Davis Music Festival hits all the right notes

Collect 46 bands, sprinkle them among seven venues in one downtown area and you have the makings for a very successful event.

Danny Tomasello did just that as he orchestrated the second annual Davis Music Festival on Saturday. More than 1,500 people meandered through downtown Davis from 1:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, listening to everything from punk to hip-hop to rock to funk and some styles that defy definition.

“It’s really like a giant puzzle,” said Tomasello, the festival founder. “It’s connecting an artist with a venue, and a venue with a sound.”

From the smiles on people’s faces, Tomasello got it right.

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Atop the art world

Marc Lancet of Davis, a professor of three-dimensional art at Solano Community College for the past 25 years, is receiving the Pence Gallery’s Community Artist of the Year Award. It will be presented Friday, July 13, as part of the gallery’s Second Friday ArtAbout celebration. Lancet earned his master of fine arts degree in both sculpture […]

Sing along to ‘Oklahoma!’ at Senior Center

Come sing along to classic tunes from the musical “Oklahoma!” — “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” and “Oklahoma!” — from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Locals will sing along with recordings by Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sunday event supports local farmers

The whole family is invited to enjoy food, music and a gorgeous setting at a “Glide Into Summer” fundraiser Sunday evening on the Glide Ranch, 36355 Russell Blvd. west of Davis. Local food and drinks will be available, including a seasonal meal prepared by Monticello Seasonal Cuisine chef Tony Gruska and cupcakes by Let Them […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

‘Brave': Loses its way

‘Brave’ 3.5 stars Starring (voices only): Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson Rating: PG, and somewhat generously, for rude humor and considerable scary action All Pixar animated films are lush, impeccably mounted productions — every backdrop fine-tuned to the height of available imaging technology, every scene timed […]

It takes Livestrong to build a village

Residents and visitors alike will be seeing a lot of yellow this weekend as the Livestrong Challenge rolls into Davis.

However, there’s a lot to do in town even before the first cyclists pedal out of the Livestrong Village in Central Park on Sunday morning. Riders have a choice of three courses covering 20, 65 and 100 miles.

Davis’ downtown, which will have slightly constricted traffic flow as B Street is shut down between Third and Fifth streets, will otherwise be a hotbed of activities starting Saturday with the Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market takes place in Central Park, Fourth and C streets.

Nature and art come together in DAC summer program

Art, like nature, often fills the viewer with wonder and awe. There are grand scale creations like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Yosemite’s Half Dome, while other works can fit in your hand, like a Fabergé egg or blue starfish. The Davis Art Center is bringing both worlds together through its summer Discovery Art program. The […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Summer stories feature games and adventure

Imagine a group of children gathered on a field of grass or by a shade tree. A character enters, sets up a story and takes the kids on a quest full of learning, games and adventure. Davis kids will have three opportunities this summer to join a “walking story” like this at Picnic in the […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Davis actor featured at Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cody Craven, a 2009 Da Vinci High School graduate, will be featured in the role of Marius in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Les Miserables” in Cedar City, Utah, opening Saturday. The play will continue in production through Oct. 19. The first three shows already sold out, as have several others, Craven’s mother Janet […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged , ,

You, too, can have your art exhibited at the Pence

Get inspired! All artists ages 16 and older are invited to submit one work of art in any media — such as painting, drawing, sculpture or photography — for the Pence Gallery’s annual celebration of talent. The Community Hang-Up is a non-juried exhibition at the Pence, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. The artworks, which are […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Meditators head for water tank Sunday

Members of the Davis Shambhala Meditation Center will participate in Sunday’s summer solstice celebration at the east area water tank. The group will gather at the Shambhala Center, 133 D St., Suite H, after regular Sunday morning meditation, from 9 to 10 a.m. They’ll leave about 10:30 a.m. for the water tank, at Mace Boulevard and […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Former Davisite’s artwork exhibited in Grass Valley

Artwork by Stuart Gold, a UC Davis graduate and former Davis resident, is being featured this month and next in the Main & Granucci Galleries at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 314 W. Main St. A retrospective of Gold’s “TV Series” paintings, drawings and prints from 1979 to 2012 opened Monday and […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged , ,

Point of Brew: Welcome women as beer drinkers

It has been a very long time since I was last in Australia. It’s a grand place and Australians are justifiably proud of their country. Were I not an American and happily settled in California, Australia would be an hugely attractive alternative. I have two cousins and their families living there. Of course, I was […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged , ,

San Francisco Symphony concert/bus packages available

It’s time to start thinking of cool San Francisco in the fall. Those who enjoy San Francisco, classical music, shopping and good food can subscribe to a series of Thursday matinee performances by the San Francisco Symphony with no need to worry about traffic and parking. Chartered buses leave at 9 a.m. from Elmwood Drive […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged , ,