‘One plucking thing after another’ by Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

That’s the ticket Who: Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 12 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $25-$75 general, $12.50-$37.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” performed by an ensemble of British musicians on ukeleles? And The Who’s thunderous “Pinball Wizard,” from the […]

April 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Shivalingappa brings Indian dance tradition to Mondavi

Dancer Shantala Shivalingappa — born in India, and raised in Paris — brings her solo piece “Gamaka,” performed to live music on Indian instruments, to the Mondavi Center for three performances in April. She’ll appear at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. Drawing on a 2,000-year-old Kuchipudi dance tradition […]

March 28, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Dresher showcases innovative instruments at Mondavi Center

Check it out Who: Paul Dresher and friends When: 8 p.m. April 6 and 2 p.m. April 7; a post-performance Q&A with the musicians will follow both performances Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis Tickets: $38 general, $19 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Composer/performer Paul Dresher — known for building […]

March 27, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Bring your own uke and play along

Local musicians are invited to bring their ukeleles and join in an outdoor performance at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Corin Courtyard outside the Mondavi Center. The artist known as Uni and Her Ukelele will entertain, and the short program will include a ukelele play-along to a tune known as “Relentlessly in C.” […]

April 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD professor earns top drama honor for ‘Godot’ set

John Iacovelli is typically known for going big when it comes to set design. However when he was challenged to lay out the space for “Waiting for Godot” at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the UC Davis professor went a different direction. His minimalist approach was well-received and took home top honors at […]

March 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Two performers set for Wine’d Down Thursday

The barrel room at Sundstrom Hill Winery switches things up for Wine’d Down Thursday this week with two musicians, each performing his own set. Joaquin Feliciano has studied piano, voice, music theory and composition. His songs include early and contemporary folk and cowboy music, love songs, leaving songs and acoustic rockers. He will be followed […]

March 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Olympus Has Fallen': If only it were so

‘Olympus Has Fallen’ 1.5 stars Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Rick Yune, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Finley Jacobsen, Ashley Judd, Radha Mitchell, Dylan McDermott Rating: R, for strong violence and plenty of profanity Terrorism ‘thriller’ is loud, vicious and offensively stupid By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic An “exhortation to tweet,” handed to […]

Anderson-Gram Duo perform at Picnic in the Park

Anderson-Gram Duo — the husband-and-wife team of Gayle Anderson-Gram (vocals, guitar) and Bob Gram (vocals, guitar) — bring their folk and Americana music to Picnic in the Park from 5 p.m. to sunset on Wednesday, March 27. They have been performing together professionally for 21 years and their smooth sound is often compared to Kate […]

March 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Live music springs up at Monticello

With spring, Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., serves up live music with Easter Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 31, with Bob Wren and Donna Wren playing on piano and violin. Music continues through April as Jan Peters hosts open-mic night on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Bob Wren […]

March 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

New coordinator will guide Second Friday ArtAbout

Sandy Thai has been hired by Davis Downtown to coordinate the Second Friday ArtAbout festivities. Her task is to build upon the many artists and venues who participate in this popular monthly event that brings hundreds of people to downtown Davis. “I have frequented many Second Friday ArtAbouts,” Thai said in a news release. “They have […]

March 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Nelson Gallery’s ‘Views on Migration’ continue book project conversation

In conjunction with the 2012-13 Campus Community Book Project, the Nelson Gallery will feature an exhibition on migration that opens Thursday, March 28, and continues through May 19. The exhibit is designed to extend community dialogue and interaction with the selection of Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Greatest […]

March 21, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCC Kids Choir to perform ‘Once Upon a Parable’

“Once Upon a Parable,” written by Tom Long and Allen Pote, will be performed by the University Covenant Church Kids Choir, under the direction of Carol Loscutoff and Nancy Streeter, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The 50-member cast will share stories of Jesus through song, dialogue, choreography and colorful costumes. Tickets will […]

March 21, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Loafer’s Glory brings bluegrass and old-time country to The Palms on Friday

Three years ago, four top-flight bluegrass, old-time and acoustic country musicians — Herb Pedersen, Bill Bryson, Tom Sauber and Patrick Sauber — joined forces and became Loafer’s Glory. Loafer’s Glory will be bringing their popular mix of traditional and original music to The Palms Playhouse at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25. Best known of […]

March 20, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Festival puts bands through their paces

Davis High School will host the annual Symphonic and Concert Bands Adjudication Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. The Harper Junior High seventh-grade band takes the stage from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by seventh-grader at Da Vinci, Emerson and Holmes junior […]

March 20, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,