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 […]

The Dustbowl Revival roars into town

The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, Calif.-based collective that merges old-school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for its roaring live sets, the band will perform Thursday, June 25, at The Palms Playhouse in Winters. Some call it a string band/brass band mash-up. Or maybe it’s […]

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials will hold court at The Palms

Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil’ Ed Williams and his rip-roaring Blues Imperials — bassist James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton — deliver gloriously riotous, rollicking and intensely emotional blues. Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are touring in support of their latest Alligator CD, […]

Eva Peron? Don’t cry for her …

Check it out What: “Evita,” presented by the Davis Musical Theatre Company When: Through July 12, with performances at 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays Where: Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis Tickets: $18 general, $16 for students and seniors; a $2-per-ticket facility fee is added to all transactions; dmtc.org or 530-756-3682 Local […]

Davis artist will teach at Crocker Museum

Marie-Therese Brown, a Davis artist, will offer a three-day plein air painting workshop through the Crocker Art Museum on July 11, 18 and 25. The Saturday morning classes are for anyone who wants to learn to paint outdoors. Brown is a member of the Artery in Davis. The class is open to artists of all […]

Livingston’s jazz tunes liven up Stonegate

Stonegate Cafe and Bakery, 1260 Lake Blvd. in West Davis, will present a piano jazz night with Dick Livingston from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. Besides his own compositions, Livingston will play pieces by Rogers, Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Strayhorn, Learner and several others.

Meredith Axelrod kicks off summer concerts in Winters

One of the real pleasures of the season is to listen to live music outdoors on a balmy summer evening. Winters Friends of the Library invites everyone to enjoy a series of free outdoor concerts every Thursday in July at the Rotary Park Gazebo, on Main Street at Railroad Avenue in downtown Winters. Music will […]

Walk your dawg to classic rock tunes

Walkin’ the Dawg will fill Central Park with classic rock tunes at Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. The band will perform a free concert from 5 to 8:30 p.m. alongside the Davis Farmers Market, Third and C streets in downtown Davis. Walkin’ the Dawg plays classic rock from 1965 to 1978, including the music of […]

Groove for a great cause

One weekend a year downtown Davis transforms into a South by Southwest-style music festival, with more than 60 bands playing on 12 different stages. The fifth annual Davis Music Festival began Friday and ends Sunday, with most of the music concentrated on Saturday. While the festival typically has featured folk, bluegrass, pop and rock bands, […]

Createfest free arts festival coming up

Kids of all ages can join in the fun on Saturday, June 27, and help take over the street at Createfest. From 5 to 8 p.m., the south end of D Street in downtown Davis will be transformed into an outdoor celebration of teen art, music and fun. Createfest is a free arts festival with […]