Photographs on display at Gallery 1855 through January

Israeli street photographer Gabi Ben-Avraham’s framed works will be on display at Gallery 1855 throughout January. The gallery, which is located in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. There is a free open house and artist reception from 1 to 4 p.m. […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Simplifying the holiday — a complicated project

One of my favorite organizations is somewhat grandiosely called the Center for the New American Dream. Their mission — helping Americans “to reduce and shift their consumption, improve quality of life, protect the environment and promote social justice” — is, like most “missions,” also a bit grandiose, but they’re a great group of folks, both […]

December 13, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

San Kazakgascar headlines Davis Music Festival Revisted on Friday

In a local music scene crowded with rock, bluegrass and folk, the mighty San Kazakgascar stands out. Like an oasis in the middle of a barren desert, San Kazakgascar quenches your thirst for Middle Eastern psychedelia. San Kazakgascar will perform at the second Davis Music Festival Revisited, along with Yellow Jacket Motel and Art Lessing […]

December 13, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Woodland Community Band plays annual Christmas Concert

The Woodland Community Band, under the direction of Bobby Rogers, will present its annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the atrium of the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland. Admission is free. Rogers,  the music director at Pioneer High School, has put together a concert of traditional and popular numbers, including […]

December 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Children’s play ‘The Shepherds’ at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation

The children at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation will present “The Shepherds,” an original play written by LCI member Craig Lundgren, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 1701 Russell Blvd. in West Davis. The play features lost sheep, terrified shepherds and a host of angels leading them to the wonderment of finding Mary, Joseph […]

December 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Enroll now for ‘The Wizard of Oz’ mini-musical

The Manville Mini-Musicals program is producing the family musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” This collection of songs will include selections from “Wicked” and also from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s recent revamp of the popular score so that every cast member that would like a solo will have one. Mini-Musicals are non-auditioned classes geared toward students in […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

American Bach Soloists present varied holiday concert on Sunday

Holiday concert What: American Bach Soloists When: 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $25-$49 general, $12.50-$24.50 students;, 530-754-2787  The American Bach Soloists will present their traditional December concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. For nine consecutive years, […]

December 14, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

San Francisco Symphony offers family concert at Mondavi on Dec. 21

That’s the ticket Who: San Francisco Symphony family concert, conducted by Donato Cabrera When: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $35-$58 general, $17.50-$29 students,, 530-754-2787 The San Francisco Symphony, led by conductor Donato Cabrera, will visit the Mondavi Center with a family-oriented holiday season concert […]

December 18, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Davis Chorale performs ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

The Davis Chorale and interim director Rachel Kessler will present a fully staged and costumed performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Carlo Menotti at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Singing the role of the Mother is Janie Howard-Knudsen and Amahl will […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Messiah sing-along is Dec. 23

The Davis Chorale, directed by interim director Rachel Kessler, invites the public to a sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. The community choristers will be supported by members of the Davis Chorale, invited guest conductors, soloists and instrumentalists. Community members will sing all the […]

December 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Acme presents ‘Radium Girls’

Acme Theatre Company presents “Radium Girls” by D.W. Gregory as part of its 33rd anniversary season. This is the 111th show for the high school-aged theater company. “Radium Girls,” directed by Maddy Ryen, features historical characters such as Madame Curie, Arthur Roeder and others and is set in 1926, when radium was a miracle cure, […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Flute, harp music at Wine’d Down Thursday

Sue Sheya, the principal flutist with the Camellia Symphony Orchestra in Sacramento, and Carol Kihm, the principal harpist with the Camellia and Folsom Symphony Orchestras, will perform together at Wine’d Down Thursday at the Sundstrom Hill Winery in Davis. The winery, 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch, will be open from 5 to 7 […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mondavi Center tweaks amenities and offerings as season unfolds

The Mondavi Center’s 10th anniversary events — which began in March with a gala celebrating the American premiere of the edgy French ballet “Blanche Neige,” and peaked this fall with several sold-out concerts by big names — are receding into memory. And now a series of smaller changes are under way, as the Mondavi Center at […]

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

Swing Ye Noel: Santa must be a cool cat, with all this jazz to fuel his annual journey

It’s getting harder to find this stuff. Time was, I’d start haunting the holiday section at music stores shortly before Thanksgiving; the better brick-and-mortar outlets would be laden, with some even giving holiday jazz its own sub-category. Berkeley’s marvelous Amoeba Music continues that practice to this day, and therefore remains an essential part of my […]