A night of blues at RootStock

The duo of Charles Oriel and Julia Simon — known as Chicken and Dumpling — will be singing the blues from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Chicken and Dumpling plays the down-home, delta-style blues of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters, in addition to the […]

October 17, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jan Peters plays Monday at Village Homes

Jan Peters is the featured performer from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. The occasion is the monthly gathering of the Village Homes Performers Circle. Peters has lived in Davis for many years and performed with local artists Linda Book, Bill Scholer, Joe Craven, Sean […]

October 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Information night for junior highers interested in Madrigals

The Davis High Madrigal Singers invite junior high students to attend an information night/audition at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Choral Room (PA-8) at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Students participating in this outreach program will have the opportunity to attend several rehearsals with the Madrigals, culminating in a performance with the choir at the 44th annual Madrigal Dinner. […]

October 17, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Winters Theatre Company presents ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Winters Theatre Company will present “Miracle on 34th Street” from Friday, Nov. 16, to Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets for the gala opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, are $15. For all other performances — Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 17 through Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, at 2 […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Winters hosts Harvest Festival

The Winters Harvest Festival brings local producers and artisans together from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Vendors will be located on the first block of Main Street in downtown Winters. This citywide celebration is sponsored by the Winters Chamber of Commerce in an effort to celebrate the producers of agriculture, arts and crafts […]

October 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

An evening benefit of arias and art songs

Baritone Spencer Dodd and mezzo-soprano Noelle Thomson will perform a benefit concert along with pianist I-Hui Chen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Episcopal Church of St Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. While the concert is free, it is an opportunity to donate to the Davis High School choral program. […]

October 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Watercolor exhibit set at Gallery 1855

An exhibition of original watercolors by Joseph Finkleman titled “The Language of Mystery” will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays throughout November at Gallery 1855. The gallery is in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. A free open house and reception for the artist are planned from noon […]

October 31, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Get warmed up for Halloween with ‘Ghost Stories’ at Acme Theatre Company

As part of its 33rd anniversary season, the Acme Theatre Company presents its 110th show, “In a Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories” by Eric Coble. The story covers the happenings in the apparently abandoned village of Kugosi. With the use of live music, shadow-play and giant puppets, Acme director Emily Henderson weaves humorous and spooky […]

October 17, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Beyond the Beat melds music and art

Experience a two-day festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz as the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts plays host to the sixth annual Jazz and Beat Festival: Beyond the Beat on Friday and Saturday. This is an opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances and a […]

October 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The Sharks 2.0 swim into Picnic at the Park

The Sharks 2.0 — Day Griffin, slide guitar; Mike Kahn, percussion; and Wayne Vincent, bass — bring their all instrumental renditions of great rock melodies to Picnic in the Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Third and C streets in Davis. The Sharks use a melodic […]

October 16, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

National honors for local ensemble

Choral conductor Tracia Barbieri submitted a DVD of her Davis-based Vocal Art Ensemble to The American Prize, a nationally based organization “providing evaluation, recognition and reward to America’s finest performing artists, ensembles and composers based on recorded performances.” She was merely hoping for some constructive criticism, but what she got was so much more. Barbieri […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Argo': The best film Hollywood never made

“Argo” 4.5 stars Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall Rating: R, for profanity and dramatic intensity Truth really is stranger than fiction. The events depicted in “Argo” wouldn’t be believed in a novel; the wild ’n’ crazy premise defies credibility. And yet this bizarre CIA mission actually […]

Davis students aim to dazzle at ‘Everybody Dance Now!’

By Chris Garrison The Davis High School Jazz Choir will host its third annual “Everybody Dance Now!” fundraiser and dance competition at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Advance tickets can be purchased at Watermelon Music: $5 students and $8 general. Tickets will also be available at the door […]

October 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Stretching the limits of functional ceramics at Davis Art Center

The newest exhibit at the Davis Art Center, “Stretching Function,” will showcase 11 clay artists who illustrate how functional ceramic forms can be interpreted, manipulated and metaphorically or literally extended, or “stretched.” The public is invited to view the exhibit and meet the artists from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday during the Second Friday ArtAbout. […]

October 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,