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 www.woodlandoperahouse.org. 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 ,

Davis artist featured in juried show

Davis artist Carol Bernard has been accepted into the seventh National Juried Exhibition at the Axis Gallery in Sacramento. Bernard’s pen-and-ink drawing, “Brodinger’s Cat,” is one of 36 artworks chosen from among 905 submissions by 237 artists. She is one of only five artists to have been juried into two of the seven Axis national exhibitions. […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Ensemble welcomes Shakespeare lovers

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble welcomes all lovers of The Bard at Wednesday’s reading, which features one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, “Twelfth Night.” Live music from the ensemble’s resident composer, Richard Chowenhill, will enliven the evening. “No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is necessary, just your willingness to read, learn and play,” a news release said. The […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Runners sought for Race for the Arts

Do you like to run (or walk or skip or dance)? Do you love the Woodland Opera House? Do you have friends and family who might want to make a pledge to support the Woodland Opera House? Then join the fun by participating in the 14th annual Race for the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 25, […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Enjoy ‘Twelfth Night’ under the stars in Winters

Check it out What: Winters Theatre Company’s production of “Twelfth Night”; bring a picnic supper, blankets and low lawn chairs When: 8 p.m. Aug. 10-11 and 17-18 Where: Outdoor amphitheater behind Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave., Winters Tickets: $5 each; children 12 and under are free Info: (530) 795-4014 By Germaine Hupe The Winters Theatre […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

The Black Lillies bring award-winning Americana music to The Palms

Every so often, a band comes along that creates a sound that is just familiar enough to engage audiences and yet distinct and gripping enough to keep them coming back for more. Every so often, a band comes along that has that ineffable something special that separates them from the pack and makes them rise […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

August show at Gallery 625 to feature husband-wife team

When a spouse asks “Do these colors match?,” it is tempting to assume the question might be referring to what to wear. For Jeanne and Larry Powell, this conversation is most often about the art. Sharing a common professional background as teachers, each has chosen a different and complementary artistic discipline: Larry as photographer and […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,