Susanna Risser plays Beatrice in William Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing." Gabby Battista/Courtesy photo

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There’s ‘Much Ado’ at this ArtAbout

By From page A1 | June 12, 2014

Enjoy the warm and breezy summer air while you explore the art receptions, performances, live music, artists’ talks and more during the Second Friday ArtAbout on June 13.
Two special outdoor events have been added specifically for this ArtAbout: Artists Jonathan Hammond and Sayako Dairiki will lead an hourlong discussion at the Southern Pacific Depot, 840 Second St., to talk about their works; at the E Street Plaza, the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble will have free performances of scenes and songs from the plays “Much Ado About Nothing” and “She Loves Me.”

Also, be sure to explore the outdoor music around town. In the Davis Commons area enjoy the live, rock sounds of the young bands of Rock Band University, then meander to Court ‘N Cedar to catch the musical stylings of Me and Him, featuring guitarists Martin Lewis and Kurt Roggli.
Davis Downtown’s Second Friday ArtAbout is a monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in Davis, and is sponsored by Davis Food Co-op. All receptions and viewings are free and open to the public.
For more information about Davis Downtown and ArtAbout, visit DavisDowntown.com, or e-mail [email protected]

Art receptions/performances:
* E Street Plaza, 207 F St.; performance, 6:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-8 p.m., Davis Shakespeare Ensemble presents “Much Ado About Nothing” and “She Loves Me,” Come by and see free acting and musical performances featuring a combination of scenes and songs from both plays at E Street Plaza. “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Rob Salas, features the face-off between Shakespeare’s most fiery couple: Benedick and Beatrice. Inspired by California wine country in the 1940s, this “Much Ado” features wine, romance and swing (with a live band).

“She Loves Me,” directed by Gia Battista, with music and lyrics by the same team as “Fiddler on the Roof,” follows another unlikely pair falling in love. Amalia and Georg work side-by-side in a parfumerie and detest one another. They both pine after anonymous pen pals whose identities may not be so secret after all.

The Davis Shakespeare Festival will run June 26-Aug. 3 at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. For details and ticketing information, visit www.shakespearedavis.org.

* Southern Pacific Depot, 840 Second St.; reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m., “East West Stones & Valley Seasons Bench,” Join artists Hammond and Dairiki for an outdoor reception with refreshments, conversation and information on the East West Stones, the Valley Seasons Bench and the meaning of paulownia trees.

East West Stones are a formal arrangement of granite boulders taken from the mountains that emigrant Chinese laborers carved a path through bringing the railroad to Davis. Paulownia trees were planted in China when a girl was born, the wood was then used to make her bridal box when she came of age. These trees represent the wives and families that were left behind. The Valley Seasons Bench depicts the mood and spirit of each of the four seasons in the Central Valley.

* The Artery, 207 G St., 530-758-8330; reception, 7-9 p.m., “Works in Glass,” Robert Kahl, blown-glass sculptures, through June 30. Robert Kahl’s blown glass sculptures are enhanced by sand etching, giving each piece a distinctive glow. He has developed his own style using methods of fusing, casting, and slumping. Come by to view his work, meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. Hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Art-is-Davis, 222 D St., 530-758-2312; reception, 6-9 p.m., “Scene in Davis: Views of town and country,” Marieke de Waard, Seana Burke, Jan Walker, Joanne Andresen, Doriene Marshall, joined by Pete Scully, Dave Webb, Joe Finkleman and Ben Tuason for a collective show all about Davis. All pieces are portable and affordable. Graduates, take a piece of Davis with you! Come meet the artists and enjoy live music in the courtyard. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second St.; performance, 6-7 p.m., “Odd Poetry,” immediately outside the Odd Fellows Hall (or inside if inclement weather), you will find the Odd Poets. Stop by for a few minutes or for the full hour for spoken word, poetry, verse, humor and fun. Since this is an open mic event, this is your chance to grace the stage with your presence, and share with us your own favorite poems (original and otherwise).
* F Street Gallery of Hallmark Inn, 110 F St.; reception, 5-8 p.m., “The Places I Will Go,” Amanda Marinac, paintings focusing on the artist’s two favorite places: the coast in San Diego’s North County and Davis, acrylic and oil. Enjoy a Yolo County wine-tasting in the F Street Gallery Lobby along with Deladier Almeida’s painting “Lob and Yaw.” View the “F Street Market” mural by Stephanie Taylor and her 1,000-square-foot mural “Bird’s Eye View” in the Pool Courtyard. See Cindy Wilson’s “Stacked” at the F Street entrance. Catch “A Bug’s Life” by Jim Berg at the outside patio of Seasons Restaurant. Take a picture with “Sophie,” the resident giraffe by Jean Van Keuren, at First and G streets. Come and enjoy the pieces that Hallmark Inn has in its permanent collection. Hours: 24.
* Fretted Strings, 231 G St., Suite 27 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-8 p.m., Me and Him, Martin Lewis is a talented Welsh guitar player steeped in Celtic music, while Kurt Roggli is an accomplished finger-style player with roots in country music. Their approach to guitar is both traditional and yet unique and innovative. Enjoy refreshments and live music; plus luthier Harrison Phipps and his lutherie students will be present with their instruments on display. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Weekends by appointment only.
* Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C St., 530-758-5637; reception, 6-9 p.m., “Celebrating a Pioneer Family,” photographs and artifacts from the Schmeiser family. Enjoy music and food to honor early Davis settlers with German roots. Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
* International House, 10 College Park, 530-753-5007; reception, 6-8 p.m., “At Water’s Edge,” Christine Shackel, abstract watercolors, through July 1. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
* Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., 530-792-8066; reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m., “Mediterranean Harvest: Scenes from Morocco, Italy and California,” Margaret Eldred, paintings reflecting on the richness of Mediterranean agriculture and on each region’s unique relationship to the land and its resources, acrylic on canvas, through June 30. Live Music with Bob Wren on octave mandolin, violin, banjo and mbira, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5:30-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
* The Paint Chip, 217 F St., 530-753-5093; reception, 6-8:30 p.m., Margaret Kronenberg and Tasha Witt, watercolor, mixed media, photography, through June 30. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Paulina’s Boutique, 207 F St.; reception, 6-8:30 p.m., Katy Brosky, eclectic collection of ceramic figures, through June 30. Enjoy refreshments and meet the artist! Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Pence Gallery, 212 D St., 530-758-3370; reception, 6-9 p.m., “Clay Provocateurs,” provocative sculptural and installation work by artists Kristine Albrecht, Ehren Tool, John DeFazio, Skuja Braden, Shalene Valenzuela, Joan Takayama Ogawa and Wan Xin Zhang is unified by curator and NYU professor of art Judith Schwartz, in an exploration of how ceramic artists have used their medium to instill messages that carry strong social, political, and cultural critiques. Sponsored by Bill and Nancy Roe. Exhibit through June 16. “Car Talk,” group show, through Aug. 22. “Tiny Show,” more than 45 artists created mini-paintings, ceramic reliefs and prints for the fourth annual Tiny exhibit. Enjoy work by Matt Bult, Chris Leib, Mel Smothers, Bryce Vinokurov, John Berger and Melissa Chandon, through June 30. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Ray Johnston Photography Studio, 803 Second St., Suite 302 (Chen Building), 530-756-0499, reception, 6-9 p.m., “Birds and Big Cats,” Kathy West, photography, one night only (June 13). Part of the Summer Balcony Series — enjoy refreshments, wine, music and view downtown Davis from the third floor.
* Studio 21, 231 G St., Suite 21 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-9 p.m., “40 before 40” Lauren Brandy, 40 4-by-4-inch paintings to celebrate the artist’s 40th birthday on June 13, oil paintings. Thelma Weatherford, abstract art, acrylic, oil, mixed media, through July 11. Live music in the courtyard as part of Radiate Art: www.radiate-art.com.
* Studio 26, 231 G St., Suite 26 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 6-9 p.m., Art by Schorré Oldham (jewelry and fine art, www.oldcheviproductions.com), Amy & Bill Habicht (photography, custom printing and painting), Stacie Frerichs (letterpress prints), Kyle Monhollen (screen prints). Enjoy snacks and sweets while visiting with the artists. Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* Studio 29-Snoozles and Jan’s Quilts, 231 G St., Suite 29 (Court ‘N Cedar, upstairs); reception, 5:30-9 p.m., “All About Dad,” Yelena Ivashchenko of Snoozles, air plants and fibers, recycled clothing, T-shirts, and children’s art and creations. Come by for Father’s Day special crafts and activities for kids! Part of the Radiate Art Collective: www.radiate-art.com.
* Sudwerk Dock Store, 2001 Second St., 530-756-2739; reception, 5-8 p.m., “Dames at the Dock,” Jan Wolf, textiles; Alex Wolf, mixed media; Stacey Larson, oil and acrylic; Amanda Larson, photography; Christine Nicholson, oil; Laura Carpenter, oil; Carole Bodnar, acrylic; one night only (June 13 only). Chat with the artists. No-host beer available. Hours: Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 4-9 p.m.
* The Wardrobe, 206 E St., 530-756-1128; reception, 7-9 p.m., “Recent Works by Brianna Barraza” of Tianello — acrylic, mixed media, through July 30. Barraza is the West Coast representative for the Tianello line and the daughter of creative force and co-founder of LA Gear, Steve Barraza. French Film Festival DJ Christophe will be mixing his art couture summer sounds. Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Whole Foods Market Davis, 500 First St., 530-750-2266; live music, 5-8 p.m., Check out a free picnic mat and enjoy live music with the young bands of Rock Band University from 5 to 8 p.m.; a beer tasting with Lagunitas Brewing Company (Annex) from 5 to 7 p.m.; samples from the Raw Food Fair, featuring artisan raw foods (inside), from 3 to 7 p.m. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
* Yolo SPCA Thrift Store, 920 Third St., Suites A and F, reception, 1-7 p.m., new artists and refreshments every month. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

* Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, on UC Davis campus; viewing, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., new artist every month. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Crepeville, 330 Third St., 530-750-2400; viewing, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., David McKay, photography. Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
* First Street Real Estate, 423 First St., viewing, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Michael Radin, the periodic table through photography, through July 30. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday by appointment.
* Mishka’s Cafe, 610 Second St., 530-759-0811; viewing, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., new artist every month. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
* John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St., 530-756-3938; viewing, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Reif Erickson, Al Pounders and Small Works Group Show will be on display through July 26. Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
* Logo’s Books, 513 Second St., 530-400-1083; viewing, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., “Translating Life to Paper,” Jeffrey Granett, series of block prints inspired from a trip to Japan and a recent concert at the Mondavi, through June 30. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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