Weekender: Oboe, Art, Theatre — and Design Museum Opening New Exhibit

Look Forward to Winter Exhibit Events at Manetti Shrem and Design Museum

Painting of wooden chair among colorful objects
Hearne Pardee, Studio Landscape, is one of several works on display of retired art faculty from UC Davis at the Pence Gallery next month. (Courtesy photo)

Cindy Behmer, Oboe and Friends at Noon Concert Thursday

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 - 12:05 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, UC Davis, free, a Shinkoskey noon concert

Cindy Behmer, oboe and UC Davis lecturer in music

Woman with oboe in close-cropped photo


J.S. Bach: Duets from the Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
   Lindabeth Binkley and Cindy Behmer, oboes

Sergei Prokofiev: Quintet in G Minor, op. 39 (1924)
   Cindy Behmer, oboe
   Ann Lavin, clarinet
   Dagenais Smiley, violin
   Ivo Bokulić, viola
   Michael Schwagerus, double bass

Alyssa Morris: Brokenvention (2011)
   Lindabeth Binkley, oboe
   Cindy Behmer, English horn
   Shinae Kim, piano

Arne Running: Quodlibet (2007)
   Cindy Behmer, oboe
   Lindabeth Binkley, English Horn

Art Spark at Manetti Shrem Museum

Get your creative juices flowing.

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis

Spark your creativity this winter with an afternoon in the Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio, where you can explore a different theme each month connected to the art on view in the museum.

January’s featured theme: Textured Tiles

Borrow textures from everyday objects and use techniques inspired by Deborah Butterfield’s early ceramic works, seen in Deborah Butterfield: P.S. These are not horses.



Ongoing art exhibits, UC Davis

The Play That Goes Wrong in Woodland

Friday, Jan. 19 - Sunday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays

Woodland Opera House, Woodland

Get ready for a night of mishaps, mischief, and madcap mania. It’s the opening night of the Cornley Drama Society’s newest production, “The Murder at Haversham Manor,” and things have quickly gone from bad to utterly disastrous! The troupe’s ambitious 1920s whodunit has everything you never want in a show: falling props, collapsing scenery, an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything…including their lines. How will this eager ensemble battle against all of the disastrous odds? Will they make it to the final curtain call?

Actors on stage in colorful costumes
Woodland Opera House (Courtesy Photo, KLJ Studios)

Content Advisory: The Play That Goes Wrong is a fun, play-within-a-play whodunit with comedic simulations, innuendo, and includes fighting and gun use. It is suitable for all audiences, including children ages 10 and older.

Ticket Prices: Reserved seats are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors 62+, and $15 for children 17 and under. Balcony tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children. Tickets and additional information here.

STILL: Racism in America, A Retrospective in Cartoons at Design Museum starts next week

Tuesday Jan. 23 at 12:05 p.m. to Sunday April 21 at 4 p.m., The Design Museum, 124 Cruess Hall, free to the public

The UC Davis Design Museum explores racism through cartoons in the installation “STILL: Racism in America, A Retrospective in Cartoons.” Showcasing the work of pioneering father/daughter cartoonists the late Brumsic Brandon Jr. and Barbara Brandon-Croft, the exhibition runs Jan. 23 through April 21.

Brandon Jr. (1927– 2014) and Brandon-Croft (1958– ) chronicled the nation’s cultural landscape in their comic strips through the lens of racism. The elder Brandon, who created Luther in the late sixties, and was later syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate until 1986, was also known for his blistering editorial cartoons. Where I’m Coming From is the work of his youngest daughter, the nation’s first Black woman cartoonist in the mainstream press; it debuted in 1989 in the Detroit Free Press. Universal Press Syndicate later distributed her provocative feature until 2005. For six decades, their respective pens lay bare the truth: Nothing has changed. This retrospective reveals how vividly the specter of racism remains in America… “STILL. ”

Cartoon featuring words and picture in black, white and red
Cartoon design is one of many on display when the Design Museum at UC Davis opens its new exhibit next week. (Courtesy art)

“STILL” was originally exhibited at the Medialia Gallery in New York City, then at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University and was curated by Tara Nakashima Donahue, the assistant director for Medialia Gallery in New York. In addition to “STILL,” she has curated the “From Panel to Panel” comics art series since 2008.

“STILL” is presented in conjunction with Darnel Degand, assistant professor, UC Davis School of Education, and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University.

For more information visit the museum site.

Coming up

Professors' work at Pence

Fragments Exhibit Showing with Gina Werfel & Hearne Pardee at Pence

Feb. 9 Tuesday, April 2, at the Pence Gallery, free ($10 suggested donation), Reception: Feb. 9, 6 - 9 p.m., Davis

The exhibit Fragments highlights recent paintings, collages and drawings of Gina Werfel and Hearne Pardee. Both have recently retired from teaching at UC Davis, having spent more than 20 years teaching art, in addition to maintaining busy studio practices. Despite the differences between their respective work, each professor emeritus approaches their practice with the intent of layering or fragmenting multiple points of view or perspectives.

Colorful work of art called "fabric"
Gina Werfel, Fabric (Courtesy photo)

Werfel’s abstractions on paper and canvas convey movement through a rapid layering of gestural marks, stenciled shapes, and bits of collaged paper. The dense surfaces of her work seem to tilt or shimmer, together with her placement of neon colors, these “convey the cacophony of political/cultural currents that surround me.”

Pardee’s drawings, photographs, and paintings serve to expand upon his long-standing interests in the sensory experience of perceiving color and the exploration of the local suburban landscape of Davis as a site of placemaking and belonging. His drawings in local parks and neighborhoods articulate the shapes of our daily life and invite the viewer to both inhabit and question the presented view.

For more information, visit the gallery website.

Dan Lippel Playing Solo Guitar: ‘La Cométe’

Thursday, Jan. 25, noon concert., Recital Hall in the Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

The highlight of this solo guitar program is a work by composer Douglas Boyce, who dedicates his Partita No. 3 (“La Comète”) to UC Davis Associate Professor Claire Goldstein in the Department of French and Italian. The musical work is done in conversation with Goldstein’s forthcoming book, “In the Sun King’s Cosmos: Comets in the Cultural Imagination of Seventeenth-Century France” (Northwestern University Press, 2024).

Man in white shirt with guitar

Comets in the Sun King’s Cosmos is a study of the unusually bright comets of 1664–65 and 1680–81, which appeared not only in the sky but also in ballets and theater, letters and early journalism, architecture and institutions, theology and literary style. Goldstein studies how these comets—considered at the time to be chaotic and without discernible form or pattern—organized curiosity, scrutiny, resistance and doubt during the reign of King Louis XIV in France.

More information here.

Public Talk with writer and curator Helen Molesworth

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, 4:30-6 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum

This year’s Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture is with Helen Molesworth, a writer and a curator based in Los Angeles. She is the host of David Zwirner’s Dialogues podcast and the writer and host of the podcast, Death of an Artist. The recipient of the 2011 Bard Center for Curatorial Studies Award for Curatorial Excellence, in 2021 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2022 she was awarded The Clark Art Writing Prize. The Thiebaud Endowed Lecture is organized by the Department of Art and Art History and co-sponsored by the Manetti Shrem Museum.

For more information visit Helen Molesworth 2024 Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture.

Museum Winter Season Celebration Jan. 28

Sunday, Jan. 28, 3–5:30 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, free

Celebrate the museum’s dynamic winter season with Shiva Ahmadi: Strands of Resilience, the first solo exhibition of a current UC Davis faculty member. This exhibition of new paintings joins Deborah Butterfield: P.S. These are not horses and Malaquias Montoya and the Legacies of a Printed Resistance. Also on view is the museum’s recent acquisition of the Toy-an Horse Model 2/5 by Marcos Ramírez ERRE. See full story on the exhibits.

piece of artwork by Shiva Ahmadi
Shiva Ahmadi, Unbound, 2023, Watercolor and silkscreen on paper, 60 x 41. in. (Courtesy, artist and Haines Gallery. Copright Shiva Ahmadi.)

Personal & Political: Artists in Conversation
Sunday, Jan. 28, 3:30 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, free

Current exhibiting artists Professor of Art Shiva Ahmadi, Professor Emeritus Malaquias Montoya and Marcos Ramírez ERRE will be in conversation, moderated by Abram Jackson, director of interpretation for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

More information on these and other events

Get tickets now for Dino-Light at Mondavi Center

Lightwire Theater, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m, Jackson Hall, tickets start at $25, ages 7 and up

An original story that captivates audiences young and old, Dino-Light  features a scientist that brings a friendly dinosaur to life.

When the dinosaur wanders away from home, the scientist discovers a wonderful world of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. This glow-in-the-dark adventure (a recipient of the Jim Henson Foundation Grant) is visually stunning, and praised for its blend of puppetry, technology and dance.

Ticket information and digital program are available.


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