Traditional Irish music set at Wine’d Down Thursday

Sundstrom Hill Winery is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a few days early. Come enjoy the sounds of The Blackbird Irish playing traditional Irish music — vocals mixed with the flute, harmonica, fiddle and bouzouki — from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The winery is at 2744 Del Rio Place, Suite 200, in Mace Ranch. The […]

March 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Oz': Enchanting trip down the yellow brick road

“Oz the Great and Powerful” Four stars Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Joey King, Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox Rating: PG, and rather generously, for considerable fantasy peril, scary scenes and brief profanity Fresh take on the Emerald City suitably honors the work of author L. Frank Baum By Derrick […]

WOH holding auditions for two kids’ productions

The Woodland Opera House will hold auditions for two upcoming Theatre for Families musicals. Auditions for “Goodnight Moon, the Musical” will take place at the WOH dance studio, 415 Fourth St., at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17. “Goodnight Moon, the Musical” is the children’s bedtime classic that comes alive on stage with all of the […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

April guitar performance canceled

The Davis Art Center’s April 19 classical guitar ensemble series performance by Duo SF has been canceled. A member of the group is unable to perform due to injury. Instead, the Art Center will host Black Cedar on June 14. The next concert in the series will be contemporary ensemble Quarteto Nuevo at 8 p.m. Friday, […]

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Organ recital set at Davis Community Church

Mozart called the organ “the king of instruments,” perhaps for the tremendous range of sounds and moods available. Local organist David L. Deffner will offer a recital showcasing all the organ has to offer at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Included on the program will be some great works […]

March 13, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis Art Center exhibit in San Francisco gets extended run

The Paul Thiebaud Gallery exhibition, “The Collection of the Davis Art Center: A Small Community Collects Big,” has been extended to give more people a chance to view it. This historic collection encompasses more than 150 artworks by prominent artists with ties to Davis. An Art Center representative said the collection is being sold because […]

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Prizes awarded in Young Artists Competition

Several prizes were awarded in the Young Artists Competition at the Mondavi Center last weekend. * Young Artists Prize, Piano Division: Nathan Kim, 12, of Newberg, Ore., performing Frederic Chopin, Variations Brillantes, Op. 12, and Robert Muczynski, Toccata, Op. 15 * Young Artists Prize, Instrumental Division: Cellist Michael Chung, 15, of Cupertino, performing Robert Schumann, Adagio […]

March 07, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

St. Louis Symphony returns with three B’s from Vienna

Check it out What: St. Louis Symphony When: 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17; a pre-concert talk by conductor David Robertson starts at 6 p.m. Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $55-$99 general, $27.50-$49.50 students;, 530-754-2787 The St. Louis Symphony will be in residency at UC Davis for several […]

March 12, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Drinking my words, yet again

I’m sitting at a small table with four items on it — a beet salad, a dish of sautéed swiss chard, a glass of an inexpensive Portuguese red blend and a glass of Carneros pinot noir that costs about four times as much. I’ve had the Portuguese wine many times before. I like it. It […]

March 07, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pianist Lara Downes releases new album on Steinway label

Pianist Lara Downes of Davis has a new album on the Steinway and Sons label, titled “Exiles’ Café.” The official release date was Feb. 26. “This album’s inspiration — and title track — is American composer Michael Sahl’s ‘Tango from the Exiles’ Café,’ ” Downes writes in the album’s notes. “I began to fantasize about […]

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Cashore Marionettes bring music-themed family show to Mondavi

The Cashore Marionettes return to the Mondavi Center on March 15-17 with a family-oriented program titled “Simple Gifts,” a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion and artistic insight, the […]

March 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Elementary Art Show reception set Friday

The Davis Art Center will host a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, spotlighting an exhibit of works by elementary school-age artists from the community. Light finger food will be provided, as well as entertainment. The exhibit is supported by the nonprofit Davis School Arts Foundation. The exhibit opened Monday and will be on […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

‘Tribute’ is right mix of humor and humanity

Check it out What: “Tribute” Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through March 24, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16 Tickets: $25 general, $23 seniors, $15 balcony Info: Call 530-666-9617 or visit “Tribute” by Bernard Slade — perhaps better known for the play […]

March 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,