Wineaux: So many wines, so few Thanksgivings

The family Thanksgiving table this year will boast wild turkey with oyster dressing, mashed parsnips, sweet potato rolls, quince/pumpkin/walnut pies and all manner of other home-made treats — served on mismatched plates with linen napkins of every color and print on whatever cloth will mostly cover the multi-leaved table. The wines will be the best […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Visiting pianist offers tribute to musical trailblazers John Cage, Morton Feldman

Turkish pianist Seda Röder, who was honored recently for her work as performer and scholar at Harvard University from 2007 through 2011, will give a recital in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre on Friday at 7 p.m. Röder will present a program that she devised, “Tales from the Silent Lands,” which is a tribute to the legacy of […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Artist-in-residence directs updated version of ‘The Bacchae’

What: “The Bacchae” Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UC Davis When: 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 Tickets: $17-19 general, $12-14 students, children and seniors Info: 530-754-2787;; Rating: PG-13, for language and violent images UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence Barry McGovern, known for his screen and stage […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Humorist David Sedaris to amuse Mondavi audience on Friday

Humorist and essayist David Sedaris returns to the Mondavi Center for another chat at 8 p.m. Friday. A question-and-answer session in which Sedaris will respond to comments from the audience will be part of the evening. A master of satire, Sedaris combines keen social observations and a sardonic, idiosyncratic viewpoint as he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness. […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks bring ‘Tangled Tales’ to The Palms on Saturday

Dan Hicks will be joined by his band The Hot Licks for an 8 p.m. concert Saturday at The Palms Playhouse in support of Hicks’ latest album “Tangled Tales.” Tickets are $25; The Palms is at 13 Main St. in downtown Winters. Hicks is an American original. Since the early 1960s, he has deftly blended […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

California Banjo Extravaganza brings banjo and bluegrass all-stars to The Palms

Move over, “Dueling Banjos,” to make way for the first California Banjo Extravaganza. This year’s event — which the organizers hope to turn into a yearly production — features Bill Keith, Alan Munde and Bill Evans on five-string banjos. The back-up band is packed with some of the country’s best pickers. The California Banjo Extravaganza […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD Symphony presents Beethoven, Stravinsky

Check it out Wha: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven and Stravinsky When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students;, 530-754-2787 The UC Davis Symphony will perform two very different and contrasting works at 7 p.m. Sunday in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. On […]

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

Holoman to sign his latest book Sunday

Professor D. Kern Holoman, conductor emeritus of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, will sign copies of his latest book in the lobby at the orchestra’s concert Sunday evening at the Mondavi Center. “The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction” remains true to its title, clocking in at a nimble 158 pages. It is part of a […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Campy ‘Irma Vep’ sends up clichés with men in drag

That’s the ticket What: “The Mystery of Irma Vep” When: 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $15-$38, or 916-443-6722 “The Mystery of Irma Vep” is a spirited pastiche that gleefully takes […]

November 13, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

DMTC Young Performers Theatre presents ‘Pinocchio’

The newest production of the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre “Pinocchio” opens Saturday, Nov. 24, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 16. This children’s classic is set in the Italian Alps and follows the little wooden puppet who longs to become a real boy, and whose nose grows whenever he bends the truth. Just […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

There’s still time to reserve a seat at Madrigal Dinner

Seats are still available for the Davis High Madrigal Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the University Covenant Church, 315 Mace Blvd. in Davis. This event will transport guests back to a traditional Olde English Christmas with the choir, a yuletide banquet and hearty merriment. Reserved seats are $45. To download a reservation […]

November 13, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Merry Madrigal Holiday Concert and Singalong planned

The Davis Madrigals will perform a special matinee of the Merry Madrigal Holiday Concert and Singalong at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Upstairs Hall at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. This one-hour event is designed for families and senior citizens looking to enjoy the mirth and joviality […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Closet’ exhibit opens at Davis Community Gallery

An exhibit of paintings and photographs by Davis artist Alison Smith titled “Closet” kicks off with an artists’ reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Davis Community Gallery. The art works will be on exhibit through Feb. 1 at the gallery inside the Davis Community Clinic, 2051 John Jones Road in West Davis. […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Photographs on display at Gallery 1855

Acclaimed visual artist and musician Walter Kitundu’s framed photographic works will be on display at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays throughout December. Community members are invited to a free open house and reception for the artist from 1 to […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,