The Bard is back for summer productions

Start with moonlight, add an evening breeze, a picnic basket and a bottle of wine. Toss in an outdoor production of a Shakespeare play and you have the recipe for a perfect summer night.

It’s festival season, and there are many choices for theatergoers this year, nearby and farther afield.

Closest to home is the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s ambitious production of “Henry V,” which continues through Sunday, with performances today and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the gazebo at the UC Davis Arboretum.

This gutsy little presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous history plays features just five actors playing multiple lords, dukes and ordinary soldiers, as the action spreads from the royal courts of …

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

If it’s summer, there must be music

The Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series kicks off with a free outdoor performance by the West Nile Ramblers, playing their unique brand of high-energy Western music, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Rotary Park Gazebo. The park is on Main Street at Railroad Avenue in downtown Winters. With […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Church hymns and jazz standards go swingin’ together

Check it out What: “Praise Him with Jazz,” a concert by the Jim Martinez Trio featuring Laura Didier When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7 Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $20 adults, $10 youths 17 and under; (530) 666-9617; “Praise Him with Jazz,” a concert by the Jim Martinez Trio featuring […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Jam with musicians at Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow […]

July 05, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Enjoy wine, jazz at Natsoulas Gallery

Senders Wines of Davis presents wine and jazz nights on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. The next gathering will be Thursday, July 12. “Delight your palate with inviting aromas and rich flavors through wine by the glass or a flight of […]

July 05, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged , ,

Ravi Shankar performance canceled

Musician Ravi Shankar has canceled his Oct. 23 performance at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis officials announced Thursday. Shankar’s management company, Opus 3 Artists, provided the following statement: “It is with deep regrets that, due to health issues, Panditji Ravi Shankar must cancel his October 2012 tour. “Mr. Shankar lives for the joy of performing […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Lucky sevens for Grasso guitar concert

Matthew Grasso’s sixth annual celebration of the seven-string guitar is planned for Saturday, July 7, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The show starts at 7:07 p.m. A donation of $7 to $21 will be asked at the door. This year’s program will focus on microtonal guitars. Grasso will perform on a 14-note […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Mondavi adds Costello, Sedaris and Pilobolus

Three acts that have acquired a local following over the past 10 years — singer/songwriter Elvis Costello, author and humorist David Sedaris, and the acrobatic, visually imaginative Pilobolus Dance Theatre — will return to the Mondavi Center as “just added” events during the 2012-13 season.

Costello will present another intimate solo perform on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Tickets are $35 to $65. His previous appearance at Mondavi was a well-attended solo show in April 2010.

Performances by this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer are prized by fans, with material ranging from new songs to hits spanning a career of 30-plus years, often including one or two songs from as far back as his 1977 debut album “My Aim Is True.”

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Oldies but goodies

Westlake Plaza invites all comers to its second annual Summer Concert and Parking Lot Picnic on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The shopping center is at 1260 Lake Blvd. in West Davis. The family-friendly event includes a classic car show and live classic rock music by Jan and the Studebakers, playing tunes from the […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Don Shor: Answering questions to grow better gardens

I heard the “climate zones” have changed because things are getting hotter. Which zone are we in now? Recently the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones were changed to reflect the warmer winters that have been observed in many parts of the country. No changes were made to California zones, because winter temperatures have not warmed in […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

STC Cabaret series highlights Broadway favorites

The sixth annual Broadway Cabaret Series at the Sacramento Theatre Company features something old, something new and something bluesy. STC creates a cozy atmosphere as it transforms the lobby into an intimate venue for its cabaret productions, which are various collections of timeless favorites. Season subscriptions are available for the 2012-13 season, which includes a […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

STC presents miracles, midsummer and masters

Mutts, miracles and mischief highlight Sacramento Theatre Company’s 2012-13 season. The STC, which is now selling season subscriptions, has put together a mix of familiar standards and first-time productions that feature music, laughter and drama. Kicking off the season is “The Miracle Worker,” which runs Oct. 3-28. This retells the well-known story of Annie Sullivan […]

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Wineaux: Revisiting the old college plonk

Gallo, Almaden and friends have a lot to answer for. They’ve made us all suspicious of some of the most delicious wines in the world. I have, for example, been pouring a lovely Laroche petit Chablis at Monticello wine-tastings on Tuesday afternoons. “Chablis?” people often ask, incredulous. “I don’t think I like Chablis.” After we […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged , ,

Scholer returns to liven up Thursday

Bill Scholer returns from Japan to release his solo CD “Haunted Highway” at Thursday Live! on July 5. Thursday Live! is sponsored by the Davis Odd Fellows and takes place on the first Thursday of each month at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is […]

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