The Hunger Games: A heroine for the ages

‘The Hunger Games’ 3.5 stars Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland Rating: PG-13, for violence and dramatic intensity, all involving teens First, the crucial issue: Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen. Every physical characteristic, every delicately shaded emotional nuance. It’s as if Lawrence stepped off […]

March 25, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

For the record

Allison Scull and Victor Martin’s acoustic jazz-soul performance is Saturday, March 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St. in Davis. An incorrect date was published Friday.

March 25, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Wonder’s tunes come to Mondavi stage

The SFJAZZ Collective, which performed at New York’s Lincoln Center earlier this month, returns to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, with a program exploring the compositions of multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder. The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star eight-piece ensemble that highlights the original compositions of its annually rotating members and also […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Young @ Art celebration is Sunday

All are welcome to celebrate the arts Sunday at the annual Young @ Art family festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Choruses from Willett, Patwin and Chávez elementary schools will perform, as will the Emerson-Harper Advanced Orchestra. Artists George Grant and Heidi Bekebrede will […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Budget woes force two-day closure of libraries

Yolo County Library branches will be closed Sunday and Monday, April 8-9, as a result of state and local funding shortfalls. The affected branches are in Davis, Winters, West Sacramento, Clarksburg, Esparto and Knights Landing. “Yolo County Library’s online services will remain available during these closures,” Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong said in a news […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Folk, jazz, soul music warms up winery

Northern California’s eclectic acoustic, jazz-soul duo, Allison Scull and Victor Martin, will perform Saturday, March 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Rominger West Winery in Davis. Magnetic, warm and upbeat, their acoustic sound combines the sweet songs, vocals and guitar work of a singer-songwriter with old-school jazz saxophone melodies and great vocal harmonies. According […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Country stars join entertainment line-up at Dixon May Fair

Country music’s piano man and a former “American Idol” contestant-turned-country star will entertain thousands at the 137th annual Dixon May Fair. Fair officials announced this week that Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar will co-headline a concert in the fair’s arena on Friday, May 11. Pickler’s life has played out like a classic country song. From […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home': Droll search for the meaning of life

“Jeff, Who Lives at Home” 3.5 stars Starring: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong Rating: R, for profanity, sexual candor and drug use I love pleasant surprises. Ed Helms has a knack for finding indie dramedies with just the right blend of charm and offbeat quirkiness. He scored last year […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Picnic in the Park is back!

From left, Moira Eckert, 5, Madeline Zafonte, 5 and Adela Huey, 2, dance to the music of Blue Blazes at Picnic in the Park Wednesday in Central Park. Mother Nature smiled on organizers of the popular weekly festival by providing a relatively warm, dry evening for its 2012 return. The event runs from 4:30 to […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Kemmerling tickles the ivories on Saturday

Ken Kemmerling will play classic jazz standards on the piano from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. For more information, call (530) 792-8066 or visit http://monticellocuisine.com.

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

House concert benefits children of Haiti

N Street Music will host a benefit house concert for the children of Haiti on Saturday, March 31. The concert will feature a live band — T-Rosemond and the Ital Souls — a DJ, a silent auction and a Haitian art sale. Proceeds will benefit Zanmi Lakay, a grassroots group dedicated to improving quality of […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Photographic art on exhibit at Nelson

Can we still trust photography to tell the truth? Vanessa Marsh and Sean McFarland address this issue with separate suites of non-traditional photographic artworks in an exhibition, “Dreams of the Darkest Night,” opening next week at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis. A panel discussion is planned at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Hear Mike Justis perform solo at winery

Mike Justis, a longtime Davis resident and musician who usually performs with the Mike Justis Band, will take the stage solo Friday evening at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Guests will enjoy everything from folk to blues with their wine at the Friday Night Live concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Take […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Hear music in English and Haitian Creole at I-House

Roots rock and reggae songs in English and Haitian Creole will be performed Sunday evening at International House by T-Rosemond & Ital Souls. Featured performers are Daniel Korenblum, Bart van der Zeeuw, Warren Jones, Toby Seeger and April Seeger. Their concert, at 8 p.m., is part of the ongoing weekly Mid-Winter @ I-House series that continues […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,