Grateful Dead vocalist recalls band’s heyday

Longtime Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux, along with Mark Karan and special guest Mookie Siegel, will perform Sunday at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in downtown Winters. As the only woman officially billed as a member of the Grateful Dead, Godchaux held her own on stage with the rest of the boys. However, […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

BeauSoleil brings irresistible Cajun music to The Palms on Friday

BeauSoleil, described as “the world’s most famous and beloved Cajun band,” will bring its irresistibly danceable music to The Palms Playhouse on Friday. Heralded by luminaries ranging from Bob Dylan (“That’s my kind of music!”) to Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor (“BeauSoleil is the greatest Cajun band in the world!”) to New Orleans musical […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Dreamcoat’ continues through Aug. 5 at DMTC

That’s the ticket What: “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” When: Through Aug. 5 at 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 per person for groups of 10 or more;, (530) 756-3682 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first musical, “Joseph and The […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Wineaux: I’m just in it for the food

I made a (Chinese) New Year’s resolution to plan a trip to the wine country of Oregon and Washington state. I planned the trip, but I know I won’t make it. Maybe next year. I did, though, do a short Oregon jaunt. First I flew to Portland and spent a couple of days urban hiking. […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Hear Hardwater and Mike Justis Band at Thursday Live!

Thursday Live! welcomes Hardwater and The Mike Justis Band on Thursday, Aug. 2, to the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; admission is free and beer, wine and sodas will be for sale. All ages are welcome. Hardwater has been performing regularly for more than 10 […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Now’s the time to join a chorus

Like to sing? Ever think about joining a chorus? Excluding church choirs, there are about 70 choruses in the greater Sacramento area, and eight rehearse in Yolo County. Now is when they are looking for new members, as they prepare for holiday performance season. Some choruses are highly selective, even competitive, but there are many […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Capital Stage’s ‘Dying City’ probes three characters’ psychological depths

Check it out What: “Dying City” When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 12 Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$32; (916) 995-5464, Christopher Shinn, a highly regarded playwright in his late 30s, studied at the Tisch School in New York; his plays have been […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Big Kenny shares words of wisdom at Woodland charter school

Country singer and humanitarian Kenny Alphin, aka Big Kenny of the music duo Big & Rich, will speak to children, parents and community members at a dinner Friday, Aug. 3, to benefit the Woodland Polytechnic Academy, a tuition-free Woodland charter school. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Woodland Poly campus […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Singers will take the stage at Yolo Idol competition

Calling all aspiring singers! For the ninth year, the Yolo County Fair will host the Yolo Idol contest. Open to singers living in Yolo County, the competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, on the West Stage next to the Rotary Park picnic area at the fairgrounds in Woodland. The event attracts more […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Zapato Viejo plays free concert Thursday in Winters

Zapato Viejo, a six-piece Latin band, will present a free outdoor concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rotary Park Gazebo, on Main Street at Railroad Avenue, in front of the Community Center in Winters. The performance is the last event in this year’s Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series. Zapato […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Grab a beach blanket for Picnic in the Park

Surf’s up! The Surf-Liners will bring the sounds of summer to Davis’ Central Park on Wednesday when they perform 1960s-style instrumental rock and roll at Picnic in the Park. Their set will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. Picnic in the Park takes place alongside the Davis […]

July 24, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Barnyard Theatre’s ‘Psyche’ presents a lively, cautionary tale

Details What: Barnyard Theatre production of Meghan Brown’s “Psyche” When: 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 4 Where: Schmeiser Barn, 35125 County Road 31 west of Davis Tickets: $15 general, $10 students, available at the door Info and directions:; (530) 574-1318 For the uninitiated, Barnyard Theatre is an outfit largely composed of […]

July 24, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘The Dark Knight Rises': Opulent and ominous

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ 4 stars Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman Rating: PG-13, and somewhat generously, for intense sequences of violence and action, along with some sensuality and fleeting profanity Unlike the cinematic Superman — always portrayed as the true-blue Boy Scout, as […]

Veterinarian/musicians perform a soulful duet

Two local veterinarians/musicians will try to answer the age-old question “Does music soothe the savage beast?” at a noon concert Sunday at the Center for Spiritual Living in Davis. Kim-Xuan Nguyen and Debra Taylor will explore the internal jungle and seek to soothe the beast within — via a soulful duet on double bass and voice. Nguyen started […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,