Come hear Mandela at I-House

Local residents are invited to join musician Catherine Mandela at 2 p.m. Sunday at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. Mandela plays many international and unusual musical instruments in a storytelling program called “Instruments of the World.” The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the I-House Community Room. The event is free to […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free poetry readings set on Wyatt Deck

Two free lunchtime readings are planned from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays on the Wyatt Deck in the UC Davis Arboretum. Parking is available for $7 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. On Thursday, April 25, Folsom resident Mariam Ahmed, who studied English literature as an undergraduate at UCD, will […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Red Jacket Mine to perform twice in Davis

You have two chances this weekend to catch Seattle’s pop rockers, Red Jacket Mine. The band is performing at 10 p.m. Friday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in Davis. Local synth-pop band Contra opens the show at 9 p.m. This show is for the 21-and-over crowd and costs $5 at the door. The […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free concert on Picnic Day

Founded in 1961, and in its current location since 1972, the Davis Institute of Religion at 421 Russell Blvd. is celebrating Picnic Day with a 4 p.m. choir concert. Picnic Day visitors will have a chance to rest their feet Saturday while listening to the choir perform its wide-ranging repertoire: hymns and spirituals to contemporary […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Poetry Night features Sacramento poet laureate

The Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes Sacramento poet laureate Jeff Knorr at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Knorr, a winner of the Ray Bradbury Award in Poetry, has authored three collections of poetry: “The Third Body,” “Standing Up to the Day” and “Keeper.” Knorr’s poetry and essays have appeared […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Conta dancing at Davis Athletic Club

The Davis Athletic Club will host a contra dance Friday at the club, 1809 Picasso Ave. Free beginners’ lesson start at 7:30 p.m. and the dance starts at 8 p.m. The caller is Talib Huff, and the music is by The Faulkner Family (David, Cynthia and Joaquin). Donations are $10 for adults, $8 for college […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Eight from ACGA’ opens at Davis Art Center

The Davis Art Center’s annual ceramics exhibit, “Eight from ACGA,” opens on Friday, April 26, in conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. Featured artists include Gerald Arrington, Alice Corning, Maria De Castro, Julia Feld, Susanne French, Patricia Griffin, Lee Middleman and John Schnick. Two receptions will be held for the […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Willis and Robinson bring chart-topping music to The Palms

The Palms will welcome “the first couple of Austin’s roots music scene,” Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, at 8 p.m. Thursday as they celebrate the release of their new recording, “Cheater’s Game.” Willis, a singer/songwriter who has been called “alternative country’s golden goddess,” has earned widespread critical acclaim with her hybrid of country and rock. […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sculptors’ work shown in California Clay Competition exhibit

The 24th annual California Clay Competition exhibit, which has been sponsored by The Artery since 1990, is timed to coincide with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. California’s best clay artists “strut their stuff” for this eagerly anticipated show. The exhibit will feature 37 works from 33 artists chosen by juror Michelle […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hampson, Jupiter String Quartet to premiere new piece by visiting composer

That’s the ticket Who: Baritone Thomas Hampson and the Jupiter String Quartet When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, with a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $35-$72 general, $17.50-$36 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Prominent baritone Thomas Hampson will be joined by the Jupiter String Quartet at […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

RootStock hosts two nights of music

Rootstock will host its monthly Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, offering a venue for musicians, singers and songwriters to share their talent. The winery is at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The Friday Night Music Series, from 6 to 8 p.m., features the soulful sound of Belle Francisco & The […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Enjoying the wines from our own back yard

Although I frequently rhapsodize about a French, Italian or Oregonian beauty, you know if you read this column regularly that I’m also a big fan of our local wines. I just picked up my third case of Simas Family Vineyards ’09 Capay Red, for example, and last night I savored a glass of the Simas […]

April 18, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Trance': A puzzle that doesn’t deserve to be solved

“Trance” 2.5 stars Starring: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Danny Sapani, Matt Cross, Wahab Sheikh Rating: R, for graphic nudity, sexual content, profanity, torture, violence and grisly images Insufferably twisty storyline just gets sillier by the minute By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Everybody wants to write the next “House of Games” or “Usual […]

April 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sax performs at Bistro 33

Jordan Sax will perform Friday, April 19, at Bistro 33, 223 F St. in Davis, via an interesting route. Bistro 33 president and executive chef Fred Haines trained with Chef Katherine Bandel of Chez Panisse, whose founder Alice Waters is featured in the 2010 documentary “Love of the Land.” Sax wrote the title track for […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,