Actress Laura Dern reschedules Mondavi Center lecture

Actress Laura Dern has rescheduled her lecture at the Mondavi Center due to casting demands, it was announced Friday. Her appearance, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, will now take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in Jackson Hall. Patrons who have purchased tickets to Dern’s lecture have three options: * Hold on to their […]

October 29, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Counselor': Guilty as charged

‘The Counselor’ No stars (turkey) Starring: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Rosie Perez, Natalie Dormer, Goran Visnjic Rating: R, for graphic violence, grisly images, profanity and strong sexual content Vapid characters populate this lurid, lifeless misfire By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Cormac McCarthy apparently felt that 2009’s big-screen adaptation […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Family Halloween show set at Art Center

A spooky, kooky Halloween show of songs, stories and shenanigans will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by Voice of the Wood. The show will take place on the atrium stage at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Heidi Bekebrede with tell stories with dramatic narration and Dianna Craig will act them […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Shaham returns to Mondavi, performing music for solo violin

Check it out Who: Violinist Gil Shaham When: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: Starting at $50 general, $25 for UC Davis students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Violinist Gil Shaham returns to the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall on Friday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. for a solo recital […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Redux: perfidy, sedition, treason and traitor

I have a question for you: What is the difference between: a) Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and the far-right agenda of his Muslim Brotherhood and b) John Boehner in Washington and the far-right agenda of his tea party? And the answer is: Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood won a national election. It was with this […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC to host third annual Halloween costume sale

The public is invited to create one-of-a-kind costumes for Halloween at the third annual Davis Musical Theatre Company’s three-day Halloween costume sale. The sale runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at DMTC, 607 Peña Drive. Numerous costumes, pieces, hats, wigs and other fun […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Winters hosts Harvest Festival celebration

Davis author Scott Evans will be at the Berryessa Gap tasting room, 15 Main St. in Winters, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday to sign copies of his literary murder mysteries, “Tragic Flaws,” “First Folio” and “Sylvia’s Secret,” during the Winters Harvest Festival. The novels are set partly in Davis, Sacramento and the Bay Area, […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Kim Richey brings Americana, country to The Palms

Americana singer/songwriter Kim Richey — who recently released her ninth album, “Thorn In My Side” — will present a CD release show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. The two-time Grammy Award-nominated storyteller transports listeners into the pictures she paints. Richey’s voice is pure, arresting and […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Oliver’ to open at DMTC

The charming musical “Oliver” opens Friday, Nov. 8, at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center stage, 607 Peña Drive. Based on the Charles Dickens novel, this Davis Musical Theatre Company production engages the audience with its pathos and drama, while delighting patrons with its outstanding musical numbers. “Food, Glorious Food,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Where is […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Traveling Eye’ to show at the International House

“The Traveling Eye” opens at International House in Davis on Friday, Nov. 8, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 7. The exhibition features the color photographs of Danni Downing and the luminous watercolors of Chris Kidd. “The Traveling Eye” examines the artists’ bold use of light and color in their respective media, to capture the feeling […]

October 31, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Enjoy Chicken & Dumpling at Wine’d Down Thursday

The acoustic blues duo Chicken & Dumpling will perform in the Barrel Room at Sundstrom Hill Winery for Wine’d Down Thursday this week. The winery, 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch, will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday for music and wine. Chicken & Dumpling features Charles “Chicken” Oriel on the guitar […]

October 22, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mondavi Center to screen Olivier’s 1948 ‘Hamlet’

The theme of this year’s Focus on Film series at the Mondavi Center is “Shakespeare, self-directed.” The series will begin Monday, Nov. 4, with a screening of Laurence Olivier’s black-and-white film adaptation of “Hamlet” from 1948, with Olivier starring in the title role, and directing as well. The project didn’t go down well with Shakespeare […]

October 29, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hersch plays four nights of studio jazz at Mondavi

Details Who: Jazz pianist Fred Hersch and his trio When: 8 p.m. Nov. 6-9 Where: Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: Starting at $42 general, $19 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Jazz pianist Fred Hersch — a prolific artist whose albums have accrued a slew of award nominations and critical accolades in recent […]

October 31, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Harvest some of Rowland’s red-hot blues at local fundraiser

The Kyle Rowland Band returns to grace the stage of the 12th annual Blues Harvest on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Heidrick Ag History Center, 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland. Fueling his red-hot blues will be riffs by special guest Barry “the Fish” Melton. The event is organized by Friends of Adult Day Health Care […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,