Point of Brew: One man’s pint is another man’s poison

Rick Birle of Lake Forest, commenting on an article about the wonders of craft beers in Sunset magazine, writes “… I’m waiting for someone to stand up and say that some, if not many, craft brewed beers are nearly undrinkable.” In various ways I have been saying this to the craft industry for some considerable […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Trokanski takes next step in community choreography

Choreographer Pamela Trokanski and the dancers of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre and The Third Stage are asking local residents to “Name That Dance!” “It’s an experiment in community choreography, where an individual, business, or organization can submit a title for a dance and, if chosen, (we’ll) create a new dance to premiere this spring, […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC’s Storybook Theatre presents Junie B. Jones adventure

Just in time for the holiday season, Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Storybook Theatre invites families to spend some time with everyone’s favorite first-grader, Junie B. Jones, in “Junie B. Jones in ‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!’ ” Based on Barbara Park’s wildly popular children’s series, this stage adaptation follows the hilarious hijinks of Junie B. as […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

University Chorus performs music by Mozart, Beethoven, Lloyd Webber on Friday

The UC Davis University Chorus will team up with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Boychoir for a concert featuring music from three centuries at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. Anchoring the program will be two big works — the Choral Fantasy by Ludwig van Beethoven (Op. 80), and the setting […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Brandenburg Concertos highlight Chamber Music Society concert

The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento will continue its popular tradition of performing Baroque music in December, with a festive all-Bach program to be heard at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. The concert will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1430 J St. in […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Sacramento Choral Society to release new CD at Saturday’s concert

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra return to the venerable Memorial Auditorium at the corner of 15th and J streets in Sacramento for this year’s “Home for the Holidays” concert at 8 p.m. Saturday. The concert will mark the release of the Choral Society’s new CD, also titled “Home for the Holidays,” which was recorded […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Don’t miss STC’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

Check it out What: “A Christmas Carol” When: Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 23 Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Cost: $40 general, $36 seniors, $20 students Info: 916-443-6722 If you ever thought it would be fun to take your children or grandchildren to see Sacramento Theatre Company’s sumptuous production of “A Christmas […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Photo exhibit has power and music of motion

The photography of Walter Kitundu captures the ephemeral power and magic of avian wings as viewers have never experienced it. An exhibit of his framed works will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Gallery 1855 throughout December. The public is invited to a free open house and reception for […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sacramento Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ returns for December run

Best-known and most beloved of all Sacramento Ballet productions, choreographer Ron Cunningham’s “The Nutcracker” has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom return year after year to enjoy the colorful costumes, imaginative sets and dramatic snow scene. The images of young Clara battling the Giant Mouse King, being saved by her Nutcracker Prince, […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Woodland Christmas Parade is Saturday

Bands, floats, drill teams, marching units, antique fire engines, vintage cars, mounted equestrian units and — of course — Santa Claus will be featured at Saturday’s 48th annual Woodland Christmas Parade. The event, which attracts an estimated 20,000 people to downtown Woodland, is sponsored by the city’s Chamber of Commerce. The parade, themed “A North […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis Children’s Chorale canceled

The Davis Children’s Chorale concert slated for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis was canceled due to illness. It has not been rescheduled.

December 04, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DHS alums present reunion concert to benefit bands

For the second year in a row, Davis High School Class of 2010 alumni will present a concert during the holiday break to benefit the DHS Band Boosters. Last year’s concert drew an enthusiastic crowd of 300. This year’s event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Brunelle Performance Hall […]

December 13, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Cantus concert recalls story of World War I Christmas truce

Call it a concert that tells a tale, or perhaps a sparely staged play overflowing with singing. “All Is Calm” — to be presented by the professional men’s choral group Cantus at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday — recalls the World War I Christmas truce of 1914, when a young German soldier stepped into […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

WOH serves up delightful holiday offering

What: “Inspecting Carol” Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St. When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets: Reserved seats are $25 general, $23 seniors/students, $12 kids; balcony seats are $15 general, $7 kids Info: www.woodlandoperahouse.org, 530-666-9617 There is only one way to describe “Inspecting […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,