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 ,

Local dancer performs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Shelly Gilbride, a local dancer and mother of two, is headed to the United Kingdom, not for the Olympics, but to perform in another epic international event, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Gilbride, the local dance artist who organized Dance Dance Davis in Central Park in the spring, is fulfilling a lifelong dream to perform in […]

August 08, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Opera House hosts talent showcase Saturday

The Woodland Opera House will present a talent showcase, “You Be the Judge,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Reserved tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at (530) 666-9617 or This year, a variety of songs, skits and instrumentals will be presented by local […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Post, Deveer join top artisans at Craft Council Show

Two Davis artists — Sara Post and John Deveer — will feature their handcrafted, one-of-a-kind work along with that of more than 230 artists at the American Craft Council Show this weekend at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. A ceramicist for 31 years, Post will show her distinct fire-glazed work at the show, the […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Yolo Eats presents August Blues in Woodland

The Detroit-based Larry McCray Band and a dinner of authentic barbecue prepared by Chef John Gamboni will highlight August Blues 2012, an event presented by Yolo Eats on Saturday, Aug. 11, in Woodland. McCray is recognized as a leading contemporary blues singer, songwriter and guitarist and has been known to share the stage with musical […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Opera House holds auditions for Broadway Bound

The Woodland Opera House is auditioning applicants for the advanced musical theater performance group, Broadway Bound, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Woodland Opera House Dance Studio, 415 Fourth St. in downtown Woodland. Auditions are open to children and youths ages 10-18 with at least two years experience in Show Biz Kidz or […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Blue Wing Gallery hosts reception

Artist Rick Morrall, inspired by the California plein air painters of the early 20th century, will showcase his paintings at the Blue Wing Gallery, 405 Main St. in Woodland. An opening reception for the exhibit, “Gathering Light,” runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Hear Justis, enjoy wine at Sundstrom Hill

Singer/songwriter Mike Justis, along with Steve O’Neil and Steve McLane of the Mike Justis Band, will perform from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sundstrom Hill Winery, as part of the winery’s First Saturday program. The event will feature wine, light appetizers and live music in outdoor setting at 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,