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By Karen Nikos-Rose on May 8, 2019

Celebrate the Earth at UC Davis

An important anniversary is up for the Whole Earth Festival this year, which starts Friday and runs through the weekend. Catch the story here in the UC Davis Magazine, and read about the special library exhibit.

Noon concert Thursday features graduate student words and music

Anne Moss, soprano, tenor Jacob Thompson will join UC Davis Professor of Music Kurt Rohde, on viola and Karen Rosenak on piano for “New Words & Voice,” a collaboration of the music and creative writing graduate programs, during the Shinkoskey Noon Concert Thursday at noon (or 12:05 p.m., actually). Music by Sarah Wald, text by UC Davis Professor of English Lucy Corin. More information here.

Free di Rosa admission (depending on where you live)

Residents of the cities of Napa and Sonoma receive free admission the first Wednesday of each month at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa. More information here. Also, Saturday, May 11, you can choose your own adventure in a series of activities during the day, and/or in late afternoon enjoy a talk by curators. Join guest curator Dan Nadel along with artists Peter Saul and William Allan for this lively conversation and idea exchange.

The two painters will be in conversation about art, ideas, and their 1967 film with Bruce Nauman (UC Davis alum), Untitled (Flour Arrangements), in which the two artists talked about ways of seeing and making. Nadel, by the way, is the curator of the upcoming summer exhibitions at the UC Davis Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

UC Davis Presents World Premiere of “{LOVE/logic}”

“{LOVE/logic},” a new play by Andrew Nicholls, will have its premiere performances at the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance’s Wyatt Pavilion Theatre on May 16-18 and 23-25 at 7 p.m. and May 18 and 25 at 2 p.m.   More information and tickets here.

Play actors.
Rory Gaynor-Flynn and Olivia Coca co-star in {LOVE/logic}, which opens next week. (Photo by Justin Han, copyright UC Regents)

Nicholls is the spring 2019 Granada Artist-in-Residence. The production is directed by alumna Josy Miller.

Daniel and Bronwen, two conference-bound theoretical physicists who are set to debate the parity of the universe, meet in a Swiss train hallway. Coincidences arise and romance blooms.  Meanwhile in California, Daniel’s manipulative twin brother makes an unusual proposal to the woman he loves, setting up a parallel showdown between love and logic. The play contains adult themes.  

“{LOVE/logic}” was showcased in the 2018 Ground and Field Theatre Festival under its previous title “Parity.”  

“The play is a masterpiece in physical comedy and a simultaneous critique of contemporary gender and power relationships,” said Miller. “Reality is many-layered, and actors embody characters real, imagined, and occupy the spaces in between.”

Nicholls, along with longtime writing partner Darrell Vickers, has written for radio, television and stage as well as for comedians and comic actors including George Carlin and Mickey Rooney. The pair were head writers for NBC’s “Tonight Show” from 1986-92. They have created 20 television series and written over 400 episodes of children’s programming.

Miller received her doctorate from the UC Davis performance studies program. Her original production, “The Dogs of War,” premiered on campus in 2014 and played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2015. Miller is the former artistic director of the Hapgood Theatre Company in Antioch, California. 

General admission tickets are $18.50, faculty/staff tickets are $17, and student/senior tickets are $12. Tickets may be purchased at the UC Davis Ticket Office, located on the north side of Aggie Stadium, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone (530) 752-2471 during the same hours, or online at theatredance.ucdavis.edu.

For more information about the College of Letters and Science’s Department of Theatre and Dance, visit arts.ucdavis.edu/theatre-dance.

William Shatner at Mondavi, Rosanne Cash in Sacramento, and More

Capital Culture List Blog, written and produced by UC Davis’ Soterios Johnson, is the best read for knowing all goings on in regional entertainment, including UC Davis. (There is no podcast this week). Among the highlights, William Shatner will appear with Chancellor May in a special engagement. More here.

William Shatner (Courtesy Photo/Manfred Bauman)
William Shatner will appear with Chancellor Gary May in a special event at the Mondavi Center. (Courtesy Photo/Manfred Bauman)

Manetti Shrem Closed Until Month's End

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is closed for installations until May 29 when the graduate arts and humanities exhibition opens.