Say farewell to the Helladelics

The Helladelics will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of a continued series of traditional and contemporary world music concerts brought to the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East, by TimnaTal Music. This is the group’s final Davis show since the band’s founder, Mary Hofer Farris, will be moving to the East […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Trokanski presents ‘Dukkha, Dark Matter and Riding on Trains’

A Buddhist belief, a scientific mystery and a train trip to Illinois are the focus of a new dance work by Davis choreographer Pamela Trokanski. The 28th season of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre opens with the premiere of “Dukkha, Dark Matter and Riding on Trains,” a thoughtful and humorous look at impermanence, the great […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Misfit young man finds his way in ‘Memphis’

If the plot of the new touring Broadway production “Memphis,” now at the Sacramento Community Center, sounds familiar, you may be thinking of “Hairspray.” In “Hairspray,” 1950s misfit teenager Tracy Turnblad loves “Negro music” — which is not played on white stations — becomes a big star on Cincinnati’s version of “American Bandstand” and by the […]

November 02, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Artists needed for spring studio tour, show

Davis artists who have a studio or space are eligible to join the Davis Art Studio Tour, April 13-14. In addition, The Artery is hosting a two-week gallery show that coincides with the tour. Interested artists should contact Vicki Plutchok before Dec. 15 at [email protected] or 530-758-2032 to reserve space on the tour. This is not a […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DAC’s ‘Nutcracker’ features familiar dancers

The Davis Art Center’s full-length ballet production of “The Nutcracker,” which features local dancers and some returning students, will be presented at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. All performances are at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E 14th St. Tickets are $15 per person […]

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Wreck-It Ralph': a sweet surprise

Arcade characters get into all sorts of trouble while ‘invading’ other games ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Four stars Starring (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling Rating: PG, for kid-level rude humor and mild action/violence I haven’t had this much fun since 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” blended classic Disney […]

Mondavi to screen SF Opera’s ‘Magic Flute’ on Monday

The Mondavi Center launches a series of three high-definition broadcasts of San Francisco Opera productions at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, with screening of the 2007 production of the much-beloved opera “The Magic Flute” by W.A. Mozart. Sung in German with English supertitles, the screening runs 2 hours, 54 minutes, including behind-the-scenes interviews with […]

November 02, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Wineaux’s golds for wonderful local whites

Awards, awards, awards. Nearly every wine I pick up announces itself as award-winning. Nugget has a yearly display of California State Fair winners; shelf-tags tout the San Francisco Chronicle medals; so many smaller competitions exist that I can’t keep track. I’m always suspicious. I want to know how many times the judges tasted each wine, […]

November 01, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Travis Brass spends at An Evening at the Vets’

The fourth installment of An Evening at the Vets’ brings Travis Brass to the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Travis Brass is the multi-talented brass group of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. From a standard march or traditional brass composition to jazz, ragtime and popular music of today, this […]

November 01, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Prize-winning young violinist returns to Mondavi for Debut Series concert

That’s the ticket Who: Violinist Stephen Waarts When: 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $40 general, $20 students;; 530-754-2787 Violinist Stephen Waarts, who won the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition in 2008, when he was 12 years old, returns for a Debut Series recital […]

November 01, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Original watercolors on display at Gallery 1855

Joseph Finkleman will display his original watercolors titled “The Language of Mystery” throughout November at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. A free open house and reception for the artist runs from noon to 4 p.m. […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Music on menu for November at Monticello

Mandolin, violin and piano music are all on tap throughout November at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. Bob Wren will play his octave mandolin and violin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, while Ken Kemmerling will tickle the ivories with classic jazz standards and popular tunes and requests on Saturdays. […]

November 01, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

ETHEL string quartet teams with Rundgren for wide-ranging program

The string quartet ETHEL — known for pushing the musical boundaries for the classic combination of two violins, viola and cello — visits the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. And true to form, the group will perform an arrangement of medieval music by a noted California composer, a string quartet version of […]

October 31, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

DHS drama department takes a trip down ‘Avenue Q’

‘I’ is for information What: “Avenue Q” Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 2-3, and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 Tickets: $16 general, $8 students Info: The Davis High School drama department will open its fall season at 7 p.m. Friday with […]

October 31, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,