Stellar bluegrass ensemble comes to The Palms

John Reischman & The Jaybirds — an award-winning five-piece American and Canadian bluegrass ensemble that combines breathtaking instrumental mastery, spot-on multi-part vocal harmonies, and five talented songwriters and arrangers into vibrant recordings and dynamic performances — will appear at 8 p.m. Friday at The Palms Playhouse. Tickets are $20. The members of The Jaybirds — […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Bonanza King Band at Village Homes

Bonanza King will brings its eclectic country swing at 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, to the Village Homes Performers’ Circle. The band is fronted by singer Kari King. Much of the band’s music — influenced by ragtime, old jazz, blues and many forms of country music — is danceable and written by King. Bonanza King […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Empyrean Ensemble to present music by Monteverdi plus a modern setting by Ortiz

Check it out What: Empyrean Ensemble presenting Monteverdi and Pablo Ortiz’s ‘Parodia’ When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Ticket: $20 general, $8 students;, 530-754-2787 The Empyrean Ensemble will present two works featuring largely the same text — one composed in Italy during the early 1600s, the […]

April 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Artistic Sensations benefits YoloArts’ programs

The ninth annual Artistic Sensations will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the T.S. Glide Ranch in Davis. Event proceeds will be used to support YoloArts’ art education programs, including artists in schools, throughout Yolo County. The evening’s featured artist will be oil painter Alejandro Rubio, a native of Uruguay and […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Nightingale’ blends movement, verse, shadows and sounds

Check it out What: “Nightingale” Where: Pamela Trokanksi Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors Info: or 530-802-0998 The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s “Nightingale” — a new “movement piece” by writer/director/performer Gia Battista — draws on a wide variety of interesting material, ranging from […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis teen performs at Carnegie Hall

Davis pianist Jessica Yeung was excited when she received news that she was a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival 2012-13 season. She could barely contain her excitement when she found out that she was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall on March 24. Although she has won other competitions, this one would place […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Young artists to be honored at reception

Talented young artists will be honored Friday at the Gerald R. Wooliever Awards reception, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Each year, the Davis Art Center displays the works of artists from the secondary schools. Jurors Beth Winfield and Debbie Gualco will select the winners of Wooliever scholarship […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Winters Theatre Company presents ‘An Audition for a Murder’

Winters Theatre Company will host its third annual Mystery Dinner Theater Friday through Sunday, May 17-19. Tickets are $40 general admission, two for $75, and children 12 and under are $20. Dinner will be catered by The Buckhorn, and Berryessa Gap wines will be sold at a no-host bar. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Get a peek inside the artist’s studio

Check it out What: Davis Artist Studio Tour When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Where: At 25 participating artists’ studios around town Tickets: $10, available at The Artery, 207 G St. Kids under 12 are free Davis artists’ studios “are as varied as the colors on a palette,” according to local landscape painter Phil […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jam with folk musicians on Friday

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday on the Wyatt Deck, on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Classical guitarist featured at winery

Classical guitarist and vocalist Elizabeth Busch will be at Sundstrom Hill Winery this week for Wine’d Down Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Busch, who has performed professionally since 1999, has a classical music background and loves both Celtic vocal music and acoustic, folk-inspired music. She performs throughout the Sacramento area and also offers guitar […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Evil Dead': Utterly lifeless

“Evil Dead” Two stars Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore Rating: R, for profanity, strong bloody violence and relentless gore Pointless remake offers little beyond gore and insipid characters By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Teaser posters for “Evil Dead” insist that it’s “the most terrifying film you will […]

April 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Blues Express rolls into Picnic at the Park

Guitar Mac & His Blues Express — Guitar Mac, guitar and vocals; Sal Derenzi, guitar; Mark Horner, bass; and Joe Martinico, drums — bring the Delta-style blues of B.B. King and Muddy Waters to Picnic in the Park at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Farmers Market runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guitar Mac hails from […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free music at Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair

The Red Barn Roots Band — which plays 1960s rock — will perform at the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The concert is free. For more information, visit

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,