‘The Sessions': The power of love

By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic “The Sessions” Five stars Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Adam Arkin, Annika Marks, Rhea Perlman Rating: R, for strong sexuality, graphic nudity and sexual candor Berkeley-based poet, author and journalist Mark O’Brien died in 1999, just shy of his 50th birthday. His collections of […]

DMTC, Yolo County Food Bank team up for holiday cheer

The Davis Musical Theatre Company and the Yolo County Food Bank are teaming up this holiday season to help the hungry. Theatergoers will receive half-off a general price ticket to see DMTC’s Broadway production of “A Christmas Carol” when they bring in four or more cans of food for the Food Bank of Yolo County. […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Empyrean Ensemble showcases new music from the British Isles on Saturday

Check it out What: Empyrean Ensemble performs music from Britain When: 7 p.m. Saturday, with a pre-performance talk at 6:15 p.m. Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $20 general, $10 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 754-2787 A rainbow, a riot and a lullaby. These are among the components of Saturday night’s […]

November 16, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Morrissey concert rescheduled for March 4

Morrissey fans rejoice: The Moz has rescheduled his tour and will perform at 8 p.m. March 4 at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. Tickets are $49.50, $59.50, $79.50 and are available at mondaviarts.org and ticketmaster.com. For more information, call the Mondavi Center ticket office at 530-754-2787. Those who hold tickets to Wednesday’s canceled show […]

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

West Valley Chorus performs Holiday Show

The West Valley Chorus will perform its Holiday Show in barbershop harmonies at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Davis retirement community at 530-756-0700.

November 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: So many wines, so few Thanksgivings

The family Thanksgiving table this year will boast wild turkey with oyster dressing, mashed parsnips, sweet potato rolls, quince/pumpkin/walnut pies and all manner of other home-made treats — served on mismatched plates with linen napkins of every color and print on whatever cloth will mostly cover the multi-leaved table. The wines will be the best […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Visiting pianist offers tribute to musical trailblazers John Cage, Morton Feldman

Turkish pianist Seda Röder, who was honored recently for her work as performer and scholar at Harvard University from 2007 through 2011, will give a recital in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre on Friday at 7 p.m. Röder will present a program that she devised, “Tales from the Silent Lands,” which is a tribute to the legacy of […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Artist-in-residence directs updated version of ‘The Bacchae’

What: “The Bacchae” Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UC Davis When: 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 Tickets: $17-19 general, $12-14 students, children and seniors Info: 530-754-2787; www.mondaviarts.org; www.theatredance.ucdavis.edu Rating: PG-13, for language and violent images UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence Barry McGovern, known for his screen and stage […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Humorist David Sedaris to amuse Mondavi audience on Friday

Humorist and essayist David Sedaris returns to the Mondavi Center for another chat at 8 p.m. Friday. A question-and-answer session in which Sedaris will respond to comments from the audience will be part of the evening. A master of satire, Sedaris combines keen social observations and a sardonic, idiosyncratic viewpoint as he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness. […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks bring ‘Tangled Tales’ to The Palms on Saturday

Dan Hicks will be joined by his band The Hot Licks for an 8 p.m. concert Saturday at The Palms Playhouse in support of Hicks’ latest album “Tangled Tales.” Tickets are $25; The Palms is at 13 Main St. in downtown Winters. Hicks is an American original. Since the early 1960s, he has deftly blended […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

California Banjo Extravaganza brings banjo and bluegrass all-stars to The Palms

Move over, “Dueling Banjos,” to make way for the first California Banjo Extravaganza. This year’s event — which the organizers hope to turn into a yearly production — features Bill Keith, Alan Munde and Bill Evans on five-string banjos. The back-up band is packed with some of the country’s best pickers. The California Banjo Extravaganza […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD Symphony presents Beethoven, Stravinsky

Check it out Wha: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven and Stravinsky When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 The UC Davis Symphony will perform two very different and contrasting works at 7 p.m. Sunday in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. On […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Holoman to sign his latest book Sunday

Professor D. Kern Holoman, conductor emeritus of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, will sign copies of his latest book in the lobby at the orchestra’s concert Sunday evening at the Mondavi Center. “The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction” remains true to its title, clocking in at a nimble 158 pages. It is part of a […]

November 14, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Campy ‘Irma Vep’ sends up clichés with men in drag

That’s the ticket What: “The Mystery of Irma Vep” When: 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $15-$38, www.sactheatre.org or 916-443-6722 “The Mystery of Irma Vep” is a spirited pastiche that gleefully takes […]

November 13, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,