RootStock hosts two nights of music

Rootstock will host its monthly Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, offering a venue for musicians, singers and songwriters to share their talent. The winery is at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The Friday Night Music Series, from 6 to 8 p.m., features the soulful sound of Belle Francisco & The […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Enjoying the wines from our own back yard

Although I frequently rhapsodize about a French, Italian or Oregonian beauty, you know if you read this column regularly that I’m also a big fan of our local wines. I just picked up my third case of Simas Family Vineyards ’09 Capay Red, for example, and last night I savored a glass of the Simas […]

April 18, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Trance': A puzzle that doesn’t deserve to be solved

“Trance” 2.5 stars Starring: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Danny Sapani, Matt Cross, Wahab Sheikh Rating: R, for graphic nudity, sexual content, profanity, torture, violence and grisly images Insufferably twisty storyline just gets sillier by the minute By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Everybody wants to write the next “House of Games” or “Usual […]

April 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sax performs at Bistro 33

Jordan Sax will perform Friday, April 19, at Bistro 33, 223 F St. in Davis, via an interesting route. Bistro 33 president and executive chef Fred Haines trained with Chef Katherine Bandel of Chez Panisse, whose founder Alice Waters is featured in the 2010 documentary “Love of the Land.” Sax wrote the title track for […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mighty music at Picnic in the Park

Mighty Murphys bring their traditional Irish music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. during the Davis Farmers Market. Incorporating musical experience from multiple genres, Might Murphys delivers upbeat Irish reels and jigs, plus heartfelt ballads. The weekly music is sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op. The band includes Mike Kahn, […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Bright Star’ to be screened April 19 at I-House

“Bright Star,” a 2009 European film directed by Jane Campion, will be screened Friday, April 19, 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 […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Billy Elliot’ makes audiences want to dance

Check it out What: “Billy Elliot” Where: Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Tickets: $24-$99 Rating: PG-13, for strong language and intense situation Info: Call 916-557-1999 When “Billy Elliot” — the musical based on the 2000 movie, with music by Elton John — opened […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Beer, brewing and the baroness

I attended the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C., last week. It was a massive gathering of 6,500 or so brewers that expands each year as the number of people already in the industry, and those wishing to enter it, continues to grow apace. Each year, Paul Gatza who is the executive director of the […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Young Performers present ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre presents “Charlotte’s Web,” beginning Saturday, April 27, and running through Sunday, May 19. This charming, musical theater version of E.B. White’s childhood favorite tells the story of the blossoming friendship between Wilbur, Fern Arable’s little pig, and Charlotte, the nurturing spider. The show features music and lyrics by […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC set to kick off ‘Oklahoma!’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” from Friday, April 19, to Sunday, May 12. Shows will begin at 8:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. on Sundays. This is the 70th anniversary of this show and is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration. First written and produced in 1943, the […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Stellar bluegrass ensemble comes to The Palms

John Reischman & The Jaybirds — an award-winning five-piece American and Canadian bluegrass ensemble that combines breathtaking instrumental mastery, spot-on multi-part vocal harmonies, and five talented songwriters and arrangers into vibrant recordings and dynamic performances — will appear at 8 p.m. Friday at The Palms Playhouse. Tickets are $20. The members of The Jaybirds — […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Bonanza King Band at Village Homes

Bonanza King will brings its eclectic country swing at 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, to the Village Homes Performers’ Circle. The band is fronted by singer Kari King. Much of the band’s music — influenced by ragtime, old jazz, blues and many forms of country music — is danceable and written by King. Bonanza King […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Empyrean Ensemble to present music by Monteverdi plus a modern setting by Ortiz

Check it out What: Empyrean Ensemble presenting Monteverdi and Pablo Ortiz’s ‘Parodia’ When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Ticket: $20 general, $8 students;, 530-754-2787 The Empyrean Ensemble will present two works featuring largely the same text — one composed in Italy during the early 1600s, the […]

April 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Artistic Sensations benefits YoloArts’ programs

The ninth annual Artistic Sensations will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the T.S. Glide Ranch in Davis. Event proceeds will be used to support YoloArts’ art education programs, including artists in schools, throughout Yolo County. The evening’s featured artist will be oil painter Alejandro Rubio, a native of Uruguay and […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,