“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 www.camelliasymphony.org 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; www.mondaviarts.org, 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 ,

10th annual Home for the Holidays concert set for Dec. 8

The annual Home for the Holidays concert, featuring nationally recognized local musicians, will celebrate its 10th year at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. This year’s concert will include Joe Craven in his 10th appearance as emcee. In addition to Craven and his trio, other […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

International Film Series screens Chilean movie ‘No’

“No,” a 2012 Chilean film directed by Pablo Larrain, will be screened Friday 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 no charge, […]

November 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Chamber Music Society to perform in Davis

The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento will perform a festive Baroque concert to warm up the season. December’s concerts feature members of the Ariel Quartet, playing Bach’s “Sonata for Violin,” joined by popular flutist Mat Krejci in Bach’s “Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuo” and Vivaldi’s “The Seasons.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Capitol Chamber Players to feature music composed by women

The Capitol Chamber Players — a group that includes several Davis residents — will open its season with a concert, “Women Composers through the Ages,” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Congregation B’nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento. The program will focus on music by female composers from the early Baroque to the present day; […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Female singers showcased at winery

The barrel room at Sundstrom Hill Winery will feature the vocals of Dianna Craig and the high-energy but sensitive piano accompaniment of Sergei Shkurkin at Wine’d Down Thursday. The winery, 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch, will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. This duo covers an eclectic range of popular material […]

November 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Spring Awakening’ will rock UCD with bold, soulful song and dance

Check it out What: “Spring Awakening” Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UC Davis When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 21-23; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24;8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7 Tickets: $18-$22 general, $16-$20 students and seniors Info: Call 530-754-2787 or 866-754-2787, or visit tickets.mondaviarts.org Rating: R for adult material including violence, sexuality, nudity and language. “Spring […]

November 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC hits a high note with ‘Oliver’

Check it out What: “Oliver” Where: Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center stage, 607 Peña Drive When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 1 Tickets: $18 general, $16 students and seniors (55 and over) plus a $2 facility fee Info: Call 530-756-3682, visit dmtc.org One thing about the actors of Davis Musical […]

November 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Thor: The Dark World’ — Another rich superhero soufflé

“Thor: The Dark World” Four stars Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård Rating: PG-13, for rather grim action violence No sophomore slump from Marvel’s celestial thunder god By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic One must give considerable credit to the master planners […]

November 08, 2013 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,