Sacramento Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ returns for December run

Best-known and most beloved of all Sacramento Ballet productions, choreographer Ron Cunningham’s “The Nutcracker” has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom return year after year to enjoy the colorful costumes, imaginative sets and dramatic snow scene. The images of young Clara battling the Giant Mouse King, being saved by her Nutcracker Prince, […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Woodland Christmas Parade is Saturday

Bands, floats, drill teams, marching units, antique fire engines, vintage cars, mounted equestrian units and — of course — Santa Claus will be featured at Saturday’s 48th annual Woodland Christmas Parade. The event, which attracts an estimated 20,000 people to downtown Woodland, is sponsored by the city’s Chamber of Commerce. The parade, themed “A North […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis Children’s Chorale canceled

The Davis Children’s Chorale concert slated for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis was canceled due to illness. It has not been rescheduled.

December 04, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DHS alums present reunion concert to benefit bands

For the second year in a row, Davis High School Class of 2010 alumni will present a concert during the holiday break to benefit the DHS Band Boosters. Last year’s concert drew an enthusiastic crowd of 300. This year’s event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Brunelle Performance Hall […]

December 13, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Cantus concert recalls story of World War I Christmas truce

Call it a concert that tells a tale, or perhaps a sparely staged play overflowing with singing. “All Is Calm” — to be presented by the professional men’s choral group Cantus at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday — recalls the World War I Christmas truce of 1914, when a young German soldier stepped into […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

WOH serves up delightful holiday offering

What: “Inspecting Carol” Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St. When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets: Reserved seats are $25 general, $23 seniors/students, $12 kids; balcony seats are $15 general, $7 kids Info:, 530-666-9617 There is only one way to describe “Inspecting […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Ode to a haggis! Celebrate Robert Burns Night, Czech style

Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St. in downtown Davis, will celebrate Robert Burns Night starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, with an evening of music, poetry and traditional fare. The restaurant will offer traditional dishes with a Czech twist, like Scotch eggs, lamb curry, filet mignon with whisky sauce and baked salmon, as […]

January 18, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Local favorites headline ninth annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ concert

As Christmas trees are going up and menorah are being lit, another holiday tradition is nearing: the “Home for the Holidays” concert. Tickets are on sale now for the ninth annual community concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St. This year’s lineup includes Joe Craven, “Little […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Anna Karenina': A tale oddly told

‘Anna Karenina’ Three stars Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams Rating: R, and rather harshly, for mild sexuality and dramatic intensity Tolstoy’s venerable saga can’t stand up to a wealth of directorial flourishes By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Artistic vision is captivating — […]

Pence Gallery plans juried fine craft exhibit

The Pence Gallery will host is first juried exhibit of fine craft in February. It is open to all artists currently residing in California. Fine craft includes work that is cutting-edge and has the highest standard of workmanship; and work that is innovative in its use of materials and aesthetic vision. Media may include metal, […]

December 04, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Vocal Art Ensemble takes listeners to the East

This holiday season, the Vocal Art Ensemble, under the direction of Tracia Barbieri, will perform the sounds of the East through song and instrumentation. The ensemble, a 22-member a cappella choir, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Woodland Presbyterian […]

December 04, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Australian dance company visits Studio Theatre for three nights

So you think you can dance? This week, the Australian dance company known as Lucy Guerin Inc. will offer a piece titled “Untrained” — a quirky and irreverent theatrical exploration that takes its performers and its audience into a new and undefined experience. Four men take to the stage. Two of these men are highly skilled, experienced […]

December 04, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

UC Davis Jazz Bands play concert Wednesday

The UC Davis Jazz Bands, under the direction of Delbert Bump, will give a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. Tickets are $12 general, $8 for students, available through, 530-754-2787 or at the door.

December 04, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Gallery 625 showcases Chuck Warner

“World of Chuck Warner: A Celebration of Art” will run through Jan. 30 at Gallery 625, the public art gallery curated by YoloArts at the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland. The exhibit’s opening reception, sponsored by Roth Ranch, will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, coinciding with downtown Woodland’s […]

December 21, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,