‘Silver Linings Playbook': A heart of gold

“Silver Linings Playbook” Four stars Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles Rating: R, for sexual candor, brief nudity and relentless profanity By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Mental illness isn’t funny, and — thankfully — Hollywood has matured past the point of believing otherwise; standard-issue […]

Mistakes were made, but not in this production

In the know What: “Mistakes Were Made” Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento When: Wednesdays-Sundays, through Dec. 16 Cost: $20-$32 general Info: Call 916-995-5464, visit www.capstage.org If there ever was any doubt that Eric Wheeler is one of this area’s most talented actors, a visit to Capital Stage’s production of “Mistakes Were Made,” by […]

November 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged , ,

Mumbo Gumbo returns to The Palms for annual post-Thanksgiving dance party

Northern California favorites Mumbo Gumbo will bring their big, joyful sound to The Palms Playhouse for their annual post-Thanksgiving dance party at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. The danceable music of Mumbo Gumbo is legendary in Yolo County. While much of it based in the Louisiana sound that was so prominent in their earliest years, […]

November 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jogja Hiphop Foundation brings rap with Indonesian flair to Mondavi

Talk about cross-cultural combinations: The Jogja Hiphop Foundations features modern young performers with attitude from Indonesia (more specifically, the city of Yogyakarta in Java, which is revered as a center for traditional Javanese culture), rapping across language and other borders. This sharp-dressed collective promotes tolerance and pluralism but also takes on corruption and inequality with witty musical hooks that incorporate global and indigenous trance rhythms, Indonesian […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Solo performer assays the entire ‘Star Wars’ trilogy — all by himself

Writer/performer Charles Ross, who claims to have viewed the original trio of “Star Wars” films more than 400 times, will bring his long-running solo show “One Man Star Wars Trilogy” to the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. Ross will singlehandedly present his version incorporating all three movies of the original “Star Wars” trilogy […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Mini-musical performance to include ‘Sound of Music’ sing-along

The Manville Mini-Musicals program will present two performances of “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and at noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Mini-Musicals are non-auditioned, after-school performance classes for elementary-aged schoolchildren. More than 50 students, divided into two casts, have been […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DCC hosts Christmas and Advent concert

The community is invited to ring in the holiday season will an Advent and Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Davis Community Church, 412 C St. in downtown Davis. The church’s Chancel Choir, Chamber Choir, Bell Choir and Worship Band will perform, and those gathered will have a chance to sing […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sweet sounds of the season

The Davis Children’s Chorale, under the direction of Janie Howard Knudsen with director emeritus Rachel Kessler, will present its holiday concert featuring the music of Bach, Vivaldi and Irving Berlin, with a carol sing-along. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. Donations […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Baseball photo exhibit in West Sacramento

“Playing Their Dream,” a collection of photographs of minor league baseball by Charles Vincent McDonald, will be on display from Dec. 18 through January at Gallery 1075 at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave. “(The collection depicts) the color and design of the game — and the character of the men involved […]

January 15, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Cajun sounds heard at The Palms

Tom Rigney and Flambeau will provide Cajun-flavored and irresistibly danceable music at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, at The Palms Playhouse. Tickets are $20. Violinist/composer Tom Rigney joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco music scene to form Tom Rigney & Flambeau. The band specializes in blazing Cajun and zydeco […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Concert benefits Fourth and Hope

West Valley Chorus will present its holiday show, “Giving Back to the Community,” benefiting Fourth and Hope, formerly the Yolo Wayfarer Center. The show begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at The New Testament Church, 108 W. Woodland Ave., Woodland. Admission is a $5 donation plus two cans of food. There are 35 active […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Get into the holiday spirit with DMTC’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

What: “A Christmas Carol” Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive When: Through Dec. 9, 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays Cost: $18 general, $16 students/seniors Info: www.dmtc.org or 530-756-3682 It helps to understand that the version of “A Christmas Carol” by Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: This Thanksgiving, be thankful for small things

A bottle of beer is unlikely to be on the list of things for which you are thankful this Thanksgiving Day. Despite the many extraordinary positive qualities of the beverage — including, for example, its nutritional value and contributions to good health — it will not rise much above the invisible. And, more than likely, […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Village Homes Performers’ Circle celebrates 20 years

Local musicians will unite Monday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Village Homes Performers’ Circle in Davis. Twenty years ago this month, Peter Dyer founded the Performers’ Circle in his Village Homes living room. A longtime Davis musician and community activist who now lives in New Zealand, Dyer wanted to try something new to bring […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,