White Rice comes out on top in DHS Factor

White Rice — a beatbox group of Jeremy Chen, Kunwoo Hong and David Matthews — captured the hearts and votes of the audience to beat out eight other performances to win DHS Factor last Thursday. Singer Scott Stone was second, while third place was a tie between dancer Xavier Barkley and singing duo Jacob Muller […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Usher training set at Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre is hosting an usher training seminar for those looking to work at the upcoming PTDT concerts. The seminar will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place in Davis. The instructor is Jan Fiore, who was house and lobby manager for […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hear whistler perform at Covell Gardens

Milt Briggs will sing, whistle, recite poetry and tell stories while accompanying himself on the guitar and keyboard during a performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Atria Covell Gardens. The event, at 1111 Alvarado Ave., is free and open to the public. A Sacramento native who was born loving music, he grew up […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Banjoist performs at Covell Gardens

Jack Convery, a former winner of the title “Best Banjoist of Northern California,” will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in Davis. The concert is free and open to the public. Born in Wichita, Kan., Convery spent his childhood in Fresno. He learned how to play the banjo at […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Eight DHS band students chosen for honor bands

Most high school band directors would be delighted to know that just one of their students had been invited to be a member of an honor band. Davis High band director Tom Slabaugh learned that eight of his band students beat out hundreds of competitors and made it into two of the most highly sought-after […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Studio 301 presents a comedy in February

“Tis Pity…” is Studio 301’s production of John Ford’s 17th-century play about siblings who fall madly in love with each other. Murder, incest and bandits form the backdrop for this nightmare comedy. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 14-16 and 21-23 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 at the UC […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Get Happy’ with the DHS Jazz Choir

The Davis High Jazz Choir will swing into action with interpretations of the great American songbook at its 25th annual Jazz Choir Cabaret on Feb. 9-10. The event takes place at the Emerson Junior High School Indoor Commons, 2121 Calaveras Ave. Seating times are 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Reserve tickets by Feb. […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Justis, O’Neill play at Wine’d Down Thursday

Singer/songwriter Mike Justis has been playing a unique brand of folk, blues and Americana music for more than 30 years. He and his band are well-known throughout Northern California. This week, he will be playing Wine’d Down Thursday at Sundstrom Hill Winery in Davis. He will be joined by a Sundstrom Hill favorite, bassist Steve […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis artist teaches at Crocker Museum

Marie-Therese Brown, a Davis artist and member of The Artery, will offer an introduction to acrylic painting class for young artists ages 9 to 12 through the Crocker Art Museum in conjunction with the Gregory Kondos exhibition opening Feb. 24. Students will use a sketchbook to plan compositions, create preliminary drawings with vine charcoal and […]

February 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Last Stand': Solid comeback for Schwarzenegger

“The Last Stand” 3.5 stars Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Peter Stormare, Luis Guzmán, Jaimie Alexander, Eduardo Noriega, Zach Gilford Rating: R, for strong violence, gore and profanity Generous dollops of humor keep things mostly light in this fast-paced crime thriller By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic The new year seems […]

UCD alumni’s works performed at Stories on Stage

Sacramento’s award-winning reading series Stories on Stage will feature work by Erica Lorraine Scheidt, author of the new novel “Uses for Boys,” and emerging fiction writer Megan Cummins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25 St. Both featured writers are alumni of the graduate program in Creative Writing at […]

January 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Stringed instruments rule Thursday Live! on Feb. 7

The Feb. 7 Thursday Live! show will feature guitarist Matt Grasso with Trio Seven and cellist Dan Barker. Thursday Live! is a continuing series of concerts held the first Thursday of each month at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. All shows are free and open to all ages. The shows start at […]

February 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Nor any drop to drink

Yesterday I saw my first “YES on measure I” yard sign; predictably it was in a yard that hasn’t been watered for several years. That reminded me I must soon decide how I will vote on the water issues facing our community. In such case most of us turn to what we know and brewers […]

January 17, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,