Local filmmakers keeping it in the family

Death is a hard idea to face. Enduring the death of a loved one can be even harder. That hasn’t stopped young filmmakers Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, of Davis, and Robert Machoian, of King City, from confronting the idea head on. Their first feature-length film, “Forty Years From Yesterday,” is an intimate portrait of a family undergoing […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild': Imagination run amok

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Four stars Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Gina Montana, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, child imperilment, disturbing images, brief profanity and fleeting sensuality “In a million years, when kids go to school, they’re gonna know that there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived in […]

‘Clips of Faith’ blends bikes, beer

New Belgium’s Clips of Faith tour returns to Davis on Friday, Aug. 10, to raise funds for Davis Bicycles! and the Davis Bicycle Collective. Last year, their stop in Davis attracted 1,250 attendees and generated approximately $3,800. In addition to featuring more than a dozen of New Belgium’s finest (and hard-to-find) beers, the event will […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Swashbuckling pirates take the stage in Acme’s ‘Treasure Island’

That’s the ticket What: Acme Theatre Company presentation of “Treasure Island” When: Aug. 3-11, with showtimes at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9; and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 Where: Brunelle Performance Hall, Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students Acme Theatre […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

UCD’s Nelson Gallery hosts ‘Out of Line’ exhibit on drawings

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of art making, yet artists continue to find ways to evolve the tradition. In UC Davis’ Nelson Gallery exhibit “Out of Line: A Show of Extended Drawing Practices,” artists are extending drawing into very large scale, and examining “the line” per se. The eight-artist exhibit runs from Sept. […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

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; www.dmtc.org, (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, www.capstage.org 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 ,