True Life Trio plays at Village Homes

True Life Trio will weave their vocal harmonies and international rhythms at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay East. Tickets are $13 reserved or $15 at the door. This innovative trio, brought to Davis by TimnaTal Music, explores the creative possibilities of mixing traditions with unlikely timbres connecting […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Amour': Dull, dreary and beyond endurance

“Amour” Two stars Starring: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, painful intimacy, brief profanity and fleeting nudity Strong performances are buried beneath insufferable directorial flourishes By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic However impressive Emmanuelle Riva’s starring role in “Amour” — and her work transcends mere words […]

Regional conductors strike up their bands

The annual Festivity of Bands — which features groups from UC Davis, Sacramento State and Davis High School — will fill the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS with great wind music at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Repertoire highlights for this year include the “Shepherd’s Hey” and “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger and “Hammersmith” by Gustav […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Masters of dance

Check it out What: “Ligilo” and “Transmutation” When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 and March 3 Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center Rating: R, for nudity and violence Tickets: $17-$19 general, $12-$14 students, children and seniors Info: or 530-754-2787 The UC Davis department of theater and […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Young actors sought for ‘Alice in Wonderland’

The Davis Art Center Youth Theater is taking sign-ups for its production of “Alice in Wonderland.” Youths ages 8 to 16 may apply. All participants are guaranteed a significant speaking part in this class, which is designed to empower creative expression, develop poise, facilitate communication skills and develop acting skills. Experiential exercises will include improvisation, characterization, acting technique, voice, story analysis, […]

February 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Award-winning blues artist Janiva Magness to sing at The Palms

Janiva Magness — one of the premier blues and R&B singers — was recently nominated for five top Blues Music Association awards and will bring her powerful voice and charismatic stage presence to The Palms Playhouse at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Tickets are $20. No wanna-be blueswoman, Magness has the kind of life experiences […]

February 07, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

A cappella show set Friday at UC Davis

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air and hearts are ready to sing. On Friday, The Afterglow men’s a cappella group of UC Davis will present their second annual valentine show, “Lights Low with The Afterglow,” in Sciences Lecture 123 at UCD. The show begins at 8 p.m. and will […]

February 07, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Legacy’ opens at Davis Community Gallery

The Davis Community Gallery will host an exhibit of oil paintings by Winters artist Jaime Montiel through May 3 at the gallery inside the Davis Community Clinic, 2051 John Jones Road. There is an artists’ reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Montiel was born in Brooks and grew up in Winters. The […]

February 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Urinetown’ opens at Davis Musical Theatre Company

“Urinetown,” the Tony Award-winning musical with the self-proclaimed terrible title, parodies everything from musicals to corporations and government and comes to Davis Musical Theatre Company, Feb. 22-March 17. Directed by Steve Isaacson with musical direction by Jonathan Rothman and choreography by Pam Lourentzos, “Urinetown” is a satirical comedy musical that pokes fun at everything, from […]

February 06, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Guitar ensemble series is Friday

The Davis Art Center’s fourth annual Classical Guitar Ensemble Series kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday with a performance by guitar and oboe ensemble D’Amore Duo. Featuring guitarist William Feasley and oboist Yeon Jee Sohn, the duo has released three critically acclaimed recordings and performed around the globe to enthusiastic reviews. D’Amore Duo was founded […]

February 06, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Looking for vinyl? Take a spin by the Music Fair

Audiophiles on the hunt for rare records, CDs and cassette tapes should check out the Armadillo Music and KDVS 90.3 FM Vinyl and Music Fair from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. in Davis. Admission and parking are free. This is the second music fair being held […]

February 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

HellaCappella showcases collegiate singing groups

Check it out What: HellaCappella, featuring a cappella singing groups from regional universities When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $12 general, $9 students;, 530-754-2787. Tickets at the door: $15 general, $12 students A cappella singing will be showcased at the ninth annual HellaCappella, a […]

February 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Art of Painting’ conference set in Davis

The fourth annual “Art of Painting” conference and workshop will take place March 8-9 at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. John Seed, an art writer and professor, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. His blog on the Huffington Post gets more hits than any other writer in his field, Natsoulas […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Still searching for the interesting/unusual bottle

In the middle of dinner prep, our guests — son Jakob and his friend Darsie — arrived from Truckee, eager to do a little wine-tasting before our happy-birthday-dear-Jakob celebration. I sent them off to Vini, promising to meet up as soon as I finished the salad. When I arrived, they were sitting at the bar, […]

February 07, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,