Mondavi screens SF Opera’s production of Verdi’s ‘Otello’

The Mondavi Center will screen a high-definition broadcast of the San Francisco Opera’s 2009 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7. Composed in 1887, and based on the famous Shakespeare tragedy, the opera tells the story a great warrior brought low by his own jealousy. South African tenor Johan Botha, who […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me’ host to speak at Mondavi

Peter Sagal, host of the humorous NPR quiz show “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” will speak at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Mondavi Center. Sagal’s radio show, which is aired on radio stations across the country, is heard by more than 3 million listeners weekly, with Sagal’s humorous — and sometimes barbed […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Uberjam Band, Joshua Light Show featured at Picnic Day

Think of this evening concert on Picnic Day as a double event: energetic jazz and dazzling, colorful lights. Guitarist John Scofield’s Überjam Band pioneered Scofield’s fusion of jazz, funk and electronic music. For this exclusive performance, Scofield and bandmates Andy Hess, Avi Bortnick and Tony Mason meet up with the wizards behind the Joshua Light […]

April 10, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Capacity audience expected for jazz artist Diana Krall

All tickets have been sold for the 7 p.m. concert Sunday by Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall at the Mondavi Center. However, some tickets likely will be returned before the concert, so those interested may check with the Mondavi Center box office, 530-754-2787, to see if any seats become available. The concert […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel': Grandly chaotic

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Four stars Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton Rating: R, for profanity, sexual candor and brief violence Eclectic filmmaker Wes Anderson uncorks another dose of inventive whimsy By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic This one’s […]

March 21, 2014 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

The Artery collects The Artery

The Artery continues its 40th anniversary with a two-week exhibit of fine art and craft created by former members and collected over the years by current Artery members. Works on view include paintings by Martha Ward, Robin Escher, Rebecca Metts and Nola Mosier; ceramics by Cathie Dunaway, Bob Judson, Marcia Smith, Erica Jackson, Pat Hill, […]

April 03, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Phenix rises at Picnic in the Park

One of Sacramento’s finest singer-songwriters Lisa Phenix will team with mandolin and guitar player Beer Dawg Steve Walls to play folk and Americana music from 5 p.m. to dark Wednesday, March 26, at Picnic in the Park. Davis Food Co-op sponsors the music; the Market’s community partner, Sutter Davis Hospital, sponsors Picnic in the Park. […]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘4000 Miles’ is a great ride

Check it out What: “4000 Miles” Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento When: Through April 13: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $26-36 general, $24-$36 for seniors and students Info: Visit Rating: For mature audiences To put it simply, “4000 Miles” written by Amy Herzog and […]

April 03, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Madrigals to host children’s workshop

Teaching children how to read and write is one thing, but teaching kids how to sing is a whole other challenge. Luckily, the Davis High Madrigal Choir is up to the task. The choir is playing host to a choral workshop for children from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Brunelle Performance Hall at […]

March 28, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis Chorale to sing of ‘Dreams and Dances’

The Davis Chorale, under the direction of Alison Skinner, will present its spring concert, “Dreams and Dances,” 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High, 315 W. 14th St. The program features an eclectic mix of mostly secular 20th century choral music set to English poetry. Three traditional, but rarely […]

April 01, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Woodland Opera House announces 2014-15 season

Tickets are now on sale for the Woodland Opera House’s 2014-15 season. Season tickets for the five-event run are $89 until April 15. Shows are “Hello, Dolly,” “The Miracle Worker,” “A Christmas Carol,” “A Flea in Her Ear” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” For more information, call 530-666-9617 or visit

March 26, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

International Film Series to screen ‘Elizabeth’

“Elizabeth,” a 1998 British film directed by Shekhar Kapur, will be screened Friday, March 21, as part of the International Film Series. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m. There is […]

March 19, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Kirchen brings all-star reunion line-up to The Palms

Bill Kirchen, dubbed “The Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player magazine, is touring California and fronting a special reunion all-star band with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. Kirchen and fellow Cody alums Bobby Black (pedal steel and steel guitar) and Buffalo Bruce Barlow (bass) as well as long-time collaborator Austin de Lone […]

March 19, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Celebrate arts, animals in Winters

The public is invited to come out from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at RootStock in Winters and meet the founders of the 3R Rescue and enjoy the art of several local artists, including former art teacher Sally Paul. Paul has created several pet paintings on display in the gallery and has generously […]

March 19, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,