Point of Brew: Regulate guns via price

I rarely write critically in this column about cigarettes and smoking or guns and shooting because alcohol and drinking, which has made my career and sustained my family, is a member of that legal but controversial troika of activities controlled by the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives). These things are legitimately in […]

August 16, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

String band mastery showcased at The Palms

The Palms Playhouse will present two groups at the forefront of progressive string music on Thursday — Darol Anger & The Furies and Joy Kills Sorrow. Anger is the groundbreaking violinist who, since 1977, and has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with Republic Of Strings, The Turtle Island […]

August 16, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Notable composer’s educational path led through Davis

Webster Young’s journey to becoming a neoclassical music composer took him from the artist hangouts of Berkeley to the bright lights of Paris, but also to less glamorous destinations in between — namely, Davis and Woodland. As a composer, Young has written 130 different music scores. Five of his most critically acclaimed works were for […]

August 24, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

DMTC’s Young Performers’ Theatre presents ‘Music Man Jr.’

Strike up the band as Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre presents “Music Man Jr.,” Meredith Willson’s energetic theater classic. The Broadway hit tells the story of a traveling con man who has his sights set on swindling the residents of River City, Iowa. The show includes some of Willson’s most memorable songs: “Till There Was […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Crocker offers free admission Sunday

The Crocker Art Museum is opening its doors free to the public on the third Sunday of each month, thanks to the sponsorship of Western Health Advantage. “Pay What You Wish Sunday” is part of the museum’s commitment to provide access to the community. The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Wine/food fundraiser benefits I-House

“Mid-Summer Music, Monticello & More,” a fundraiser for International House’s cross-cultural programs, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. The evening will feature Chef Tony Gruska’s hors d’oeuvres, wine-tasting and music coordinated by James Williams and Matthew Harral of the Sunday(s) @ […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Papa Hip at Picnic in the Park on Aug. 15

Papa Hip — Steve Hopcraft, front, lead vocals and keyboards; Lenny Goldberg, back left, guitar; Owen Jackman, bass and vocals; Don Coats (saxophone), and Matt Kuzins, drums and vocals — bring their social-conscious, eclectic mix of rock ‘n’ roll songs to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davis […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wine/food fundraiser benefits I-House

“Mid-Summer Music, Monticello & More,” a fundraiser for International House’s cross-cultural programs, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. The evening will feature Chef Tony Gruska’s hors d’oeuvres, wine-tasting and music coordinated by James Williams and Matthew Harral of the Sunday(s) @ […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Celebrate Ann Jacobson’s artwork at the Pence

A celebration of artwork by Ann Jacobson, who died in 2009, will be on display at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St., on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The display will include pieces — ranging from creating evocative and quirky collages and energetic drawings — that were selected from 30 years worth […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Lineup set for free concert series

An Evening at the Vets — a concert series sponsored by the city of Davis Community Services Division in conjunction with Woodland Healthcare in Davis — returns for its third season beginning Saturday, Oct. 13. The free concerts will take place each Saturday from Oct. 13 through Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Highland Games return to Dixon on Sept. 29

Kilts and cabers will abound as the Dixon Scottish Cultural Association presents the Dixon Scottish Highland Games on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Dixon May Fairgrounds, 655 S. First St., Dixon. Admission is $10 general and $8 for seniors and youths ages 9-17, while children under 9 are free. All active military personnel, with valid active-duty […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

Hometown musicians form band for festival

Details What: Bonanza King, performing at the Winters Earthquake Street Festival When: 6:45-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 (festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m.) Where: Main Street, downtown Winters Admission: Free, but food and crafts will be available for purchase Info: Winters Chamber of Commerce, (530) 795-2329 What do you get when several well-known local […]

August 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The Bourne Legacy: In Good Hands

Four stars; rated PG-13, for considerable violence and action Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Donna Murphy, Stacy Keach, Dennis Boutsikaris, Zeljko Ivanek By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Any doubts about the Bourne film series surviving Matt Damon’s departure can be laid to rest; replacement star Jeremy Renner capably opens a new chapter in Robert Ludlum’s popular franchise. […]

Honeycutters play Friday night at The Palms

The Honeycutters, a fast-rising Americana band based in North Carolina, will appear at The Palms on Friday, Aug. 10, for a CD release concert. The heart of Asheville, N.C.’s The Honeycutters is the musical collaboration of singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt and guitarist Peter James. Their sound has drawn comparisons to such artists as Gram Parsons […]

August 10, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,