Robot & Frank: Unconventional buddy saga

Four stars; rated PG-13, and rather needlessly, for brief profanity STARRING: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Strong, Jeremy Sisto By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Science fiction isn’t solely devoted to opulent spaceship battles and grim post-apocalyptic survival sagas, despite Hollywood’s best efforts to suggest as much. Some of […]

Davis provided steps to big stage for aspiring actress

Davis bred a passion for performance in Jill Winternitz, 25, that became too spectacular for the town to contain. So spectacular, in fact, that it prompted a 6,000-mile journey overseas to London. Her dream led to a prominent acting and dancing gig in the role of Baby for the United Kingdom’s national tour of the […]

September 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Silversun Pickups roll into Mondavi Center

Alternative rock band Silversun Pickups is on a nationwide tour in support of its epic third album, “Neck of the Woods.” The band makes a stop in our neck of the woods at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. From the suburban home on the cover, to songs of childhood games, […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Guilt-free pleasures from the land of the pirates

I don’t think of wine as a guilty pleasure but rather, along with such delights as fresh sardines, summer peaches and dark chocolate, as an integral part of my — to use a phrase I hate — healthy lifestyle. Which is not to say that I don’t have guilty pleasures, foremost among them, detective fiction. […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Commander Jazz Combo will spice up Picnic in the Park

The Commanders Jazz Combo brings its eclectic mix of old and new jazz standards as well as original tunes to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Third and C streets in Davis. Based at Travis Air Force Base, the combo […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

International Film Series returns Friday night

“Beyond Borders,” a 2003 U.S./German film directed by Martin Campbell, will be screened Friday, Sept. 7, as part of the International Film Series. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m. There […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Seussical’ makes interesting musical

Have you heard the news, there is a pachyderm who hears Whos? There is also a cat in hat. Many of readers favorite characters from Dr. Seuss’ children’s books are brought to life by the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre presentation of “Seussical.” The show is a zany musical mash-up of Dr. Seuss’ […]

September 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Open Art Studio Mondays at DSC

The Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., has a free Open Art Studio each Monday, from 9 to 11 a.m., throughout the year. In conjunction throughout September, Logos Books, 513 Second St., Davis, will be showing Donald Harting’s paintings. There are 55 works that he has done during a 50-year period. He is a long time […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Kemmerling plays hip tunes at Square Tomatoes fair

Ken Kemmerling will perform 1960s rock music at the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair in Davis on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pike The free fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is located on the south side of the Davis Food Co-op, Sixth and G streets. For information visit […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Yolo Mambo performs at Rootstock

Yolo Mambo will bring its acoustic world music in downtown Winters from 6 to 9 p.m. outside Rootstock Winery on Saturday, Sept. 8. The event is free. For more information, visit

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

WTC holding auditions for ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Auditions for “Miracle on 34th Street,” the play, based upon the 20th Century Fox motion picture “Miracle on 34th Street,” adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Several roles […]

September 04, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Monticello Seasonal Cuisine serves up music

Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., offers up music with no cover charge on weekends throughout September. Bob Wren brings his stylings on the octave mandolin and violin on Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 8, Donna Wren plays the piano and harp from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Ken Kemmerling will knock out […]

September 04, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop holds open house

The public is invited to the fall open house of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place, Davis, on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. Come and learn about the Dance Workshop, meet teachers, enjoy short performances and refreshments, possibly win prizes — including tickets to upcoming performances, free dance classes […]

September 04, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Celeste and Jesse Forever': Love lies bleeding

“Celeste and Jesse Forever” 3.5 stars Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, Rebecca Dayan, Elijah Wood, Will McCormack Rating: R, for profanity, drug use and sexual candor If art truly imitates life, then — based on the evidence of recent films such as this one, “Lola Versus” and “Ruby Sparks” […]