Wine’d Down on Valentine’s Day

Sundstrom Hill Winery is offering a special Wine’d Down Thursday for Valentine’s Day. Guests will enjoy roses, chocolate, wine and music by the husband-and-wife duo Tim and Helen Spangler. Multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriters, the Spanglers are returning to the barrel room after playing to a standing-room-only crowd last fall. They focus on melody-driven songs in the folk, […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Pilobolus brings imaginative dance to Mondavi Center

Pilobolus Dance Theatre, which has performed at the Mondavi Center several times during the past decade, returns at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, with a program that will include dancing inspired by automatons, skyscrapers, gnomes and other sources of inspiration. Founded in 1971 at Dartmouth College, Pilobolus performs regularly for stage, television and online audiences all […]

February 19, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Webster, Gerber to weave music magic at The Palms on Friday

Northern California favorites Chris Webster of Mumbo Gumbo and Nina Gerber will join together for a special duo at 8 p.m. Friday at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Tickets are $20 and available at Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music in Woodland, Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters and and at the door if not […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Local artist featured in San Francisco show

Davis resident and artist Marie-Therese Brown’s painting “One Good Kick” is part of the California Art Club figurative show at the Studio Gallery in San Francisco through March 3. The gallery, 1815 Polk St., is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC Young Performers present ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Davis Musical Theatre Company has announced that its Young Performers Theatre Production is off to see the wizard. Patrons may follow the yellow brick road to the Young Performers Theatre presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” beginning Saturday, March 2, and running through March 24. This family favorite centers on Dorothy Gale, who dreams of […]

February 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Water for Elephants’ to be screened at I-House

“Water for Elephants,” a 2011 American film directed by Francis Lawrence, will be screened Friday 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 is […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Love songs and free tastings at RootStock

RootStock, 22 Main St. Winters, will offer complimentary wine and chocolate tasting from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., Bob Adams will give a special performance of love songs. In 1994, Adams started farming 80 acres in Yolo. In the intervening years, he has written many songs about farming in […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Contra dance set Friday at DAC

The Davis Athletic Club will host a contra dance on Friday. The free beginners’ lesson starts at 7:30 p.m. with the dance following at 8 p.m. at the club, 1809 Picasso Ave. Mavis McGaugh will be the caller, and music will be provided by The Faulkner Family. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $8 for college students […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Camper Van Beethoven celebrates 30th anniversary in Davis

Innovative, indie rock originator Camper Van Beethoven is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a new album and tour. For the first time in more than 25 years, the band will perform in Davis at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The Davis Live Music Collective […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Russian National Orchestra returns with highly regarded young pianist

That’s the ticket Who: Russian National Orchestra with pianist Daniil Trifonov When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $50-$118 general, $25-$59 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 The Russian National Orchestra returns to the Mondavi Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. And this time through, the orchestra is […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

True Life Trio plays at Village Homes

True Life Trio will weave their vocal harmonies and international rhythms at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay East. Tickets are $13 reserved or $15 at the door. This innovative trio, brought to Davis by TimnaTal Music, explores the creative possibilities of mixing traditions with unlikely timbres connecting […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Amour': Dull, dreary and beyond endurance

“Amour” Two stars Starring: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, painful intimacy, brief profanity and fleeting nudity Strong performances are buried beneath insufferable directorial flourishes By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic However impressive Emmanuelle Riva’s starring role in “Amour” — and her work transcends mere words […]

Regional conductors strike up their bands

The annual Festivity of Bands — which features groups from UC Davis, Sacramento State and Davis High School — will fill the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS with great wind music at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Repertoire highlights for this year include the “Shepherd’s Hey” and “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger and “Hammersmith” by Gustav […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Masters of dance

Check it out What: “Ligilo” and “Transmutation” When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 and March 3 Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center Rating: R, for nudity and violence Tickets: $17-$19 general, $12-$14 students, children and seniors Info: tickets.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787 The UC Davis department of theater and […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,