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 […]

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

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 […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged , ,

Mural mania

Artist Victoria Smith paints herself last week in a mural adorning the north wall of Original Steve’s Pizza, 314 F St. Also depicted are several other artists who are adding their personal touches to downtown Davis, including gallery owner John Natsoulas (holding flag) and William Maul (carrying a tray on his back). This spring, Maul completed […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Turn trash into treasure at Junk 2 Genius contest

By Tiva Lasiter Sign up your group now to compete in Junk 2 Genius 2012, the Davis Art Center’s fourth annual “sculpt-off” in which participants race against the clock to create quirky, unique art out of trash. A fundraiser for the Art Center, the event is a great bonding experience and a fun, creative way […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Auditions set for ‘Pinkalicious’

The Woodland Opera House will conduct auditions for “Pinkalicious,” a new musical based on the popular children’s book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, at 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, July 15-16. The theater is at 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Callbacks will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. All auditioners are asked to […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged , ,

‘Hairspray’ cast wins our hearts

Details What: “Hairspray” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, through July 15 Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 per person for groups of 10 or more;, (530) 756-3682 You just can’t stop the beat going on at the Davis Musical Theatre Company these days. […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged , ,

‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Music Man’ highlight summer season

“Grease: The Musical” opens the 2012 Sacramento Music Circus season this week, presented by California Musical Theatre. This summer’s lineup also features “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” July 10-22; “The Music Man,” July 31-Aug. 5; “Fiddler on the Roof,” Aug. 14-19 and “Crazy for You,” Aug. 28-Sept. 2. The company has changed its traditional system of […]

Save the date for Second Friday ArtAbout

Tom Sakash and his girlfriend Ashley Oakes, both of Sacramento, look at artwork in the Pence Gallery during the Second Friday ArtAbout in March. Galleries and other venues open their doors on the second Friday of each month to host receptions — some with refreshments and live music — to recognize the artists and showcase […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Barnyard Theatre plans two main-stage productions and a night of new plays

This summer, Barnyard Theatre will be offering theatergoers more opportunities than ever before to see new and engaging plays in an unusual theatrical venue. Now in its ninth season, the group is once again converting the historic Schmeiser Barn, at 35125 County Road 31 west of Davis, into a working theater. “Thanks to generous donations […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged , ,

Bands fill the air with music at Picnic in the Park

A complete slate of live music has been announced for the 2012 season of Picnic in the Park, which continues from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, through Oct. 24. The concerts are sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op. Patrons can enjoy the music while they’re gobbling up […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

The sun shines upon us all

Artists Sofia Lacin, left, and Hennessy Christophel lead interested local residents on a tour of their 14,000-square-foot water tank art installation on Sunday. The tank is on County Road 32A at the Mace Boulevard exit north of Interstate 80. On the summer solstice last week, the sun cast shadows from the top of the artwork, dubbed “Same […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,