Conta dancing at Davis Athletic Club

The Davis Athletic Club will host a contra dance Friday at the club, 1809 Picasso Ave. Free beginners’ lesson start at 7:30 p.m. and the dance starts at 8 p.m. The caller is Talib Huff, and the music is by The Faulkner Family (David, Cynthia and Joaquin). Donations are $10 for adults, $8 for college […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Eight from ACGA’ opens at Davis Art Center

The Davis Art Center’s annual ceramics exhibit, “Eight from ACGA,” opens on Friday, April 26, in conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. Featured artists include Gerald Arrington, Alice Corning, Maria De Castro, Julia Feld, Susanne French, Patricia Griffin, Lee Middleman and John Schnick. Two receptions will be held for the […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Willis and Robinson bring chart-topping music to The Palms

The Palms will welcome “the first couple of Austin’s roots music scene,” Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, at 8 p.m. Thursday as they celebrate the release of their new recording, “Cheater’s Game.” Willis, a singer/songwriter who has been called “alternative country’s golden goddess,” has earned widespread critical acclaim with her hybrid of country and rock. […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sculptors’ work shown in California Clay Competition exhibit

The 24th annual California Clay Competition exhibit, which has been sponsored by The Artery since 1990, is timed to coincide with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. California’s best clay artists “strut their stuff” for this eagerly anticipated show. The exhibit will feature 37 works from 33 artists chosen by juror Michelle […]

April 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hampson, Jupiter String Quartet to premiere new piece by visiting composer

That’s the ticket Who: Baritone Thomas Hampson and the Jupiter String Quartet When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, with a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $35-$72 general, $17.50-$36 students;, 530-754-2787 Prominent baritone Thomas Hampson will be joined by the Jupiter String Quartet at […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

RootStock hosts two nights of music

Rootstock will host its monthly Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, offering a venue for musicians, singers and songwriters to share their talent. The winery is at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The Friday Night Music Series, from 6 to 8 p.m., features the soulful sound of Belle Francisco & The […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Enjoying the wines from our own back yard

Although I frequently rhapsodize about a French, Italian or Oregonian beauty, you know if you read this column regularly that I’m also a big fan of our local wines. I just picked up my third case of Simas Family Vineyards ’09 Capay Red, for example, and last night I savored a glass of the Simas […]

April 18, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Trance': A puzzle that doesn’t deserve to be solved

“Trance” 2.5 stars Starring: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Danny Sapani, Matt Cross, Wahab Sheikh Rating: R, for graphic nudity, sexual content, profanity, torture, violence and grisly images Insufferably twisty storyline just gets sillier by the minute By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Everybody wants to write the next “House of Games” or “Usual […]

April 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sax performs at Bistro 33

Jordan Sax will perform Friday, April 19, at Bistro 33, 223 F St. in Davis, via an interesting route. Bistro 33 president and executive chef Fred Haines trained with Chef Katherine Bandel of Chez Panisse, whose founder Alice Waters is featured in the 2010 documentary “Love of the Land.” Sax wrote the title track for […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mighty music at Picnic in the Park

Mighty Murphys bring their traditional Irish music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. during the Davis Farmers Market. Incorporating musical experience from multiple genres, Might Murphys delivers upbeat Irish reels and jigs, plus heartfelt ballads. The weekly music is sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op. The band includes Mike Kahn, […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Bright Star’ to be screened April 19 at I-House

“Bright Star,” a 2009 European film directed by Jane Campion, will be screened Friday, April 19, as part of the International Film Series. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m. There […]

April 16, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Billy Elliot’ makes audiences want to dance

Check it out What: “Billy Elliot” Where: Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Tickets: $24-$99 Rating: PG-13, for strong language and intense situation Info: Call 916-557-1999 When “Billy Elliot” — the musical based on the 2000 movie, with music by Elton John — opened […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Beer, brewing and the baroness

I attended the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C., last week. It was a massive gathering of 6,500 or so brewers that expands each year as the number of people already in the industry, and those wishing to enter it, continues to grow apace. Each year, Paul Gatza who is the executive director of the […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Young Performers present ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre presents “Charlotte’s Web,” beginning Saturday, April 27, and running through Sunday, May 19. This charming, musical theater version of E.B. White’s childhood favorite tells the story of the blossoming friendship between Wilbur, Fern Arable’s little pig, and Charlotte, the nurturing spider. The show features music and lyrics by […]

April 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,