A more comprehensive version of this exhibit was a big hit last year at the Whitney Museum in New York, the city that inspired much of Davis’ work. But so did Gloucester, Massachusetts, represented with sparse but iconic images in several paintings, as well as Paris, depicted almost like stage settings for ballets, in other works. Davis couldn’t get enough of American subject matter, from gas stations to barber poles to skyscrapers to jazz-age and swing-music impressions. His series of paintings with variations on the word “Champion” was inspired by a spark plug ad on a matchbook cover.
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Gem Faire: Noon-6 p.m. March 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 10, Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Exhibitors from all over the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and more. $7. www.gemfaire.com. Masters of Hawaiian Music: 7:30 p.m. March 8, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Three master slack key artists, including George Kahumoku Jr., share Hawaii’s unique folk styles whose origins lie in early 19th-century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture. $25-$35. www.paloaltojcc.org.
“It just goes to show you how fragile paper can be,” said San Jose State Library Dean Ruth Kifer, The capsule was recovered when the old library was demolished a couple years ago, Other artifacts included copies of the city’s charter and a council agenda from 1969, a tape of a radio interview with San Jose City Librarian Geraldine Nurney at the April 1970 dedication, contemporary newspaper clippings about the dedication ceremony and a San Jose State thesis by Lynn Vermillion on the early history of ballet flats for wide feet libraries in San Jose..
Roy Rogers with special guest The Carolyn Sills Combo. 8 p.m. April 19, Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. $20. 877-435-9849 or www.clubfoxrwc.com. Jenny Kerr (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. April 23, Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. $5. 877-435-9849 or www.clubfoxrwc.com. Department of Music and Vocal Arts at Notre Dame de Namur University. “De España Vengo!” Spanish theater music and zarzuela. 7:30 p.m. April 24-26; 2 p.m. April 27. NDNU voice students and instrumentalists, under the direction of Daniel Lockert, Eric Morris and Jenny Matteucci. Taube Center, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. $15-$25. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/582766.