Point of Brew: Burying my head in the Sandy

By the time you read this I shall have pulled my head out of the sand. That occasion was planned for Wednesday morning of this week when the campaign for president should be over and done with and the results of the election known (God willing!). Very little gets through to ears buried in sand […]

November 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Atria Covell Gardens hosts 49ers banjo player

Jack Convery, the San Francisco 49ers band director and “best banjoist in the NFL,” will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in Davis. This free event is open to the public. Convery, who is also a singer and guitarist, plays everything from jazz to country to pop. He […]

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

RootStock kicks off the holidays

Vacaville singer Denny Colleret will perform his Johnny Cash tribute from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in Winters. Colleret is the lead guitarist for the band Cash Tribute. His first solo CD, “Trains Go By” was released in 2010. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., RootStock will host a […]

November 08, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Folklórico company brings Mexican dance to Mondavi

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández claims the title as the oldest and most celebrated of that country’s dance troupes. The company’s performances showcase Mexican dances from different regions and different eras, ranging from the pre-Colombian times through the Hispanic Viceroy period and the popular period of the revolutionary years. The company will perform at […]

November 09, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Sam Haywood return for another recital in Jackson Hall

The’s the ticket Who: Joshua Bell, violinist, with pianist Sam Haywood When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $50-$115 general, $25-$57.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 When violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk performed in Jackson Hall in February 2010, they were touring material that they were planning on […]

November 08, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Blues/folk singer releases ‘Hundred Dollar Valentine’ at The Palms on Sunday

By Kate Laddish Blues/folk singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Smither brings his unique style and guitar work to The Palms, 13 Main St., in Winters at 7 p.m. Sunday for a CD release show for “Hundred Dollar Valentine.” Tickets are $25. While many musicians can be categorized easily — by songwriter, instrumentalist, singer or stage presence […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Stevens shines in ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’

What: ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ Where: Dennis Wilkerson Theater at the R25 Arts Complex, 1721 25th St. (25th and R streets), Sacramento When: 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 25. Tickets: $25 general, $20 students, military, SARTA members and seniors Info: 916-451-5822 The recipe for an […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Musicians will jam Friday in Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyatt Deck, located on 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 it) and join your […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Dance Theater of Harlem back after eight-year hiatus

The Dance Theatre of Harlem — which came to town several times under the aegis of the old  UC Davis Presents program in the 1990s — returns at 8 p.m. Friday to Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. Founded in 1969, the Dance Theatre of Harlem toured widely and became cultural ambassasors, often described as “the first black classical […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Philharmonia Baroque presents all-Beethoven concert

That’s the ticket Who: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, with pianist Emanuel Ax When: 8 p.m. Wednesday (with a pre-performance talk at 7 p.m. by Nicholas McGegan, conductor) Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $45-$93 general, $22.50-$46.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Curious to hear Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and Fourth Symphony on the sort of instruments […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Say farewell to the Helladelics

The Helladelics will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of a continued series of traditional and contemporary world music concerts brought to the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East, by TimnaTal Music. This is the group’s final Davis show since the band’s founder, Mary Hofer Farris, will be moving to the East […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Trokanski presents ‘Dukkha, Dark Matter and Riding on Trains’

A Buddhist belief, a scientific mystery and a train trip to Illinois are the focus of a new dance work by Davis choreographer Pamela Trokanski. The 28th season of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre opens with the premiere of “Dukkha, Dark Matter and Riding on Trains,” a thoughtful and humorous look at impermanence, the great […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Misfit young man finds his way in ‘Memphis’

If the plot of the new touring Broadway production “Memphis,” now at the Sacramento Community Center, sounds familiar, you may be thinking of “Hairspray.” In “Hairspray,” 1950s misfit teenager Tracy Turnblad loves “Negro music” — which is not played on white stations — becomes a big star on Cincinnati’s version of “American Bandstand” and by the […]

November 02, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Artists needed for spring studio tour, show

Davis artists who have a studio or space are eligible to join the Davis Art Studio Tour, April 13-14. In addition, The Artery is hosting a two-week gallery show that coincides with the tour. Interested artists should contact Vicki Plutchok before Dec. 15 at [email protected] or 530-758-2032 to reserve space on the tour. This is not a […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,