Free music Friday at RootStock

The Phantoms will perform a complimentary concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at RootStock, 22 Main St. in Winters. The local band features Bruce Brewer on drums, Dwight Howard on the bass, Richard Hemenway on the flat top guitar and J. Cedar Seeger on the Fender. Watch for special guests dropping in […]

August 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

International Film Series kicks off with ‘Little Senegal’

“Little Senegal,” a 2001 Algerian-French-German film directed by Rachid Bouchareb, will be screened Friday, Sept. 6, 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 […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC’s 29th season dishes out a little bit of everything

From Knights who say “NI!” to pick-pocketing street urchins, DMTC is proud to announce its 29th season of musicals. This  line-up includes comedy, drama, moving songs, and two Pulitzer Prize winners. All shows are at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive. The following is a brief look at the upcoming season: * […]

August 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC opens season with twisted knight’s tale of ‘Spamalot’

Davis Musical Theatre Company announced it’s opening its 29th season with “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” “Monty Python’s Spamalot” is a musical comedy, “lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur, but it differs from the film […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Still time to audition for Davis Chorale

The Davis Chorale, a chorus of about 60 singers who perform contemporary and traditional classical music, begins rehearsing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the Choir Room at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. The group, under the direction of Alison Skinner, is preparing for the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Chicago’ heats up the Music Circus

Check it out What: “Chicago” Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday Tickets: $30-$74 Info: Call 916-557-1999 or visit There’s lots of razzlin’ and dazzlin’ going on in Sacramento as Music Circus closes out its 2013 season with its first-ever production of the […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wolk puts Yolo art on display

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has announced that her Capitol office is hosting artwork inspired by the farmlands of Yolo County through Dec. 10. The artwork is the product of a YoloArts’ program that brings artists, farmers and community members together to raise awareness of the importance of preserving working landscapes, promoting sustainable agriculture and […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Enjoy a Cold Shot in the park

Cold Shot brings its eclectic mix of pop, R&B and rock ‘n roll to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Cold Shot — Tim “T-Bone” Wilbur, drums; Richard Urbino, bass, support instruments and vocals; and René Martucci, guitar and vocals — is a Picnic in the Park favorite whose music includes iconic covers […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Folk music jam session planned at Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Wyatt Deck, on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Musicians can pull out their fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Children’s Hospital to host free concert

The UC Davis Children’s Hospital will host a free concert featuring the band Mumbo Gumbo from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 45th and X streets in Sacramento. The staff of the trauma and injury-prevention program will hand out free bike helmets for kids. Games, crafts and bounce houses are also planned, […]

September 04, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Spectacular Now': Dangerous liaison

“The Spectacular Now” 3.5 stars Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh Rating: R, for profanity, alcohol abuse and some sensuality, all involving teens Perceptive teen novel makes an absorbing leap to the big screen By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic At first blush, 18-year-old Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) seems […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: The agitation of bad prose calmed by a glass or two of good pinot

About two weeks into the semester, my lit students got their first essay assignment. By way of footnote, I confessed to a few irritants that would adversely affect how generously I’d be able to read their efforts. If, for example, the first three words were “in today’s society,” I’d too carefully scrutinize the entire piece […]

August 22, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hosking, One Button Suit kick off Thursday Live!

Rita Hosking and One Button Suit, two local country-folk bands, will kick off the 2013-14 Thursday Live! season with a 7:30 p.m. concert Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Free concerts are planned on the first Thursday of each month at the hall. Hosking’s style of country-folk has been […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Craven, McClain concerts will be filmed for PBS show

Local music fans have a chance to be on television if they’re in the audience for a concert by Joe Craven and Antsy McClain on Thursday, Sept. 5, at The Palms Playhouse in Winters. The nationally syndicated PBS television program will be part of the series “Sierra Concert Stages.” The show will be recorded on two nights […]

August 22, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,