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By Dave Jones on October 6, 2006 in University

First-Nations Women

Rita Coolidge, Cherokee. Mary Youngblood, Aleut and Seminole. Joanne Shenandoah, Iroquois. These three musicians, listed with their American Indian nations of ancestry, are set to present their First-Nations Women concert Oct. 20 at Mondavi Center. The program runs the gamut from pop hits to jazz standards to traditional Native American music, with the singers presenting individual sets and then gathering for Amazing Grace as the finale. The women are set to perform twice: at 11 a.m. as part of the Wells Fargo School Matinee Series, and 8 p.m. Teachers, educators and others interested in purchasing blocks of tickets for the Matinee Series are advised to call (530) 754-4689.

Batsheva dancers due

Mondavi Center is preparing to host Israeli dance company Batsheva for two performances of "Deca Dance," a remix of choreographer Ohad Naharin's first decade of work. The shows are set for 8 p.m.

Oct. 24 and 25 in the center's Jackson Hall. A preperformance lecture by Della Davidson, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the AGR Room at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Question-and-answer sessions with the company are planned after both performances.

At the arboretum

Upcoming at the UC Davis Arboretum:

  • Plant Faire -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, members-only sale 8-10 a.m. (anyone can join at the door), Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park, near Orchard Park and La Rue roads. Free admission.
  • Tour -- Great California Native Plants, 2 p.m. Oct. 8, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Free.
  • Walk With Warren -- Noon, Oct. 11, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Warren is Warren Roberts, the arboretum superintendent.
  • Tour -- The Native Plant Garden in Fall, 11 a.m. Oct. 14, Arboretum Terrace Garden, adjacent to Borders Books and Music at the Davis Commons retail center, First Street and Richards Boulevard. Free.

Guitarist to play, talk

Guitarist and folk singer Joe Hickerson is due on campus Oct. 10 to perform a noon concert and present an evening talk, the William Valente Memorial Lecture. The free concert is set for 12:05 p.m. in Main Theatre. Hickerson's lecture is set for 5 p.m. in Room 203 of the Music Building. The music department announced that Hickerson will talk on the "History of Folksong Collecting in the U.S." The lecture is free.

Exhibit 'coming out'

An exhibit titled Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People and their Families is scheduled to open on National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, at UC Davis. The exhibit of photos and text is set to run through Oct. 27 in the Memorial Union Art Gallery, on the union's second floor. Love Makes a Family is a touring exhibit presented by Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Mass. The exhibit's appearance at UC Davis is sponsored by Campus Unions Programs with support from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, and Women’s Resources and Research Center.

Media contact(s)

Dave Jones, Dateline, 530-752-6556,