Hear Hardwater and Mike Justis Band at Thursday Live!

Thursday Live! welcomes Hardwater and The Mike Justis Band on Thursday, Aug. 2, to the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; admission is free and beer, wine and sodas will be for sale. All ages are welcome. Hardwater has been performing regularly for more than 10 […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Now’s the time to join a chorus

Like to sing? Ever think about joining a chorus? Excluding church choirs, there are about 70 choruses in the greater Sacramento area, and eight rehearse in Yolo County. Now is when they are looking for new members, as they prepare for holiday performance season. Some choruses are highly selective, even competitive, but there are many […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Capital Stage’s ‘Dying City’ probes three characters’ psychological depths

Check it out What: “Dying City” When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 12 Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$32; (916) 995-5464, www.capstage.org Christopher Shinn, a highly regarded playwright in his late 30s, studied at the Tisch School in New York; his plays have been […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Big Kenny shares words of wisdom at Woodland charter school

Country singer and humanitarian Kenny Alphin, aka Big Kenny of the music duo Big & Rich, will speak to children, parents and community members at a dinner Friday, Aug. 3, to benefit the Woodland Polytechnic Academy, a tuition-free Woodland charter school. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Woodland Poly campus […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Singers will take the stage at Yolo Idol competition

Calling all aspiring singers! For the ninth year, the Yolo County Fair will host the Yolo Idol contest. Open to singers living in Yolo County, the competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, on the West Stage next to the Rotary Park picnic area at the fairgrounds in Woodland. The event attracts more […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Zapato Viejo plays free concert Thursday in Winters

Zapato Viejo, a six-piece Latin band, will present a free outdoor concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rotary Park Gazebo, on Main Street at Railroad Avenue, in front of the Community Center in Winters. The performance is the last event in this year’s Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series. Zapato […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Grab a beach blanket for Picnic in the Park

Surf’s up! The Surf-Liners will bring the sounds of summer to Davis’ Central Park on Wednesday when they perform 1960s-style instrumental rock and roll at Picnic in the Park. Their set will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. Picnic in the Park takes place alongside the Davis […]

July 24, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Barnyard Theatre’s ‘Psyche’ presents a lively, cautionary tale

Details What: Barnyard Theatre production of Meghan Brown’s “Psyche” When: 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 4 Where: Schmeiser Barn, 35125 County Road 31 west of Davis Tickets: $15 general, $10 students, available at the door Info and directions: www.barnyardtheatre.org; (530) 574-1318 For the uninitiated, Barnyard Theatre is an outfit largely composed of […]

July 24, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘The Dark Knight Rises': Opulent and ominous

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ 4 stars Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman Rating: PG-13, and somewhat generously, for intense sequences of violence and action, along with some sensuality and fleeting profanity Unlike the cinematic Superman — always portrayed as the true-blue Boy Scout, as […]

Veterinarian/musicians perform a soulful duet

Two local veterinarians/musicians will try to answer the age-old question “Does music soothe the savage beast?” at a noon concert Sunday at the Center for Spiritual Living in Davis. Kim-Xuan Nguyen and Debra Taylor will explore the internal jungle and seek to soothe the beast within — via a soulful duet on double bass and voice. Nguyen started […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

A ‘tree’t for the eyes

Wildlife and landscape photography by Davis photojournalist Clyde Elmore will be on exhibit through Aug. 30 at the UC Davis Alumni & Visitors Center. “Whether photographing the aurora borealis with Jupiter and Venus in the winter north of the Arctic Circle, seeing the start of the Iditarod Dog Race in Anchorage, spring in Yellowstone National […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Baldini will conduct Sacramento’s Camellia Symphony

Christian Baldini, the conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, has taken on an additional gig. He will conduct Sacramento’s Camellia Symphony, a community orchestra that will mark its 50th anniversary next season. The Camellia Symphony will play four concerts in 2012-13 — all at the recently modernized Performing Arts Center at Sacramento City College, […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: If one can steal valor, what can one not steal?

There is a Walter Mitty in all of us; he is a stranger within who wants to escape from us and be another person with a different personality, skills and ambitions and who seeks rewards in different ways from our familiar selves. There are a good numbers Water Mittys out there who, for one reason […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Step up to the mic at RootStock

RootStock invites singers, songwriters, pickers and unplugged musicians to join the Open Mic Night Jam on the third Thursday of every month. The gift shop and tasting room is at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. “Open Mic Night has been so much fun and a great opportunity to discover new local talent,” a news […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,