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 ,

Curtis On Tour returns to Mondavi — this time featuring chamber works by Schoenberg, Penderecki

In the know What: Curtis on Tour Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center When: 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $38 regular, $19 students Info: www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787. It has become something of a rite of spring at the Mondavi Center: a touring chamber ensemble from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music visits the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, featuring […]

May 07, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Yolo Mambo to play at Dixon May Fair

Yolo Mambo will play from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, on the Plaza Stage at the Dixon May Fair, 655 S. First St. The band returns to Davis for a 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday set at KetMoRee Thai Restaurant and Bar, 238 G St.

May 07, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble to play Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time,’ plus San Martin’s companion piece

Check it out What: Left Coast Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center When: 2 p.m. Saturday Tickets: $20 general, $8 for students Info: Visit www.mondaviarts.org or call 530-754-2787 Four members of the Bay Area-based Left Coast Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Mondavi Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, presenting the well-known “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” (“Quartet […]

May 07, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free outdoor dance lesson for kids to precede ‘Gertrude McFuzz’

As a warm-up for the 3 p.m. performance of “Gertrude McFuzz” on Sunday, May 19, by pianist Lara Downes and others in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall, there will be a free event outdoors on the Corin Courtyard on the Mondavi Center’s north side. Titled “Kids in the Courtyard,” the event will include an introductory dance […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Dogs of War’ looks between the lines of Shakespeare

In the know What: “The Dogs of War” Where: Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, UC Davis. When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, May 16-18 and 23-25; and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 19, 26 Tickets: Suggested $5 donation at the door; limited seating — first-come, first-served. Rating: PG-13 Using the text of Shakespeare’s “Wars of the Roses” plays, “The Dogs […]

May 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Trokanski offers summer dance workshops

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theater is hosting a two-week summer intensive at the Pamela Trokanski Dance workshop, in conjunction with several other summer programs. As as the nonprofit dance company looks forward to its upcoming 29th season, it is focusing on community outreach for training dancers who might someday join the troupe, dancing with either the […]

June 11, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Byrne’s photographs on display at Davis Art Center

The Davis Art Center will host an exhibit of photographs by Susan Cohen Byrne. Byrne has lived in rural Yolo County for more than 35 years, and her photographs express her passion to create enduring images of the beauty of the area. Meet the artist at the ArtAbout reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday […]

May 07, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Trio Seven to perform at DAC

The Davis Art Center Guitar Ensemble Series continues with a performance by Trio Seven at 8 p.m. Friday, May 17. Now in its third year, Trio Seven is an all extended seven-string ensemble that covers a range of styles, from baroque to romantic to impressionistic to modern. Trio Seven performs works by Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Debussy, […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,