‘Oblivion': A sleek, provocative ride

“Oblivion” Four stars Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell Rating: PG-13, for action violence, sensuality and brief profanity Director/co-scripter Joseph Kosinski’s “Oblivion” hearkens back to 1970s sci-fi thrillers that involved lone heroes struggling against horrific situations that weren’t quite what they seemed, at first blush. Kosinski […]

April 19, 2013 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Natsoulas plays host to state ceramic event

The California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art — the largest professional art function in the region — will be hosted by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts on Friday through Sunday, April 26-28. The exhibit will open Wednesday and run through May 25. In its 25th year, this event continues to bring […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sign up now for Camp Shakespeare

Camp Shakespeare is accepting registration for its third summer of theater games, acting workshops and a camp production of “As You Like It.” This year, a session just for teenagers has been added. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the UC Davis Arboretum. Options for early drop-off and […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Bus package available for San Francisco concerts

Classical music fans in Davis and Woodland can travel to The City now without worrying about traffic and parking. Subscriptions are now available for a series of four Thursday matinee performances of the San Francisco Symphony in 2013-14. A bus for subscribers will leave Davis at 9 a.m with stops at Union Square and Davies […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

See ‘The Foreigner’ in Arboretum

A free Picnic Day performance of Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Wyatt Deck in the UC Davis Arboretum. The zany play is rife with deception and revelations that shine a light on what people are willing to divulge when they think no one is listening. The show, presented by […]

April 18, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Pull up ‘a place in the sun’ with Pablo Cruise

Check it out Who: Pablo Cruise headlining “Groovin’ in the Grove,” a family-friendly benefit for SADVC and Soroptimist International of Woodland When: Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, with Beam at noon, Grooveline at 2 p.m. and Pablo Cruise at 4 p.m. Where: Nelson’s Grove, 15285 County Road 99E, Woodland Tickets: $25, available at http://groovininthegrove.brownpapertickets.com This Sunday, find […]

April 18, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Come hear Mandela at I-House

Local residents are invited to join musician Catherine Mandela at 2 p.m. Sunday at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. Mandela plays many international and unusual musical instruments in a storytelling program called “Instruments of the World.” The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the I-House Community Room. The event is free to […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free poetry readings set on Wyatt Deck

Two free lunchtime readings are planned from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays on the Wyatt Deck in the UC Davis Arboretum. Parking is available for $7 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. On Thursday, April 25, Folsom resident Mariam Ahmed, who studied English literature as an undergraduate at UCD, will […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Red Jacket Mine to perform twice in Davis

You have two chances this weekend to catch Seattle’s pop rockers, Red Jacket Mine. The band is performing at 10 p.m. Friday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in Davis. Local synth-pop band Contra opens the show at 9 p.m. This show is for the 21-and-over crowd and costs $5 at the door. The […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free concert on Picnic Day

Founded in 1961, and in its current location since 1972, the Davis Institute of Religion at 421 Russell Blvd. is celebrating Picnic Day with a 4 p.m. choir concert. Picnic Day visitors will have a chance to rest their feet Saturday while listening to the choir perform its wide-ranging repertoire: hymns and spirituals to contemporary […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Poetry Night features Sacramento poet laureate

The Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes Sacramento poet laureate Jeff Knorr at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Knorr, a winner of the Ray Bradbury Award in Poetry, has authored three collections of poetry: “The Third Body,” “Standing Up to the Day” and “Keeper.” Knorr’s poetry and essays have appeared […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Conta dancing at Davis Athletic Club

The Davis Athletic Club will host a contra dance Friday at the club, 1809 Picasso Ave. Free beginners’ lesson start at 7:30 p.m. and the dance starts at 8 p.m. The caller is Talib Huff, and the music is by The Faulkner Family (David, Cynthia and Joaquin). Donations are $10 for adults, $8 for college […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Eight from ACGA’ opens at Davis Art Center

The Davis Art Center’s annual ceramics exhibit, “Eight from ACGA,” opens on Friday, April 26, in conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. Featured artists include Gerald Arrington, Alice Corning, Maria De Castro, Julia Feld, Susanne French, Patricia Griffin, Lee Middleman and John Schnick. Two receptions will be held for the […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Willis and Robinson bring chart-topping music to The Palms

The Palms will welcome “the first couple of Austin’s roots music scene,” Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, at 8 p.m. Thursday as they celebrate the release of their new recording, “Cheater’s Game.” Willis, a singer/songwriter who has been called “alternative country’s golden goddess,” has earned widespread critical acclaim with her hybrid of country and rock. […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,