Shakespeare Reading Group tackles ‘Richard III’

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble welcomes all comers to a reading of “Richard III” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, upstairs at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is necessary, just a willingness to read, learn and play. Admission is $10 general and $8 for students. RSVPs are […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Autumn Sky, jazz duo featured at winery

Pop, folk and indie artist Autumn Sky will perform at Rominger West Winery’s Friday Night Live event this week. Guests are invited to enjoy wine by the glass and music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4, in Davis. Sky, 22, plays many instruments and has won awards for […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Mendez brings flamenco tradition back to Davis

Kina Mendez, a flamenco singer and dancer from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, will return to Davis for a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Tickets are $13 in advance, available by calling (530) 867-1032, or $15 at the door. For more information, email [email protected] […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sinatra songs showcased at choral concert

“My Way: Songs of Frank Sinatra” is the theme of a fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, by the West Valley Chorus and the Pioneer High School Choir. In addition to the high school singers, the show features the 35-man chorus, the Davis/Vacaville/Woodland chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, directed by Ollie Brilhante. The chorus […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Origami artists will gather at library

The Davis Origami Group will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. First-time folders and more advanced folders are welcome. The first hour will be geared for beginners. For more information, email [email protected] or call (530) 753-6093.

April 01, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

High school musician follows his passion

Da Vinci High School senior Nat Lefkoff began his music career as a young boy. The young artist, who had an affinity for words and storytelling, recorded his first song, “One Inch Tall,” with his dad when he was in the first grade, then started guitar lessons in the third grade. “I’ve always liked music […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Sneak preview session set for Yolo Youth Choir

An eight-week session of the new Yolo Youth Choir is planned for April 26 to June 7, with weekly Thursday rehearsals from 4 to 5 p.m. at Barbara’s Dancing Tonight. The youth choir classes, open to all kids ages 8 to 14 without audition, will culminate in a community Singing Bee on the evening of […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hear McDougall Saturday at Sophia’s

McDougall, a Portland-based Americana/folk-rock one-man band, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in downtown Davis. His current concert tour supports McDougall’s forthcoming full-length album, “A Few Towns More,” set for national release April 10. Admission Saturday is $5. Following McDougall on stage at Sophia’s are J.P. Harris & […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Ukulele is front and center with The Paul Hemmings Uketet

The ukulele has been riding a wave of resurgent popularity in recent years, due in large part to its increasing use in popular music and its widening acceptance as more than a novelty instrument. But while many of the current crop of ukulele players focus solely on technical virtuosity, few have incorporated the sophisticated language […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: From sorghum beer to clear beer

It does not happen often but I am always pleased when I know something before I read it in The Economist or Time or USA Today or the New York Times Book Review or The Bee. Such an event just happened. The occasion also would please my mother who, superstitious as she was, believed that […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Hear Putah Creek Crawdads twice this week

The Putah Creek Crawdads invite fans to two public performances this week: on Thursday evening at Rominger West Winery and Saturday morning at the Davis Farmers Market. Crawdads members are Cap Thomson, Chip Northup, John Rominger, Kate Laddish, Marc Faye, Ray Coppock and Wayne Ginsburg. The Happy Thursday event runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Campus gears up for book project

The UC Davis Campus Community Book Project is building toward a visit by author Sherman Alexie. This year’s selection is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Alexie’s award-winning, semi-autobiographical novel. His visit on Wednesday, April 11, follow’s UCD’s 40th annual Powwow and Native American Culture Days. “Part-Time Indian,” written for young adults, won the National […]

March 28, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Yolo Mambo plays Friday in Winters

YoloMambo, a quartet specializing in spicy Latin, blues and pop, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Composed of Catherine LeBlanc on vocals, Phil Summers on the nylon-string guitar, Carla Campbell on percussion and Steve O’Neill on the upright bass, Yolo Mambo’s sound brings to mind […]

March 28, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Project seeks tales of UC tuition hike’s impact

A new project from the UC Davis Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance hopes to collect stories from families who have been affected by University of California tuition increases. The project is seeing to “uncover and share these stories of resilience, courage, hardship and struggle — the realities of everyday life in difficult […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,