UCD Film Festival rolls out red carpet

Check it out What: 13th annual UC Davis Film Festival Where: Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, May 22-23 Tickets: $7 each night; $10 two-night pass available at Varsity starting May 15 Info: theatredance.ucdavis.edu/season/prod_details.aspx?p=54 or www.facebook.com/UCDavisFilmFestival The 13th annual UC Davis Film Festival continues to grow in many directions. This year’s submissions include an abundance […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC hosts auditions for ‘Spamalot’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company announces auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Auditions will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, June 23-24. Callbacks will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. The show is directed by Steve Isaacson. All auditions and performances are at DMTC’s Performing Arts Center, 607 […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Drama students present ‘Stories Under the Big Top’

Harper Junior High School’s seventh- and eighth-grade drama class will present “Stories Under the Big Top” on Friday, May 17. Performances will be at 9:30 a.m. for elementary students, 11:15 a.m. for Harper seventh-graders, 1:30 p.m. for elementary students and 7 p.m. for the community. Written by Lorraine Thompson, “Stories Under the Big Top” is […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Great Gatsby': Not mere hyperbole

“The Great Gatsby” Four stars Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher, Amitabh Bachchan, Jack Thompson Rating: PG-13, for sexual candor, violence and brief profanity Opulent adaptation of the classic novel is a breathtaking experience By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Teachers have been aggravated for generations, […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The Undulations play Picnic in the Park

The Undulations bring their post-modern swing and Dixieland music to Picnic in the Park at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Undulations — Tami Talle, percussion; Ziggy Wells, guitar, harmonica and vocals; Terry Underwood, guitar; and Zelda Zaire, upright bass and vocals — have been together for more than 20 years and have performed regionally with annual […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Empyrean Ensemble to premiere new compositions by graduate students

The Empyrean Ensemble — the resident professional new music group at UC Davis — will present an annual showcase featuring new works by graduate student composers at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. “This year, the graduate students in composition have included electronics in their works,” said […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DHS actors go ‘Out On A Limb’ to make audiences laugh

Check it out What: “Out on a Limb” Where: Brunelle Performance Hall, 315 W. 14th St. When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Tickets: $12 general, $6 students, available at the door Rating: R, for theme and language “Out On A Limb,” the Davis High School drama department’s latest production, is a mix of late-night comedy […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hear Sham Chorasi music in Village Homes

Sukhawat Ali Khan represents the family lineage of the 600-year-old Sham Chorasi traditional school of music, which was established during the reign of Emperor Akbar of India. His training in both classical raga and Sufi Qawwali singing began at the age of 7 under his father, legendary Pakistani/Indian vocalist Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. He will […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Electric violinist will perform with Davis string students

Rock musician, recording artist and string instrument pioneer Mark Wood — an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin — will bring his groundbreaking music education program to Davis. Wood will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Spring concert set May 19 at DCC

Davis Community Church will present its spring concert, “Songs of Comfort and Hope,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19. During challenging times, people often find the gift of music a source of renewal and strength. The music selected for this concert includes expressive pieces of a wide variety of moods and styles. In addition to […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DHS actors go ‘Out on a Limb’

The Davis High School Drama Department presents “Out On A Limb” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. The “edgy, adult comedy” features many of students performing risqué pieces of drama, and is rated R for language. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

View local artists at work at ‘Ink and Mud’ reception

Capital ArtWorks Studio and Gallery presents “Ink and Mud,” an exhibition of ceramic bas-relief sculpture and watercolor drawings by Davis artists Joanna Kidd and Chris Kidd, from May 11 to July 6. The exhibition features ceramic bas relief sculpture and watercolor portraits painted and sculpted from live models at Capital ArtWorks Studio. There will be […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Woodland Community and River City bands host Spring Concert

The Woodland Community Band and River City Concert Band will present their annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. Both the concert and parking are free. The conductors for the popular double bill are Bobby Rogers, music director at Pioneer High School, conducting […]

May 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

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 ,