Chamber Music Society begins season with pianist Gwendolyn Mok

The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento begins its new season with concerts in Sacramento on Sunday, Sept. 15, in Capistrano Hall at Sacramento State and in Davis on Saturday, Sept 21., at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. The guest artist for these concerts will be […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Popular ‘Rising Stars of Opera’ concert set for Oct. 4

The annual “Rising Stars of Opera” has become an October tradition at the Mondavi Center. It’s also a bit of a birthday bash. And best of all, the tickets are free — but they are going fast, so don’t delay, because this popular concert always plays to a full house. This year’s concert will begin […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Baldini conducts in Buenos Aires, awaits release of Mozart album

Conductor Christian Baldini of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra — who will lead that orchestra in the Oct. 4 “Rising Stars of Opera” concert at the Mondavi Center — has had a pretty busy year. Baldini flew to his native Argentina recently for a Sept. 20 concert with the National Symphony Orchestra in Buenos Aires. […]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Asphalt Orchestra visits Mondavi with ‘Unpack the Elephant’

The New York City-based ensemble known as the Asphalt Orchestra has been described by music critic Anthony Tommasini as “an iconoclastic 12-piece marching band … part parade spectacle, part halftime show and part cutting-edge contemporary music concert.” Expect drums, trombones, trumpets, saxophones, a piccolo and a sousaphone. And they don’t play sitting in chair — they […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Ballet Hispanico arrives with ‘Sortijas’ and ‘Mad’Moiselle’

Ballet Hispanico — an ensemble founded in New York in 1970 — will visit the Mondavi Center on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. with a program featuring two works. “Sortijas” (“Rings”) is a duet, choreographed by Cayetano Soto and premiered by the company in April 2013, that celebrates Latino tradition by representing the circular […]

October 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Austenland': What would Jane say?

“Austenland” Four stars Starring: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, James Callis Rating: PG-13, for sexual candor and innuendo Screwball farce tweaks the obsessive behavior of reality-challenged fans By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic This film is completely bonkers. In the best possible way. “Austenland” is a gleefully barbed […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Irish celebration is halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St. in Davis, invites local residents to celebrate (Just Past) Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, Sept. 20, with an evening of Irish music and traditional fare. The restaurant will offer traditional dishes with a Czech twist, as well as its full menu, accompanied by music from local […]

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Winters celebrates Spanish roots and wines

Winters will host Tempfest, a celebration of locally grown and produced Tempranillo wines, with special tastings and live music this weekend. One of the first commercial wineries east of Sonoma in the Sacramento Valley was a winery started by John Wolfskill in the Winters area in the 1840s. Some of the first post-prohibition commercial plantings […]

September 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: A glass or the bottle: That is the question

In a recent column, New York Times writer Sarah Lyall described her “re-entry” experience. A foreign correspondent in England for many years, she suffered a surprising amount of cultural dissonance when she returned to the United States, even though she had made many short trips home over the years. Particularly interesting — and amusing — […]

September 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Country legends Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell visit Mondavi on Sept. 30

That’s the ticket Who: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell When: 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $96 general, $39.50 students;, 530-754-2787 Forty years into their careers, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have never stopped looking ahead. At 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, the duo propels […]

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Enroll now for Children’s Tree-Lighting Choir

The Davis Children’s Tree-Lighting Choir is now accepting enrollment in preparation to sing at the city of Davis downtown tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. This will be the 15th year for the choir to sing at this fun community event, which also features the Davis High School Madrigals and Jazz Choir. Director […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,