Mondavi to screen British film noir classic based on Graham Greene story

The Mondavi Center’s Focus on Film series continues Monday with a screening of the 1948 black-and-white British film noir classic “The Fallen Idol” in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at 7 p.m. Directed by Sir Carol Reed, who got an Oscar nomination for his work, with a screenplay by the well-traveled novelist (and undercover British intelligence agent) […]

November 30, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Holiday wine giving with a local twist

Our Thanksgiving dinner discussion always includes a segment on the ever-perplexing subject of holiday gift-giving. None us wants to give up on the practice entirely but neither do we want to participate in the Black Friday frenzy or to accumulate more “stuff.” On the other hand, we want to support our local economies. We usually […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Alexander String Quartet continues popular Schubert series on Sunday

The Alexander String Quartet returns to the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday for another concert in its series profiling the chamber music of composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828). The 2 p.m. performance will feature the Alexander String Quartet performing Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887, a […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Season heats up at RootStock

Belle Francisco and The Flames, an acoustic, progressive rock and folk band, will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at RootStock, 22 Main St. in Winters. The band features Suzi Browning (vocals, percussion), Dwight Howard (bass), J. Cedar Seeger (guitar), Jonny Florez (drums/percussion) and Rodger Kunkel (mandolin). Francisco, who lives in Winters, […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Soul sensation Charles Bradley sings at Mondavi on Saturday

Soul singer Charles Bradley — whose 2011 debut album was picked as one of the top 50 of the year by Rolling Stone — appears with the Menahan Street Band in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Saturday. Born in Florida in 1948, Bradley was inspired to take up singing when he […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Young composers present a recital

Local piano students will perform their own compositions at a recital at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, presented by the Yolo County Branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Tekla Babyak at 530-757-1468.

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Art Basel lands satellite show in Davis

East Coast meets West Coast as the Art Basel Miami Davis Satellite Show moves into the former home of Dimple Records, 212 F St., in Davis from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, to Saturday, Dec. 8, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The Davis exhibit will run simultaneously and complementary to the […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Me and Him play Saturday at Davis winery

Acoustic guitarists Martin Lewis and Kurt Roggli, also known as Me and Him, will return to the Sundstrom Hill Winery barrel room for a First Saturday concert from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Well known in the Davis area, Lewis and Roggli played to a standing room-only crowd at the winery this past August. Sundstrom […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Experience a little bit of Colombia at Serenata Colombiana

The 13th annual Serenata Colombiana, a sharing of Colombian cultural diversity, runs from 7 to 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. “For those who have not attended the previous 12 Serenades, the Serenata is an act of love for our dear Colombia, which we hold very close in our […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Church hosts Christmas concert

The United Methodist Church of Davis will present “This Day of Celebration,” a lively yet reverent musical with carols and orginal pieces lifting up the Christmas event. It will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the church, 1620 Anderson Road. Audience members will be asked to sing along to favorite carols. Admission is […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Silver Linings Playbook': A heart of gold

“Silver Linings Playbook” Four stars Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles Rating: R, for sexual candor, brief nudity and relentless profanity By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Mental illness isn’t funny, and — thankfully — Hollywood has matured past the point of believing otherwise; standard-issue […]

Mistakes were made, but not in this production

In the know What: “Mistakes Were Made” Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento When: Wednesdays-Sundays, through Dec. 16 Cost: $20-$32 general Info: Call 916-995-5464, visit If there ever was any doubt that Eric Wheeler is one of this area’s most talented actors, a visit to Capital Stage’s production of “Mistakes Were Made,” by […]

November 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged , ,

Mumbo Gumbo returns to The Palms for annual post-Thanksgiving dance party

Northern California favorites Mumbo Gumbo will bring their big, joyful sound to The Palms Playhouse for their annual post-Thanksgiving dance party at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. The danceable music of Mumbo Gumbo is legendary in Yolo County. While much of it based in the Louisiana sound that was so prominent in their earliest years, […]

November 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jogja Hiphop Foundation brings rap with Indonesian flair to Mondavi

Talk about cross-cultural combinations: The Jogja Hiphop Foundations features modern young performers with attitude from Indonesia (more specifically, the city of Yogyakarta in Java, which is revered as a center for traditional Javanese culture), rapping across language and other borders. This sharp-dressed collective promotes tolerance and pluralism but also takes on corruption and inequality with witty musical hooks that incorporate global and indigenous trance rhythms, Indonesian […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,