‘The Grandmaster': All the right moves

“The Grandmaster” 4.5 stars Starring: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Wang Qingxiang, Zhang Jin, Shang Tielong, Song Hye Kyo Rating: PG-13, for violence, drug use and brief profanity Lavish biography also is a slick martial arts drama By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic This is the “Dr. Zhivago” of martial-arts epics. The parallels are so striking […]

August 30, 2013 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Davis Arts Center adds classes

Davis ceramic artist and teacher Linda S. Fitz Gibbon is offering several new classes this fall at the Davis Art Center. Some are not in the printed catalogue. There are both morning and afternoon Kinder Clay sessions, while All Ages Clay is a daytime class that can accommodate adults, parents/grandparents and youths, as well as […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Worlds Apart’ exhibit at YoloArts’ Gallery 625

Artists seek inspiration from all places around them when it comes to the creative process. Artist Juan Cantavella calls himself “an emerging artist.” An architect by education and trade, Cantavella is a self-taught artist. The paintings in “Worlds Apart” offer a juxtaposition of the landscapes and cultures of Venezuela and America — two places he […]

August 30, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

16 Davis artists chosen to show in KVIE Art Auction

KVIE’s art curator, D Neath, announced Wednesday that 16 Davis artists — who submitted their art to the annual juried competition — were chosen to be included in KVIE’s Art Auction collection. Celebrating KVIE Public Television’s 32 years of creating an accessible venue to bring art into the homes of Northern Californians, the KVIE Art […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Monticello dishes out live music

From jazz to rock, Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., is serving up live music all month. Open mic for acoustic music is hosted by Jan Peters from 8:30 to 11 p.m on Wednesdays. Bob Wren (violin and octave mandolin) plays an eclectic mix from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Jazz is on tap […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

A canvas of emotions

Davis visual artist Lynne Cunningham was selected for the Capital Artists’ Studio Tour. She paints contemporary and abstract expressive works. Cunningham will be co-hosting — with 4 Artist @ the Railroad Tracks — the free event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15, at the Open Studio, 4330 24th St. in Sacramento. […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of brew: You want ice with that?

Had a reader of this column not drawn it to my attention I would have missed the article in the Wall Street Journal of Thursday, Aug. 15. I borrowed a copy of the paper and found the piece by Hiroyuki Kachi. The headline was intriguing: “Is that ice cream on your beer? Japan’s wacky summer […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Warships land at Sophia’s

Acclaimed Los Angeles indie-pop band Warships will celebrate the recent release of its debut EP “Shadows” with a 9 p.m. concert Saturday, Sept. 21, at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. Fellow L.A. band Miner will also play. Tickets are $5.

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Live music at crafts fair

Ken Kemmerling & Friends will provide jazz, folk and roots rock music between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, for the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair in Davis Central Park. For more information on the monthly event, which celebrated its first anniversary in August, visit www.squaretomatoescrafts.com.

August 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Commander Cody brings boogie-based rock to The Palms

Commander Cody, the piano-pounding frontman of the legendary Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen and more, returns for a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at The Palms with his current band of Modern Day Airmen for a high-energy evening of old favorites and new fare. Tickets are $20. Formed in Michigan and […]

August 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free music Friday at RootStock

The Phantoms will perform a complimentary concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at RootStock, 22 Main St. in Winters. The local band features Bruce Brewer on drums, Dwight Howard on the bass, Richard Hemenway on the flat top guitar and J. Cedar Seeger on the Fender. Watch for special guests dropping in […]

August 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

International Film Series kicks off with ‘Little Senegal’

“Little Senegal,” a 2001 Algerian-French-German film directed by Rachid Bouchareb, will be screened Friday, Sept. 6, 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 […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC’s 29th season dishes out a little bit of everything

From Knights who say “NI!” to pick-pocketing street urchins, DMTC is proud to announce its 29th season of musicals. This  line-up includes comedy, drama, moving songs, and two Pulitzer Prize winners. All shows are at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive. The following is a brief look at the upcoming season: * […]

August 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC opens season with twisted knight’s tale of ‘Spamalot’

Davis Musical Theatre Company announced it’s opening its 29th season with “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” “Monty Python’s Spamalot” is a musical comedy, “lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur, but it differs from the film […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,