A monthly evening of open galleries and artists’ receptions at businesses, galleries and other art-friendly locations in Downtown Davis and beyond. Events occur year-round, are free and open to the public. Many venues include receptions, refreshments and opportunities to meet artists. Each venue has their own specific times. See the monthly 2nd Friday ArtAbout Guide and Map for specifics (available at the Pence Gallery and online at davisdowntown.com/2nd-friday-artabout during the week of the ArtAbout).
Don’t miss the Manetti Shrem Museum’s festive Fall Season Celebration. Experience the opening of UC Davis presents NEW ERA, an installation by Doug Aitken, plus Kathy Butterly / ColorForm and Landscape Without Boundaries. Hear an artist’s talk with Kathy Butterly at 6 p.m., enjoy live music and snacks, and participate in games and art activities for the whole family. Free for all!
Watermelon Music Presents: An Evening of North Indian Classical Ragas on Two Innovative Guitars The guitar assumes new sounds and shapes in the hands of ‘raga guitarists’ Matthew Grasso and Joel Veena. The warm plucked tone of Matthew’s raga guitar combines perfectly with the sliding ornamentation of the Indian slide guitar, creating a richness of guitar sound previously unheard. Together, Matthew Grasso and Joel Veena perform North Indian ragas accompanied on tabla by Vishan Menon, a talented student of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. All three musicians approach their music with a sense of devotion, which invites the audience into a focused, meditative space. The trio will perform evening ragas on modified guitars and tabla, breathing new life into Hindustani classical music while reaching the tonal, rhythmic and emotional depths of this venerable art form. Musicians: Matthew Grasso – 19-stringed avatar guitar Joel Veena – mohan veena (Hindustani slide guitar) Vishan Menon – tabla Tickets: Available in-store, at doors, and online. Adults – $15 Students – $10 (w/ *valid I.D.) *Student I.D. must be presented upon arrival in order to ensure discounted entry. Show starts @ 7pm, Doors open @ 6:30pm **The Melon Ball is a B.Y.O.B venue**