Upbeat ‘Chaperone’ is a throwback to yesteryear

It would be difficult to find something to dislike about the Woodland Opera House’s delightful new production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” This musical by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, which made its debut in Toronto in 1998, opened on Broadway in 2006 and won the Tony Award for best book and best score. The WOH […]

September 19, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘City of Angels’ is a devilish time

“City of Angels” is — producer Steve Isaacson boasts — the most technical show the Davis Musical Theatre Company has ever done. The book for this comedy was written by Larry Gelbart (“M*A*S*H”), who has, not surprisingly, filled his story with double entendres and razor-sharp word play. Music is by Cy Coleman with lyrics by […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘Tears of Gaza’ to be screened at the Varsity

“Tears of Gaza,” which has won seven 2011-12 international film festival awards, will be screened at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in downtown Davis. This documentary is a visual record of the 2008-09 Israeli cast lead operation. It sketches an extremely graphic and unsettling picture inside Gaza of the […]

September 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis violinist performs with Folsom Symphony on Oct. 20

Davis native Rebecca Corruccini will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Folsom Symphony — which features six Davis members — on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. Davis members of the Folsom Symphony are Greg Brucker, bass; Robin Houston, bass clarinet; Kaity Ronning, bass; Chris Rumery, trumpet; Molly Scott, oboe/English horn; and […]

October 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Celebration of Life Festival set at cemetery

This year’s Celebration of Life Festival features cutting-edge contemporary music and spoken-word assemblage of performance artist Amy X. Neuburg, the poetry of UC Davis professor Andy Jones and a wide variety of local visual artists. This free festival runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District office at […]

October 09, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Farm to School’ photo essay at the Craft Center in October

“Farm to School Across the Lifespan,” a photo essay by the UC Davis Early Childhood Lab School Infant-Toddler Program Coordinator and craft center volunteer Julia Luckenbill runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. The essay, sponsored by The Craft Center Gallery at the University of California, will explore sustainable education in various settings, from the […]

September 25, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

No Strings Attached! DMTC announces auditions for ‘Pinocchio’

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre has announced upcoming auditions for Pinocchio. Jan Isaacson will direct and choreograph this classic tale of the little puppet Pinocchio, who longs to become a real boy and whose nose grows whenever he bends the truth. This whimsical production will delight audiences of all ages, and there are […]

September 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The Free Range Singers welcome voices

The Free Range Singers, which started in Davis last spring, are gearing up for their first fall and winter season of social singing. The non-auditioned group is founded on a philosophy of accessibility and is part of a larger organization called the Ubuntu Choir Network, which promotes singing as a birthright and a source of […]

September 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Soprano Rebecca Plack to sing Chausson, Fauré with Chamber Music Society

Soprano Rebecca Plack — who grew up in Davis, has taught at her local voice studio and has given several well-attended recitals here in recent years — will be a guest with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento this weekend, with performances Saturday, Sept. 22, at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis, and Sunday in the Music […]

September 18, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Davis Music Festival Revisted highlights three bands

Bummed out because you missed the second annual Davis Music Festival? Here’s your chance to catch three festival highlights: Opus Orange, Who Cares and Judgement Day. Davis Music Festival Revisited starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at G Street Wunderbar, 228 G St., in Davis, 530-756-9227. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in […]

September 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Walkin’ the Dawg at Picnic in the Park

Walkin’ the Dawg — Steve Wood, lead guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Dan Sadler, bass guitar, lead and harmony vocals; and Leigh Taylor, drums, lead and harmony vocals — bring their eclectic mix of classic rock ‘n’ roll from the ’60s and early ’80s to Picnic in the Park from 5 to 7 p.m. on […]

September 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Arbitrage': A fascinating, high-stakes poker game

“Arbitrage” Four stars Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Nate Parker, Laetitia Casta, Stuart Margolin Rating: R, for profanity and brief drug use Alfred Hitchcock was famous for this trick. Deranged Robert Walker, intended to plant incriminating evidence — a cigarette lighter — to unjustly implicate Farley Granger in a murder, accidentally […]

Fall Festival is Oct. 27 in Central Park

The Davis Farmers Market Fall Festival — from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 — is a chance for kids to break out their costumes a tad early and wander around Central Park in Davis. This free family event includes a kids costume parade, sponsored by Sutter Davis Hospital, at 11 a.m. on […]

October 16, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mm, Mm, Good to perform at Village Homes

The Davis quartet Mm Mm Good — which includes Ron Goldberg, Wendy Silk, Meri and Meg Alison — is the featured act for Monday, Sept. 24, at the Village Homes Performers Circle. With deep roots in the Davis community, these multi-instrumentalists and singers have performed at the Davis Farmers Market, various local restaurants, charity events and […]

September 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,