Empyrean Ensemble to premiere new compositions by graduate students

The Empyrean Ensemble — the resident professional new music group at UC Davis — will present an annual showcase featuring new works by graduate student composers at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. “This year, the graduate students in composition have included electronics in their works,” said […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DHS actors go ‘Out On A Limb’ to make audiences laugh

Check it out What: “Out on a Limb” Where: Brunelle Performance Hall, 315 W. 14th St. When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Tickets: $12 general, $6 students, available at the door Rating: R, for theme and language “Out On A Limb,” the Davis High School drama department’s latest production, is a mix of late-night comedy […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hear Sham Chorasi music in Village Homes

Sukhawat Ali Khan represents the family lineage of the 600-year-old Sham Chorasi traditional school of music, which was established during the reign of Emperor Akbar of India. His training in both classical raga and Sufi Qawwali singing began at the age of 7 under his father, legendary Pakistani/Indian vocalist Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. He will […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Electric violinist will perform with Davis string students

Rock musician, recording artist and string instrument pioneer Mark Wood — an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin — will bring his groundbreaking music education program to Davis. Wood will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Spring concert set May 19 at DCC

Davis Community Church will present its spring concert, “Songs of Comfort and Hope,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19. During challenging times, people often find the gift of music a source of renewal and strength. The music selected for this concert includes expressive pieces of a wide variety of moods and styles. In addition to […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DHS actors go ‘Out on a Limb’

The Davis High School Drama Department presents “Out On A Limb” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. The “edgy, adult comedy” features many of students performing risqué pieces of drama, and is rated R for language. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

View local artists at work at ‘Ink and Mud’ reception

Capital ArtWorks Studio and Gallery presents “Ink and Mud,” an exhibition of ceramic bas-relief sculpture and watercolor drawings by Davis artists Joanna Kidd and Chris Kidd, from May 11 to July 6. The exhibition features ceramic bas relief sculpture and watercolor portraits painted and sculpted from live models at Capital ArtWorks Studio. There will be […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Woodland Community and River City bands host Spring Concert

The Woodland Community Band and River City Concert Band will present their annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. Both the concert and parking are free. The conductors for the popular double bill are Bobby Rogers, music director at Pioneer High School, conducting […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: What Thomas Jefferson knew about brewing

During the past week or so I have been trying to learn about brewing as Thomas Jefferson might have done. It has proved a fascinating but frustrating experience. So frustrating, in fact, that I am surprised Jefferson pressed on with his brewing enterprises and, by several accounts, was very successful at it. In 1804 Jefferson […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

RootStock hosts art, music and olive oil tasting

Celebrates music , art and olive oil from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at RootStock, 22 Main St. in Winters. The tasting features seven Yolo County award-winning olive oil producers. The group tasting will include Bondolio, Copper Hill, Frate Sole, Hillstone, Seka Hills, Taber Ranch and Quinta do Sol. The producers will be […]

May 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Shane Dwight brings red-hot blues rock to The Palms on Friday

Blues guitarist Shane Dwight will bring his red-hot blues rock to The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters, at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10; tickets are $20. Dwight, originally from San Jose, now lives in Nashville. He excels in numerous situations from story songs and laments to explosive workouts and fiery duels. In […]

May 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Pianist Yoshikazu Nagai, violinist William Barbini wrap up Chamber Music Society season

Check it out What: Sacramento Chamber Music Society When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 Where: Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road Tickets: $28 general, $22 seniors, $12 students, available at the door Info: www.cmssacto.org; 916-443-2908 Violinist William Barbini and pianist Yoshikazu Nagai will present a recital featuring works by Beethoven, Bazzini, Liszt, Scarlatti and Prokofiev […]

May 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Locals place well at area piano competition

The Japanese Piano Teachers Association of Greater Sacramento music festival awarded trophies to 21 piano students from eight piano studios at a recent competition. In addition, they evaluated 51 students, ages 6 to 16, from 10 piano studios in Davis, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Roseville and Folsom, during an April 13 performance at Our Faith Lutheran […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Sticks and Bones’ on display at Craft Center Gallery

Sentient sticks, stork women and a collection of other beings emerge from the inner worlds of artists Liz Webb and Dede deGraffenried to tell their stories in “Sticks and Bones,” a mixed-media exhibition at the Craft Center Gallery at UC Davis from May 10 to June 7. A reception for the artists is planned from […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,