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 www.californiamusicaltheatre.com “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 ,

Mondavi offers Celtic music indoors and outdoors

Celebrants of St. Patrick’s Day — which is Monday — will have two opportunities to mark the holiday at the Mondavi Center, even if they aren’t Irish. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a free performance outdoors in the Mondavi Center’s Corin Courtyard, adjacent to the box office, by the group Cahersiveen. Formed in 2003, Cahersiveen […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: The Crimea, beer and me

I knew all about the Crimea, or more exactly the Crimean War of 1853-56, when I was a small boy in grade school. So I am intrigued to find it back in the news again and I’m taking a good deal of interest in it. To tell the truth, my youthful introduction to the Crimea […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Deffner plays organ concert at Davis Community Church

Local organist David L. Deffner will offer a performance showcasing masterpieces written for the organ at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. He will perform works by German masters — Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn and Brahms — as well as the exhilarating “Carillon de Westminster” by French composer Louis Vierne. […]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hear jazz at the Performers’ Circle

James Williams with the Midnight Jazz Trio is the featured act Monday, March 24, at the Village Homes Performers’ Circle at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Williams, a Performers’ Circle regular known for stellar a cappella renditions of jazz standards, will blend his distinctive voice with fellow local musicians Robert […]

March 14, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jazz phenom Jonathan Batiste visits Mondavi for five nights

Born into a musical family in Louisiana, and educated at the Juilliard School in New York (earning a master’s degree), Jonathan Batiste is still a few years short of 30, but has been performing since age 8. He’s recorded albums with veteran New Orleans musicians, as well as an album of live material recorded on […]

March 14, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Accordions and madness hit The Palms

Those Darn Accordions and The Mad Maggies will dish out accordion-fueled rock ’n’ roll at 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Those Darn Accordions are known for pumping out quirky, catchy original songs and new takes on a few rock classics. The quartet is fronted by lead […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD bands to perform ‘magical, mystical music’

The UC Davis Concert Band, led by Pete Nowlen, and the UCD Campus Band, led by Olin Hannum, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. The program is titled “Imaginings: Magic and Mysticism” and is designed to appeal to concertgoers of all ages. “The Concert Band portion of the program will […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wennberg concert to feature pianist Victor Choi, showcase school orchestras

The annual Bodil Wennberg Music Festival — a concert showcasing the breadth and accomplishment of the orchestra program in the Davis public schools — will take place Saturday. The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. with the elementary school orchestra groups, then works up through the junior high orchestras and finally to the high school ensembles […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Early Music and Baroque Ensembles team up for a concert

The singers of the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, directed by William David Cooper, and the period instrument musicians UCD Baroque Ensemble, directed by Phebe Craig and Michael Sand, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. Featured will be “Dixit Dominus Domino […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Pianist TianPeng Yu takes top honor at Young Artists Competition

TianPeng Yu, a 22-year-old pianist who was born in China and now studies in Los Angeles, received the Founder’s Prize in this year’s Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition on March 2. Other winners include 15-year-old Alex Chien of San Jose (Young Artists Prize, Piano Division), 12-year-old Andrew Sung of Yorba Linda (Honorable Mention, Piano Division), […]

March 21, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Depression-era classic finds new life at UCD

In the know What: “The Grapes of Wrath” Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $17-$19 general, $12-$14 for students, children and seniors Info: Call 530-754-2787 or 866-754-2787 or visit tickets.mondaviarts.org Today’s newspapers are filled with stories of climate changes that are wiping out crops and causing the price […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,