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 ,

Ringing and singing planned at local church

Have you ever wondered how it feels to ring a handbell? Or have you 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 March 22-24 for a no-cost event featuring handbell ringing and choral singing. Barbara Meixner, […]

March 21, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis Shakespeare Ensemble present ‘Nightingale’

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble presents the original play “Nightingale,” inspired by Marie de France’s poem “Laüstic.” “Nightingale” is a physical theater piece that weaves its story from medieval poetry to blog site entries to shadow puppets. “Nightingale,” directed by Gia Battista, gives voice to silent stories and silenced perspectives. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and […]

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Baroque works featured in Saturday concert

The UC Davis Early Music Ensemle, conducted by William David Cooper, and the Baroque Chamber Ensemble, directed by Phebe Craig and Michael Sand, will perform together at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin. 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. Featured will be two pieces by J.S. Bach — “Lobet den Herrn, alle […]

March 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Flash': deeply moving choreographed trip through life

In the know What: “Flash: A New Choreography” Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UC Davis When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $17-$19 general, $12-$14 students, children and seniors Info: Call 530-754-2787 or visit “Flash: A New Choreography” is the latest work created and choreographed by Qudus Onikeku, UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence […]

March 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Modern ‘Dream’ delivers old-school fun

Check it out What: “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” Where: Mainstage Theater, 1419 H St., Sacramento When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 20; 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 21; 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, 22; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 23; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 24 Tickets: $15-$38 Information: Call 916-443-6722 […]

March 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

All-Star student ensemble to give free courtyard performance

Jazz fans can enjoy a free outdoor concert in the Mondavi Center’s outdoor Corin Courtyard on Tuesday, March 19, as a lead-in to a performance indoors by the Jazz for Lincoln Center Orchestra. Featured at the outdoor event will be the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars — a seven-person ensemble that includes guitarist Noah Wolfe from […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

New troupe stages timely production of royal tragedy

The recently formed Shakespeare-On-a-Shoestring (SOS) troupe from the UC Davis department of theater and dance will present its inaugural production of Shakespeare’s classic drama, “Richard III,” this weekend in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Early arrival is advised, given limited […]

March 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Baldini to conduct Camellia Orchestra this weekend

Christian Baldini of the UC Davis faculty will conduct his Sacramento orchestra — the Camellia Symphony — at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center. The program will feature American music from the 20th century, including Leonard Bernstein’s lively “Candide” Overture, George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F […]

March 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on 25th anniversary tour

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by trumpeter and music director Wynton Marsalis, is in the midst of the group’s 25th anniversary tour. The orchestra will perform in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. This 15-member group has drawn big audiences for its past performances in Davis, having established […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,