‘Stoker': A chilling family affair

“Stoker” 3.5 stars Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Alden Ehrenreich Rating: R, for violence, disturbing sexual content and brief nudity Unhealthy relationships fuel this macabre, provocative thriller By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic In Chan-wook Park’s corrosive view of the universe, blood isn’t merely thicker than water; it positively […]

Davis High alum Chris Clark releases jazz album featuring original tunes

Davis High alumnus Chris Clark, a 2005 graduate, has released a jazz album titled “Cedar Wisely” on the Songlines label. Clark grew up in Davis — his parents still live here — and attended West Davis Elementary, Willett Elementary, Emerson Junior High and Davis High. He played with multiple school ensembles and was a pianist […]

April 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

YoloArts’ Gallery 625 hosts ‘Go Figure’ exhibit

YoloArts and Gallery 625 present a group exhibition of new works featuring 11 artists from Yolo County and the region on the gallery’s main floor. The show, “Go Figure,” is a mixed-media study of the human figure in the landscape in a wide range of media. The regional artists featured in the show are Victoria […]

April 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Alexander String Quartet, lecturer Robert Greenberg mark 10th anniversary at Mondavi

The Alexander String Quartet and lecturer Robert Greenberg — who have been regulars at the Mondavi Center since the performing arts complex was dedicated in 2002 — will mark their 10th anniversary at the venue with a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14. The concert will feature two works that are extremely diverse in […]

April 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Auburn Symphony visits Mondavi with prize-winning pianist

A celebrated guest artist will appear with the Auburn Symphony for the Placer County orchestra’s annual visit to the Mondavi Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Pianist Chu-Fang Huang, the 2011 winner of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, among other accolades, will perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor at the […]

April 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mondavi to host screening of three one-act operas by Puccini

The Mondavi Center will host what you could call a trifecta — a high-definition screening of three one-act operas by Puccini — at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, in Jackson Hall. Grouped under the title “Il Trittico,” the program offers a broadcast of the San Francisco Opera’s highly regarded productions of “Il Tabarro,” “Suor Angelica” […]

April 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of brew: How beer gave us civilization

A nicely colored illustration in the New York Times of March 17 shows two dozen or so Neanderthal-looking folk enjoying a party; they have ample supplies of beer in kegs, bottles and cans, many of which, empty, litter the landscape. It looks like any ordinary stand-up cocktail party or fraternity kegger with people gathered in […]

March 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Thursday Live! features Western swing, bluegrass

Bonanza King and Biscuits and Honey will perform for free at Thursday Live!’s Western swing and bluegrass show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. “Western swing is a first for Thursday Live! We’re really excited to add it to the long list of musical […]

March 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Celebrate cultures Sundays at I-House

The second season of Sundays at I-House, an ongoing fundraiser benefiting International House, Davis, continues from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday. The event features cross-cultural open-mic performances of music and spoken word and takes place at I-House, 10 College Park. A variety of performers from Davis will comprise the majority of the evening’s entertainment. The […]

March 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

East-West guitar summit rolls into Davis

The East-West Guitar Summit featuring Matthew Montfort and Matthew Grasso will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. These two master guitar players — with unusual approaches to combining Indian and Western traditions — are versatile musicians and composers, who bring years of experimentation and unusual […]

March 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Bobby McFerrin returns with blues, bluegrass and old spirituals from new album

Details Who: Bobby McFerrin in concert When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 5 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $35-$82 general, $17.50-$41 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Singer-songwriter Bobby McFerrin returns to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, with his band for a concert that will feature much of […]

March 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Students’ art accepted for congressional competition

The office of Congressman John Garamendi is now accepting submissions for the annual Congressional Art Competition. The deadline to submit artwork is 5 p.m. Friday, April 19. All high school students who live in California’s 3rd Congressional District — which includes all or portions of Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties […]

March 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

RootStock show features Davis singer

Davis singer/songwriter Steve Kotarek will give a free concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. With a love for acoustic rock and folk music, Kotarek’s range spreads across all musical genres. Armadillo Music recently featured him during the Second Friday ArtAbout and he also appeared on the […]

March 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Groovin’ in the Grove’ concert features Pablo Cruise

Pablo Cruise will headline a daylong concert Sunday, April 21, at Nelson’s Grove in Woodland to raise funds for programs benefiting women and children in the community. The concert, “Groovin’ in the Grove,” is presented jointly by the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County and Soroptimist International of Woodland. The all-day, family-friendly […]

March 29, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,