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THE ARTS: M.F.A. candidates present Solo Explorations


Photo: M.F.A. acting candidates, from left, Susan-Jane Harrison, Bobby August Jr., Maria Candelaria and Aaron Jessup.

Solo Explorations: M.F.A. acting candidates, from left, Susan-Jane Harrison, Bobby August Jr., Maria Candelaria and Aaron Jessup. (Oda Aase Johnsen/UC Davis)

They are going solo, our Master of Fine Arts candidates in acting, in Solo Explorations, an annual production of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

This year’s show, Hot Country, is being presented twice, at 8 p.m. today and Saturday (April 5-6) in the Arena Theatre, Wright Hall. Admission is free; limited seating.

Each actor is presenting a new work:

  • Bobby August Jr. — Question Mark, revolving around alienation and loss
  • Maria Candelaria — I’m Ulrike-Screaming, exploring flesh within cells, a prism within prison
  • Susan-Jane Harrison — Possession, investigating the space between arrival and destination
  • Aaron Jessup — Flying Dreams, a trans-Atlantic, vaudevillian tragicomedy.

Feminist Art Show and Film Festival

The Davis Feminist Film Festival is co-sponsoring the Feminist Art Show, scheduled to open with a reception at 7 o’clock tonight (April 5) at Delta of Venus, 122 B St.

The film festival is set for Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, at the Veterans Memorial Center Theater, 203 E. 14th St. (at B Street). Each night's program begins with a reception (food and beverages) at 5:30. The films start at 6:30. The film festival website includes a link to the film lineup.

Two university units sponsor the film festival: the Consortium for Women and Research, and the Film Studies Program. The festival has partnered with Primary Concepts to present the art show.

Organizers said film festival tickets will be sold during the art show reception and at the Davis Farmers Market.

Ukuleles indoors and out

Ukuleles are just too much fun to keep inside — so the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts has organized a concert, Uni and Her Ukulele, as the next event in the Corin Courtyard series.

Heather Marie Allison, or Uni, is the headliner, and audience members are invited to participate, too, and even go inside the Mondavi Center to play with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. (Ukulele players can participate in the indoor portion of the program only if they have tickets to the orchestra's concert.)

The concerts, outdoor and indoor, are scheduled for Friday, April 12. The Corin Courtyard event is free, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; you’ll need a ticket for The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, 8 p.m., Jackson Hall.

Tickets are available at the box office, in person, online or by phone, (530) 754-2787 or (877) 754-2787.

El Coloquio de Los Perros

A stage presentation of Miguel de Cervantes’ El Coloquio de los Perros, performed in Spanish, is scheduled for next week, courtesy of a student group led by Adrienne Martin, professor of Golden Age Spanish literature and a specialist in Cervantes (he also wrote Don Quixote).

Martin founded Grupo de Teatro la Poltrona in 2004 to stimulate interest in classical Spanish theater among undergraduate and graduate students, and has produced and directed seven plays.

For next week’s production of El Coloquio de los Perros ("The Dialogue of the Dogs"), she shares directing duties with doctoral candidate Juan Hernando Vázquez.

El Coloquio de los Perros is a dramatic satire in which two dogs discover that they have the gift of human speech. Cervantes, a legendary master of dialogue, has the canines sharing their humorous and colorful life stories, including tales of witches, intrigue and romance, while arguing over how each of them interprets events.

The performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, as a presentation of the Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance, part of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

The presentation coincides with the XXV Cervantes Symposium of California, April 12 and 13 at UC Davis.

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