Wineaux: Asparagus, pea shoots, green garlic — oh my!

By the time you read this, spring will have officially sprung: redbuds in full bloom (perhaps even past their peak in this changing climate); market shelves stacked with bunnies and gefilte fish, chocolate eggs and matzo meal, brightly colored baskets and Manischewitz Concord Grape wine; shamrocks, leprechauns and green beer at half price; sunset after […]

March 21, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Gospel matinee at The Palms on Sunday

Local favorite The Putah Creek Crawdads, whose repertoire is deep in the great American folk and popular music songbook, will present a selection of favorite gospel music at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. They will be followed by Rob Waller & The Gospel Accordian. Formed in 1965, the […]

March 20, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC sets summer workshops for kids

The Davis Musical Theatre Company will hold its annual Summer Youth Theater Workshop for students age 7-17 beginning July 8. The workshop is $175 per student and will be taught by Jan Isaacson and Helen Spangler. Students will learn the basics of acting, singing, dance steps, vocal projection and other basic performing skills through theater […]

March 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Learn to ring and sing at free musical weekend

Have you ever wondered how it feels to ring a handbell? Or longed to sing in harmony with others? The Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, will open its doors to musically curious members of the community this weekend for a no-cost event featuring handbell ringing and choral singing. Barbara Meixner, director of […]

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Pianist Lara Downes, indie band Build to collaborate in two Mondavi concerts

Details What: Pianist Lara Downes and the Brooklyn-based quintet Build When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with a post-performance Q&A with the artists Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $47 general, $23.50 students,, 530-754-2787 Pianist Lara Downes and the serious-minded, Brooklyn-based quintet Build — a band whose music has […]

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Two French film classics to screen at Mondavi Center

The Mondavi Center’s “Focus on Film” series continues on Monday, March 25, with a screening of two new wave classics by French director Francois Truffaut. “The 400 Blows” is a 1959 feature-length film that follows a troubled teen who lives on the streets of Paris and is drawn into a career of petty crime, and […]

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone': Hey, presto!

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” 3.5 stars Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jay Mohr, Mason Cook, Luke Vanek Rating: PG-13, for profanity, sexual candor, fleeting drug content and dangerous stunts Comic talents unite for an amusing poke at showcase magicians By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Las Vegas […]

Yolo Mambo performs in Davis

Yolo Mambo will play world jazz and folk music from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at KetMoRee Thai Restaurant, at the corner of Third and G streets in downtown Davis.

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

International Film Series concludes this Friday

“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” a 2011 British film directed by Lasse Halström, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film Series. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m. There […]

March 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Contra dancing Friday at DAC

Individuals can learn or brush up on contra dancing Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. The free beginners’ lesson starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dance begins at 8 p.m. Jean Gibson-Gorrindo will be the caller, and music will be provided by The Angell Brothers (Barry and Thomas). There a suggested donation […]

March 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Area singers join Davis Chorale to present major works

The Davis Chorale, directed by Alison Skinner, will present a concert of larger choral compositions, including J.S. Bach’s Cantata 196 (Der Herr denket an uns), Mozart’s Missa Brevis and two recent compositions by Norwegian, New York-based composer Ola Gjeilo. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at […]

March 22, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD professor’s photo exhibit debuts at Mexican Consulate

Marc Schenker, UC Davis professor and associate vice provost for outreach and engagement, is featured in a new photography exhibit titled “Magic Mexico: People, Tradition and Color.” Schenker’s photos chronicle the diversity of Mexico, and its richness beyond stereotypes. The pictures cover more than 20 years of travel to Mexico Lindo. He attempts to convey […]

March 29, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

World music dance party on N Street

Artists from South America, the Caribbean, the East Coast and the Bay Area will come together at N Street Cohousing,  716 N St., on Saturday, April 8. Boca Do Rio will be performing Brazilian soul music, Ital Souls will deliver reggae and rocksteady with Haitian T-Rosemond, and Sky-I from Martinique will deliver hip/hop and dancehall. The show […]

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Brewers bet on better beer bottles

There are some things about the beer industry that I get excited about and some things I don’t get excited about. New packaging is in the realm of ho-hum for me. And so a recent announcement by Heineken of a new bottle design leaves me wondering why they would bother. I am not alone in […]

March 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,