Rootstock offers mix of music, wine

Alt-folk-rock trio Finding Fable will perform at Rootstock Gift Shop and Tasting Room, 22 Main St., Winters on Friday, Aug. 10. Finding Fable’s set list included original songs and eclectic covers from Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Crosby Stills & Nash as well as some modern favorites like Nora Jones and Oasis. Featuring lead singer/keyboardist Lori […]

August 08, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Mercy Me! a free outdoor concert Aug. 16

The dance music of Mercy Me! (Band) will be showcased at the sixth annual outdoor concert Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the lawn next to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The event is sponsored by UC Davis Health System and its Community Advisory Board. The concert at 45th and X streets […]

August 08, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Acme’s ‘Treasure Island’ brims with pirates and adventure

It is said that Robert Louis Stevenson hatched the ideas that became his signature novel — “Treasure Island” — in Northern California. In 1879, the then-unknown Scottish writer (still in his late 20s), made an arduous transcontinental trip, taking the train from New York to California, intending to have an adventure, and rendezvous with the […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘Twelfth Night’ opens this weekend in Winters

The Shakespeare in the Park play “Twelfth Night” opens Friday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. in the amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center. The play will continue on Saturday, Aug. 11, and there will be two additional performances on the following weekend. The plot of “Twelfth Night” requires 16 speaking roles and is a favorite […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free production viewings at Barnyard Theatre

The Barnyard Theatre will play host to two free viewings of a new play “Dammed” by company member Briandaniel Oglesby. Free stagings of the play are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18. Also, there will be an opportunity for audience participation and feedback. The stagings start at 7:30 p.m. Barnyard Theatre has spent the summer work-shopping […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Barnyard Theatre presents ‘Or’

The Barnyard Theatre will produce Liz Duffy Adams’ “Or,” a snappy Restoration comedy, at the Historic Schmeiser Barn, 35125 County Road 31, this month. The play is about poet and spy Aphra Behn (Hope Raymond), who pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be a woman in 17th-century England. In order to become the […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days — More underdog hijinks

3.5 stars; rated PG, and needlessly, for mild rude humor STARRING: Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Grayson Russell, Karan Brar, Laine MacNeil By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Few things are dependable in Hollywood, but the movie adaptations of Jeff Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” books are a welcome exception. […]

Cold Shot & Sandy Holman play Picnic in the Park

Cold Shot & Sandy Holman — Rene Martucci, vocals and guitar, left; Richard Urbino, vocals and bass; Tim “T-Bone” Wilbur, drums; and Sandy Holman, vocal and percussion — bring their Diversity and Dance music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Farmers Market in Central […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Indian dance performance is a mix of traditions

Staying true to traditions is important, but sometimes mixing traditions and cultures results in something amazing. TranceFusion Dance Company was developed “with the belief that when cultures collide, the resulting impact can generate true understanding, lasting change and a genuine impact,” according to a news release. The groups organizers weave together a rich fabric of […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD Craft Center Gallery presents Rapunzl’s Designs

The Craft Center Gallery at UC Davis presents Rapunzyl’s Designs by Craft Center Felting instructor, Rebecca Klein,  through Sept. 7. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, Aug. 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Craft Center Gallery located in the South Silo Building, is open Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to […]

August 08, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Janiva Magness celebrates new release at The Palms

Award-winning blues and soul vocalist Janiva Magness will celebrate the release of her new Alligator Records CD, “Stronger for it,” with a live performance at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., in Winters on Friday, Aug. 31, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. A charismatic artist known for her electrifying live shows, Magness is among […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Art in Freeman Park at Woodland Farmers Market on Aug. 4

Inspired by the agricultural bounty on sale at the Woodland Farmers Market local artist, Michele Burr, will be hosting an art table Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Woodland Farmers Market at Freeman Park, 1001 Main St., in Woodland. The art exploration will involve fruits, vegetables, paint and fun for children of all ages from 10 […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Music Man’ hits all the right notes

Check it out What: “The Music Man” When: through Sunday How much: $30 to $60 Info: (916) 557-1999 Last night I had one of those special theatrical moments that I will remember for a long time. It was opening night of Music Circus’ 20th production of “The Music Man,” one of my favorite musicals. Shirley Jones, […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Tour de France meets the Great American Beer Festival

I am a great fan of the Tour de France bicycle race. The men who compete are extraordinary athletes who ride the three-week tour with astonishing (even foolhardy) courage; the teams must strategize to win by just a few minutes during a journey of some 2,000 miles through the most delightfully scenic and mountainous countryside […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,