Swing Ye Noel: Santa must be a cool cat, with all this jazz to fuel his annual journey

It’s getting harder to find this stuff. Time was, I’d start haunting the holiday section at music stores shortly before Thanksgiving; the better brick-and-mortar outlets would be laden, with some even giving holiday jazz its own sub-category. Berkeley’s marvelous Amoeba Music continues that practice to this day, and therefore remains an essential part of my […]

DHS gives the gift of music this holiday season

Christmas is just two weeks away. If you can’t get your fill of holiday music on the radio, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy it live at a series of winter concerts hosted and performed by the Davis High School music department. Within the next two weeks, the DHS bands, orchestras and choirs will […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Art/Science Fusion exhibit planned

“Organism,” an art show fusing art, science and technology, including insect art by young entomologists, will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the former Nelson Gallery in the UC Davis Art Building. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program. “Organism” also will […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Young thespians present ‘Scrooge’

The Davis Art Center Youth Theater will present “Scrooge,” Dorothea Bonneau’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. This fast-paced family holiday drama includes a celebration of both Hanukkah and Christmas. For more information, call the Art Center at 530-756-4100.

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Hitchcock': Not an entirely good eve-ning

“Hitchcock” 3 1/2 stars Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott Rating: PG-13, for violent images, sexual content and dramatic intensity Superb period detail and a strong cast are undercut by odd narrative choices 2012 has been a banner year for Alfred Hitchcock. The […]

‘Pop Stars’ authors will be at Davis bookstore

Davis residents Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March will present their new book, “Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 2,” and sign copies at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Childs and March are co-owners of EditPros LLC of Davis. Artists featured in this second publication — which […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD uncorks an ancient story with a modern twist

Check it out What: “The Bacchae” When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UC Davis Tickets: $17-$19 general, $12-$14 seniors, students and children Info: theatredance.ucdavis.edu It’s a familiar tale. A child is born, supposedly the son of a god. His arrival flanked with revelers and worshipers brings forth a wave of religious […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Musician performs at Covell Gardens

Stan Johnson — a woodwind and brass instrument teacher at Watermelon Music, the Davis Waldorf School and in his private studio — will perform a free holiday concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis resident jams with Stewart at Harlow’s

Al Stewart and Davis resident Dave Nachmanoff will perform together at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Harlow’s, 2708 J St. in Sacramento. Tickets are $25. Stewart, a contemporary of his fellow Scottish countryman Donovan and also Bob Dylan, got his start in the fertile folk scene of London in the late 1960s. On his […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Junior high musicians from Emerson, Harper and Da Vinci perform on Monday

The Emerson-Harper Junior High Orchestras will present its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The Emerson-Harper Intermediate and Advanced Orchestras — including students from Emerson, Harper and Da Vinci Charter Academy — will perform music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Ravel, Clapton and […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Ickes, Hurst team up at The Palms

Two of Nashville’s musical heavyweights, dobro master Rob Ickes and multi-instrumentalist Jim Hurst, will team up at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, for an evening of stellar bluegrass and acoustic music at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Tickets are $20. Yolo County residents are familiar with Ickes, who lived in the area […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: One man’s pint is another man’s poison

Rick Birle of Lake Forest, commenting on an article about the wonders of craft beers in Sunset magazine, writes “… I’m waiting for someone to stand up and say that some, if not many, craft brewed beers are nearly undrinkable.” In various ways I have been saying this to the craft industry for some considerable […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Trokanski takes next step in community choreography

Choreographer Pamela Trokanski and the dancers of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre and The Third Stage are asking local residents to “Name That Dance!” “It’s an experiment in community choreography, where an individual, business, or organization can submit a title for a dance and, if chosen, (we’ll) create a new dance to premiere this spring, […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC’s Storybook Theatre presents Junie B. Jones adventure

Just in time for the holiday season, Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Storybook Theatre invites families to spend some time with everyone’s favorite first-grader, Junie B. Jones, in “Junie B. Jones in ‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!’ ” Based on Barbara Park’s wildly popular children’s series, this stage adaptation follows the hilarious hijinks of Junie B. as […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,