Rising young pianist to give recital at Mondavi

Pianist Charlie Albright — who has performed several times in recent years with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and also has appeared with several orchestras — will present a recital at the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. The 24-year-old Albright grew up in Washington state, then entered the Harvard College/New England […]

January 09, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Follow the yellow brick road to DMTC’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ auditions

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre announced auditions for its upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Auditions will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, and Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, with select callbacks on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Auditions require singing, acting and […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jazz group to present music drawing on Cuban, American traditions

Ninety miles is the distance between the United States and Cuba, a country known worldwide for music. Cuban music continues to be popular in the United States, even though diplomatic relations between the two nations have been frosty for decades. Ninety Miles is also the name adopted by the group featuring three American jazz musicians who […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

SF Sketchfest serves up more laughs

If it’s January, then it must be time for the SF Sketchfest. The San Francisco Comedy Festival celebrates its 12th anniversary from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1o with more comedians for more laughs. SF Sketchfest was started by 1994 Davis High graduate Cole Stratton and three of his college friends — Janet Varney, Dave Owen […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged , ,

‘Not Fade Away': Only if we’re unlucky

“Not Fade Away” Two stars Starring: John Magaro, James Gandolfini, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Molly Price, Christopher McDonald Rating: R, for pervasive profanity, considerable drug use, sexual candor and fleeting nudity Disinterested cast can’t breathe any life into this ode to early rock ’n’ roll By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Viewers born […]

Davis Chorale stages ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ on Sunday

The Davis Chorale presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-hour opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 4 p.m. Sunday at in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School — coinciding with the time when (according to tradition) the Three Wise Men visited the baby Jesus in a stable. According to most versions of the story, the Three Wise […]

January 04, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Legends of the Celtic Harp’ perform in Winters

“Legends of the Celtic harp” features premier Celtic harpists Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter. The ensemble will take listeners into the myths, magic and fabled history of this instrument during a 2 p.m. storytelling concert Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 […]

January 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

New year features live music at Monticello

Live music continues through January at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. Jan Peters will host open-mic nights from 8:30 to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Loshandra Ostrava is on the piano from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Bob Wren plays the octave mandolin and violin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, and Ken Kemmerling […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of brew: Guns and beer and the ATF

I am always interested in guns because they and cigarettes are controlled by the same agency of the U.S. government that controls beer; that is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (known as the ATF), which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. For that naive reason I try to draw parallels […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

New album features original jazz tunes by Hatamiya

Trombonist and composer Jon Hatamiya, a 2010 graduate of Davis High School, has six tunes on a newly released album by the recently formed group XD 7. Hatamiya also plays trombone on the album. He and fellow 2010 DHS Jazz Band alumni played a reunion concert Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, to […]

January 11, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Alexander String Quartet, guest cellist to present Schubert masterwork

Check it out Who: Alexander String Quartet When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $54 general, $27 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 The new year will get off to an early — and substantial — musical start Sunday, as the Alexander String Quartet continues its yearlong Schubert […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

First Saturday features Neon Lite

Kick off the new year with wine and listen to one of the area’s favorite bands in the intimate setting of the barrel room at Sundstrom Hill Winery on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The First Saturday festivities will feature Neon Lite, a Davis band whose repertoire includes many of the familiar harmonies from […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Jack Reacher': This film don’t know Jack

“Jack Reacher” 3 stars Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney Rating: PG-13, for violence, profanity, fleeting nudity and some drug content Popular book series makes a disappointing transition to the big screen By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Director/scripter Christopher McQuarrie’s “Jack Reacher” is a serviceable […]

The Artery hosts ‘Birds of America’

Deborah Lamoreux’s “Birds of America: The Photographs” will be on view until Feb. 6 at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis. This series was inspired by the paintings of James Audubon. After reading a biography of Audubon, Lamoreux decided a worthwhile challenging lifelong project would be to photograph every bird that still exists […]

January 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,