Weekender: Concerts; Laramie Project on Stage; Gorman Exhibit Closes

Branford Marsalis Coming Up Next Week

Two museum visitors look at artwork of smashed cans displayed at Gorman Museum of Native American Art
Visitors view artwork Continuum Basket, 2002 by Gerald Clarke Jr. at the Gorman Museum of Native American Art in September at the Grand Reopening. The current exhibition has a closing event Saturday. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Solo piano concert with Jared Redmond

Thursday, Feb 22, 12:05-1 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Man at right in black-and-white photo
James Redmond plays a piano concert this Thursday. (Seongsu Park/Photo)

Jared Redmond's repertoire stretches from the 16th to 21st centuries, including many rarely played works along with commonly heard masterpieces. He is especially active in premiering pieces of living composers.

Valente Lecture: Jared Redmond

Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m., Pitzer Center

Redmond will talk about his own compositional work, and new notation systems for Korean traditional instruments.

Templeton Colloquium 2024 presents 'Moving Things, Making Ideas: China-Inspired Objects and International Trade'

Friday, Feb. 23, 4-6 p.m., Community Room, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

China exported immense quantities of art across the globe in the early modern era, which made Chinese art highly influential in international design trends. The 2024 Templeton Colloquium in Art History will explore the influence of Chinese art and aesthetics on European and East Asian societies.  Chinese art brought cultures into contact with each other, created increased awareness of geographically distant societies, and shaped modern tastes in art.

Wallpaper design with waterfowl and foliage in color
Chinese wallpaper, detail from Chinese Bedroom, Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk, England; originally from China; Ca. 1750, printed ink and hand-painted watercolors on paper. Photographed by Tamara Bentley


  • Tamara Bentley’s talk builds upon and extends work in global history by Maxine Berg and Beverly Lemire. They argue that, in the 17th and 18th centuries, imported Indian printed cottons and Chinese silks and wallpaper, as well as Chinese and Japanese lacquerwares and porcelains, jump-started the English and French domestic manufacturing of textiles, japanned furniture, ceramics, and wallpaper as acts of import substitution.
  • Kristina Kleutghen’s talk will examine Kangxi’s experimental painted enamel Yixing ware in relation to the new technology of painted enamels at his court and compare it to Johann Friedrich Böttger enameled stoneware for Augustus II, Elector of Saxony, Germany, where European porcelain was first manufactured.
  • Katharine Burnett’s presentation will investigate the exchange of tea culture and teapots between China and Vietnam between 1300 to 1700, with an emphasis on the late Ming period.

Continuing Exhibitions on UC Davis Campus

Manetti Shrem Museum, Design Museum, Gorman Museum of Native American Art and more in this Arts Blog wrap-up of winter exhibitions.

The Gorman closes its current exhibition this weekend. Catch it. See below.


The Laramie Project on stage starts Thursday

Feb. 22, 23, 24, 29 and March 1 at 7 p.m. and March 2 at 2 p.m., Main Theatre in Wright Hall, tickets starting at $5

Photo collage of a cast for play
Cast members include (Top row, L-R) Ananya Yogi, Ryley Sakai, Poe Angeles Dayao, Madeline Weissenberg, (bottom row L-R) Daxi Jiang, Melaine Garcia, Arman Abbassi and Mia Dunbar in UC Davis production of "The Laramie Project." (Austin Wang/UC Regents)

Triggered by a hate crime which brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws nationwide, The Laramie Project is a riveting contemporary drama that challenges the inhabitants of a rural American community.

Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project including alumnus Greg Pierotti (M.F.A., dramatic arts, ’16), the drama chronicles the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.

Warning: This play is based on a true story, and includes strong language and mature content that some may find upsetting, including descriptions of homophobia, violence and death.

The Laramie Project | TicketsWest - UC Davis

Closing Reception at the Gorman Museum of Native American Art Saturday

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2-5 p.m., The Gorman Museum of Native American Art, free

You are invited to the closing reception of 50th Anniversary Contemporary California Native Art, the inaugural exhibition in the new building. Lyn Risling (Karuk, Yurok and Hupa) is a painter who expresses her perspective on cultural continuum through traditional and contemporary experiences. Gerald Clarke (Cahuilla) works in diverse media from sculpture and painting to performance, and he is interested in how his personal perspective can engage those who view his work. More on upcoming events.

Two pieces of art in photographs represented in Gorman Museum's exhibit on campus
Lyn Risling’s 2018 “Peethivthaneen ikyáavan”, left, and right, Gerald Clarke Jr.’s 2000 “Continuum Basket” (courtesy of the artists) are among the works on display at the Gorman Museum of Native American Art, which will close an exhibition this weekend with a celebration and prepare for a new exhibition on photography in March. Read the Arts Blog for details.

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg Returns

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Jackson Hall, The Mondavi Center, tickets starting at $35

Musicians seated at bench

The Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg look back 100 years to the tumultuous social and political era of the early 20th century — times not unlike our own — and explore enduring works of the great music it produced. Programs will include works by Debussy, Ravel, Webern, Schoenberg, Sibelius, and Nielsen. Robert Greenberg provides commentary throughout the Alexander String Quartet Concerts.

The quartet is always a popular concert at the Mondavi. They also performed at UC Davis in December.

View Digital Program here: Music as a Mirror of Our World Chamber Music at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Buy tickets here: Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg | Mondavi Center

Catch an evening with Branford Marsalis at the Mondavi

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Hall, The Mondavi Center, tickets starting at $25

One of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music, three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis is joined by his renowned Branford Marsalis Quartet.

Marsalis, the NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee, is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. The celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics.

Buy tickets here: An Evening With Branford Marsalis | Mondavi Center

Listen to Branford Marsalis here: Branford Marsalis Quartet - Snake Hip Waltz (Live) 

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