History underpins local author’s new book

Katherine Longshore may be a new author on the young-adult scene, but she’s certainly not sticking to the genre’s standard locales. “Gilt,” Longshore’s first book, is set in the court of King Henry VIII, and starts off what will be a series of books depicting the rise — and fall — of some of England’s […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

NAMI invites sunflower art for 10th annual contest

Calling all artists! June 1 is the deadline to enter the 10th annual sunflower art competition sponsored by NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental illness. The competition is open to people of all ages and abilities. Artwork must be delivered to the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., between 2 and 7 p.m. […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Kids, make an animal friend at art workshop

Children will explore color, shape and line while creating paper animals at a family art workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Kids will have fun designing animal friends using bold construction paper shapes and patterned fabric, under the guidance of artist Jennica Forrest. The […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Early Music Ensemble performs Monteverdi

The UC Davis Early Music Ensemble will present music by the great Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane. Monteverdi holds a pivotal position in the history of music; he wrote numerous madrigals over a period of 40 years, in addition to highly […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Music of Bali to waft through Mondavi Center

Just the ticket What: Gamelan Sekar Jaya When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $20 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 Musicians from the Gamelan Sekar Jaya — a Bay Area-based professional ensemble dedicated to the music of Bali — and members of the UC […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Student cast presents a quality version of ‘Rent’

Check it out What: “Rent,” presented by Studio 301 When: 8 p.m. through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: UC Davis’ Wyatt Pavilion Tickets: $16 general, $14 for students, available at Freeborn Hall box office or (530) 752-1915 It is tragic that composer/lyricist Jonathan Larson never lived to see the phenomenon that his musical, “Rent,” has […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Music teacher passes the baton

After four decades of teaching at St. James School, longtime music teacher Mary Klisiewicz is passing the baton to a younger teacher. “I know I’m going to miss the kids, and directing the choir. Students are like cake to me, and the choir is like frosting,” Klisiewicz said. Klisiewicz — better known around campus as […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Israel film to be screened at library

The Davis Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice in the Middle East presents a free showing of “Unmasked Judeophobia: The Threat To Civilization” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. This film interviews leading thinkers about criticism by academic groups, cultural and religious institutions […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Trick-roping stunts featured Sunday at May Festival

Cowboy showman James Barrera will bring his “jaw-dropping” lasso and whips routines to the 34th annual May Festival on Sunday at Gibson House Museum, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. He will perform two sets, at 1 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. when he’ll team up with the Folklorico Latino de Woodland. Barrera has introduced […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

Kirchen plays roots rock at The Palms

Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen will play with his band, Too Much Fun, and special guest Austin DeLone at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Tickets are $22, available at Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music in Woodland, Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters and at the door, […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Portland Cello Project brings classical music to the masses

Details Who: Portland Cello Project When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St., downtown Davis Tickets: $7 at the door for patrons 21 and older; (530) 758-4333 Classical music fans chanting “we love PCP” might seem strange, until you realize they’re referring to the Portland Cello Project. Since its inception in 2007, […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Looking at the world through rosé-colored glasses

One warm April morning, my partner and I decided to hop on Amtrak and spend the day walking the streets of Berkeley. After a big and delicious breakfast at Bette’s Ocean View Diner (without the ocean view, of course), we made our slow trek — stopping at interesting shops and pottery galleries — from south […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Open microphone featured Sunday

The microphone will be open Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. at International House to all comers, as the weekly music series begins to wrap up. The final date is Sunday, May 27, and will feature an all-star finale of encore performances. Admission is free, but donations are accepted with gratitude. Desserts and beverages will be […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Learn contra dance on Friday

All are welcome at a contra dance at 8 p.m. Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. A free lesson for beginners starts at 7:30 p.m. Newcomers also will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. Contra dancing requires no partner and no experience, and there’s always live music. Erik Hoffman is […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,