‘Quartet': A beautiful noise

“Quartet” Four stars Starring: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith Rating: PG-13, and rather stupidly, for brief strong language Strong ensemble cast highlights gentle drama about second chances By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Music fills almost every frame of “Quartet,” whether created vicariously by this delightful story’s many […]

Irish-American band Solas releases new CD with concert

Solas, a quintessential Irish-American band, returns to The Palms Playhouse for a CD release concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20. The band will be celebrating the release of their new album “Shamrock City” with a special multi-media concert. “Shamrock City” explores the true story of bandleader Seamus Egan’s great-great-uncle Michael Conroy who emigrated […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Holoman returns to podium to conduct Elgar’s oratorio

Check it out What: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and Alumni Chorus, conducted by D. Kern Holoman When: 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Conductor D. Kern Holoman — who retired as conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Sac Choral Society performs at cathedral on March 10

The Sacramento Choral Society will present one of its “Stained Glass Concerts” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St. in Sacramento. The program will include spirituals, chant and folk songs by contemporary composers like Morton Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, as well as Baroque-era masters like G.P. […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Classical Guitar Series continues at Davis Art Center

The Davis Art Center’s fourth annual Classical Guitar Series continues with a performance by world/jazz/chamber ensemble Quarteto Nuevo at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15. The Los Angeles-based ensemble has an unusual style that is the product of the musical diversity of its members, who are deeply rooted in the worlds of North and South Indian, […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Shakespeare Ensemble to host auditions for ‘As You Like It!’

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble is holding a casting call for its fourth annual Summer Shakespeare: “As You Like It!” Auditions are from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Geery Theater, 2130 L St. in Sacramento, and Tuesday, March 26, at Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, 1615 Fifth St., Suite D, in Davis. Callbacks are […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: A Belgian tradition brought to California

On the South African veldt, many years ago, I recall being rather intimidated by a tour group of Afrikaners of which we were accidentally (I think) a part. Though they were kind to us, these folk are religious and conservative, sometimes to extremes, and I was just a little apprehensive that my California and Davis […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Thursday Live! to feature Latin flavor

Thursday Live! heads south of the border at 7:30 p.m. March 7 with an evening of music from Latin America featuring Zapato Viejo. Thursday Live! is a continuing series of concerts on the first Thursday of each month at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. All shows are free and open to all […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Urinetown’ is like real life, but funnier

Check it out What: “Urinetown” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays through March 17 Where: DMTC Theater, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $18 general, $16 seniors and students Info: [email protected] It is highly unlikely that when the Davis Musical Theatre Company was choosing its spring show for 2013, there was any reason to […]

February 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Local jazz drummer Jeff Minnieweather steps into spotlight

Davis resident Jeff Minnieweather is one of the artists featured in a new jazz series at Lakeside Room at Sacramento’s Red Lion Hotel Woodlake, 500 Leisure Lane. The veteran sideman, well-known in Sacramento jazz circles for his stellar musicianship and groove-oriented style, is stepping back into a bandleader role with a new band, Jeff Minnieweather […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis flutist highlighted at concert

The Sacramento Symphonic Winds, featuring Davis resident Maquette Kuper on the flute, will present “Musician’s Choice!” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast, 5321 Date Ave., in Sacramento. Les Lehr will conduct the 60-piece band through Carmen Fantasy by Georges Bizet — which highlights Kuper — and other selections including […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Art show featured as part of Lunada

Everyone is invited to a Lunada, an evening of song, art and storytelling celebrating women as part of Women’s History Month. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the atrium of the County Administration Building, 625 Court St., Woodland. The Esparto Teen Art Club’s women’s history art piece will make […]

March 20, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC sets auditions for young performers’ ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre announced auditions for its upcoming production of “Charlotte’s Web.” Helen Spangler will direct this musical version of E.B. White’s childhood favorite that tells the story of the blossoming friendship between Wilbur, Fern’s little pig, and Charlotte, the nurturing spider. There are a wide range of roles available for […]

February 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats bring award-winning blues to The Palms

Sacramento-based Rick Estrin & The Nightcats will bring their harmonica- and guitar-driven blues to The Palms Playhouse at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20. Singer/harmonica player/songwriter Estrin ranks among the top harp players in the blues world. His work on the reeds is at once deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson […]

February 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,