‘Tame the Flame’ on view in July at Gallery 625

The human fascination with fire — its heat, utility, beauty and capacity to destroy — is artistically explored in July’s exhibition at Gallery 625. “Tame the Flame,” a mixed-media group exhibition, includes the photographs and artwork of 13 local artists. The idea for this group show was sparked three years ago at The Nest, the now-closed gallery […]

A heaping helping of happy music

“Electric Compost Heap” is two hours of bits and pieces of folk, rock, country, soul, blues and jazz — with a little funk and punk, too. Host Dug Deep leads the tour of musical themes live from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays on KDRT, 95.7 FM. The show repeats at 9 p.m. Fridays, 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays […]

Robert Lautz turns cancer treatments into a comical play

See the show What: “Third Date,” written by former Davis resident Robert Lautz When: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays through July 4 Where: Dennis Wilkerson Theater at California Stage’s R25 Arts Complex, 1723 25th St., Sacramento Tickets: www.calstage.org Playwright Robert Lautz is living with prostate cancer. “I’m terrible,” he laughed when I asked him how […]

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl': A celebration of life and love

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ 4.5 stars Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Nick Offerman, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon and Katherine C. Hughes Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, occasional coarse language and fleeting drug content   Solid acting and writing anchor this superb teen dramedy By Derrick Bang Enterprise film […]

We wanna rock!

David Tippie, 14, sings and plays lead guitar while Zach Callahan, 12, provides a driving drum beat for David and the Procrastinators’ performance last Friday on the E Street Plaza. The performance closed out the spring class of Rock Band University’s RockBand Sessions, open to youths ages 10-18 who want to play music and be in a […]

Clyde Elmore’s nature photos to show at Buehler Alumni Center

Photojournalist Clyde Elmore will host a photographic exhibit from Monday, July 6, through Aug. 28 at the Buehler Alumni Center, off Mrak Hall Drive on the UC Davis campus. This will be the seventh annual exhibit of wildlife and landscape images. He will show animals and landscapes from Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania, as well as North America, […]

Davis Youth Flute Choir presents annual summer camp concert

The Davis Youth Flute Choir, under the direction of Maquette Kuper, will present its 32nd annual Summer Flute Camp Concert on Thursday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Davis Arts Center, 1919 F St. The choir performs both classical and jazz music, the latter under the direction of Fredrick Lange. The […]

Tristen and Motopony to play at Sophia’s

Tristen and Motopony, with Big Harp, will play at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen 9 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2. Tickets are $10, available at www.sophiasthaikitchen.com. On her previous album, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tristen crafted highly melodic, ambitiously arranged indie pop with an Americana tinge. For the follow-up, she leaves the twangy touches behind to focus on […]

Music Circus presents stunning, poignant classic ‘Big River’

Don’t miss it What: ‘Big River’ When: 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through June 28 Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $40-$83. Call 916-557-1999, visit www.Tickets.com, or go to the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office It was a surreal experience attending Music Circus’s “Big River” in a […]

Wineaux: Haggling over food, wine and sport

In response to a complaint about buying wine futures, “The Haggler,” a weekly consumer advocate column in The New York Times, began, “The Haggler dislikes wine and finds all the trappings of wine connoisseurship — ordering, sipping, opining, ordering some more, opining some more — very tiresome.” Being a Haggler fan, I was saddened to […]

Dave Alvin will heat up The Palms on Saturday

Grammy winner Dave Alvin, a member of Americana music royalty, can tear it up and he can bring things to roiling, haunting simmer. Alvin and his band The Guilty Ones will return to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, June 27. Credited with helping invent the Americana, alt-country and roots rock genres — both with The […]

The Artery showcases garden art

A festive, joyful and 100-percent drought-tolerant garden show, “Blooms, Bugs, Birds & Barks,” will be featured throughout July at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis. Ceramic art by Rebecca Bresnick Holmes and Erin Jackson will be featured. Holmes will present a variety of colorful work for the home and garden, including vases, wall hangings, ceramic […]

‘Uncanny Valley’ prompts deep thought about humanoids

Check it out What: “Uncanny Valley,” presented by Capital Stage When: Through July 19, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $26-$38, capstage.org or 916-995-5464 “The Jetsons” had Rosie, “Star Wars” had C3PO, “Star Trek” had […]

Antsy McClain brings the party to The Palms on Friday

Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours will return to The Palms for another hilarious party of a show on Friday, June 26. McClain’s good-humoredly audacious performance style is a hallmark of his shows. From his pompadour hair to polyester clothes, from his no-holds-barred dancing to serio-comic delivery, this is a performer whose exuberance is […]