Organist Cameron Carpenter brings flamboyant style to Mondavi

Check it out Who: Organist Cameron Carpenter When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $47 general, $29 students;, 530-754-2787 Organist Cameron Carpenter — who visits the Mondavi Center for a solo concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 — aims to shake things up with […]

March 27, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Ensemble introduces children to Shakespeare

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble presents the spring edition of Intro to Acting Shakespeare at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Classes are Tuesdays, April 8, 15, 22 and 29 and May 6, 13. Children ages 7 to 10 will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., while children ages 11 and older will gather […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Top bluesman comes to Winters

Blues Hall of Fame member and world-class guitarist Joe Louis Walker celebrates the release of his album, “Hornet’s Nest,” with a live performance at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Walker is credited as being among the greatest bluesmen of his generation and is known worldwide as […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Australian troupe Circa returns with body-bending program ‘S’

Circa — a contemporary circus-style group from Down Under that visited the Mondavi Center in February 2012 — returns at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, with a program titled “S.” In this program, seven performers present a physical ode to plurality that extends the possibilities of human strength and flexibility through the interplay of complex acrobatics. […]

March 26, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sondheim’s artful Broadway songs interpreted by concert pianist de Mare

It’s often said that Stephen Sondheim — the much-honored composer of many Broadway shows — writes music that could just as easily be enjoyed as “art music” in a concert hall. Indeed, just this month, the New York Philharmonic gave a concert performance of Sondheim’s dark masterpiece “Sweeney Todd,” a musical that’s also been performed […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Joshua Bell, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields return, with Bell as soloist and conductor

That’s the ticket What: Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields When: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $150 general, $62.50 students;, 530-754-2787 Audiences at the Mondavi Center have seen Joshua Bell in recital several times during the past […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Winters scores big laughs with ‘You Can’t Take it With You’

Check it out What: “You Can’t Take It With You” Where: Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. When: Through March 23, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $10 general and $6 for seniors and children 12 and under Info: Call 530-795-4014 “You Can’t Take it With You” is the 1937 Pulitzer […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Curtis on Tour offers works for wind ensemble by Mozart, Poulenc, Barber

For several years, the Mondavi Center has featured an annual visit by “Curtis On Tour” ensembles featuring advanced students (and recent graduates) of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia — and they’re coming back on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. This year’s tour will feature pianist […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Trocks return with playful parody of ballet classics

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to the Mondavi Center on Thursday, March 27, at 8 p.m. with a show that will feature a somewhat irreverent version of “Swan Lake” and other classical ballets, as well as several newer works. Founded in New York in the mid-1970s, and soon notorious for casting against gender, […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Blue Blazes kicks off Picnic in the Park

Blue Blazes will open the 2014 Picnic in the Park concert season with its tasty blend of old-time rock and roll, rockabilly and blues on Wednesday, March 19. The market is open in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and music runs from 5 p.m. until dark. Blue Blazes — […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Wind Rises': This film soars

“The Wind Rises” Four and a half stars Starring (voice): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Stanley Tucci, Martin Short, Mandy Patinkin, Werner Herzog, Mae Whitman Rating: PG-13, for dramatic content and disturbing images Famed Japanese filmmaker turns serious in his newest animated drama By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Animation fans who think of […]

March 14, 2014 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Blue Man Group: hard to describe, easy to enjoy

Check it out What: Blue Man Group Where: Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento When: 8 p.m Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $21-$88 general Info: Visit “I loved it. Brave, adventuresome, amusing, challenging and those drummers rock! The woofers and subwoofers they used blew my hair backwards!” was […]

March 14, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Scharoun Ensemble brings chamber works by Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak

There’s a special body of chamber music, works that were written for uncommon combinations for five to eight instruments, rather than the more common duos and quartets. This music tends to be performed by special arrangement, since there aren’t that many ensembles that routinely feature one or more wind instruments with an assortment of strings, […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Young at ART Festival on Sunday

The Davis School Arts Foundation’s Young at ART Festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. This event showcases artwork by students from all the local elementary schools. It includes music by young performers and craft activities for children. There will be performances from […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,