‘Wreck-It Ralph': a sweet surprise

Arcade characters get into all sorts of trouble while ‘invading’ other games ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Four stars Starring (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling Rating: PG, for kid-level rude humor and mild action/violence I haven’t had this much fun since 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” blended classic Disney […]

Mondavi to screen SF Opera’s ‘Magic Flute’ on Monday

The Mondavi Center launches a series of three high-definition broadcasts of San Francisco Opera productions at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, with screening of the 2007 production of the much-beloved opera “The Magic Flute” by W.A. Mozart. Sung in German with English supertitles, the screening runs 2 hours, 54 minutes, including behind-the-scenes interviews with […]

November 02, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Wineaux’s golds for wonderful local whites

Awards, awards, awards. Nearly every wine I pick up announces itself as award-winning. Nugget has a yearly display of California State Fair winners; shelf-tags tout the San Francisco Chronicle medals; so many smaller competitions exist that I can’t keep track. I’m always suspicious. I want to know how many times the judges tasted each wine, […]

November 01, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Travis Brass spends at An Evening at the Vets’

The fourth installment of An Evening at the Vets’ brings Travis Brass to the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Travis Brass is the multi-talented brass group of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. From a standard march or traditional brass composition to jazz, ragtime and popular music of today, this […]

November 01, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Prize-winning young violinist returns to Mondavi for Debut Series concert

That’s the ticket Who: Violinist Stephen Waarts When: 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $40 general, $20 students; www.mondaviarts.org; 530-754-2787 Violinist Stephen Waarts, who won the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition in 2008, when he was 12 years old, returns for a Debut Series recital […]

November 01, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Original watercolors on display at Gallery 1855

Joseph Finkleman will display his original watercolors titled “The Language of Mystery” throughout November at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. A free open house and reception for the artist runs from noon to 4 p.m. […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Music on menu for November at Monticello

Mandolin, violin and piano music are all on tap throughout November at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. Bob Wren will play his octave mandolin and violin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, while Ken Kemmerling will tickle the ivories with classic jazz standards and popular tunes and requests on Saturdays. […]

November 01, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

ETHEL string quartet teams with Rundgren for wide-ranging program

The string quartet ETHEL — known for pushing the musical boundaries for the classic combination of two violins, viola and cello — visits the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. And true to form, the group will perform an arrangement of medieval music by a noted California composer, a string quartet version of […]

October 31, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

DHS drama department takes a trip down ‘Avenue Q’

‘I’ is for information What: “Avenue Q” Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 2-3, and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 Tickets: $16 general, $8 students Info: dhsdrama.net The Davis High School drama department will open its fall season at 7 p.m. Friday with […]

October 31, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Concerts benefit Davis school music programs

The 24th annual Harmony in Our Lives benefit for Davis school music programs will take place on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1:30 and 4:15 p.m. at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Each show will feature several local choirs, with the 1:30 p.m. performance showcasing the César Chávez Elementary, […]

November 08, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Commander Cody brings boogie-based rock to The Palms on Thursday

Commander Cody, the piano-pounding frontman of the legendary Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen and more, returns to The Palms at 8 p.m. Thursday with his current band for a high-energy evening of old favorites and new fare. Tickets are $20. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen carved out their own niche in […]

October 31, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Enjoy an evening of jazz at RootStock

The Midnight Jazz Trio of Davis residents Tim Pia (trumpet), Robert Blake (guitar) and Travis Bradley (bass) will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at RootStock, 15 Main St., in Winters. The trio has a particular penchant for bossa nova songs but also draws upon a vast repertoire of classic jazz tunes. […]

October 30, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Shakespeare Ensemble puts new twist on Bard’s standard

Check it out What: “Macbeth: The Radio Play” When: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday Where: UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors, $10 children 12 and under Info: Call 530-802-0998 It has been said that radio is the “theater of the mind,” and when a radio production is also a theatrical production, the audience […]

October 31, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Shakespeare’s Globe returns to Mondavi with two nights of ‘Hamlet’

Check it out What: “Hamlet” When: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $35-$58 general, $17.50-$29 students Info: www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787 “Hamlet” is a famous, famous play. Just about everybody knows the line “To be, or not to be…” And when you see a picture of a moody young man holding […]

October 30, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,