healing relationship between plants and people. Historic artifacts and photographs from the Yolo County Historical Collection have been curated and interpreted for this special show.
“Healing Histories is unique in its cross-cultural approach toward medicine and wellness. Since health has been on our minds lately, it seemed like the right time to look at how native people, pioneer doctors, and modern-day pharmacists advanced medical care in the region,” said Iulia Bodeanu, Yolo County curator. Healing Histories is co-curated by Bodeanu and Jullianne Nubla, UC Davis intern, and runs through Dec. 3, 2021.
COVID-19 restrictions are in place, which allows for eight guests at a time in the Gibson House and requires face coverings and social distancing. The Gibson House is open Thursdays, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
To learn more about the history of healing, go here.
For more images of this exhibition, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Next week, on Wednesday, April 14, noon to 1 p.m., Dr. Bob LaPerriere will present Gold Rush Medicine at YoloArts' monthly Knowledge @ Noon Series. He is expected to share the health concerns faced by those traveling to California for the Gold Rush and what common medical treatments were used. LaPerriere is a retired dermatologist, curator of the Sacramento County Medical Society History Museum, and active in the Sacramento history community. Register for the event here.
SFMOMA 4-day ‘Art Bash’ starts next Monday
From Monday, April 12 to Thursday, April 15, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, or SFMOMA, presents an art-filled signature fundraiser, the virtual Art Bash. This year, Art Bash is an exciting multi-day experience that benefits SFMOMA’s vibrant exhibition and education programs, which affirm the significance of art with the goal to be accessible and meaningful to the broadest possible audience. All events are free and include a conversation with visionaries Virgil Abloh and Moved by the Motion, a zine-making story with artist Alicia McCarthy and her Oakland contemporaries, unforgettable virtual performances by Tycho, The Younger Lovers, and other musical guests streaming live from SFMOMA, and more.
For the full schedule, go here.
Mondavi’s HomeStage presents ‘Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project’
Wednesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m., free. (A link to the event will be posted on the website next week)
With an original score by composer Laura Kaminsky, narration by physicist Rob Davies, and music by Fry Street Quartet, UC Davis’ Mondavi Center brings an evocative performance that combines music, science, and imagery, merging the intellectual with the visceral to take audiences from understanding to action. Rising Tide unfolds in a series of vignettes exploring the natural world from which we have emerged—and the human world that has emerged from us.
The performance is in conjunction with Professors Elizabeth Miller and Andrew Latimer’s SHAPE course, "Envisioning Climate Futures." SHAPE (Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement) is a special project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which links science and engineering, together with the arts and humanities in a new set of undergraduate courses.
For more about this event, go here.
Picnic Day Fashion Show Hits Virtual Runway
Each year, the Picnic Day theme reflects something that matters to the Board of Directors, and that will be embraced by the campus community. The theme for the 2021 Picnic Day is “Discovering Silver Linings.” This theme emerged because despite all that has happened this year, the UC Davis community has continued to find silver linings everywhere. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Picnic Day is going to take place virtually on Saturday, April 17.
Briefly, the Fashion and Design Society’s, or FADS, annual fashion show hits the virtual runway Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register here. “Uncharted” will be streamed live on Twitch and feature clothing collections created and executed by 10 students in the UC Davis Department of Design’s “Signature Collections” course. The student-run fashion show is usually held during UC Davis’ annual campuswide celebration on Picnic Day. Due to COVID-19, “Uncharted” will be presented in advance of Picnic Day this year. A video recording of the show will be available later for viewing as part of the virtual Picnic Day celebration on April 17 at picnicday.ucdavis.edu.
For more information about Picnic Day events, go here.