Shana Morrison sings the blues (and more) at The Palms

Vocal powerhouse and songwriting talent Shana Morrison and her band Caledonia will return to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday for another great evening of R&B, pop, rock, blues and more. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20. Morrison sings a smart brand of pop music that includes a broad range of influences such as […]

May 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Music at Monticello at month long

Music complements the food at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., throughout the month of May. * Wednesdays feature an acoustic open mic, hosted by Jan Peters, from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Sign-ups start at 7 p.m., or call the restaurant at 530-792-8066. * Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., hear Bob Wren on octave […]

May 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Bair hosts dance auditions Sunday

The Linda Bair Dance Company will hold open auditions at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The company is looking for dancers of any age, size and gender for the 2013-14 season. The audition will consist of class, improvisation and choreography. Dancers with solid technique, a deep sense of their […]

May 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: When the bottle’s not what you expected

I recently overheard a fellow diner inform her server that she just didn’t like the wine she ordered. A moment of silence followed. The bottle had been opened. A glass — or maybe two — had been poured. Servers like to please their customers. Small restaurants have small to nonexistent profit margins. I dragged my […]

May 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Enjoy art, music, wine at RootStock

Rootstock will host the regional plein air artists event Friday beginning at dusk. Local artists will gather out in front of RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters, when the sun goes down to paint. Inside, guests will listen to music by The Phantoms from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Bruce Brewer on drums, Dwight Howard […]

May 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Film examines 20th century icons

“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky,” a 2009 French, Japanese and Swiss film directed by Jan Kounen, 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 […]

May 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

GATE: Let’s change the name

By Chuck Rairdan Among the themes that have been abundantly clear in the ongoing debate about GATE is that the name itself invites plenty of scorn and ridicule. This is an unfortunate side-effect of a legacy that is distracting us from critical issues affecting our public education system. The current program name is rooted in […]

May 01, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Sundstrom Hill Winery scores a ‘Knockout’

Sundstrom Hill Winery will play host to The Knockouts from 1 to 5 p.m. at the First Saturday event, May 4. The Knockouts trio perform throughout Northern California, playing an eclectic mix of jazz, pop and country tunes while creating their own unique sound. Arlyn Anderson is a professional guitarist based in Sacramento specializing in […]

May 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Country 4 Coaches Returns to Woodland, May 31

Local country music lovers have been waiting all year for this. The Wolf (101.9) and the Woodland Schools Foundation present the second annual Country 4 Coaches concert on Friday, May 31. James Wesley, The Lost Trailers, Weston Burt, Flat Busted and Austin Webb will play at the Yolo County Fairgrounds. Last year’s concert raised $42,000 for […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Performances on the edge

UC Davis department of theatre and dance is playing host to the 2013 Edge Performance Festival, which features dance, one-acts, films at various locations around the campus. Student choreographed dances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Main Stage theater. On Friday and Saturday, student one-acts and Hour of […]

April 30, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Vocal Art Ensemble to present choral-music concert

The Vocal Art Ensemble presents “GODAI — Choral Music Summoning the Five Ancient Elements,” at three separate concerts May 24 to 26. Earth, wind, fire, water and void will each be represented with transcendent a capella singing, instrumentals, and dance — unleashing one by one the solid and the fluid, the passionate and the wise, […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Rejoice! Oh Voices of Spring’ concert planned by Woodland Chamber Singers

The Woodland Chamber Singers, along with artistic director Lenore Turner-Heinson and accompanist Lori Jarvey, will perform their spring concert, “Resound! Oh Voices of Spring,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the Pioneer High School Performing Arts Theater, 1400 Pioneer Ave. in Woodland. The program runs the musical gamut from […]

May 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Holy musicals, Studio 301 presents ‘Bat Boy’

In the know What: “Bat Boy: The Musical” Where: Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, UC Davis When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Tickets: $12 general, $10 students Info: 530-752-2471 One would hardly think of the Weekly World News as a source for material to inspire a musical, but that’s exactly where Laurence O’Keefe, Keythe Farley and Brian […]

May 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Gallery 625 to host ‘YOLO: You Only Live Once’ exhibit

The call for art for the May exhibition at Gallery 625 posed several questions: “What does Yolo County mean to you?,” “What does ‘YOLO: You Only Live Once’ mean to you?” and “How do the two intersect?” The result was farm-themed murals, drawings, ceramics and photographs from youths and adults from throughout Yolo County. Sixth-grade students […]

May 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,