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 ,

Tour the world at International Festival

Plans are taking shape for the second annual International Festival, which drew more than 3,000 people last year to the Veterans’ Memorial Center. This year’s event is planned for Saturday, Oct. 6, from noon to 6 p.m. “This celebration of unity in diversity exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Elisabeth Sherwin, I-House executive director. I-House organized and […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

Davis Music Festival 2

“We just surpassed 2011 wristband sales” Danny texted me the night before the festival. An awesome sign, considering last year we hardly sold any pre sale tickets. I’m happy to report, Davis Music Festival 2 was even better than the original. I was stationed at Delta of Venus from 1pm to 8pm selling wristbands at […]

June 25, 2012 | Posted in Blogs | Tagged

Korean belly dancing class offered at I-House

All are welcome at a free Korean belly dancing class at 11 a.m. Saturday on the front patio at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The one-hour class will be taught by Jihyun Lim of South Korea, an experienced dance teacher. It promises to be eclectic, and children accompanied by their parents are invited to join […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Seven-string guitars featured at concert

Matthew Grasso’s sixth annual celebration of the seven-string guitar is planned for Saturday, July 7, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The show starts at 7:07 p.m. A donation of $7 to $21 will be asked at the door. This year’s program will focus on microtonal guitars. Grasso will perform on a 14-note octave […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Applegate Dance Company show celebrates 20 years in Davis

Check it out What: Applegate Dance Company’s ‘Premiere Showcase’ When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Tickets: $12 in advance at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St.; $14 at the door The Applegate Dance Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary by presenting a “Premiere Showcase” this […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Weekend fun starts early at RootStock

Thursday is the new Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Complimentary wine and olive oil tasting are offered from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This Friday, check out the Charlie Wade Blues Band from 6 to 8 p.m. The five-member band from Solano County plays 1940s and ’50s harp blues, featuring music […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Portland indie band visits Sophia’s

Sean Flinn & The Royal We, an indie band from Portland, will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in downtown Davis. They’ll be supporting their new video, “Patient Heart,” from their debut album “Write Me A Novel,” which can be seen at www.seanflinnandtheroyalwe.com. Tristen and Lauren Cole Norton share […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Retro tunes highlight West Davis picnic

Westlake Plaza invites all comers to its second annual Summer Concert and Parking Lot Picnic on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The shopping center is at 1260 Lake Blvd. in West Davis. The family-friendly event includes a classic car show and live classic rock music by Jan and the Studebakers, playing tunes from the […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Hear Acoustic S&M in the park Wednesday

Acoustic S&M brings six decades of folk, rock, pop and even a little country music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. The band will play from 5 to 8 p.m. alongside the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The market, open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., is filled with spring […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Music Festival hits all the right notes

Collect 46 bands, sprinkle them among seven venues in one downtown area and you have the makings for a very successful event.

Danny Tomasello did just that as he orchestrated the second annual Davis Music Festival on Saturday. More than 1,500 people meandered through downtown Davis from 1:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, listening to everything from punk to hip-hop to rock to funk and some styles that defy definition.

“It’s really like a giant puzzle,” said Tomasello, the festival founder. “It’s connecting an artist with a venue, and a venue with a sound.”

From the smiles on people’s faces, Tomasello got it right.

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Atop the art world

Marc Lancet of Davis, a professor of three-dimensional art at Solano Community College for the past 25 years, is receiving the Pence Gallery’s Community Artist of the Year Award. It will be presented Friday, July 13, as part of the gallery’s Second Friday ArtAbout celebration. Lancet earned his master of fine arts degree in both sculpture […]