Free movies in the park on Saturdays

The Davis Sunset Rotary announces its Movies in the Park schedule for the fall. This free event is presented on a large inflatable screen in Central Park at sunset. “The Wizard of Oz” shows Saturday, Sept. 15, followed by “Back to the Future” on Saturday, Sept. 29, and finishing up with “Shrek” on Saturday, Oct. […]

September 13, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Auditions to be held for two Acme productions

Acme Theatre Company invites all ninth- through 12th-grade students to audition for its upcoming fall production of “In A Grove” and its winter production of “Radium Girls.” “In a Grove” is a collection of spooky, wistful and humorous Japanese ghost stories. “Radium Girls” is the true story of the young women workers who challenged the […]

September 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Los Straitjackets, Big Sandy bring surf and rockabilly to The Palms

By Kate Laddish Los Straitjackets has a well-deserved reputation for zany yet musically spot-on surf music with a twist. Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys dish up rockabilly and have been inducted to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. These two bands are frequent collaborators, and will be appearing in a double bill/CD release show for […]

September 13, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples kick off Mondavi’s 10th anniversary celebration

Blues artist Bonnie Raitt and gospel/soul singer Mavis Staples will perform at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, launching several weeks of concert marking the performing arts center’s 10th anniversary. Raitt and Staples are touring together in what Raitt has described to some interviewers as a “soul sister extravaganza.” Staples takes the […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Various changes to Mondavi season announced

Several changes have been made to the 2012-13 season at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts since the season brochure was printed and mailed. Soprano Dena Kuznetova is no longer appearing in the Rising Stars of Opera program on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Instead, soprano Sara Gartland will perform […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Printmaker shares life story at Gorman

The works of Navajo Melanie Yazzie titled “Salt-Bitter-Edge-Red Streak into the=Water Girl” will be on display through Dec. 7 at the C.N. Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall, UC Davis. There is an artist talk and reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at C.N. Gorman Museum. Yazzie utilizes printmaking to consider her […]

October 30, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC holds auditions for ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company announces auditions for its next musical of the 2012-13 season, Alan Menken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, and Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. with callbacks on Tuesday, Sept. 18, also at 7:30 p.m., at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive #10, […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis Shakespeare Ensemble announces new season

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble announced its 2012-13 season, which explores the theme of transformation through language and sound with “Macbeth: The Radio Play,” “Nightingale” and “As You Like It.” “Macbeth: The Radio Play” will be produced as an old-fashioned radio story, where the ensemble aims to create a fully engrossing sonic experience. “Nightingale” will explore […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Robot & Frank: Unconventional buddy saga

Four stars; rated PG-13, and rather needlessly, for brief profanity STARRING: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Strong, Jeremy Sisto By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Science fiction isn’t solely devoted to opulent spaceship battles and grim post-apocalyptic survival sagas, despite Hollywood’s best efforts to suggest as much. Some of […]

Davis provided steps to big stage for aspiring actress

Davis bred a passion for performance in Jill Winternitz, 25, that became too spectacular for the town to contain. So spectacular, in fact, that it prompted a 6,000-mile journey overseas to London. Her dream led to a prominent acting and dancing gig in the role of Baby for the United Kingdom’s national tour of the […]

September 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Silversun Pickups roll into Mondavi Center

Alternative rock band Silversun Pickups is on a nationwide tour in support of its epic third album, “Neck of the Woods.” The band makes a stop in our neck of the woods at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. From the suburban home on the cover, to songs of childhood games, […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Guilt-free pleasures from the land of the pirates

I don’t think of wine as a guilty pleasure but rather, along with such delights as fresh sardines, summer peaches and dark chocolate, as an integral part of my — to use a phrase I hate — healthy lifestyle. Which is not to say that I don’t have guilty pleasures, foremost among them, detective fiction. […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Commander Jazz Combo will spice up Picnic in the Park

The Commanders Jazz Combo brings its eclectic mix of old and new jazz standards as well as original tunes to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Third and C streets in Davis. Based at Travis Air Force Base, the combo […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

International Film Series returns Friday night

“Beyond Borders,” a 2003 U.S./German film directed by Martin Campbell, will be screened Friday, Sept. 7, as part of the International Film Series. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m. There […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,