New year features live music at Monticello

Live music continues through January at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. Jan Peters will host open-mic nights from 8:30 to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Loshandra Ostrava is on the piano from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Bob Wren plays the octave mandolin and violin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, and Ken Kemmerling […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of brew: Guns and beer and the ATF

I am always interested in guns because they and cigarettes are controlled by the same agency of the U.S. government that controls beer; that is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (known as the ATF), which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. For that naive reason I try to draw parallels […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

New album features original jazz tunes by Hatamiya

Trombonist and composer Jon Hatamiya, a 2010 graduate of Davis High School, has six tunes on a newly released album by the recently formed group XD 7. Hatamiya also plays trombone on the album. He and fellow 2010 DHS Jazz Band alumni played a reunion concert Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, to […]

January 11, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Alexander String Quartet, guest cellist to present Schubert masterwork

Check it out Who: Alexander String Quartet When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $54 general, $27 students;, 530-754-2787 The new year will get off to an early — and substantial — musical start Sunday, as the Alexander String Quartet continues its yearlong Schubert […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

First Saturday features Neon Lite

Kick off the new year with wine and listen to one of the area’s favorite bands in the intimate setting of the barrel room at Sundstrom Hill Winery on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The First Saturday festivities will feature Neon Lite, a Davis band whose repertoire includes many of the familiar harmonies from […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Jack Reacher': This film don’t know Jack

“Jack Reacher” 3 stars Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney Rating: PG-13, for violence, profanity, fleeting nudity and some drug content Popular book series makes a disappointing transition to the big screen By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Director/scripter Christopher McQuarrie’s “Jack Reacher” is a serviceable […]

The Artery hosts ‘Birds of America’

Deborah Lamoreux’s “Birds of America: The Photographs” will be on view until Feb. 6 at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis. This series was inspired by the paintings of James Audubon. After reading a biography of Audubon, Lamoreux decided a worthwhile challenging lifelong project would be to photograph every bird that still exists […]

January 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

GLUG returns to Davis

GLUG returns to Davis celebrate its 11-year anniversary with a set starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at The G Street Wunderbar, 228 G St. downtown. Founding members Colin Stambusky (vocals) and Josh Lawson (guitarist) will be joined onstage by longtime drummer Randy Teresi and bassist Ryan Vaughn. Rumor has it that Evan Daily (Zhug) […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Footnote’ screened at International Film Series

“Footnote,” a 2011 Israeli film directed by Joseph Cedar, will be screened Friday 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 is no charge, […]

January 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged , ,

Qadim Ensemble plays at Village Homes

TimnaTal Music presents Qadim Ensemble at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning “ancient” as well as “that which will come.” The ensemble’s repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Greek, Ladino and Moroccan […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Django Unchained: The West as it should have been?

“Django” 3.5 stars Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Walter Goggins Rating: R, for unrelenting violence and gore, profanity, nudity and considerable ghastly behavior Wretched excesses aside, this campy lark slyly pokes at American race relations By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Since Jews were given the vicarious opportunity to […]

DMTC holds auditions for ‘Urinetown’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company announces auditions for the musical comedy, “Urinetown.” Auditions will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, and Monday Jan. 7. Callbacks will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. The show is directed by Steve Isaacson and is choreographed by Jan Isaacson. All auditions and performances are at DMTC’s […]

December 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Woodland Opera House presents ‘Godspell’

The Woodland Opera House, in conjunction with Kevin and Lorie Haarberg and Roger and Sue Kohlmeir, presents “Godspell” from Jan. 11 to Feb. 3. The musical plays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Jan. 26. The Opera House is at 340 Second St. in […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Folk musicians gather for jam session

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4,  on the Wyatt Deck in the UC Davis Arboretum. Wyatt Deck is on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name […]

December 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,