‘The Expendables 2′: more mindless mayhem

“The Expendables 2″ Three stars Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Yu Nan, Liam Hemsworth, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris Rating: R, for strong bloody violence It’s time once again to buy stock in ordnance manufacturers; Sylvester Stallone and his geezer squad are back […]

Contestants needed for Community Idol

Are you someone with undiscovered amazing vocal talent? Are you craving your 15 minutes of fame in the stage’s spotlight? If so, enter to be a contestant at Davis’ “Community Idol” competition on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at Davis High’s Brunelle Performance Hall. DHS’ Advanced Treble Choir sponsors this fun, talent-filled event and […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Plainfield Pickers at Picnic in the Park

The Plainfield Pickers — featuring Bluegrass Harold Crawford on wood pounder, banjo picker and vocals; Jim Jelks on drums; Scott Stone on guitar and vocals, and Jim Hilliard on stand-up bass and vocals — bring their high-energy mix of bluegrass and western swing to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5 to […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Fleary guitar concert at I-House Sept. 30

Caribbean-born Lennox Fleary will bring his guitar stylings to International House, Davis, for a fundraising concert on Sept. 30. Lennox lives in Oregon and will be town for one night only at the I-House Community Room, 10 College Park. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Donations are on a sliding scale. “We are happy to […]

September 04, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Tunes for Trees benefits Woodland foundation

Get ready for some terrific music for a great cause. It’s all happening at the third annual Tunes for Trees benefit concert for the Woodland Tree Foundation, set for Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Gibson House Museum, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. This year’s concert features the popular […]

October 03, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Woodland Chamber Singers founder retires as board chair

Woodland’s own community chorus, the Woodland Chamber Singers, announces the retirement of Bob Edmonson as chairman of the board. Edmonson was one of the Chamber Singers’ founders in 1976 and became its artistic director in 1981. In 2001, the group elected him to chair its newly formed board of directors. While continuing to direct the […]

August 24, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Mondavi Center seeks high school jazz musicians for all-star group

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, in conjunction with SFJAZZ, is recruiting talented high school musicians for the eight-person ensemble called the Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. Mike McMullen, a jazz studies faculty member at Sacramento State and founding member of Sacramento’s Capital Jazz Project, will lead the ensemble. Now entering its second […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Wineaux: A trio of ‘free’ lucky wine picks for late-summer fun

Rebates used to come as checks, easy to cash. Now you get a pre-paid VISA with elaborate instructions about “calling to activate” and keeping track — online — of your balance. A lot of trouble for that $25 (especially since reading the rebate procedure, gathering all the receipts and proofs-of-purchase, addressing an envelope and finding […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

‘Pure country’ singer will play Woodland Opera House

Nashville recording artist Buck Ford and the Pure Country Band will take the Woodland Opera House stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Ford is a young, pure-country singer who focuses on keeping the traditional country sound and rhythm flowing. Influenced by George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Keith Whitley, Ford and his band […]

August 24, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Grab a golden ticket to Mondavi performances

Officials at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis are looking for a social media storyteller for their 10th anniversary season. The winner will receive a “golden ticket” to all performances in the 2012-13 season, and then share his or her experience on social media. “We are looking for someone who enjoys […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Little Prague’s luau will rock

The Davis-grown classic rock band Custom Neon will play Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight at Little Prague’s annual Luau Party, at 330 G St. in downtown Davis. Patrons are invited to wear Hawaiian attire and enjoy tropical decorations, a roasted pig and the dancing to rock tunes of the 1960s, ’70s and beyond. Band […]

August 23, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Sign up soon for a mini-musical

The Manville Mini-Musicals program, which is making a move this fall from the Davis Art Center to the Veterans’ Memorial Center, is offering a second cast of the popular family musical, “The Sound of Music.” Mini-musicals are non-audition classes geared toward students in grades 2-6, and emphasize the musical portion of a popular show. “Please […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Davis artist featured in German exhibition

Davis artist Marc Lancet is featured in the exhibition “Fluxus in a Bowl of Tea: The Art of Marc Lancet and Sabine Turpeinen” at the Fluxus+ museum in Potsdam, Germany. The two-week exhibition will be open from Friday through Sept. 2. This exhibition of ceramics designed for the Japanese tea ceremony (Chanoyu) also will focus […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Bluegrass tunes at Mondavi

Only a few tickets remain for Saturday’s 8 p.m. concert at the Mondavi Center by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, who drew a capacity audience in Jackson Hall in October 2010. The group’s March 2011 album, “Rare Bird Alert,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and at No. 43 on the Billboard Top […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,