‘American Reunion': Diminishing returns

“American Reunion” Three stars Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eugene Levy, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Dania Ramirez Rating: R, for relentless crude and sexual content, profanity, nudity, brief drug use and teen drinking High school reunions, in great part trading on nostalgia, promise much […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Salsa dance will benefit foundation

The Davis Bridge Educational Foundation’s annual Salsa Dinner and Dance will take place Friday, April 27, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Dinner will be provided by Guadalajara Taqueria, live music by Zapato Viejo and dance instruction by Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness. Tickets are $50 each or $90 for a […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Award-winning film ‘Bicycle Dreams’ screens Monday at Varsity

“Bicycle Dreams,” the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America, will premiere at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in Davis, at 7 p.m. Monday as part of the film’s ongoing nationwide winter tour. The film “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” said Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

From ’60s Motown to the British Invasion, Lavette gives it her all

Details Who: R&B/soul singer Bettye Lavette When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 13 Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $25-$49 general, $12.50-$24.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 R&B/soul singer Bettye Lavette — who scored her first hit single  in the early 1960s, and has more recently found renewed acclaim applying her gutsy, husky […]

April 10, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Documentary highlights indigenous group’s triumph over big oil

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Larry Lansburgh will screen his film “Dream People of the Amazon” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. A discussion will follow. The screening is sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Living in Davis and The Wisdom Bridge, A […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Photographers will critique each others’ work

The next meeting of the Photography Club of Davis will be at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The club will critique member-submitted images with the goal of improving photographic techniques and skills. Images will be viewed and comments provided to assist the […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Alexie concludes book project with Mondavi talk

Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. His reverie on coming-of-age, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” is the 2011-12 Campus Community Book Project book. The book, written for a young adult audience, tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Davis Farmers Market cooks up special event for cookbook debut

When the Davis Farmers Market celebrates the debut of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” (Mirabelle Press, 240 pages, $24.95) on Saturday, it will be the first of several Market Cookbook Day events to showcase the publication. The celebration includes a dedication program from 9:30 to 10 a.m., featuring comments by co-authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Travel the world with I-House music series

From Rumi poetry to the reggae beat, guests at the International House’s Sunday night live music series are exposed to lots of different cultures and experiences.

That’s the idea, say producers James Williams and William Bruyette, and it’s been brought to life beautifully each week over the past couple of months by by talented singers, dancers and poets.

Designed as an informal cultural exchange of music, spoken word, art and food, the series is offered from 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays at I-House, 10 College Park in Davis.

Admission is free, but donations of any amount are appreciated. Refreshments are available for …

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Hear FluteSong Friday at winery

Live music by FluteSong, a quartet, will be featured at Rominger West Winery’s Friday Night Live event this week. The fun runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4. “Treat yourself to wine by the glass, starting for as little as $5, while enjoying live music,” a news release […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Folk musicians gather for a jam

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, on the Wyatt Deck on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join […]

April 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis films join dozens of others at local festival

A short feature by Davis filmmaker Samantha Howard, another short by festival organizer Judith Plank, two international short films and the award-winning “Who Bombed Judi Bari?” will be among the movies showcased at the ninth annual Davis Film Festival. The event takes place Friday and Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New Broadway musical examines growing up

The new Broadway musical “13” will grace the stage at the Woodland Opera House, opening Friday, April 20, and continuing Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 13. There will be an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Awash in a sea of wine bottles

In response to chef Tony’s having waxed nostalgic about the Chianti of his youth, wine-lover Sue brought a bottle of Chianti — complete with basket — to a Tuesday tasting at Monticello. I opened it on the spot and poured samples for the folks sitting at the bar. “Hey, I like this,” everyone said, including […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,