Enroll now for ‘The Wizard of Oz’ mini-musical

The Manville Mini-Musicals program is producing the family musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” This collection of songs will include selections from “Wicked” and also from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s recent revamp of the popular score so that every cast member that would like a solo will have one. Mini-Musicals are non-auditioned classes geared toward students in […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

American Bach Soloists present varied holiday concert on Sunday

Holiday concert What: American Bach Soloists When: 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $25-$49 general, $12.50-$24.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787  The American Bach Soloists will present their traditional December concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. For nine consecutive years, […]

December 14, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

San Francisco Symphony offers family concert at Mondavi on Dec. 21

That’s the ticket Who: San Francisco Symphony family concert, conducted by Donato Cabrera When: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $35-$58 general, $17.50-$29 students, www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 The San Francisco Symphony, led by conductor Donato Cabrera, will visit the Mondavi Center with a family-oriented holiday season concert […]

December 18, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Davis Chorale performs ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

The Davis Chorale and interim director Rachel Kessler will present a fully staged and costumed performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Carlo Menotti at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Singing the role of the Mother is Janie Howard-Knudsen and Amahl will […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Messiah sing-along is Dec. 23

The Davis Chorale, directed by interim director Rachel Kessler, invites the public to a sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. The community choristers will be supported by members of the Davis Chorale, invited guest conductors, soloists and instrumentalists. Community members will sing all the […]

December 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Acme presents ‘Radium Girls’

Acme Theatre Company presents “Radium Girls” by D.W. Gregory as part of its 33rd anniversary season. This is the 111th show for the high school-aged theater company. “Radium Girls,” directed by Maddy Ryen, features historical characters such as Madame Curie, Arthur Roeder and others and is set in 1926, when radium was a miracle cure, […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Flute, harp music at Wine’d Down Thursday

Sue Sheya, the principal flutist with the Camellia Symphony Orchestra in Sacramento, and Carol Kihm, the principal harpist with the Camellia and Folsom Symphony Orchestras, will perform together at Wine’d Down Thursday at the Sundstrom Hill Winery in Davis. The winery, 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch, will be open from 5 to 7 […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mondavi Center tweaks amenities and offerings as season unfolds

The Mondavi Center’s 10th anniversary events — which began in March with a gala celebrating the American premiere of the edgy French ballet “Blanche Neige,” and peaked this fall with several sold-out concerts by big names — are receding into memory. And now a series of smaller changes are under way, as the Mondavi Center at […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Swing Ye Noel: Santa must be a cool cat, with all this jazz to fuel his annual journey

It’s getting harder to find this stuff. Time was, I’d start haunting the holiday section at music stores shortly before Thanksgiving; the better brick-and-mortar outlets would be laden, with some even giving holiday jazz its own sub-category. Berkeley’s marvelous Amoeba Music continues that practice to this day, and therefore remains an essential part of my […]

DHS gives the gift of music this holiday season

Christmas is just two weeks away. If you can’t get your fill of holiday music on the radio, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy it live at a series of winter concerts hosted and performed by the Davis High School music department. Within the next two weeks, the DHS bands, orchestras and choirs will […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Art/Science Fusion exhibit planned

“Organism,” an art show fusing art, science and technology, including insect art by young entomologists, will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the former Nelson Gallery in the UC Davis Art Building. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program. “Organism” also will […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Young thespians present ‘Scrooge’

The Davis Art Center Youth Theater will present “Scrooge,” Dorothea Bonneau’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. This fast-paced family holiday drama includes a celebration of both Hanukkah and Christmas. For more information, call the Art Center at 530-756-4100.

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Hitchcock': Not an entirely good eve-ning

“Hitchcock” 3 1/2 stars Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott Rating: PG-13, for violent images, sexual content and dramatic intensity Superb period detail and a strong cast are undercut by odd narrative choices 2012 has been a banner year for Alfred Hitchcock. The […]

‘Pop Stars’ authors will be at Davis bookstore

Davis residents Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March will present their new book, “Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 2,” and sign copies at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Childs and March are co-owners of EditPros LLC of Davis. Artists featured in this second publication — which […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,