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Events
Friday, January 25, 2019 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Las Cafeteras and Villalobos Brothers

Las Cafeteras, the “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip hop, beat music, cumbia and rock,” (Los Angeles Times) are remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories. Using traditional instruments infused with fresh remixing and multilingual lyricism, the band uses music as a vehicle to build cultural bridges and create “a world where many worlds fit.” Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, the Villalobos Brothers are internationally acclaimed as one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles, creating original compositions and arrangements that masterfully blend the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.

An Uncorked Event, featuring wines from Boeger Winery.

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Lara Downes, piano, and Theo Bleckmann, voice

Pianist Lara Downes and vocalist Theo Bleckmann present a duo cabaret showcasing the music of Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and Kurt Weill. A window into the lives and music of these composers as they captured the quickly-changing world of the 1940s, In Our Time is nostalgic yet timeless, and infused with the magnetic charisma for which Downes and Bleckmann are recognized. Inspired by Downes’ recent tribute album For Lenny, the evening will feature works by Bernstein and his fellow travelers through mid-century America: Marc Blitzstein, Charlie Chaplin, Duke Ellington, Morton Gould, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Kurt Weill.

Monday, January 28, 2019 | 12:10 – 12:50pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Midday Mindfulness Meditation

Join us for a guided mindfulness meditation session led by instructor Neesha Patel, PhD. Mindfulness is receiving increasing scientific support as an effective way to manage stress and promote wellbeing.

This session is open to all faculty, staff, students and retirees with any level of experience. Register for this series!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | 6pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Open Mic Nights@MC

Singers, poets and emcees: Come share your artistry with community. Hosted by MC CoCo Blossom with DJ Lady Char. Come ready to perform, support friends or just enjoy the show.

Sign-ups — 5:30-6 p.m.
Open Mic — 6-9 p.m.

Open Mic Nights@MC are held quarterly for UC Davis students and community youth.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 7pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
André Mehmari

There is something special about the sound of the piano trio that propels master pianists to another level. The trios of Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau—to whom Brazilian pianist André Mehmari is often likened—provide evidence of the power of piano trio alchemy. Mehmari now brings forth his trio – bassist Neymar Dias and drummer Sérgio Reze – to explore the work of Clube de Esquina. Led by Milton Nascimento, this group of Brazilian artists blended ideas from pop, folk music, bossa nova, jazz, and classical avant-garde to create hymns honoring friendship and dialogue that are among the greatest treasures of Brazilian music.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
André Mehmari

There is something special about the sound of the piano trio that propels master pianists to another level. The trios of Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau—to whom Brazilian pianist André Mehmari is often likened—provide evidence of the power of piano trio alchemy. Mehmari now brings forth his trio – bassist Neymar Dias and drummer Sérgio Reze – to explore the work of Clube de Esquina. Led by Milton Nascimento, this group of Brazilian artists blended ideas from pop, folk music, bossa nova, jazz, and classical avant-garde to create hymns honoring friendship and dialogue that are among the greatest treasures of Brazilian music.

Friday, February 1, 2019 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
André Mehmari

There is something special about the sound of the piano trio that propels master pianists to another level. The trios of Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau—to whom Brazilian pianist André Mehmari is often likened—provide evidence of the power of piano trio alchemy. Mehmari now brings forth his trio – bassist Neymar Dias and drummer Sérgio Reze – to explore the work of Clube de Esquina. Led by Milton Nascimento, this group of Brazilian artists blended ideas from pop, folk music, bossa nova, jazz, and classical avant-garde to create hymns honoring friendship and dialogue that are among the greatest treasures of Brazilian music.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
André Mehmari

There is something special about the sound of the piano trio that propels master pianists to another level. The trios of Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau—to whom Brazilian pianist André Mehmari is often likened—provide evidence of the power of piano trio alchemy. Mehmari now brings forth his trio – bassist Neymar Dias and drummer Sérgio Reze – to explore the work of Clube de Esquina. Led by Milton Nascimento, this group of Brazilian artists blended ideas from pop, folk music, bossa nova, jazz, and classical avant-garde to create hymns honoring friendship and dialogue that are among the greatest treasures of Brazilian music.

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 7 – 9pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra: "Alma de Bandoneón"

Christian Baldini, music director and conductor

Piazzolla: Tangazo
Pablo Ortiz: Bandoneón Concerto with JP Jofre
Jofre: Tangodromo
Ginastera: Dances from the Ballet Estancia
$12 Students and Children, $24 Adults (Assigned Seating)

Monday, February 4, 2019 | 9am – 9pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Book Project: Design Pop-Up Exhibition

Campus Community Book Project

Professor Glenda Drew's Design 225 ("Studio Practice in Design") class will exhibit projects to mark the campus visit of Douglas Abrams, the featured book project author.

The 2018-2019 book project features a year-long program around The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams. For a complete listing of events, visit ccbp.ucdavis.edu.

Monday, February 4, 2019 | 12:10 – 12:50pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Midday Mindfulness Meditation

Join us for a guided mindfulness meditation session led by instructor Neesha Patel, PhD. Mindfulness is receiving increasing scientific support as an effective way to manage stress and promote wellbeing.

This session is open to all faculty, staff, students and retirees with any level of experience. Register for this series!

Monday, February 4, 2019 | 4 – 5pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Book Project: The Forum@MC With Douglas Abrams

Campus Community Book Project

Panel discussion with:

  • Douglas Abrams, co-author of The Book of Joy and featured CCBP author
  • Robert Emmons, Professor, Psychology (moderator)
  • Rev. Marc Afshar, Campus Minister
  • Jann Murray-García, Assistant Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • Gina Mussallam, UC Davis alumna
This event is free and open to the public. 

The 2018-2019 book project features a year-long program around The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams. For a complete listing of events, visit ccbp.ucdavis.edu.

Monday, February 4, 2019 | 7:30pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Douglas Abrams

When Douglas Abrams organized a weeklong meeting between Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, he had profound doubts about his role facilitating a conversation between the two iconic leaders. The result of those conversations, The Book of Joy, shows that the longtime author, editor and literary agent was the perfect person to capture the shared compassionate, hopeful outlook of these two larger-than-life figures. Especially moving for the Campus Community Book Project selection committee was the book’s potential for addressing mental health and well-being topics within a larger discussion on community building.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 | 2pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
7 Fingers Cirque

Through a riveting mix of theater, circus, dance, music and acrobatics, Reversible is dedicated to a generation who forged the world that we live in today and whose stories might hold the key to a better tomorrow. With the 7 Fingers’ Reversible, be prepared for the best in contemporary circus: moments of pure grace yielding to rushes of adrenaline, as a cast of multitalented performers travel through time and space. Be part of a vibrant journey that will give you goosebumps: Peek through the key hole at a reversible world, where everyday life is turned upside down into something spectacular—and universes are filled with beauty, emotion and yes, hope.

Monday, February 11, 2019 | 12:10 – 12:50pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Midday Mindfulness Meditation

Join us for a guided mindfulness meditation session led by instructor Neesha Patel, PhD. Mindfulness is receiving increasing scientific support as an effective way to manage stress and promote wellbeing.

This session is open to all faculty, staff, students and retirees with any level of experience. Register for this series!

Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Curtis On Tour

The Mondavi Center’s longstanding partnership with Curtis on Tour brings us an ensemble of four vocalists from the Curtis Opera Theatre in a program of operatic favorites—arias, duets and ensemble pieces—as well as gems from the Great American Songbook and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes. This tour celebrates the Curtis Opera Theatre’s legacy of educating and training many of the world’s most gifted singers. Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music, and its alumni are engaged regularly at the world’s great opera houses and professional training programs.

Discover UC Davis

Career-Planning for Transfer Opportunity Program Students

Discover UC Davis is a free career-planning event held annually in February for Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) community college students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. This full-day event on the UC Davis campus helps first-year community college students who are planning to transfer in fall 2020 get started on their path to a bachelor's degree:

  • Plan your next steps for a successful transfer.
  • Participate in information sessions about undergraduate research, transfer student resources and preparing for a career or graduate study.
  • Learn about identifying a major ideally suited to your career choice.
  • Get details on how to finance your degree.
  • Attend a panel discussion to find out how other TOP students have achieved their goals.
  • Take a student-led tour of the UC Davis campus.
  • This free event includes continental breakfast and lunch, as well as transportation from your community college.
TOP college students who have completed the My Information section of their UC Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) account by the end of December will receive an email invitation in January containing a registration link. Make sure you receive an invitation—create your UC TAP account today!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 7pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Veronica Swift with the Benny Green Trio

At an age most artists are just launching their careers, Veronica Swift is a knowing veteran of the stage. But to be awed at her precocity misses the point. Swift is a fearless performer who displays deep and pure musicality in her singing and scatting, a truly rare gift. Her interplay with fellow musicians is a hallmark of her talent, and here she is matched with the remarkable hard bop pianist Benny Green and his trio. Expect new life breathed into nuggets from the Great American Songbook, Tin Pan Alley and beyond.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Veronica Swift with the Benny Green Trio

At an age most artists are just launching their careers, Veronica Swift is a knowing veteran of the stage. But to be awed at her precocity misses the point. Swift is a fearless performer who displays deep and pure musicality in her singing and scatting, a truly rare gift. Her interplay with fellow musicians is a hallmark of her talent, and here she is matched with the remarkable hard bop pianist Benny Green and his trio. Expect new life breathed into nuggets from the Great American Songbook, Tin Pan Alley and beyond.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 8pmMondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Veronica Swift with the Benny Green Trio

At an age most artists are just launching their careers, Veronica Swift is a knowing veteran of the stage. But to be awed at her precocity misses the point. Swift is a fearless performer who displays deep and pure musicality in her singing and scatting, a truly rare gift. Her interplay with fellow musicians is a hallmark of her talent, and here she is matched with the remarkable hard bop pianist Benny Green and his trio. Expect new life breathed into nuggets from the Great American Songbook, Tin Pan Alley and beyond.

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