Experience an intimate festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz as the seventh annual Jazz & Beat Festival returns to Davis on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5.
Hosted by the Cultural Action Committee, this is an opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances, a thorough collection of Beat art, and later meet first-hand with the world-renowned poets, jazz musicians and painters of the Beat Generation.
The event features a concurrent exhibition of Beat art at the John Natsoulas Gallery that will include paintings from the some of the most intriguing artists of the era. Visitors also will get to watch artists at work at two public venues.
Additionally, the Jack Kerouac Annual Poetry Contest will be held, offering the winner the chance to read his or her poetry at the conference as well as a cash prize to the first-, second- and third-place winners.
“Nothing says Davis like art and music in our dynamic downtown area,” said John Natsoulas, local gallery owner and Cultural Action Committee member. “It’s always amazing to get the support of the downtown community when putting together these events.”
The festival will feature live music and performances from noon to 11 p.m. at Davis Commons and the John Natsoulas Gallery at First and E streets. Visit www.natsoulas.com/schedule for a full schedule and other details.
“Davis Downtown appreciates and supports the Cultural Action Committee’s passion for the arts,” said Davis Downtown deputy director Nina Gatewood. “The Cultural Action Committee’s continued celebration of all art forms is commended. Davis Downtown looks forward to another successful celebration of jazz, poetry and the visual arts.”
The event comes at the end of Davis Downtown’s UC Davis Fall Welcome Week beginning Sunday, featuring special deals at nearly 80 local businesses and including an Instagram contest, a downtown rock concert on Saturday, Oct. 5, and the Square Tomatoes craft fair on Sunday, Oct. 6.
The concert will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. on D Street between First and Second streets and will feature The Family Crest, Cold Eskimo, The Seshen, Races, Only You and Big Tree.
The craft fair, featuring 40-plus vendors and a Halloween theme for October, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Central Park, Third and C streets.
Visit http://davisdowntown.com/fallwelcome for more details.