The Dirt: May 2024

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COWBOY CARTER UCD's Cam Credited on Album DAVIS WOODLAND MAKERSPACE High-End Tools & Education for Free WHOLE EARTH FESTIVAL A Celebration on 35mm Film MAY 2024 Free • Local Events Calendar • @thedirt.davis




•I order time through music. Here’s how this issue went: planning— Cowboy Carter, editing & finalizing—The Tortured Poets Department. One of the main things I enjoy about working from home is that I can satisfy my OCD brain by playing the same song/s on repeat. It’s been inspiring to have two powerhouse soundtracks from iconic artists to fuel this issue.

Speaking of iconic female powerhouses, UCD’s beloved Cam is having her day in the sunshiine right now. Flip to page 4 to find out which Cowboy Carter tracks she’s credited on.

More than 200 events to look forward to this month in Davis + Yolo! So many chances to make friends or network or just exist outdoors in a space with other people.

community. Read about three of them on page 9.

Calling all start-ups, makers, artists: have you heard about the Woodland Library’s makerspace? It’s a free resource with some really great tools like vinyl cutters, sewing machines, 3d printers—and cool humans who teach you how to use them (more on page 22).





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In a college town like Davis, it makes perfect sense that learning is celebrated as a lifetime process. And nowhere is that more evident than OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Davis, where the volunteers spend their retirement teaching and building

We’re also digging into some heaviness this issue. Anxiety is something I struggle with nearly every day and the data says it’s the same for many of you, too. Mental health expert Emma Shandy Anway looks into The Anxious Generation and shares action items you can use to help when the feelings become too much (page 7). Those steps help me, but so does Lexapro. Talk to your doctor to see if medication is right for you.

Wishing you a joyful month—and a happy Mother's Day to the many people who fill that role, whatever that may look like. It's an important job, and you deserve to be honored.


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@thedirt.davis @hannanakano


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By: Victor Sandoval (UCD, '22).

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1Davis has pressing housing issues, and people who live here need viable solutions. An open community conversation on the topic hosted by Interfaith Housing Justice Davis is set for May 16 at Davis Community Church, hosted by Interfaith Housing Justice Davis.



May is Bike Month and the City of Davis is hosting Loopalooza for the 14th year! Set for May 5, the community bike ride has fun activity stations all along the City’s 12-mile bike loop.

Celebrate Mother’s Day May 12 with a fun cake decorating class where littles under 7 attend free with a helper! Cake Couture Love’s classes welcome all ages and provide all supplies you need to make magazine worthy cakes.



We’re lucky to live in a place with such incredible reading experiences for our kids. A new one worth checking out ASAP: Avid & Co.’s Story Time. Each Wednesday, one of the shop’s incredible storytellers takes the stage to read picture books to Yolo County’s smallest readers.


Artists interested in 3-dimensional work are invited to join an impressive three-hour workshop at the Pence Gallery on May 11. Assemblage vs. Sculpture: Found Object Sculpture with Amy Vidra will cover the basics of sculpture and provide time to find inspiration and objects to include in the piece. 10

A curated selection of community events, art and music news, locally made products and more, hand-picked by The Dirt’s editorial team.



Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at a young age, Davis author Fallon O’Neill has been writing since his sophomore year of high school. O’Neill debuts his fifth novel, Geist Requiem, at G Street Wunderbar May 7. 9

A creative outlet with no monthly fee! We’ve got The Dirt on a drop-in hand building ceramics class welcoming all ages and experience levels on Sundays and Mondays. The studio is at 35301 County Road 31, more details on our calendar.

Selling merch is one way musicians fund their art, but it can be a big investment. Learn to make merch on a budget with local artist Odd Petals at Secret Spot on May 19.

Love video games? Music? The Video Game Orchestra performs video game songs about self-identity in their Reflections show featuring Genshin Impact, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Final Fantasy XVI, and more May 25 at Brunelle Performance Hall


David Sedaris’ sardonic wit and incisive social critiques have made him one of America’s preeminent humor writers. He’s live at the Mondavi Center for An Evening with Davis Sedaris May 8.



UCD Alum Has Part in Iconic Genre-blending Album

Act ii in Beyoncé’s three-part body of work, Cowboy Carter, explores and blends musical genres and constructs, paying homage to some of the biggest influences in the music industry. The album also borrows support from the new guard, including beloved UC Davis alumni, Cam.

Camaron Ochs—better known as Cam—grew up in Lafayette, Ca., and graduated from UC Davis in 2006 before making a name for herself in country music. Cam’s 2015 single “Burning House” earned her a Grammy nomination of her own.

Now, Cam is credited on five tracks of the Cowboy Carter album, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts.

For the uninitiated: Cowboy Carter contains 27 tracks which vary from the “This ain’t Texas” vibe, to the powerful parenting promise that is Protector, to radio dj-esque breaks from Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. Beyoncé rewrites Jolene, calls on Nancy Sinatra, and sings a version of Blackbi(i)rd Paul McCartney calls “killer”. In a good way. The album combines Linda Martell, the Beach Boys, and Post Malone. Expertly. Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus’ voice over Landslide will be the first dance soundtrack of the year.

With credits for writing, producing, engineering, and backing vocals, Cam’s musical influence can be found throughout the album: on Ameriican Requiem,

Daughter, Protector, Tyrant, and Amen

“My brain and my heart have melted,” Cam wrote on Instagram after the album was released.

Cam, mother to a five-year-old daughter herself, remembers listening to the final version of Protector for the first time. The song opens with Beyoncé’s daughter Rumi asking, “Can you sing the lullaby?”, and is the singer’s promise to protect— and project—her children.

“I was flying on a plane with [Lucy] and she was probably two and I was so overwhelmed,” Cam told Variety. “I just remember thinking, all our parents have done this for us. They did it for us and now I’m doing it for her, and I just bawled my eyes out when I first heard that.”

Clovis Rodeo, 2018. Tomas Ovalle/UC Davis Magazine. Hanna Nakano, The Dirt Cowboy Carter is available on vinyl at Armadillo Music for $33.98. Cam graduated UCD with a Bachelor’s in psychology & Italian

lxttleboyblue Brings New Genre to Davis

Oakland-born and Hawaii-raised, lxttleboyblue is bringing a fresh sound to Davis, one rooted in rhythm, blues, and something familiar that you just can’t put a name to.

Blue attributes a large portion of their musical influences to the local music scene.

“I came to Davis in 2021, and that was the first time I ever heard about a house show or like backyard shows,” Blue told The Dirt. “I went to Turtle House and I just saw the big indie scene, and that was like the first time I started listening to a lot of indie.”

Feeling constrained by genre, Blue wanted to create a space for a different kind of sound.

“I know I don’t want to rap. I know I don’t want to be in an indie band,” they said. “So I was like, I’ll definitely flip it on its head and do R&B because that’s so out of the ordinary.”

Davis welcomed Blue’s innovative sound with open arms, leading to performances at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen and Whole Earth Festival.

Blue’s latest single, nobodyelse, captivates its listeners with a groovy beat, twinkly motifs, and a catchy hook. Their unique sound is selfdescribed as “new nostalgia,” a type of music that reminds you of a memory and a feeling that never gets old.

“My manager calls it new nostalgia because every time you hear it, it’s like hearing it over for the first time.”

My manager calls it new nostalgia because every time you hear it, it’s like hearing it over for the first time.

When not writing or producing new music, lxttleboyblue spends their time enjoying Davis. At least once a week, you can find them downtown at Avid Reader seeking out the latest book on mental wellness and mindfulness, or stopping by Mishka’s Cafe for a tea or coffee depending on the mood.

As far as food spots go, they swear by Open Rice Kitchen. “I promise you, you’re not going to regret it.”

LOOK OUT for lxttleboyblue’s debut E.P. coming out later this year.

CHECK OUT their tunes on Spotify and Apple Music in the meantime!

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Milestone Celebration for Local Business

Celebrating five years in business is a major accomplishment—nearly half of all new businesses fold in the first half-decade, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Throw in a global pandemic and social distancing and it’s hard to see how any business—let alone a group exercise studio—could survive.

But leave it to Brianna Brandow to defy expectations.

When Yolo Barre opened in 2019, the owner and lead instructor had no idea she’d be forced to close her doors and pivot to online barre for years on end. But she did. And now she can see how her hard work has paid off.

PS. Text “Dirt” to 530-2127386 and we’ll hook you up with a FREE first week!

XO, Brianna

Address: Target Plaza, 4625 2nd St #110, Davis Phone: (530) 212-7386 Online:

In five years, Yolo Barre has hosted more than 11,200 classes and exercised with more than 2,259 people. From studio classes to barre in the lavender fields of Capay Valley, Brianna is building community through movement.

We caught up with Brianna to learn more about Yolo Barre—and why she loves life in Yolo County.

Q: What was your inspiration for opening Yolo Barre?

A: I’ve always noticed people shy away from Barre because they fear it’s only for dancers or skinny women that live in Lululemon. When I was ready to bring Barre to my hometown, it was really important to me that I create a place where everyone feels welcome, stays safe, gets results, connects with their body, and has fun!

Q: Why is movement so important?

A: Where do I begin? Movement boosts your strength, mobility, mental clarity, energy, motivation, endorphins, serotonin, metabolism, and more. Gaining strength and flexibility through movement will protect you from injury and keep you doing the things you love. In a nutshell, movement will improve your quality of life!

Q: Wait, how did you survive the pandemic?

A: Yolo Barre translates really well online. The minimal equipment we use can be easily purchased locally at Target or TJ Maxx. Our virtual program won Readers’ Choice 2021 Yolo County Best of for “Best Shelter in-Place activity” next to Netflix! We are super proud of that. And Yolo Barre Virtual Studio is still going strong. I never would have predicted I’d

Yolo Barre has fun! Yolo Barre in action!

continue to teach virtually post pandemic, but people love it! I think it’s the personal touch with shout outs during the workout and reach outs post workout. And that’s what Yolo Barre is all about. It’s an honor to see our members thriving whether it’s in person or online.

Q: Favorite class for beginners?

A: Best class for beginners is Focus. It’s a no impact slower paced class that will help you get into the correct form to keep you safe and teach you how to get the best results from this style of exercise.

Q: Favorite spot for coffee or tea?

A: Temple

Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Yolo County?

A: Biking. I learned to ride a 2-wheeler when I was three and have been rolling since!

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: Thank you to my team. This dream wouldn’t be what it is today without them! If you haven’t tried Yolo Barre yet, I understand trying something new can be scary but you are worth it. You’ll be in good company and feel at home before you know it!



The Anxious Generation

The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt is a book that seems to be making the rounds in many parenting circles this spring, and for good reason.

Haidt brings to light just how severe the rates of mental illness amongst American youth are, noting that, “rates of depression and anxiety in the United States—(which were) fairly stable in the 2000s—rose by more than 50 percent in many studies from 2010 to 2019.”

Most of his data focuses on the multifaceted impact the iPhone and social media have on the young

mind and how the incorporation of these into daily life have created an environment for kids that is, “hostile to human development”.

The sobering reality is that it’s not just teens who are suffering, rates of anxiety amongst adults is also skyrocketing, with a study by the World Health Organization noting a 25 percent global increase since 2020.

As shocking as these numbers can be at first read, in lots of ways it makes sense. With burnout being a common experience in our workplaces, and fewer and fewer close friendships reported, we are falling into norms of overworking and under connecting. Throw in only recently going through a traumatic, worldwide pandemic— you have the perfect conditions for anxiety to thrive.

Because feeling anxious has become such a norm, it can almost feel hard to identify at times. For example, high-functioning anxiety often gets masked as overachieving or working hard, but while this person may appear put together on the outside, on the inside feel like they are falling apart.

Other experiences of anxi-

ety include: difficulty controlling worrying thoughts, a chronic sense of inadequacy, feeling unhappy without knowing why, physical pain such as headaches or stomach aches, sleep disturbances, and panic attacks.

The good news is that once anxiety is acknowledged, it is entirely treatable. In his book, Haidt discusses how kids’ symptoms will start to decrease with the implementation of boundaries around phone usage and an increase in unstructured play— things that arguably would benefit adults too.

Other ways to address anxiety include implementing a daily mindfulness practice, cutting back on caffeine consumption, moving your body, and finding a therapist to work with. If symptoms are feeling so severe that daily functioning starts to become impaired, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about medication that can help.

“Don’t get so carried away that you lose perspective and let the world control your mood,” Haidt writes. Remember to take things one step at a time, and treat yourself gently.

Treating Anxiety

 Practice 4-7-8 breathing. Inhale for four seconds, hold for seven, exhale for eight.

 Try a meditation app like Calm or Insight Timer.

 Break the thought cycle with a cold shower.

 Any sort of exercise that increases your heart rate.

 Talk with someone you trust about how you’re feeling.




This is a recipe to keep in your back pocket—it’s super flexible and very, very fast. All you need are good seasonal vegetables, fish (swap options below) and ten minutes on the stovetop for a stunning and simple seasonal meal.

The moist heat steams the fish and vegetables, bringing out their juices to meld together into the loveliest sauce.

Have fun swapping around and adding in flavors; this recipe is written to play around with.

Serve with rice, quinoa, or crusty bread to mop up the juices. I love it in a shallow bowl with the vegetables mounded, the fish set on top, and a small moat of juices running around them.

30-Second Cooking Lesson:

This cooking method is called braising or sweating, and it creates BIG FLAVOR. Keeping the lid on traps the juices, making a happy sauna out of your skillet. It’s a nearly foolproof way to cook fish without overcooking, and bonus (!): cooking everything together makes for a super-easy, use-whateveryou-please meal.


20 minutes

• Serves 4 ingredients:

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teacher and recipe developer. Find her and her business, The Kitchen Natural, on IG @ thekitchennatural.

• 1 small or ½ medium onion, roughly chopped (regular or green onions)

• 2 tsp salt, divided

• 2-3 tbsp olive oil or butter, divided

• Up to 2 lbs. mixed spring vegetables: asparagus, carrots in sticks, whole snap peas, very thinly sliced new potatoes, turnips, radishes, zucchini, whatever’s in season

• 1 lb. white fish fillets (sole is my first pick, but cod and tilapia work great), cut into serving sizes

• A few grinds of pepper

• A few sprigs of fresh herbs (basil, thyme, chives, parsley, dill, etc.) or a fat pinch of dried

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When it shimmers, add the onion and 1 tsp. salt, and let it cook to translucent (about 2 minutes).

2. Add the remaining vegetables. Top with herbs, lemon zest, the remaining salt and pepper, cover the pan, and turn the heat to medium-low. When the juices begin to release and simmer (about 1—2 minutes more), add the fish to the skillet atop the vegetables and sprinkle salt and some pepper. Add the herbs, cover the pan, and turn the heat to medium-low.

3. Let the pan cook, and feel free to give it a peek after 6 minutes if your fish is thin and has cooked quickly, or 8—10 minutes if your fish is thicker.

is no longer translucent, it is cooked through; pull the pan from the heat. Sprinkle the fish with a bit more salt and pepper and serve.


Swap: Oust the fish for 1½ cups of cooked chickpeas, chunks of tofu, halloumi cheese, or tenders of boneless skinless chicken. For chicken, brown it on both sides before adding the onions; proceed as written, and simmer it with the vegetables to cook through.

• ½ lemon, zest, and juice or a splash of white wine vinegar

4. Once the fish first begins to flake and

Grill Packets: Divide ingredients onto 4—6 double-thick layers of foil, vegetables on the bottom, and fish on top. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with oil. Bring sides up, fold, and crease. Crimp and roll the remaining sides. Place on a hot grill for 10—15 minutes.

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Volunteers are Key Players in Lifelong Learning Program

Lisa Smith-Youngs, Director— OLLI at UC Davis, for The Dirt

Volunteers are inspiration personified. With a local lifelong learning outreach program, that inspiration infuses every aspect of its operation.

At Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Davis (OLLI), they say: “Come to learn something new—stay for the friends.”

While participants come seeking meaningful learning experiences, people also find that becoming friends with others enthused by learning keeps them coming back. Friendships are a delightful side dish on the learning buffet.

From the moment someone opens the classroom door or steps onto a bus for a road trip, they are meeting volunteers devoted to OLLI—and community.

Don Peri began his tenure as an OLLI volunteer instructor after his “semi-retirement” in 2011.

“That’s when my first book about the early Disney animators was published,” Peri said. “A friend suggested I teach a class about Disney for OLLI. Chancellor Vanderhoef even sat-in on a class. I thought the pressure was on, but like everyone, he was just there to learn something new. It’s a great feeling to talk with people who have discerning questions. You see dozens of people smiling, enjoying the experience. They become your friends. That kind of thing that expresses the soul of our community. OLLI fills an important niche, bringing people together in a stimulating environment.”

Peri’s latest book, Directing for Disney, co-authored with Pixar Studios chief Pete Docter, will debut in September and be

celebrated by a Walt Disney Family Museum installation opening in late October. Peri has taught multiple classes with OLLI and will lead an OLLI excursion to the Museum in November.

Volunteer Sharon Hale will likely join that excursion. She volunteers as a Zoom Room pilot.

“Before retiring, I worked in IT for the Solano county library,” Sharon said. “After COVID, OLLI took their online service one step further in live, simultaneous Zoom hybrid courses from their classroom. I enjoy sharing my tech skills to make things run smoothly. The hybrid classes are wonderful for people who can’t drive to the classroom, keeping them connected with us. And for anyone new to the region, the classroom

is a fun place to meet people and learn about the area.”

OLLI volunteers are also key players in planning.

Michael Elfant is a “mostly retired” University professor who serves on the OLLI Curriculum Committee.

“Getting closer to retirement, I want to give back to my community,” Michael said. “I like the community impact of OLLI. We work as a team to propose ideas for new courses and recruit new instructors to share their expertise. Committee meetings are often spirited and inspiring. There are several benefits of volunteering. Keeping your mind stimulated with fresh ideas, getting out and meeting new people. They’re all components for a healthy retirement.”

OLLI is an affordable lifelong learning outreach of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. For information on upcoming road trips, courses, or volunteering, visit or email Address: UC Davis International Center, 463 California Ave. Phone: 530-752-1659
Nick Curro and students at Watermelon Music. Photo by: OLLI.

Mt. Moriah Farms is about fruitful relationships

Steve Smit has sold his fruit all over California. But the Davis Farmers Market is his favorite.

“It’s one of the most unique farmers markets in the state. It’s a joy to go to,” said Smit, who owns Mt. Moriah Farms, a seller at the landmark Saturday market since 2001.

The customers are what make it special. “They are very savvy about their food. They are willing to pay for the good stuff. That just encourages me as a farmer to do it right.”

verted about half of their property to orchards. In 1987, “Dad heard about the Fuji apples, and we were the second or third farm to have them. It was the latest, greatest apple … nobody had them.” Today, Fujis are a staple at Mt. Moriah too. It has about five varieties of Fujis, along with other types of apples.

Smit farms 14 acres in the San Joaquin County town of Clements, near Lodi. On it, he grows apples, apricots, cherries, table grapes, nectarines, peaches and pluots. It’s 4 miles down the road from 150 acres his dad bought for dairy cattle in 1969, now in a family trust.

In the 1980s, when Steve and his four brothers became interested in growing fruit, their dad sold the cows and con-

Everything is organic.

Steve and his wife, Robin, have four adult children, Nicole, Jonah, Lily and Joseph, ages 26 to 21, and a grandchild on the way in October. Robin has a doctorate in theology, owns a publishing company and is part owner of a subscription Christian TV channel.

All their children have helped on the farm but Jonah is the only one who still works there, part-time. The family has a condo near the beach in San Clemente, where Steve goes to surf when he can.

“You get the work done, then you play,” he said. “In springtime, when the cherries come, you are heads down till July 3. But

my rule is: July 4, I have to be on the beach.” Then it’s back to work for the apples.

And he’s learned to let the fruit tell him when it’s time to pick. “I’m never the first guy out with the cherries, but when they are ready, I’m there. And when it’s done, it’s done. I don’t try to hold on to fruit. I want the best – what’s in season.”

The farm has about 40 varieties of fruit, but as the trees age and they start to replant, he’s reducing it to about two dozen kinds – the proven best sellers and producers.

Smit said he enjoys having a business that’s based on relationships. He educates customers on picking the perfect fruit, and even pruning their trees. One year, he gave away about 200 cherry trees at the market. He helped one customer prune his grapes.

“It’s not a blueprint to make money, but that’s not what I ever wanted.”

Be sure to stop by for a chat with Steve at an upcoming Saturday market.


Find them at the Davis Farmers Market every Saturday, rain or shine. Farm address: 20149

Clements Road, Lodi Website: Phone: 209-642-9919


Central Park, Fourth and C streets, Davis Saturdays: 8a—1p, year-round Wednesdays: 3p–6p October through April; 4p–8p May through September for Picnic in the Park

Steve Smit poses with his daughter Nicole at their booth at the Davis Farmers Market in 2011. (Photo by Craig Lee) Steve Smit picks peaches at his farm near Lodi in July 2020. (Photo courtesy Mt. Moriah Farms)




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PENCE GALLERY. Through the process of art making, participants have opportunities for discussion, education, and connecting with peers in a safe and supportive space in the Pence Learning Center under the guidance of facilitators Amy Vidra and Lyndsey Rocca. Participants must be 18 or older, and no art experience is necessary. All materials are provided. Registration online is required. 10a—11:45a. Free


Art in Action: Pressed Flower Fun

PENCE GALLERY. Decorate your very own card and wooden bookmark with assorted dried flowers, ribbons, and beads for this month’s family art workshop. This is a drop-in program for ages 5-12, with no pre-registration required. Projects are designed to introduce kids to making their own artwork by experimenting with creative ideas and materials. Space & supplies are limited. 1p—3p. $4—8

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Hand Built Ceramic Class 35301 COUNTY ROAD 31, DAVIS. We focus on hand-building techniques to create a wide range of functional and ornamental ceramics projects and offer all the necessary tools, materials, and instruction. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Sun: 4p—6p, Mon: 6p—8p. $30


Paint and Sip with Stephanie Peel DELTA OF VENUS. Come paint a painting while drinking a drink with Secret

Spot cofounder, Stephanie Peel! First drink free with ticket purchase. 5p—7p. $40


Pence Gallery 2nd Friday ArtAbout Reception

PENCE GALLERY. Enjoy complimentary wine & browse multiple art shows during our reception. View Women’s Work, Renewal: Paintings by Inga Poslitur, and Photography by Jacob Brody. 6p—9p. Free


2nd Friday ArtAbout reception: Dave van Hulsteyn LOGOS BOOKS. Meet the photographer and view his work: photographs of older signage and buildings in Sacramento, the Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles and New York. 6p—8p. Free


SENSATIONAL SECRET SPOT. Live painting, music, community mural & so much more! An event for all the senses. 5p—9p. Free


Assemblage vs. Sculpture: Found Object Sculpture with Amy Vidra PENCE GALLERY. In this three-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of sculpture with artist Amy Vidra. Participants will be guided through the fundamentals of sculpture and will have time to stroll through Davis to find their own inspirational found objects to include in their pieces. 1p—4p. Register online. $125—140


Photography Club of Davis Meeting MARY L. STEPHENS LIBRARY. Meet up with local photographers to discuss member-submitted photography! Participants discuss “why does this image work” as well as “why does this image not work” and how the image may be improved. 7:30p—8:45p. Free


Artists Anonymous with Kris Rosa SECRET SPOT. Join the conversation on the darker side of art! Bring along a piece you’d love to ditch, cover, or demolish, & have some fun discussing it together! 6p—8p. $20


Curator’s Tour with Natalie Nelson PENCE GALLERY. Nelson will lead a gallery walk-through of the Women’s Work exhibit, exploring how participating artists critique and challenge gender roles and current definitions of femininity in their work. Whether they are celebrating the contributions of specific women who have battled injustice and discrimination in their fight for social justice, or honoring women as a whole, these artists have much to say on the subject of being a woman. 2p—3:30p. Free, suggested $10 donation


Watercolor Integration with Chinese Ink & Oil Pastels with Qinqin Liu PENCE GALLERY. Participants will learn design, composition, shape, line, point, value, and color, as well as wet-on-wet and weton-dry watercolor techniques. Students will produce an interactive artwork by combining watercolor expression and abstraction, sketches of natural objects, and Chinese calligraphy. The instructor will offer a class demo, followed by individual instruction and group discus-

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sion. Register online. 11a—3p. $200—220


Merch for Musicians on a Budget

SECRET SPOT. Learn to make inexpensive music merchandise with local artist Odd Petals. 2p—4p. $25


Healing Arts One-Time Workshop

PENCE GALLERY. Part of the Pence’s Healing Arts Program and run by facilitator Amy Vidra, this one-time, 90-minute art workshop focuses more broadly on themes related to depression, anxiety, or major life changes. Registration online is required. 2p—3:30p. Free


Making Art on G Street: Spring into Glass demonstrations

THE ARTERY. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, all are welcome. A team of glass artists will present jewelry and glass demonstrations, and will guide you to create your own piece (a pair of earrings or fused glass sun catcher). A variety of materials and mediums provided. 12p—4p. Free


Charm Bottle Making

SECRET SPOT. Learn how to make your own charm bottle with Salim and his mom. 8a—5p. $50 parent + 1 kid, $15/additional kid


Weird Cartoons with HG

SECRET SPOT. Learn how HG makes weird cartoons and funny drawings, and learn how to pursue your own style. 5p—7p. $20


MAY 3—MAY 27

Spring into Glass

THE ARTERY. Spring into Glass celebrates the rich tapestry of glass craftsmanship created by the northern California glass community. You will see sculpture, blown glass, fused glass, stained glass, lampworking, jewelry making, cast glass. The artists include current Artery members, former members, and esteemed guest artists. Free

MAY 3—JUN 23

Renewal: Paintings by Inga Poslitur

PENCE GALLERY. Inga Poslitur’s new series of oil paintings capture flowering plants in natu-

ral environments, as well as in lovely arrangements of bouquets in domestic settings. Free


Shiva Ahmadi: Strands of Resilience MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM. UCD Professor of Art Shiva Ahmadi uses painting as a form of storytelling, combining luminous colors & mystical beings with violent imagery to draw attention to global issues of migration, war & brutality against marginalized peoples while featuring the female figure. Free


Malaquias Montoya & the Legacies of a Printed Resistance

MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM. Activist artist & UC Davis Professor Emeritus Malaquias Montoya embraced political printmaking to advocate for social justice. His role as a print educator resulted in artistic collaborations & partnerships with various featured artists. Free


Women’s Work

PENCE GALLERY. Women artists have long used humor and satire to critique the unequal treatment of women, in areas from reproductive rights to their depiction in the media. Women’s Work is a sampling of contemporary sculpture and paintings by thirteen artists who redefine gender and femininity through their art. Free


Alicia Eggert: This Present Moment, 2019—2022

MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM. Eggert uses language & time as her mediums, playing with our experience of time, using the effects of neon signage. Free


Pyro Futures

MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM. Engage in collective speculation on the transformative nature of fire & the ways it can change the materiality of California’s landscapes. Through interactive displays & inquiry, visitors can explore the future of fire in the Golden State. Free


Deborah Butterfield: P.S.

These are not horses

MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition in California since 1996, P.S. These are not horses surveys Butterfield’s career from her most recent wildfire sculptures to rarely seen ceramics made while a student at UC Davis. Free



UCD Baseball

PHIL SWIMLEY FIELD. UCD v. Long Beach State. Featuring a tank top giveaway for the first 250 students! 2:30p. $6—16


UCD Baseball

PHIL SWIMLEY FIELD. UCD v. Long Beach State. Chancellor May throws the first pitch! 1p. $6—16


UCD Baseball

PHIL SWIMLEY FIELD. UCD v. Long Beach State. 1p. $6—16


UCD Softball

LA RUE FIELD. UCD v. Hawaii. 3p. $6—20


UCD Softball

LA RUE FIELD. UCD v. Hawaii. 1p & 3p. $6—20


UCD Baseball

PHIL SWIMLEY FIELD. UCD v. CSU Bakersfield. 2:30p. $6—16


UCD Baseball

PHIL SWIMLEY FIELD. UCD v. CSU Bakersfield. 1p. $6—16


UCD Baseball

PHIL SWIMLEY FIELD. UCD v. CSU Bakersfield. 1p. $6—16


1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Story Time at Avid & Co.

AVID & CO. A fun weekday story time, featuring one of Avid’s incredible storytellers reading picture books to your kiddos. Children must be supervised. 10a—10:30a. Free


Worlds Encompassed: Premodern Making and Mingling

SHIELDS LIBRARY. Learn about the marvels of the premodern world through expert talks, graduate student posters, and a guided tour of the library’s exhibit of rare books and materials. 4:30p—7p. Free


Author Talk: Lally Pia @ Avid Reader

AVID READER. Come celebrate the release of local author, Lally Pia’s new exciting memoir, The Fortune Teller’s Prophecy. 6p—7p. Free

2, 16

Poetry Night Reading Series

JOHN NATSOULAS CENTER FOR THE ARTS. First & third Thursdays. Each reading contains two featured poets followed by an open mic. 7p. Free

4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 Reading Buddies

MARY L. STEPHENS LIBRARY. Come practice with a reading buddy! UCD students Lela & Vanessa are available Mon & Sat afternoons to help improve reading skills. Ages 5-12. Free

6 Author Talk: Beth Rodden

MARY L. STEPHENS LIBRARY. Celebrate the release of Beth Rodden’s highly anticipated memoir, A Light Through the Cracks: A Climber’s Story, a harrowing tale of a climbing excursion gone wrong. 6:30p—7:30p. Free

7 Seeds of Justice & YoloSol Reading Group

EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF ST. MARTIN. YoloSol, a cultural arts and ecology collective, & St. Martin’s Seeds of Justice program will lead discussion of the book Know We Are Here: Voices of Native California Resistance, edited by Terria Smith, a tribal member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. 6:30p—8p. Free

7 End of Life Education Series

YOLOCARES GALILEO PLACE. An educational presentation on the End of Life Option Act - Medical Aid in Dying. Open to clinicians, patients, and community members interested in learning more about options at the end of life. Zoom and in person; register in advance. 3:30p—5p. Free

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Autistic Author Talk

G STREET WUNDERBAR. Celebrate Davis author Fallon O’Neill’s fifth novel, Geist Requiem. Fallon will talk about the Geist series, as well as read from his latest urban fantasy tale. 4:30p—5:30p. Free


An Evening with David Sedaris

JACKSON HALL. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. 7:30p—9p. $27+

9 Author Talk: Claire Booth and Susan Shea

AVID READER. Join us for an evening with two local mystery authors! Claire Booth and Susan Shea will celebrate the release of their two new mystery novels, Home Fires by Booth & Murder and the Missing Dog by Shea. 6:30p—7:30p. Free

9, 23

Storytime in Pioneer Park

PIONEER PARK. Every 2nd & 4th Thursday for a morning of stories & songs. For ages 3-6. Weather permitting. 11a. Free


From Photo Repatriation to Totem Pole Rematriation: Developing the Work of Tsimshian Photographer B.A. Haldane

GORMAN MUSEUM. This discussion highlights the main developments of a twenty-year research project focused on the images produced by 19th Century photographer

B.A. (Benjamin Alfred) Haldane. Hosted by Sm Łoodm ‘Nüüsm (Dr. Mique’l Dangeli) of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. All are welcome to attend! 3p—5p. Free


Stories on Stage Davis: Season 10 Finale

PENCE GALLERY. Hear local actors read aloud stories written by local authors! Featuring Daniel Coshnear (Separation Anxiety) and a second TBD author. 7:30p—9p. Free


Author Talk: Skye+Fam AVID READER. Meet the incredibly tal-

ented local children’s author, Skyler Farasat. Skye, age ten, co-authored four children’s books with her mom and dad, Payel and Joe Farasat. She shares her simple yet powerful techniques of staying mindful and grounded while forming her space in the family and finding her place in the world. 1p—2p. Free


Ecoreportage: Using Art to Document Ecological Change

MELON BALL. Learn more about the practice of eco-reportage with author/illustrator Robin Lee Carlson. Artistic acts of observation are important in processing your own questions about the environment and communicating with others about climate change and the world around us. 10a—11:30a. $25


Future Food: Cultivated Meat and Alt Proteins

ZOOM. Interested in the latest food technologies for producing edible proteins? Meet Denneal Jamison-McClung from the UC Davis Integrative Center for Alternative Meat and Protein & learn about the science behind development of the cultivated meat and proteins currently on the market and what’s ahead. 2p—3:30p. $25



Dinner with Death

YOLOCARES GALILEO PLACE. Casual, dare we say “fun,” evening with grief specialists and certified death doulas to share a meal, laughter, and express the challenges we have in talking about and preparing for our own deaths. There will be educational resources, including Five Wishes, to prepare for death in ways that honor your values. Must register in advance. 5:30p—8p. Free


Co-op Block Party & Annual Meeting

DAVIS FOOD CO-OP. Join us for our annual festivities including live music, local food trucks, beer & wine, vendors, petting zoo, activities, & more. VIP section for Owners/Members includes free beer & wine, free snacks & giveaways. 5p—7p. Free


Science Expo at the Explorit Science Center

EXPLORIT SCIENCE CENTER. Featuring hands-on activities by the UCD Chemistry Club, local high school Robotics clubs, the Bohart Entomology Museum, Citrus Cir-

cuit, MOSAIC Children’s Museum, NorCal Bats, Tuleyome and more. 10a—2p. Free


Sacred Harp Community Sing DAVIS FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE. Sacred Harp, aka “Shapenote” singing. Acapella, 3 and 4-part. Beginners (or just listeners) welcome. 2p—4p. Free

4 Caregiver Retreat YOLOCARES ADULT DAY PROGRAM. Join us for a day of connection, nourishment, wander, and wonder; a space of gentle self-care, reflection, and play. A nutritious lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided. In-home respite care for your loved one is available with 1 week notice. Register in advance. 10a—2p. Free

4, 18 West Sacramento Gardening Q&A Desk

LOWES, WEST SAC. The UCCE Yolo County Master Gardeners Questions & Answers Desk is open at Lowes on the first & third Saturdays of the month. Led by Master Gardener Janet Branaman and open to the public. 10a—12p. Free

5 Loopalooza

DAVIS BIKE LOOP. To help celebrate May as Bike Month, the City of Davis invites everyone to get on their bikes for the 14th Annual Loopalooza, a community bike ride event with activity stations along the 12-mile bike loop. 10a—2p. Free

5 OLLI Lifelong Learning Music & Membership Mixer

UCD INTERNATIONAL CENTER. Membership-drive mixer featuring Julia Simon’s acoustic blues duo, Chicken and Dumpling playing the down-home blues of artists like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters. Register in advance. 3p—5:30p. $25

5, 12, 19, 26

Sunday Funday

MARY L. STEPHENS LIBRARY. Drop-in family enrichment programs every Sunday! 2p—5p. Free

6, 13, 20, 27

Anticipatory Grief Support Group

ZOOM. Whether you’re a patient, a family member, or close friend, this support

group is designed to help you process what you’re feeling, find companionship and perspective from others, and find a pathway forward with dignity and even hope for a meaningful parting and transition to the next stage of your journey. 6p—7p. Free

7, 14, 21, 28

Tough Day P.O.W.E.R.

Hour Support Group

1260 LAKE BLVD #201, DAVIS. Learn how you can turn your ‘tough day’ into something that helps you be more strong and durable for your next challenge. Come get tips from a certified life coach & your peers. 7p—8p. Free

10, 11, 12

Whole Earth Festival

UC DAVIS QUAD. A free, zero waste, student-run arts & music festival on UC Davis’ campus. Fri 12p—10p; Sat 10a—10p; Sun 10a—5p. Free


Mother’s Day Cake Decorating Class 1111 ANDERSON ROAD, DAVIS. Design and decorate a heart cake perfect for mom! All ages welcome (children under 7, please attend with a helper—no extra charge). All materials and supplies are provided by Cake Couture Love. Register in advance. 1p—3p. $39


Mother's Day Gear Swap


LODGE. Give your old outdoor gear a new life and pick up some new gear, at no cost to you! The entire event is free, we only ask that participants bring one item to donate for entrance. We hope to provide the Davis community with the materials they need for their next outdoor adventure! 2p—5p. Free


Odd Fellows Bingo

ODD FELLOWS HALL. A wonderful way for the community to support the many needy non-profit organizations here in Davis. Each month, Davis Odd Fellows Bingo! connects with a local organization that needs assistance. Open to all adults. 12p—4p. $12


Meet and Greet with Lactation Consultant

SWEET PEAS DAVIS. Meet our special guest Lisa Paradis, a Lactation Consultant who will be here to answer your questions. Register online. 10a—12p. Free



Davis Housing Solutions: A Community Conversation

DAVIS COMMUNITY CHURCH. Interfaith Housing Justice Davis (IHJD) is excited to announce an upcoming forum “Davis Housing Solutions: A Community Conversation”. The forum is designed to address pressing housing issues and explore viable solutions. Hear from those who need housing, and from experts explaining how we can provide it. Learn about the city’s Housing Trust Fund and how it can be sustainably funded. 6p—9p. Free


100+ Women Who Care Yolo County Quarterly Meeting

SUDWERK BREWING CO. Quarterly meeting nonprofit for women who want to make an impact to the community. Come mingle and meet extraordinary women! 7p—8:30p. Free


Davis Women’s ADHD Support Group

STEPHENS BRANCH LIBRARY. The goal of this group is to help women with diagnosed or suspected ADHD to support one another. After group agreements are read, we will have a 30—60 minutes ADHD educational component. The remaining time will be for general discussion, sharing resources, and planning for the next meeting. 6:30p—8p. Free


Celebrate Davis COMMUNITY PARK. Celebrate all that Davis has to offer! Featuring food vendors, tons of info booths, live music and so much more! 4:30p—9p. Free


Madrigal May Day Renaissance

(and Wine Pour)

LONE WULFF RANCH. Join the Davis Madrigals as they celebrate Springtime with a Maypole dance and festive performance. Family fun includes music, juggling, making spring flower crowns and other crafts. 4:30p—6:30p. $20+


Rotary Club of Davis Annual BBQ 2024

CENTRAL PARK. Dinner prepared by The Davis Firefighters Local 3494: tri-tip, beans, salad, & ice cream / vegetarian lasagna. Live music by local band Cold Shot. 4p—7p. $35

18, 19

African Adventure Safari

EXPLORIT SCIENCE CENTER. Celebrating Endangered Species Day! Courtesy of Kaotic Mythicals, explore specimens representing over 30 species of predator and prey that live in Africa. 10a—2p. $5


Davis Parent Nursery School 75th Anniversary Celebration

DPNS. Guests may make a birthday crown, play with giant bubble tunnels, get their face painted, and join an art project with Bubblegum Art Studio. Live music, live cake auction, emceed by Bob Dunning. Commemorative T-shirts for sale. 2p—5p. Free


Lip Scrub Making Workshop

SECRET SPOT. Hosted by local business owner and maker BB Love. 5p—7p. $25


3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31

Tai Chi Classes

WOODLAND SENIOR CENTER. Tai chi classes on Mondays and Fridays taught by Tina Duan, a former member of the Chinese National Gymnastics team. All levels welcome! 8:50a—9:50a. $10—15


Free Class Day

YOLO BARRE. Free classes all day to celebrate Yolo Barre’s 5 year anniversary! Free raffle ticket to win awesome prizes just for showing up—free hair braiding and massages after every class! 7:30a—2p. Free

4, 11, 18, 25

Gentle Barre Exercise Class

VILLAGE HOMES. A slower-paced fitness class to gently strengthen, align & mobilize your body. All levels welcome! Bare feet or non-slip socks are recommended. 11a. $15


Celebrate Mother’s Day Yoga and Massage SPA

BAREFOOT YOGA STUDIO. Celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon of gentle stretches and learn massage techniques for relaxation with your beloved mom. All levels and all bodies are welcome. Bring yoga mats, a soft pillow, and a soft blanket; bring your mom, your mom-in-law, your grandmom, your mom friend, your loved ones! 4p—6p. $95 per pair


Free Memorial Day Barre Class

BAROVETTO PARK. Bring your yoga mat and a friend and join us at the park behind Yolo Barre for a holiday class in the sunshine. 8:45a—9:45a. Free


1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Woodstock’s Weekly Pies and Pints WOODSTOCK’S. First pint is full price, but you get to keep the glass—& every pint after that is 50% off for the night. Ask the bartenders when you arrive. 8p to close.

2 Sparkling Mead Tasting for Big Day of Giving

DUNLOE BREWING. Enjoy a tasting of 5 varietal sparkling meads. Funds go to support the Davis Night Market and the Davis Bee Collective’s Urban Swarm Capture project. 4p—8p. Free, $10 Suggested Donation

2 May Pairing Dinner

GRINDSTONE WINES. As the sun sets, you’ll be treated to a carefully curated menu paired with our estate-grown wines, expertly chosen to pair with each plate. With limited seats, it’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy good company, great food, and outstanding wines among the vines. 6:30p—8:30p. $95

9 Northern Italy Wine Dinner

DAVIS WINE BAR. Featuring the fabulous wines of Giuseppe LoCascio from Lucidity Wine Merchants, and plates from Chef Christopher Wong of MightyGoodFoods. Reservations required. 6p—10p. $125/person


Mother’s Day Wine & Food Trucks

GRINDSTONE WINES. Authentic Street Tacos food truck + live music. Reservations required. 10:30a—4:30p.


1, 15 Davis Independent Music Initiative Song Doctor

ZOOM. Communal Songwriting workshop & critique. Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday. Have your lyrics ready to screen share! All are welcome! 8p. Free


Michael Sand, Alan Matteri, & Michael Mannella

PITZER CENTER. Sand, baroque violin; Matteri, trumpet; Mannella, trombone.

Program: J.S. Bach, Solo Violin Sonata to be announced. 12:05p—1p. Free

2 Davis Odd Fellows Thursday Live! DAVIS ODD FELLOWS. Free, monthly concert series featuring Sonoma County Roots Rock band Back pOrchEstra. Doors 7p. Show 7:30p—9p. Free, donations appreciated

3 Student Recital: Robi Castaneda, Solo Piano

PITZER CENTER. Works to be announced. 5p—5:45p. Free



Mariee Siou Live MELON BALL. This award-winning, multicultural singer-songwriter sings of “the wounds of modernity.” Haunting, beautiful and thought-provoking music from a singular artist. 8p—10p. $20

3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Friday Folk Music Jam Sessions

WYATT DECK, UC DAVIS ARBORETUM. Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments & play together informally during this jam session at Wyatt Deck. All skill-levels welcome. 12p—1p. Free


DLMC Presents Wolf Jett and Sam Chase & The Untraditional SUDWERK BREWING CO. Davis Live Music Collective presents Wolf Jett and The Sam Chase and The Untraditional! This show will be at the Dock, with presale tickets available via Eventbrite. 6p—9p. $20


Cla(i)re Squared Show SECRET SPOT. Sit back & indulge in a live performance by two exceptionally skilled musicians from our local scene. 6p—9p. $15

4, 5 No Instruments Attached KHAIRA LECTURE HALL. Featuring UCD’s oldest acapella group, The Lounge Lizard, plus groups from Ca. schools such as: UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, & Diablo Valley College. 6p—8:30p. $8—$13

5 Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg MONDAVI CENTER. Look back 100 years to the tumultuous social & political era of the early 20th century—times not unlike our own—& explore enduring works of the great music it produced. Programs will include works by Debussy, Ravel, Webern, Schoenberg, Sibelius, & Nielsen. 2p. $17.50—$56


Voice Students of Jonathan Nadel

PITZER CENTER. With Karen Rosenak, piano. 4p—5:30p. Free

7, 21

Live Jazz: Jim Frink Trio ROOT OF HAPPINESS. Jim Frink is a drummer and educator based in Davis. The jazz trio plays improvisational music ranging from standards, to modern jazz, to balkan folk and beyond. 7:30p—10:30p. Free

8 Davis Travelaires Day Trip: “Funny Girl” in SF DAY TRIP. We’ll enjoy lunch at Max’s Opera Cafe before the show. Our seats are located in the center orchestra section at the historic San Francisco Orpheum Theatre. 8:30a—6p. $200


Igot Veligan & Natsuki Fukasawa PITZER CENTER. Veligan, violin; Fukasawa, piano and UC Davis lec-

turer in music. 12:05p—1p. Free


Undergraduate Composers of UC Davis

PITZER CENTER. Program to be announced. 7p—8:30p. Free


Muusic at Noon!

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF DAVIS. Great Songs from Unfortunate Musicals! Underrated Broadway hits delivered by well-known local performers, Stephen Peithman and Friends. 12p—1p. Free


Student Recital: Samantha Murray, Harp PITZER CENTER. Program to be announced. 4p—4:45p. Free


The Mama’s Secret Lullaby Show SECRET SPOT. Captivating local mu-


sicians & mothers, Amataza and Heron Rana put on a live performance. 6:30p—7p. Free, suggested donation $15


Slow Jazz Jam

DAVIS SENIOR CENTER. e focus will be slower ballads and bossas designed to be a supportive space to get you soloing over jazz standards. 3p—5p. Free


Pierre Bensusan Live MELON BALL. e legendary French guitarist performs in Davis for the rst time. Virtuosic yet accessible ngerstyle guitar playing by one of the best guitarists of the 21st century. 8p—10p. $25


Mojave Trio: Works by Graduate Students

PITZER CENTER. Featuring Sarah Parkins, violin; Maggie Perkins, cello; & Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano. 12:05—1p. Free


Mojave Trio

PITZER CENTER. Featuring Sarah Parkins, violin; Maggie Perkins, cello; & Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano. Works will include compositions by Nico Muhly, James Diaz, Gao Ping and Rebecca Clarke. 7p—8:30p. $12—$24


San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers starring Alasdair Fraser VETERANS MEMORIAL THEATRE. Share the joy as Alasdair Fraser leads the ddlers in a concert of rousing tunes from Scotland and beyond. Will you tap your toes? For sure! Will you dance in the aisles? It’s encouraged! Will you be touched when you hear a song of lost love in Scots Gaelic? Very likely. 7p—10p. $0—35


New Harmony Jazz Band Live CENTRAL PARK. Enjoy two free sets of Big Band, Swing, and Latin jazz standards amidst the splendor of the Davis Cra & Vintage Fair. 11a—1p. Free


Jazz Combos of UC Davis PITZER CENTER. Otto Lee, director and UC Davis lecturer in music. Program to be announced. 5p—7p. Free


Experienced Jazz Jam DAVIS SENIOR CENTER. is jam is for musicians who are pro cient at their instrument and have experience playing in jazz jams, ensembles or otherwise feel con dent to improvise a solo in a jazz jam session. . Register in advance. 3p—5p. Free


Graduate Student Ensemble PITZER CENTER. e ensemble gives music graduate students a creative and social setting in which they can experiment with varied instrumentation and diverse repertoire. 12:05p—1p. Free


Student Recital: Maya True-Fogel, viola

PITZER CENTER. Program to be announced. 3p—4p. Free


Student Recital: Avery Snyder, horn PITZER CENTER. Program to be announced. 5p—6p. Free


HG’s MUSIC QUEST BASH! SECRET SPOT. Local artist/musician, HG, releases the 12th of 12 albums in 4 months... let’s party! With limited edition MUSIC QUEST CDs and merch. 10a—9p. Free

24, 25, 26

IRRESISTIBLE MUSIC—The Beauty that Dances Through Everything

DAVIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Immerse yourself in song, poetry, dance, & sound with this tour-ready program that features irresistible choral repertoire, poems of Chelan Harkin, dance by Sonja Brodt, and a whirlwind of instruments. Fri & Sat: 7:30p—8:30p, Sun: 4p—5p. Free, suggested donation $10—25

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Video Game Orchestra Spring Concert: Reflections

BRUNELLE PERFORMANCE HALL. Do you like video games? Music? Join us for a night of fun and exciting music! as we play songs from games about self-identity. Featuring: Genshin Impact, e Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Final Fantasy XVI, and more! 12p—2p & 6p—8p. $10


Veretsky Pass Live MELON BALL. Lively music of Eastern Europe and beyond, performed by a world-class quartet. 7p—9p. $20


Student Recital: Olivia Chan, Piano PITZER CENTER. Works TBA. 2p—2:45p. Free


Jazz Big Bands of UC Davis PITZER CENTER. Otto Lee, director and UC Davis lecturer in music. Program

to be announced. 7p—9p. $12—$24


Concert Bands of UC Davis PITZER CENTER. Garrett Rigsby and Natalie Laurie, directors. Program to be announced. 7p—9p. $12—24


Musics of the World PITZER CENTER. Program features Capoeira, Gamelan, Mariachi, Bluegrass & Old Time String Band, Samba School, & Hindustani. 4p—6p. Free


Percussion Ensemble UC Davis PITZER CENTER. Works by Graduate Students. Chris Froh, director and UC Davis lecturer in music. 4p—5p. Free


1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Trivia & Open Mic G STREET WUNDERBAR. Every Wednesday

trivia starts at 8p & open mic starts at 10p. Free

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Trivia Wednesday UNIVERSITY OF BEER. 21+. Games @ 9p.

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

The Pub Quiz with Dr. Andy SUDWERK BREWING CO. Local Quizmaster Dr. Andy entertains and challenges teams of up to six with 31 questions on a variety of topics you should know something about, such as history, literature, pop culture, geography, internet culture, and science. 7p—9p. Free

2, 9, 16, 23, 30

No Brain Drain Trivia

SUPER OWL BREWING. Hosted by Preacher. Trivia + Comedy + Game Show. 6:30—7:30p. Free

2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Trivia Thursday

WOODSTOCKS. Trivia, beer, and pizza! Trivia sign-ups @ 8:45p; game @ 9p. Free

3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Karaoke Night

TOMMY J’S. Every Friday with KJ Incubus. 10p.

4, 11, 18, 25

Parkside Bar Themed Party

PARKSIDE BAR. Every Saturday, come to Parkside for a di erent themed party. Featuring Sacramento’s best DJs playing Top 40 Hits & bar anthems. 10p—1:30a.

4, 11, 18, 25

Karaoke Night

UNIVERSITY OF BEER. Every Sat. 9p. Free

5, 12, 19, 26

Sunday Trivia

THREE MILE BREWING. King Trivia App. All ages. 6p.

7, 14, 21, 28

Game Night

THREE MILE BREWING. Immerse yourself in a world of board games, card games, & good times! Play ours or bring your own. Plus, enjoy our fantastic Happy Hour. 5p—10p.

7, 14, 21, 28

Karake Night

G STREET WUNDERBAR. Every Tuesday night. 10p. Free




Garden Tour & Tea Fundraiser

- Stories on Stage Davis

PRIVATE LOCATION. e tour of an English country garden in Davis led by esteemed gardeners Jim Salyard (Director of Filoli) and Joe Rothleutner (Director of San Francisco Gardens), and along the tour you can see arrangements by the Davis Flower Arrangers. An English tea will follow, plus a reading and a ra e of local donations. 10a—1p. $50


31st Annual Pence Gallery Garden Tour

PENCE GALLERY; various locations. Visit ve gorgeous private gardens in Davis on this self-guided tour, watch artists painting live, and enjoy learning about plant selection from Yolo County Master Gardeners. Stop by the Pence for a quick tour of Inga Poslitur’s exhibit Renewal at 1p and an artist demo from 2p—5p. Tickets required. 12p—5p. $25—35


Tours of the City of Davis Wetlands

CITY OF DAVIS WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT. First Sundays. In-person tours run rain or shine, except in the instances of ooding. Reservation required. Sep—Feb: 3p—5p. Mar—Aug: 9a—11a. Free

15, 16, 17

Sheepmowers at UC Davis

WICKSON HALL LAWN. Watch university sheep munch on campus lawns through this public grazing event. 9:30a—3p. Free


Tours of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

YOLO BYPASS WILDLIFE AREA. In-person tours run rain or shine, except in instances of ooding. Reservations required. Tours do not run in July, August, & September. 9a—12p. Free


Bohart Museum Open House

Bees: Both Wild & Managed

BOHART MUSEUM OF ENTOMOLOGY. An open house to learn about bees! 1p—4p. Free


2, 3

Davis Feminist Film Festival 2024

MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM. Screening sixteen short lms that celebrate this year’s theme: OUT/LIVE. A limited number of commemorative totes and audience prizes will be available! Register online. 6:30p—9:30p. Free

3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Senior Film Friday

DAVIS SENIOR CENTER. Watch a lm and enjoy popcorn with friends. Check the Senior Center's website for lm titles. 12:30p. Free


1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

Davis Farmers Market

CENTRAL PARK. Visit the market each week to purchase local produce & artisan goods. Every Wed, 4p—8p & every Sat, 8a—1p.

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

The Spork Hub Farmstand

SPORK FOOD HUB. Support local farmers! Purchase organic, sustainably farmed fruits, veggies, eggs & baked goods from Upper Crust Bakery. 2p—7p.

3, 4, 5

Friends of the Library Sale

MARY L. STEPHENS LIBRARY. e Friends of the Library book sale is the rst weekend of each month. On Sunday, ll a bag for $10.


Rocknasium Member Appreciation

/ The Boneyard Davis Craft Fair

ROCKNASIUM. Join us for an awesome cra fair featuring 7+ Davis local artists and vendors, live music from local band, Big Fish, and some climbing. Cra fair & live music entry is FREE. 2p—6p. Free

5, 19

Davis Craft and Vintage Fair

CENTRAL PARK. Support local small businesses! Featuring more than 40 booths with local artisans and vintage collectors, food trucks and live music. 10a—4p.


2 Line Dancing Class

DAVIS COMMUNITY CHURCH. Davis Line Dance is o ering drop-in line dancing classes on ursday a ernoons in the Fellowship Hall.

First class is free! Minimal cost ($5) helps the church keep the lights on for us. 3p—4:30p. $5

3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19

Into The Woods

DAVIS MUSICAL THEATRE CO. An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? ey’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale centered around a childless baker and his wife whose only wish is to li the family curse and live happily ever a er. us, what begins as a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children. Fri & Sat: 7:30p, Sun: 2p. $20

4 Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop

Annual Student Concert

BRUNELLE PERFORMANCE HALL. e dancers at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop will be showcasing their dancing skills at the 2024 Annual Student Concert. 2p—3:30p, 7p—8:30p. $12—15

4, 11, 18, 25

Very Beginning Ballet (Adults)

VILLAGE HOMES. Learn ballet basics with instructors from Applegate Dance! Perfect for adults & teens new to ballet. 10a—11a. $15

4, 11, 18, 24, 25, 26

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr.

DAVIS MUSICAL THEATRE CO. Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends—Marty the zebra, Melman the gira e and Gloria the hippo—have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape to explore the world. Fri: 7p, Sat & Sun: 2p. $20

16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

Who’s There?

WYATT PAVILION THEATRE. e themes of madness and identity are vibrantly examined in the UC Davis Department of eatre and Dance production Who’s ere? is provocative reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been created and directed by Irish theatre director and acting teacher Sinéad Rushe, the Granada Artist-in-Residence. 7p—8:30p, last day 2p—3:30p. $5—15

Camp Hours: 9am - 2pm

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Explore the Downtown Davis art scene in this free, self-guided monthly art walk. Exhibits are hosted by galleries, art studios & businesses in Davis.


17 Arboretum Dr, Suites G & H | 5p—7:30p. Visit the working artist collective to meet and see the work of elma Weatherford, Cathie James-Robinson, Schorré Chevalier Oldham, Judy Catambay & Amy Teutemacher.


207 G St | 6p—9p. Spring into Glass. A group show of glass artists that celebrates the rich tapestry of glass cra smanship, featuring work by current Artery members, former members, and esteemed guest artists.

e Spotlight Guest Artist is Hannah Klaus Hunter, print and collage artist.


E St Plaza | 5p—9p. Shop from arts, cra s, and vintage micro-businesses’ booths, plus free live music. Weather permitting.


513 2nd St | 6p—8p. World in My Eyes Reception for Dave van Hulsteyn, whose photography centers around older signage and buildings in Sacramento, the Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, and New York.


217 F St | 6p—8:30p. Water Music. Meet and see the work of established local artist Jerry DeCamp, who will be displaying oil paintings from his Water Music series.


212 D St | 6p—9p. Renewal is a new exhibit by Inga Poslitur with oral oil paintings. Women’s Work features contemporary sculpture and paintings by 13 artists. Photography by Jacob Brody along the stairway captures thoughtful, serene moments. Also, enjoy wine during the reception.


102 E St | 6p—9p. Abstract/Contemporary Expression. View acrylic and oil paintings on display by Naomi Bautista.


117 D St | 5p—9p. Sensational. A group show that connects art & music to our senses. Experience live music, watching and participating in painting, and more activities during the event.


17 Arboretum Dr, Unit C | 6p—9p. Detroit: Art in Decay. Reception for Chris Brandstetter, whose visually striking photography showcases inner city Detroit schools, homes, and other abandoned buildings in decay.


1123 Olive Dr | 5p—9p. Visit Volt, a new co ee and beer shop, to view artwork on display by UC Davis art students.



27074 Patwin Rd | 12p—1p. (Off-Map Event) Muusic at Noon Free Concert! Enjoy a performance of beloved Broadway songs from op musicals and inside stories with Stephen Peithman of KXPR fame, and singers Lenore Sebastian & Joe Alkire.


Inga Poslitur, Pence Gallery. 5. Cathie-James Robinson, Arboretum Art Works.

Chris Brandstetter, Third Space Art Collective. 7. Jerry DeCamp, The Paint Chip.

Bellacera Studios, Misuk & Mark Goltz, Jim & Sue Smith, Gayle BonDurant, Wilfred Uecker & Karen Fess Uecker, Craig & Barbara Smithson

Full Details & Guide: |
1. Antonio Guillen, Volt Coffee. 2. Julie Friesen, The Artery. 3. Stephanie Peel, Secret Spot. 4.
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MAY 10 2024

Square One:

Woodland Library Makerspace

Free Access to High-End Tools & Education

Libraries are an essential community resource. ey provide a place for people of all ages to continue learning. At the Woodland Public Library, a community makerspace has dramatically upped the game—providing new, tactile learning opportunities in arts and engineering. Established in 2017 as a part of the Woodland Public Library, Square One is a makerspace that expands the mission of the library in serving their community. Square One o ers free training and access to tools and supplies that are otherwise inaccessible to the average person. ings like vinyl cutters, 3d printers, woodshop materials, laser cutters, and much more. e space also provides more typical cra ing

materials like yarn, paper, and markers.

During open hours, visitors can explore the resources o ered in the space or take a class through the weekly cra ing program, which guides visitors through the process of creating a project.

A key feature of Square One is its commitment to making sure the space is age and ability inclusive. Local K—12 schools are introduced to new and innovative opportunities for creativity through eld trips and classes, no matter their age or skill level. e space is also used by teenagers and adults in supporting passion projects or starting their own business through vinyl cutting, button making, and printing resources.

Trina Camping is the Square One Makerspace librarian, and she has seen the growth and learning in the space rsthand.

“Students from all four high schools in town have found skills and hobbies they never knew about and had never considered. Field trips from all the elementary schools in town have introduced students to tools and safe places to explore and develop,” Camping told e Dirt. “Dozens of small, local businesses have been opened with support from equipment and sta ng in Square One.” is unique resource—tools and instruction—is free of charge, making it particularly useful for those looking to

Emme Dunning, for The Dirt Papermaking at Square One.

pursue or continue a project that may be otherwise unfeasible.

“I wish everyone knew that it’s all free,” Camping said. “We have the equipment and supplies to learn all of the tools in this space–it’s for everyone to learn, explore, and connect.”

Among those who have found a space for creativity and connection is Sam Leveau, who, as a Square One employee, has helped countless library patrons explore their passion for creating.

“Any age group can come and bond over the creation of projects,” Leveau said. “ e idea is for people to come in with an idea like a project and then actually leave with the project in hand.”

Square One provides the tools—but also the environment. e sta , Leveau said, is supportive and welcoming.

“ ey don’t just put in their e ort, but they also put in their love and energy into fostering a very creative and open community.”

Whether your goal is to crochet your rst hat or 3d print an action gure, Square One has a resource available. Just bring your library card (and close toed shoes).


Address: 250 1st St, Woodland

Phone: 530-661-5989



Monday & Tuesday: 9a–3p

Wednesday & Thursday: 1p–7p

Saturday: 10a–4p

April 12 - May 31 13 artists rede ning gender & femininity through their art.

Cruces, Tart

Tues - Sun | 11: 30 AM - 5 PM

ww w.pencegaller y.or g 212 D Street | (530)758-3370

Crafting at Square One.
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