Irving Marcus, Bruce Nauman, Ground and Theatre Festival, Stills & Collins, The Met: Live in HD, I'm WIth Her - September 27-October 10 2018


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An Irving Marcus' painting

Irving Marcus: Romance & Disaster, A Retrospective
Thursday, September 27 – Sunday, December 30
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
254 Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA 95616

The UC Davis legacy includes a series of coexisting developments explored by artists in northern California at the end of the Twentieth Century. This extended community has been critically undervalued relative to movements coming out of New York and southern California. Irving Marcus: Romance & Disaster, A Retrospective is the first museum retrospective of this important, and yet overlooked, artist. The exhibition surveys more than 45 years of work; featured are his vibrant and intensely personal paintings exhibited alongside works on paper.
Curator: Rachel Teagle, Founding Director.
Opening celebration: September 27, 2018.

Bruce Nauman's Blue and Yellow Corridor

Bruce Nauman: Blue and Yellow Corridor
Thursday, September 27 – Sunday, December 16
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
254 Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA 95616

Coinciding with the opening of Bruce Nauman’s (MFA ’66, UC Davis) retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this exhibition features the first realization of a participatory environment Nauman conceived in 1970. The work is a narrow passageway that wraps around an existing room, combining colored fluorescent light and closed-circuit video to manipulate the viewer’s perceptual experience. An adjacent gallery includes artworks that situate the corridor within the artist’s career.
Guest Curator: Ted Mann
Opening celebration September 27, 2018


A photo of the actors playing Simon and Garfunkel on stage.The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Wednesday, October 3
Harris Center
10 College Pkwy, Folsom, CA 95630

Direct from its success in London’s West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon and Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, featuring a full live band performing all the hits, including “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecelia,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound” and many more.

The Ground and Theatre Festival logo.

After a successful launch in fall 2017, the  Ground & Field Theatre Festival (GFTF) at UC Davis returns to introduce new works for the stage. Co-produced by the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance and the Theatre and Dance Ensemble, the festival’s public performances take place Oct. 4-6 in the historic Wyatt Pavilion Theatre.

Mark Rigney’s “Summertime” opens the series on Oct. 4. Directed by GFTF co-founder Tom Burmester, this contemporary drama tracks a nominally successful upper middle class clan dealing with an impending political crisis in which the United States Congress, in its infinite wisdom, has outlawed both medicine and medical practitioners in an attempt to deal with a burgeoning population crisis. Performed in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, the play is performed again on Oct. 6 and both performance begin at 7 p.m.

“Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King,” a dark comedy by Sam Collier, centers on young sisters Josephine and Henrietta who create a new sister for their family. Their creation is monstrous, violent and embodies everything they’ve dreamed of: the rage of children, the fury of girls. Directed by alumna and GFTF co-founder Lisa Quoresimo, the play is performed Oct. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. in the Della Davidson Performance Studio in Nelson Hall, next to the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre.

At 2 p.m., the Ground and Field Theater Festival presents a program of devised works in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. Devised Theater, also called Creative Collection, is a theater-making technique that the Department of Theater and Dance at UCDavis embraces. The script or source material for the pieces originates from a collaborative rehearsal process, using improvisation as a mainstay. The works presented have been created during the festival’s month-long residency.

GFTF’s dedication to sustainability is the springboard for these pieces — the actors bring creative ingenuity to the marriage of sustainable work and theater. 

War of the World promotional graphic.

The community theater group Winters Theatre Company will be performing the 1938 Radio Script of “War of the Worlds” by Howard E. Koch. Show dates will be the first two weekends of October (October 5,6,7, and 12,13,14). On Sunday evening, October 30, 1938, Orson Welles caused a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds”—a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth. This was prime-time in the golden age of radio, when millions of Americans had their radios turned on. Perhaps as many as a million radio listeners believed that a real Martian invasion was underway. Panic broke out across the country. In New Jersey, terrified civilians jammed highways seeking to escape the alien marauders. People begged police for gas masks to save them from the toxic gas and asked electric companies to turn off the power so that the Martians wouldn’t see their lights. One woman ran into an Indianapolis church where evening services were being held and yelled, “New York has been destroyed! It’s the end of the world.”


A photo of Stephen Still and Judy Collins.

Fifty years ago, singer-songwriter Stephen Stills met singer-songwriter Judy Collins, and their tumultuous love affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark debut. Both artists would go gone to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but Stills and Collins’ short fiery union remains a transformative era for the two artists.  The two icons of folk are celebrating the golden anniversary of their formative time together, with this joint tour marking the first time ever Stills and Collins have been onstage together. The two music legends will perform songs from their rich catalogs as well as new ones from their 2017 album, “Everybody Knows.” They will also share warm and intimate stories from their journeys and the1960s folk and Laurel Canyon scenes they helped build.

A promotional poster for Graham Nash's concert.

Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner. Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his first seventy-five years on this planet, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century.

A promotional photos for the concert.

Gary Vecchiarelli Productions of Las Vegas presents 30 musicians and two Big Bands on stage playing 1930s and 1940s most popular music. Sounds of Glenn Miller and Harry James competing for the vote of the audience at Show climax. The concert features vocalist Bill A. Jones from the TV series Glee and Days of Our Lives and vocalist Nancy Osborne with her captivating voice and engaging personality from Los Angeles.

A promotional photo for the concert.

Amos Lee is touring in support of his latest album, My New Moon.  Lee's "folksy, bluesy sound" has been compared to that of John Prine and Norah Jones.  The New York Daily News music critic Jim Farber has written that Lee’s music is said to utilize the "supple funk of his vocals and arid strum of his guitar" while recalling "the low-volume, early-'70s acoustic soul of stars like Bill Withers and Minnie Riperton.

A photo of the band members standing in a forest and wearing colorful Ukrainian garb.

Come for a fascinating trip to the Ukraine, one like no other.  Created in 2004 by the avant-garde theatre director Vladyslav Troitskyi, three women and a man utilize world rhythms and a range of traditional instrumentation that is Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian in origin. The bright, unique and unforgettable sound of DakhaBrakha (the name that means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language) rests on the quartet’s astonishingly powerful vocal range, while their roots in theater are never far away —  their shows are always staged with a strong visual element. Named the “Best Breakout” band at Bonnaroo by Rolling Stone.

A painted portrait of Debussy.

Late Debussy Duets
Thursday, October 4
Ann E. Pitzer Center
Hutchison Dr & Cushing Way, Davis, CA 95616

Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)
6 épigraphes antiques (1914)
Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916–17)

The three members of the group standing in front of a whit background.

For Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, what began as an impromptu show in 2014 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colorado, became the spark that formed I’m With Her, sending the trio of Americana multi-instrumentalists on a worldwide tour. Along the way, a special, family-like chemistry developed, garnering acclaim for the trio’s unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with their indelible harmonies “that could be sweetly ethereal, as tightly in tandem as the Everly Brothers or as hearty as mountain gospel” (The New York Times). Their debut album, See You Around, was released in February 2018.

Opening Act: The Brother Brothers
The Brother Brothers are an acoustic duo (David on cello and guitar; Adam on the five-string fiddle) that leans towards the darker, moody elements of Appalachian folk, and bluegrass traditions. their songs are laden with near perfect sibling harmonies or unison singing, compelling writing, and imaginative arrangements. With individual storied music careers under their belts, the brothers have finally teamed up to bring their experiences together.

A photo of Marquis Hill playing the trumpet.

The first thing you note about trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is his tone: warm, precise and so unlike the brittle winters in his hometown of Chicago. A winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2014, Hill has pursued performance and pedagogy in equal measure, releasing a string of intriguing recordings while fitting in teaching stints throughout the Midwest. Hill’s longtime quintet, dubbed the Blacktet, provides the power and drive to underpin a font of melodic and rhythmic ideas that embrace hard bop, R&B, hip hop and soul.


A photo of the Met's production of Aida.

In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko will perform the role Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti will take the podium for this monumental production.

A photo of Barbara K. Jackson standing in the Mondavi Center's Jackson Hall.

Since its inception in 2010, Rising Stars of Opera has featured vocal artistry, stirring arias and a glimpse at the opera stars of tomorrow; and every ticket has been free to the public thanks to Barbara K. Jackson.  Jackson passed away September 7, just short of her 100th birthday. This year's concert occurs on the centenniel of her birth and it will be dedicated in honor of her life in music. It is sure to be a moving concert by a talented collection of young singers from the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows program performing in recital and with full orchestral accompaniment from our own UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.


Dancers on stage.China in Dance
Friday, September 28
Community Center Theater
1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

This fall, the world-renowned Beijing Dance Academy will make its debut in the Sacramento community with a dazzling display of pageantry and artistic spectacle. 40 top dancers will perform 10 classical dances with breathtaking choreography and exquisite costumes. Liang Zhu is the classical love story, known as the Chinese Romeo and Juliet; Yellow River depicts the origin of Chinese culture and spirit. Known as the “cradle of dancers,” the Beijing Dance Academy had admitted and graduated numerous students who have garnered critical acclaims. Currently it has about 600 faculty and staff and 7500 students. It’s a rare opportunity to see the grandeur of China’s performing arts.


Preet Bharara
Monday, October 8
Mondavi Center
1 Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara earned a reputation as one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors” (The New York Times), with a special focus on big banks, terrorists, hedge funds and public corruption. Since leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office, Bharara has kept busy as a distinguished scholar in residence at the NYU School of Law, as the creator of the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet, focusing on justice and fairness, and as an outspoken Twitter presence.


Andrew Schulz  
Friday, September 28 – Saturday, September 29
Punch Line Comedy Club
2100 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

Native New Yorker Andrew Schulz is known for his hilariously edgy, street-smart, and unapologetic comedy. He currently stars opposite Tony Danza and Jane Levy on Paul Reiser’s There’s Johnny! on Hulu. He can most recently be seen starring in BENDERS for IFC, and just wrapped a guest star spot on Amazon’s Sneaky Pete. He is in the midst of shooting two features: Whitney Cummings’ The Female Brain, and A+ opposite Emily Mortimer and Gemma Arterton. MTV has handpicked Schulz as their new tastemaker – he hosted “The Hook-Up” and “Jobs That Don’t Suck” for MTV2 and has been writing and commentating on MTV2’s hit “Guy Code,” the highest rated show in the network’s history.  A regular in the New York comedy circuit, Andrew has performed at Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s, The Comedy Cellar, and more. He’s also performed alongside the country’s top acts, such as Dave Chappelle, Dave Attell, Louis CK, Damon Wayans, Tracy Morgan, Bill Burr, Judah Friedlander, and more.

Rita Rudner
Friday, September 28
Harris Center
10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630

Rita Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. From her first solo HBO special, Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand, to her fourteen year run and 2,000 plus shows, she has sold one and a half million tickets and has become the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas. She has been named Las Vegas’s “Comedian Of The Year” nine years in a row and in 2006 received The Nevada Ballet’s “Woman Of The Year” Award.

Tom Segura
Saturday, October 6
Community Center Theater
1301 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Actor/Comedian/Writer Tom Segura has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most in demand and highly regarded talents. He is best known for his two Netflix specials, Completely Normal (2014) and Mostly Stories (2016) of which Paste Magazine described him as “…having a natural and capable storytelling ability, one that lifts his narratives out of average anecdote fare and plants them firmly in hilarious ground.” Earlier this year, Segura returned to Netflix with his third stand-up special, Disgraceful.


2018 A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival
Saturday, October 6
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814

The 19th annual A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival premieres 10 original films written by local authors and selected as the top 10 scripts in a writing competition that began last January.  It’s Sacramento’s original and only all-local film festival!

The Sacramento Outdoor Film Festival 2018
Friday, September 28 - Saturday, October 6
Freemont Park
1515 Q Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

The 2nd annual Sacramento Outdoor Film Festival will salute “Coming of Age.”

Sept. 28: The Graduate  (1967, R)
Sept. 29: Sixteen Candles  (1984, PG)
Oct. 5:  Boyz n the Hood  (1991, R)
Oct. 6:  Lady Bird (2017, R)

There will be food trucks and a beer and wine garden that will encompass the entire viewing area. Come early for lawn games and live music for your enjoyment. Before each feature film a student-produced short will be presented by the Sacramento State Film Department. All proceeds from beer and wine sales will go directly to the Front Street Animal Shelter.
Note: This event is for Ages 21+.


Farm-to-Fork Festival 2018
Froday, September 28 - Saturday, September 29
Capitol Mall Greens
1300 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Designed to showcase and celebrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival brings us face-to-face with the people who are feeding our region and the world. The free festival hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts a delicious selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, live cooking demonstration stages, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more!


Holi Festival of Colors
Saturday, September 29
Southside Park
2115 6th Street , Sacramento, CA 95814

Throw your worries to the wind and be a part of the world’s happiest transformational event! Festival of Colors is a very exuberant festival, complete with music, dance, Yoga and throwing of organic colored powders. Activities include: Interactive dance, mantra bands, DJ’s, yoga, cuisine and crafts.

Romanian Festival Centennial Celebration
Saturday, September 29
Romanian Community Center
190 Park Drive, Roseville, CA 95678

The Romanian Community Center of Sacramento in collaboration with the Ministry for Romanians Abroad (Ministerul pentru Românii de Pretutindeni) invite you to the largest Romanian event on the West Coast! This festival includes authentic Romanian food, Romanian folk dancing and music, Romanian singers and instrumentalists, various art displays, and much more entertainment for all ages. The Romanian Festival 2018 theme is dedicated to Romania’s 1918 Great Union Centennial. This year marks 100 years from the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia, and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.


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