Weekender: Plenty Virtually; Imagining America and Creative Writing Series Beginning Soon

LaToya Ruby Frazier
Visual artist and photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier: In conversation with Manetti Shrem Museum scholar-in-residence Sampada Aranke, Oct. 8. (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation photo)

This week, the Shinkoskey Noon Concert is back, if only virtually, which we covered in last week’s “Weekender” blog. It’s available on YouTube. See information below and also a preview of next week’s concert. We also encourage you to sign up for any one of several virtual arts events coming up in the next few weeks, including a theatre production as well as next Thursday’s author presentation: LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Next Artist in Manetti Shrem Museum’s “Bringing the Conversation to You.” 

We also want to introduce you to our new media relations intern, Michelle Villagomez, a senior art history and communication major. She will be working on the Arts Blog as well as many other projects this year.

This blog compiled by Michelle Villagomez, UC Davis News and Media Relations Intern

Events this weekend, beginning Thursday

Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Keyed Kontraptions, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Thursday, Oct.1, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, online via Youtube

  • Today’s Shinkoskey Noon Concert features the Keyed Kontraptions, a woodwind trio featuring: Kristopher King, Michael Hernandez and Jonathan Szin.
  • Learn more here

Next week, Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Haiku For the Harp, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Thursday, Oct. 8, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, online via Youtube

  • The concert features Kerstin Allvin, a solo harpist, and lecturer at UC Davis. Tune in as her concert binds together the art of poetry and music into one unique performance. Kerstin Allvin has won numerous awards and competitions throughout her career as a concert harpist and has performed across the United States from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie to the historic Carmel Mission in California.  She has frequented Japan, performing solo concerts at the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Nogi City Hall, and for Detroit/Toyota City’s Sister City Association.  She holds degrees, honors, and performance certificates from Indiana University, University of Michigan, and post-graduate studies with Jaqueline Borot, Honorary Professor of the Paris Superior Conservatory of Music. 
  • For more information, go here

Ceramic Slab Building Workshop, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m to 4:30 p.m., $50-$58

  • Create unique wall hangings with Verge’s ceramic slab building workshop, open to individuals of all experience. Verge Members pay $50 and nonmembers pay $58. Prices include all materials necessary. Read more details and register here.
  • Masks required 

Imagining America begins its series Monday

Imagining America — Through Tumultuous Times: Reimagining and Rebuilding ‘America’

  • Imagining America’s monthlong series of collective creative engagements begin Monday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. Tune in as this year's virtual program of performances, exhibitions, scholar and artist talks, community dialogues, and networking spaces replaces the in-person “2020 National Gathering” that was originally scheduled to take place this fall in New Orleans.
  • Register and watch the live stream on IA’s Youtube channel

Coming up

UC Davis Creative Writing Reading Series Goes Virtual

  • This fall, the Creative Writing Program is doing its reading series online through zoom with collaborations featuring graduate students in the arts, faculty, and of course, visiting writers. 
  • Kicking us off this fall, Thursday, Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m., will be Zinzi Clemmons, a visiting faculty member in the UC Davis Creative Writing Program, reading her novel “What We Lose” which was “... named Debut Novel of the Year for 2017 by Vogue, and received praise from The Atlantic, The Guardian, The New York Times and The New Yorker.” Read the full description of Zinzi Clemmons and upcoming readers here. Registration is now open

Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier at Manetti Shrem Museums 

Thursday, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., free, via zoom. Register here.

  • The next program features acclaimed photographer, LaToya Ruby Frazier in conversation with Sampada Aranke, a Manetti Shrem Museum scholar-in-residence. Frazier’s work reveals the impact of systemic problems — from racism to deindustrialization to environmental degradation — on individual bodies, relationships and spaces. Most recently, she took photos of the family of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, in March. Read more about all the events here.

The deYoung is open, and virtual too

A virtual exhibition tour of Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, The de Young Museum, Thursday, Oct. 8, 5 p.m., free, zoom webinar. The museum re-opened last week, as well, after COVID-19 closures. 

  • Tour Frida Kahlo’s largest exhibition in ten years through an engaging virtual exhibition and Q&A. For more information on Frida Kahlo and the exhibition, go here
  • To register for the event, click here 

UC Davis play explores racism, policing, friendship; sign up now

A ripped-from-the-headlines, one-act play about race, police, and friendship examines the search for truth after a white police officer kills a black man. “This Is How It Happened” by Sacramento native Anthony D’Juan is being presented by Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank through the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance. Free performances will be live-streamed free on Oct. 15 and 16 at 5 p.m. (PDT). Register here

“Although D’Juan wrote this piece in 2015, ‘This Is How It Happened’ could not be more applicable to the issues we are facing today in our society,” said director Lyndsay Burch, associate artistic director of Sacramento’s B Street Theatre. “D’Juan has crafted incredibly rich, relatable and complex characters who draw the audience in and leave them asking important questions. After viewing this play, I believe audience members will be inspired to look at their own behavior and examine ways that they can be a part of creating positive change.”

D’Juan’s works for the stage have been produced locally at the B Street Theatre and Sacramento Musical Theatre. Burch has developed new stage works for B Street Theatre, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and Sacramento Theatre Company. 

The cast features professional actors Rob Karma Robinson, Peter Story, and Danielle Moné Truitt. Undergraduate theatre and dance students Katie Halls and Nicole Richter serve as assistant director and stage manager. Read more here.

For details about access to the play and other events, visit here.  

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