Houston novel, ‘Jarhead’ author’s new memoir on UCD reading list

From music and history to beer and poetry, new books by UC Davis authors offer something for every reader this summer. * “Contents May Have Shifted” by Pam Houston (W.W. Norton and Co., $25.95, 320 pages): In her latest novel, bestselling author Houston, a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Auditions scheduled for talent showcase

Auditions will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, for the Woodland Opera House talent showcase, “You Be the Judge!” The auditions will be at the Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. The talent showcase performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, with a mandatory dress rehearsal for all selected […]

Live Music Collective capitalizes on fans’ energy with Sollee concert

Just the ticket Who: Ben Sollee, a classically trained pop cellist and folk singer; with opening act Elephant Revival When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Tickets: $17 in advance, at Armadillo Music, 205 F St., and www.davislivemusic.com; $20 at the door Davis has become quite a destination for […]

Young flutists enjoy tour of South Korea

The Davis Youth Flute Choir returned last month from a four-city tour of South Korea, where they represented the United States at the World’s Fair, EXPO 2012, in a performance in the fair’s Exposition Hall. They also represented Davis in performances in Sangju, one of Davis’ sister cities, and a nearby city, Daejeon. The choir […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Japanese films showcased at Sacramento festival

The Japanese Film Festival returns to Sacramento for its eighth running on July 13-15 at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. The opening movie on Friday night, “A Good Husband,” is about a famous photographer who is jobless and has the marriage blahs. He and his wife commemorate their upcoming divorce at a seaside resort. […]

July 05, 2012 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Mondavi, Crocker Museum present free opera screening

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento will present a free screening of the San Francisco Opera’s production of Puccini’s “La Bohème.” The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in Sacramento’s Crocker Park, 201 O St. The screening follows the Crocker Museum’s […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged , ,

UCD Craft Center instructors show their work

The Craft Center Gallery at UC Davis presents “Pottery and Pictures” by Craft Center glass, wood and ceramic instructors Suzanne Gerttula and Andrew Groover. The show opened last week and continues through July 27 in the South Silo Building on the UCD campus. A reception for the artists will run from 5 to 7 p.m. […]

Gallery 625 spotlight shines on art teachers

School may be out for the summer, but for many teachers, a personal passion for the arts keeps them busy all year long. These education professionals teach hundreds of students in public schools around the county throughout the school year. In July, their work will be on exhibit at Gallery 625 at the County Administration […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

It’s red, white and blue time for Davis!

With so many activities packed into the city of Davis’ Fourth of July celebration, residents will look forward to sitting back and watching the fireworks Wednesday evening.

“This is going to be a very exciting year,” said Carrie Dyer, a city of Davis community services supervisor. “The city is working with the Davis Live Music Collective to arrange a great lineup of music and entertainment, including a 90-minute set by Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, who will kick-start the fireworks show by singing his famous ‘Fourth of July’ song.

“I always look forward to seeing the Davis community come together in celebration,” she added.

Festivities kick off bright and early …

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Learn the art of origami

The Davis Origami Group will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in the Blanchard room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. First-time folders and more advanced folders are welcome. The first hour will be geared for beginners. For more information, email [email protected] or call (530) 753-6093.

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

That’s the way it should be, wahoo, yeah!

That’s the ticket What: “Grease,” opening the 2012 Music Circus season Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $30-$60; (916) 557-1999; www.tickets.com SACRAMENTO — It was nice to see the Wells Fargo Pavilion filled to near capacity as Music Circus began […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘Magic Mike': No rabbit in this hat

“Magic Mike” Two stars Starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer Rating: R, for pervasive sexual content, profanity, drug use and fleeting graphic nudity For perhaps 15 minutes, Channing Tatum’s title character seems an honorable fellow, deserving sympathy and worthy of our hope that he might escape […]

The Bard is back for summer productions

Start with moonlight, add an evening breeze, a picnic basket and a bottle of wine. Toss in an outdoor production of a Shakespeare play and you have the recipe for a perfect summer night.

It’s festival season, and there are many choices for theatergoers this year, nearby and farther afield.

Closest to home is the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s ambitious production of “Henry V,” which continues through Sunday, with performances today and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the gazebo at the UC Davis Arboretum.

This gutsy little presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous history plays features just five actors playing multiple lords, dukes and ordinary soldiers, as the action spreads from the royal courts of …

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

If it’s summer, there must be music

The Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series kicks off with a free outdoor performance by the West Nile Ramblers, playing their unique brand of high-energy Western music, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Rotary Park Gazebo. The park is on Main Street at Railroad Avenue in downtown Winters. With […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,