‘White House Down': Slick summer heroics

“White House Down” Four stars  Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jason Clarke, Jimmi Simpson Rating: PG-13, for fleeting profanity and relentless action violence Everything works in this well-paced action epic By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic You gotta give ’em credit: Despite an invasion premise that confines […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Artists offered free exhibit space at I-House

International House, Davis offers artists free exhibition space in the Art Deco building at 10 College Park. The Art Committee meets quarterly to review framed submissions and the next review date is Friday, Aug. 9. Artists, watercolorists and photographers may bring their submissions to I-House the Thursday before the Art Committee meets. Jeffrey Granett is […]

July 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

A is for art appreciation

The annual YoloArts group exhibition of artwork by Yolo County teachers takes on special meaning this year, as the show is being dedicated to the memory of a longtime art teacher, Mary Wilbur, who died in May. “A+ for Art” will run through July 31 at Gallery 625, in the Erwin Meier Administration Building, 625 […]

July 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis native Chris Clark returns with jazz trio for concert on July 11

Saxophonist and composer Chris Clark — a 2005 graduate of Davis High School — will return for a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Stonegate Contry Club, 919 Lake Blvd. Clark, who now lives on the East Coast, visits Davis as part of a tour with his trio, which also includes bassist Zack […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Japanese Film Festival returns to Sacramento

The ninth annual Sacramento Japanese Film Festival will feature seven movies to be screened Friday through Sunday, July 12-14, at the Crest Theatre. “Haru’s Journey,” a 2010 road movie, shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. The film follows a cranky grandfather and his teenage granddaughter as they take off in search for a better […]

July 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Sometimes there IS truth in advertising

I received an email recently about a two-year-old column — “In which the wine columnist makes an embarrassing confession” — about my experience joining an online wine club. It wasn’t a good experience. After sampling the wines and finding them only just drinkable at best, truly awful at worst, I discovered that the promised “boutique” […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC production of ‘Cats’ has all the right moves

Check it out What: “Cats” Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company, 607 Peña Dr. When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 Sundays through July 14 Tickets: $18 general, $16 students and seniors, plus a $2 facility fee Info: Visit www.dmtc.org There is a band of feral cats hanging around the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center these […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

WOH to present ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

The Woodland Opera House will present the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays, July 12-28. The Peanuts gang – Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Sally – is all here in this delightful musical that will have you celebrating childhood. Charlie Brown just wants to […]

July 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Learn Alexander Technique at DAC

Sign up for an introduction to the Alexander Technique from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays, July 8-29, at the Davis Art Center.  Learn how the Alexander Technique can teach you to identify and change old habits that cause tension and fear. Individuals will learn how to regain freedom and flexibility in  activities, avoid injuries, improve […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mutual love of singing reunites childhood friends

Back in the 1980s, Elizabeth Bell and Alison Skinner were next-door neighbors on a North Davis street. And they became the best of friends (even though Elizabeth was one year ahead of Alison in school), brought together in part by a mutual love of music. This month, they’re back together again — Alison Skinner (now […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Documentary highlight ‘The Corner’

Former Davis resident Jared Martin is directing a short documentary entitled, “The Corner,” based on David Breaux’s Compassion Corner at Third and C streets. Martin and his five-member crew, who are recent graduates and students from The School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, spent 10 days filming in Davis on this […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jam out on Wyatt Deck

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Wyatt Deck on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name […]

July 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

A few slots remain for Camp Shakespeare

There are still a few openings in the third annual Camp Shakespeare. The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble camp will features theater games, acting workshops and a special camp production in the UC Davis Arboretum. This year’s campers will journey into the forest of Arden for one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most musical plays: “As You Like […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wine and music at RootStock

Kyle Bowen will give a free concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, at RootStock , 22 Main St. in Winters. “I draw much of my inspiration from musicians such as Michael Bublé, Jason Mraz and the band Boyce Avenue,” said Bowen. During this performance Julie LePla Winery will offer a complimentary tasting of […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,