American Bach Soloists continue all-Bach anniversary season with ‘Hercules’

The American Bach Soloists continue their 25th anniversary season on Monday, Feb. 24, at Davis Community Church with “Bach’s Hercules,” another all-Bach program of favorite works chosen by ABS Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas. The program showcases the composer’s genius for creating masterpieces within different musical formats and settings — liturgical, intimate instrumental suite, […]

February 19, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Veteran pianist Murray Perahia visits Mondavi for the first time

Murray Perahia — a pianist whose storied career extends back into the 1960s — will give a solo recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Mondavi Center. Born in New York in the late 1940s, Perahia studied at Mannes College and spent summers at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, where he collaborated with […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jazz veterans bring Spring Quartet to Mondavi

A foursome of notable jazz performers — including drummer Jack DeJohnette (honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts), saxophonist Joe Lovano (a Grammy Award winner, pictured), bassist Esperanza Spalding (also a Grammy winner) and remarkable Argentinean pianist Leo Genovese — will perform together as “The Spring Quartet” at 8 p.m. Friday, […]

February 19, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The Chieftains return with traditional Irish tunes on Feb. 19

The Chieftains — who have arguably done more to advance the cause of traditional Irish music than any other ensemble — will be back at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Mondavi Center. Founded in 1962, the Chieftains have recorded dozens of albums featuring countless reels and fiddle tunes. In concert, the core members […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Art Theater to present ‘Three Sisters’

The Art Theater of Davis will present Anton Chekhov’s, “Three Sisters,” at Third Space, 946 Olive Drive. Performances will run Thursday through Sunday, through March 16. Performances are at 7 p.m., except 2:30 p.m. March 9 and 16. “Three Sisters” is a naturalistic drama, set in provincial Russia at the end of the 19th century. […]

March 06, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Surrealist artist makes his mark in Davis

Why was I drawn nearly every day for a year to the Alex Reisfar mural in Tim Spencer Alley? At first glance, I was able to interpret most of the symbolism in the surrealistic figures beneath cloudy skies and tucked in dark-red haunting rooms — but they kept calling me back to look deeper. There’s […]

February 11, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Celebrate Wine’d Down Thursday with your valentine

Surprise your valentine and celebrate early at a special valentine’s version of Wine’d Down Thursday with roses, chocolates, red wine and the duo Easy Living. The fun runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The barrel room at Sundstrom Hill Winery, 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch, will feature the vocals of […]

February 11, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Misner and Smith to give concert at Capital Stage on Feb. 23

Sacramento’s Capital Stage will host an evening of fresh and lyrical Americana/folk music on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., hosting the popular duo Misner and Smith — longtime favorites in Davis and Yolo County. Capital Stage is at 2215 J St. Known for their live performances, Misner & Smith have been winning over fans […]

February 19, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Take a trip to the ‘South Pacific’ at DMTC

The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical favorite “South Pacific” comes alive at the Davis Musical Theatre Company Feb. 28 through March 23. “South Pacific,” based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book “Tales of the South Pacific,” draws from multiple story elements in the text. The original Broadway production opened in April of 1947, winning […]

February 19, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Monuments Men': An unfinished sculpture

“The Monuments Men” Three stars Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, Dimitri Leonidas Rating: PG-13, for relatively mild war violence and fleeting profanity Inept scripting mars what should have been a crackling war thriller By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic What a disappointment. Despite […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Register now for Show Biz Kidz Summer Camp

The Woodland Opera House is now taking registration for the Youth Summer Theatre Camp, Show Biz Kidz. Show Biz Kidz is an annual program designed to be an introduction to theater performance for area youths age 8-16. And Show Biz Kidz, Junior is designed for children who have completed kindergarten through age 7. Students will […]

April 09, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Flashdance’ makes transition from screen to stage

Check it out What: “Flashdance — The Musical” Where: Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $21-$88 Info: Visit or call 916-808-5181 It’s the new thing on Broadway. Instead of writing original musicals like Rodgers and Hammerstein, they are turning […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Charlotte’s Web’ spins into Woodland Opera House

The Woodland Opera House will present the childhood favorite story of “Charlotte’s Web,” Feb. 14-23. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Based on the E.B White classic children’s book, this tale of perseverance and friendship comes to life onstage. A pig named Wilbur befriends Charlotte, the spider who lives in […]

February 12, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Indian music concert benefits Sahaya, I-House

An unusual evening of music and devotional poetry of saints such as Kabir, Guru Nanak, Mirabai, Surdas and Tulsidas will be presented Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Hindustani classical music tradition at International House, Davis. Featured vocalist Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe will be accompanied by a narrator and four classical musicians playing harmonium, flute, tabla and manjira. […]

February 13, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,