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Keep Your Electronics On for the Show: Mondavi Center HomeStage

By Victoria McJunkin | September 30, 2020

Mondavi Center’s HomeStage is here! Experience live-streamed theater, dance, music, and more from the comfort of your home. 

While the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts will remain physically closed in order to ensure public health and safety, the venue continues to provide a space for artists and audiences to enjoy high-quality live performances with its virtual HomeStage programming. UC Davis students and Mondavi Center members can access this benefit for free, with memberships starting at $60 for non-students.

The 2020-2021 HomeStage lineup includes:

Thru Sept 30 – John Lewis: Good Trouble Documentary & Virtual Panel

Join audiences across the country and from over 50 performing arts centers in a nationwide watch of the riveting new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia, and celebrates his 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. 

The Mondavi Center participated in a collective viewing experience and a live virtual panel took place on September 21, 2020, and can be seen on The Music Center’s Facebook page.

Thru November 15 – Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare At Home

Each Complete Works performance features a comical, condensed retelling of a Shakespeare play using everyday objects as stand-ins for characters on the a stage made from a table top. Live streamed from Sheffield, London, and Berlin.

Tune in for 9 weeks of shows, every Thursday thru Sunday. All performances will take place at 12pm unless otherwise noted.

October 7 – Amirah Sackett & MR MiC: Separation

Internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and teacher Amirah Sackett performs with MR MiC, international beatboxer, musician, voice impressionist, and film director (creator of “megatron beatboxing” style) to perform Separation.

Inspired by the classic Arabic story of “Layla and Majnun,” Separation is a love story about the connection between music and dance in hip-hop culture, represented through popping and beatboxing, and how the elements grew apart. It also metaphorically represents humans’ connection to the divine and our longing and separation from Him in this temporal world, with the ultimate reunion being death.

October 14 – Virtual Open Mic Night

Enjoy a night of music, poetry, dance, spoken word, comedy, and storytelling — all from the comfort of your home. Hosted by MC Denisha “Coco Blossom” Bland and premiering during Aggie Spirit Week.

Interested In Performing? Share your artistry with the community! Submissions due October 5.

October 18 – Alexander String Quartet: The Best of Beethoven

The San Francisco-based string group celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday year with a performance of Beethoven classics.

They will perform String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, No. 1 and String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3

Read more about HomeStage

Become a Mondavi Arts Member: https://www.mondaviarts.org/membership

UC Davis Students get Free Access to HomeStage: https://www.mondaviarts.org/uc-davis-students

For ticket purchasing information, email tickets@ucdavis.edu. Visit the Mondavi Arts HomeStage link for answers to FAQ.

Images courtesy of The Mondavi Center.

Victoria McJunkin is a senior at UC Davis and a regular contributor to The Dirt.

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