Lescroart gives reading on Thursday

John Lescroart, a Davis resident and New York Times bestselling author, will read from his new novel, “The Ophelia Cut,” at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. A question-and-answer session with Andy Jones, host of the Poetry Night Reading Series, will follow. In addition, Lescroart will play […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Breweries also ignore the Fourth Amendment

Over the years, I have visited many breweries in many places. In all cases, I was subject to some level of scrutiny: I signed in by time and date; I was issued a visitor’s name tag, safety glasses and a hard hat. Several breweries required that I wear special shoes, remove my wedding ring and […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

British composer returns to California for concert

Davis Community Church presents Antony Baldwin, a British organist and choir master, in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Baldwin has composed and arranged nearly 100 published organ and choir compositions. A master organist and choir trainer, Baldwin holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Oxford University. He was awarded his doctorate […]

August 20, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Monticello serves up musical dishes

Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., has music on tap just about every day in August. Wednesdays are open mic nights with Jan Peters, from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays — except Aug. 9 — feature Bob Wren on the violin and octave mandolin, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Aug. 9, Ken Kemmerling will […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hear fiery blues at The Palms on Friday

Jimmy Thackery, who is widely acknowledged as one the premier guitar pyrotechnicians on the blues scene today, will perform with his band The Drivers at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at The Palms Playhouse in Winters. Tickets are $20. Thackery learned blues straight from some of the towering giants in the field, including stints playing […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Guitar champions come to the Barnyard

National flatpicking guitar champion Robin Kessinger will be joined by Todd Hallawell, national fingerstyle guitar champion and SoundSet Recordings artist, for a summer evening’s taste of the Barnyard Acoustic Music Festival at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the historic Schmeiser Barn. The barn concert is co-sponsored by Barnyard Theatre and the UC Davis Friends […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Flatlanders take over RootStock

The Flatlander Sound Crew will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The Flatlander Sound Crew is band of singer/songwriters who travel and perform together throughout Yolo County, formed to showcase local musicians and their talent as well as the venues at which they perform. Many of […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Summer dance concert Friday and Saturday

The 2013 Summer Repertory Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3, at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop In-House Theater, 2720 Del Rio Place. This year’s Summer Repertory Concert includes choreography by Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre company members, dance intensive students and pieces from the summer repertory classes. The 60-minute […]

August 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

It’s About Time to get to the park

It’s About Time brings its classic blend of big band, swing and jazz music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, July 31. Music starts at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by Davis Food Co-op. Formed in 1996, the band — Don Moe, drums; Brian Toole, alto saxophone; Carl Van Dam, alto saxophone; Steve Slinkard, tenor […]

July 30, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

S.F. Mime Troupe visits with irreverent, sharp-edged political satire

The San Francisco Mime Troupe — still uppity after more than 50 years — will make its annual summer visit to Davis to give a free performance at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in Community Park. Donations will be accepted. For information, visit www.sfmt.org. Famous for staging politically oriented “street theater” — with an activist […]

July 30, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mike Justis Band featured at First Saturday

First Saturday at Sundstrom Hill Winery will feature singer/songwriter Mike Justis and his band from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. The winery is at 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch. The Mike Justis Band, based in Northern California, has been playing folk, blues and Americana music for more than 30 years. The […]

July 30, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Musicians jam at UC Davis Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 2, 16 and 23, 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, […]

July 30, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Wolverine': Slick superhero stuff

“The Wolverine” Four stars Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Famke Janssen Rating: PG-13, for intense sci-fi action, mild sensuality and fleeting profanity Hugh Jackman owns the title role in this engaging franchise entry By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic I’ve never understood why critics […]

July 26, 2013 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Summer choral group to perform at St. Martin’s Church

The UC Davis Summer Chorus, conducted by Andrew Hudson, will give a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Martin’s Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. The group will present a range of vocal and choral repertoire with organist Alan Montgomery, who grew up in Vacaville and is now an advanced organ student, studying at Lincoln Cathedral […]

July 30, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,