‘Promised Land': Rock-solid advocacy cinema

“Promised Land” Four stars Starring: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Titus Welliver, Lucas Black Rating: R, for profanity Matt Damon hasn’t written many scripts since 1997’s “Good Will Hunting,” his Academy Award-winning debut effort with Ben Affleck. His prudence is understandable; where does one go, from up? No doubt Damon […]

Cash Tribute lead guitarist plays at RootStock

Vacaville singer and guitarist Denis “Denny” Colleret will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in Winters. Colleret has been a working musician in Northern California since 1978 as both a recording artist and performer. He has opened shows for such legends as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Trace Adkins. […]

January 09, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Rita Hosking holds CD release concert at The Palms

Check it out Who: Rita Hosking with Cousin Jack When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 Where: The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters Tickets: $20 Info: Visit www.ritahosking.com or call 530-795-1825 Rita Hosking’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Locals have a chance to […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Acme’s historical ‘Radium Girls’ has message for today

Check it out What: “Radium Girls” Where: Pamela Trokanski Performing Arts Center, 2720 Del Rio Place When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students; save $2 online at brownpapertickets.com Info: Acmetheatre.net I am continually amazed that Acme Theatre Company, whose young members spend a maximum of three, […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC’s ‘Follies’ hits all the right notes

Check it out What: “Follies” Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company, 607 Peña Drive When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 27 Tickets: $18 general, $16 seniors/students (recommended for children age 13 and older) Info: www.dmtc.org The setting for Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” is a run-down theater, so pretty much any theatrical group, […]

January 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Acoustic duo featured at Wine’d Down Thursday

The first Wine’d Down Thursday of 2013 at the Sundstrom Hill Winery will feature the sounds of Chris Lee and Trena Thompson of Red Union Blue. Lee, a songwriter, has teamed up with vocalist Thompson, combining on rock, pop, folk and country tunes. They and the other Red Union Blue band members have become well-known in […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

American Bach Soloists start season with performance of ‘St. John Passion’

The American Bach Soloists — the noted professional early music group from the Bay Area that has been performing regularly in Davis for several years — will launch their winter/spring concert series at Davis Community Church on Monday, Jan. 28. Their 7 p.m. performance that evening is of J.S. Bach’s monumental sacred oratorio, the “St. John Passion.” […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Anarchic Scottish troupe to present Festival Fringe hit in Studio Theatre

The National Theatre of Scotland comes to the Mondavi Center this month for a five-day run of anarchic theatre, live music and strange goings-on as the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre transforms into a rural Scottish pub for a “locked-in” show (i.e., you’re not supposed to leave until it’s over) titled “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.” One […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Harry Belafonte to speak at Mondavi Center on Jan. 17

Harry Belafonte — known in different stages of his multifaceted career as a popular singer, civil rights activist and star of Broadway shows and Hollywood films  — speaks at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Born in Harlem to parents of Caribbean heritage, Belafonte became a sensation in the 1950s, […]

January 15, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

All-star lineup from Monterey Jazz Festival visits Mondavi Center

The Monterey Jazz Festival is marking its 55th anniversary by sending an all-star lineup of musicians on a nationwide tour, including a stop at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Members of the 55thAnniversary on Tour Band have deep relationships with Monterey Jazz Festival and have a commitment to the […]

January 16, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Violin star Rachel Barton Pine to make two Sacramento appearances

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine — fondly recalled by Mondavi Center audiences for her February 2012 concert, in which she performed five Mozart violin concertos in a single evening — will appear twice in Sacramento next weekend. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., she will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Sacramento Philharmonic at the Sacramento […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Rising young pianist to give recital at Mondavi

Pianist Charlie Albright — who has performed several times in recent years with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and also has appeared with several orchestras — will present a recital at the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. The 24-year-old Albright grew up in Washington state, then entered the Harvard College/New England […]

January 09, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Follow the yellow brick road to DMTC’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ auditions

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre announced auditions for its upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Auditions will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, and Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, with select callbacks on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Auditions require singing, acting and […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,