New Harmony jazzes up crafts fair

New Harmony Jazz Band will perform at the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and 15, in Davis’ Central Park. The band will have an informal jazz session with musical guests until 4 p.m.

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Illusion of Control’ examines challenges of modern life through dance mixed with spoken word, music

Think of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre’s new 75-minute piece “The Illusion of Control,” as a sort of distant cousin to the concept albums of past decades. With some 18 dancers — all female, ranging from young girls to middle-aged women, dressed in modest black outfits — mixed with recorded narration and a continuous tapestry […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Second annual California Banjo Extravaganza brings all-stars to The Palms

Move over, “Dueling Banjos,” and make way for the second annual California Banjo Extravaganza. Featuring Sammy Shelor, Tony Trischka and Bill Evans on five-string banjos and a back-up band packed with some of the country’s best pickers, this show promises to be a treat for fans of bluegrass and acoustic music. The California Banjo Extravaganza […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Harmony in Our Lives to honor Duval Speck

The duo known as Duval Speck — composed of Linda Duval and Cathy Speck — will be honored for their contributions to the Davis music scene at the annual Harmony in Our Lives concerts at 1:30 and 4:15 p.m. Sunday, in performances that will feature a host of choral groups drawing from local schools and […]

November 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Director has Music Circus track record, and a new Broadway-bound project

“Spring Awakening” is director Stafford Arima’s first project at UC Davis. But he has an established track record directing shows with the popular Music Circus series in Sacramento. And Arima is working on a new musical that could reach Broadway next year. Arima directed last summer’s Music Circus production of “The King and I,” and […]

November 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Wines for giving thanks, part II: The Reds

Before the skeletons, tarantulas, ghosts and pumpkins go back into their closet, red, green and silver blanket the cityscape. I’m actually quite fond of sparkling lights (especially as the daylight wanes), holiday trees and Christmas carols (though I do wish they wouldn’t blare, Muzak-style, for two entire months, from every store and restaurant speaker). But […]

November 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

SOFIA Celebration set at RootStock

The Spotlight on Female Independent Artists (SOFIA) Celebration — a free public event highlighting women in the arts — will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The evening will begin with poetry readings by Northern California poets, including Kat Everitt, Carmella Ortiz, Belle Francisco and […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis photographer Rob Floerke displays wildlife photos in November exhibit

Rob Floerke — a longtime local resident and past president of the Photography Club of Davis — has been taking pictures of wildlife for decades. Some of his favorite images are on display throughout November at Gallery 1855, in the office of Davis Cemetery District, 820 Pole Line Road. Floerke developed an interest in photography […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

“Intergalactic Nemesis” mixes 1930s radio drama and comic book pizzazz

The Mondavi Center will host a retro presentation recalling 1930s live radio drama and the sensational, action-packed comic books of the same era at 8 p.m. Friday. Titled “The Intergalactic Nemesis — Book One: Target Earth,” the show will feature three actors voicing dozens of characters; one Foley artist creating hundreds of live sound effects; […]

November 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mondavi to screen Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’

The Mondavi Center will host a high-definition screening of the San Francisco Opera’s 2009 production the Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess” on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Featured as Porgy is Eric Owens, who gave a well-received recital at the Mondavi Center in February 2012. George Gershwin mixed classical music and […]

November 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Baldini to conduct Camellia Symphony and Davis Chorale in Beethoven’s Ninth

That’s the ticket What: Sacramento’s Camellia Symphony performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Davis Chorale and two other choirs When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento Tickets: $30 general, $28 seniors, $15 students, $8 children 12 and under; 916-929-6655 or Conductor Christian Baldini of Davis will lead Sacramento’s […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Singer Theo Bleckmann interprets songs from Berlin cabarets, Las Vegas lounges

Check it out Who: Singer Theo Bleckmann When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $42 general, $19 students;, 530-754-2787 Theo Bleckmann — who has carved a unique reputation as an interpreter of challenging and unusual material — will return to the Mondavi Center’s […]

November 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UC Davis Jazz Ensembles perform Nov. 20

The UC Davis Jazz Ensembles, directed by Sam Griffith,  will give their fall quarter concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. Griffith, who is taking over leadership of the jazz ensembles this year, recently completed his doctor of musical arts degree in jazz studies at the University of […]

November 20, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Vocal Art Ensemble concerts will feature youthful and mature performers

Artists sometimes talk about their creative work as if it were their offspring. The Vocal Art Ensemble goes one step further this month, involving the children of choir members in a program titled “Voices of Innocence: Wonder, Hope and Joy,” which will be performed Friday, Nov. 22, in Sacramento and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24, […]

November 20, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,