Weekender: Art Aplenty, Music and Theatre Productions Proliferate; Plan for TANA

Amelia Malagamba, Silkscreen print.
Amelia Malagamba, Silkscreen print, will be part of the Exhibition at TANA next week: Tallares Sin Fronteras.

Tired of watching election returns? Take in the arts. This week is your last chance to see the whimsical prequel to Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatcher, performed by UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance. Learn more and buy tickets here. And there’s plenty more. Also, plan for a TANA exhibition that starts next Thursday, March 13.

This blog post compiled by Leigh Houck, News and Media Relations Intern

Literary presentation and exhibition coming to TANA

TANA, short for Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, is a community-based art center managed by the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis. This month, TANA invites the community to join them for special events at their gallery in Woodland.

On Tuesday, March 10, a special literary presentation will be held at 6 p.m. Renowned authors Norma Elia Cantú and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo will both speak and read excerpts from their recently published books.

On Friday, March 13, there’s an opening reception and artist talk for the exhibition Talleres Sin Fronteras at TANA from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This traveling exhibition, derived from the Cardenas Collection of Latino Art, features original monoprints and silkscreen artwork produced at Talleres over the last 30 years, focusing on the themes of borders, migration, and bi-national and transnational movements. Talleres Sin Fronteras will be on display through May 15.

This Thursday, catch piano compositions at the Noon Concert

Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Sakurako Kanemitsu, Solo Piano, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Thursday, March 5, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free

  • This week’s Shinkoskey Noon Concert features Sakurako Kanemitsu on the piano. Kanemitsu will be performing pieces from Beethoven, Bach, and Chopin, as well as a contemporary arrangement composed by UC Davis Graduate Student Ryan Suleiman.
  • Learn more about Kanemitsu and other upcoming Shinkoskey Noon Concerts here

This weekend — some art, some music

Art Graduate Open Studios, TB 9 and Graduate Art Building, Friday, March 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., free

  • Always a big campus favorite, the UC Davis MFA Art Studio graduate students invite you into their studios to see what they are working on and connect with others from the larger community. The event runs 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Both the main graduate art building, with 13 studios, and TB 9, with 3 studios will be open and the artists will be present to talk about their work and practices.
  • Learn more here.  

Conference: Art of Painting in the 21st Century, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, Friday, March 6 through Saturday, March 7, free

  • The free conference, held annually, is celebrating its 12th year in 2020. “...Attendees will hear lectures and watch demonstrations on contemporary painting. For more information and an itinerary of the conference, click here.  The conference is related to the ongoing exhibit by  the same name. The Art of Painting in the 21st Century exhibition will run at the Natsoulas through April 11 and is free and open to the public.
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Students rehearse for "Outside the Lines" performance. See story below. (Justin Han/UC Davis)

House of Angklung Performance, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., free

  • Come watch the House of Angklung perform a music, dance, and multi-media production in celebration of Indonesian culture.
  • The event is free, but please RSVP here.  Learn more about the event here

Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.

  • Acclaimed jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Savant will perform Ogresse, an original song cycle about a female ogre. She collaborated on Ogresse with Darcy James Argue, who arranged and produced the composition.
  • Learn more and buy tickets here


Artist-Led Workshops “Paper Theaters, Imagined Spaces,” Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Saturdays and Sundays, Saturday, March 7, through Sunday, March 29, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., free

  • Attend workshops at the Manetti Shrem this month led by artist Elizabeth Corkery. You are invited to “join artist Elizabeth Corkery in the studio and explore ways of creating small-scale theatrical environments inspired by the design of Victorian toy theaters. Learn the basics of making these paper structures and set your own mini-stage! Using a variety of narrative and thematic prompts, Elizabeth will introduce methods of combining collage, monoprint and stencil techniques to design and make paper theater scenery.” These workshops are free and no RSVP is required.
  • For more information on upcoming Artist-Led Workshops and Salons, visit the museum site.

Appreciation and Adaptation: Homage to Global Textiles, Design Museum, UC Davis, through April 18, free (watch for a “Lunchable” column on this next week in the Arts Blog.)

  • UC Davis Arts describes the new exhibition at the Design Museum: “The exhibition features traditional textiles from Africa, Asia and South America collected by Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. These items have inspired contemporary design works by UC Davis students that are also showcased, highlighting the continuing relevance of traditional cultures and how they drive design thinking in new directions.” The Design Museum is open noon. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
  • More information on the exhibition here

Feathered Relations: Works by Marwin Begaye, C.N. Gorman Museum, UC Davis, through Friday, June 19, free

  • The Gorman Museum describes the new solo exhibition: “...Marwin Begaye (Diné) includes prints, wood blocks, and multi-media works to create a conceptual homage to birds. For the artist, birds are about our relationships – to nature, to one another, to culture. Marwin Begaye is an internationally exhibited printmaker, painter and nationally recognized graphic designer. As Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Visual Arts, his research has been concentrated on issues of cultural identity, especially the intersection of traditional American Indian culture and pop culture.” The museum is open noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  • More information on the exhibition here


“Outside the Lines, Winter Quarter,” Hickey Gym, UC Davis, Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m., free

Acrylic "Free the River"
Free the River, acrylic on canvas, Michelle Waters, will be featured in YoloArts exhibition next week. See information below. (Courtesy photo)
  • Presented by the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, this is an informal preview of new choreography in progress created by graduate and undergraduate students. The pieces include a master’s thesis project by Diego Martinez-Campos and works by undergraduate students Meghan Coates, Olivia Coca, Ana Hansen, Audrey Martel, Eman Moore, Stephanie Nielsen and Aubrey Schoeman. The choreography has been developed under the guidance of David Grenke, theatre and dance department chair.” The performance is free, but those who wish to attend should make a reservation here. For information about the College of Letters and Science’s Department of Theatre and Dance productions, visit here.

2nd Friday ArtAbout, Downtown Davis, Friday, March 13, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., free

  • Take a stroll through downtown, admire local art, and get to know local artists during Davis’ monthly ArtAbout. An average of 30 local businesses host art, and some even offer complimentary beverages and snacks for visitors to enjoy while perusing the works.
  • Learn more here

YoloArts Exhibition Receptions, Gibson House and Property, Woodland, Thursday, March 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., free

  • Celebrate Women’s History Month with YoloArts. This reception marks the opening of two exhibitions: Women Eco Artists Dialog: The Legacy of Jo Hanson (through June 18) and Fashion Forward: Women’s Wear and Social Reform (through June 26).
  • Learn more about the exhibitions

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