Point of Brew: This Thanksgiving, be thankful for small things

A bottle of beer is unlikely to be on the list of things for which you are thankful this Thanksgiving Day. Despite the many extraordinary positive qualities of the beverage — including, for example, its nutritional value and contributions to good health — it will not rise much above the invisible. And, more than likely, […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Village Homes Performers’ Circle celebrates 20 years

Local musicians will unite Monday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Village Homes Performers’ Circle in Davis. Twenty years ago this month, Peter Dyer founded the Performers’ Circle in his Village Homes living room. A longtime Davis musician and community activist who now lives in New Zealand, Dyer wanted to try something new to bring […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD Concert Band takes audience on trip through a time warp

The UC Davis Concert Band, directed by Pete Nowlen, will travel a bit through time and space during their performance on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. Included will be a sonic journey to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, which included exhibits designed to demonstration the newly discovered uses of electricity […]

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged , ,

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ in Winters

What: “Miracle on 34th Street” Where: Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave., Winters When: Through Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $10 general, $6 seniors and students Info: 530-795-4014 Christmas has come early to Winters, beating even the venerable old Macy’s Thanksgiving parade by a week. “Miracle on 34th Street,” […]

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Woodland Opera House presents the holiday comedy ‘Inspecting Carol’

The Woodland Opera House presents the holiday comedy “Inspecting Carol” beginning Friday, Nov. 30, and running at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 23. There is an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. This comedy is “A Christmas Carol” meets “The Government Inspector” meets “Noises Off” […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Here We Come A’Caroling’ with Woodland Chamber Singers

The Woodland Chamber Singers will present their annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Pioneer High School Performing Arts Theater, 1400 Pioneer Ave. in Woodland The 75 members of the chorus, along with Artistic Director Lenore Turner Heinson and accompanist Lori Jarvey, will present a program […]

December 04, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sunday(s) @ I-House offers cultural exchange

The second season of Sunday(s) @ I-House, an ongoing fundraiser benefiting International House, Davis, continues with more cross-cultural open-mic performances of music and spoken word from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at I-House, 10 College Park. A featured performer will be highlighted with a 30-minute set in the middle of the evening. Mother-daughter performers […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Sessions': The power of love

By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic “The Sessions” Five stars Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Adam Arkin, Annika Marks, Rhea Perlman Rating: R, for strong sexuality, graphic nudity and sexual candor Berkeley-based poet, author and journalist Mark O’Brien died in 1999, just shy of his 50th birthday. His collections of […]

DMTC, Yolo County Food Bank team up for holiday cheer

The Davis Musical Theatre Company and the Yolo County Food Bank are teaming up this holiday season to help the hungry. Theatergoers will receive half-off a general price ticket to see DMTC’s Broadway production of “A Christmas Carol” when they bring in four or more cans of food for the Food Bank of Yolo County. […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Empyrean Ensemble showcases new music from the British Isles on Saturday

Check it out What: Empyrean Ensemble performs music from Britain When: 7 p.m. Saturday, with a pre-performance talk at 6:15 p.m. Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $20 general, $10 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 754-2787 A rainbow, a riot and a lullaby. These are among the components of Saturday night’s […]

November 16, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Morrissey concert rescheduled for March 4

Morrissey fans rejoice: The Moz has rescheduled his tour and will perform at 8 p.m. March 4 at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. Tickets are $49.50, $59.50, $79.50 and are available at mondaviarts.org and ticketmaster.com. For more information, call the Mondavi Center ticket office at 530-754-2787. Those who hold tickets to Wednesday’s canceled show […]

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

West Valley Chorus performs Holiday Show

The West Valley Chorus will perform its Holiday Show in barbershop harmonies at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Davis retirement community at 530-756-0700.

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: So many wines, so few Thanksgivings

The family Thanksgiving table this year will boast wild turkey with oyster dressing, mashed parsnips, sweet potato rolls, quince/pumpkin/walnut pies and all manner of other home-made treats — served on mismatched plates with linen napkins of every color and print on whatever cloth will mostly cover the multi-leaved table. The wines will be the best […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Visiting pianist offers tribute to musical trailblazers John Cage, Morton Feldman

Turkish pianist Seda Röder, who was honored recently for her work as performer and scholar at Harvard University from 2007 through 2011, will give a recital in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre on Friday at 7 p.m. Röder will present a program that she devised, “Tales from the Silent Lands,” which is a tribute to the legacy of […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,