Miracles come true for soaring, searing Milagres

By David Mays Milagres is Portuguese for “miracle” — and it’s nearly a miracle the Brooklyn-based quintet by that name found itself touring the country right now — including a stop Friday night at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St., Suite E, in downtown Davis. That’s because the group’s lead singer and songwriter, Kyle Wilson, […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Circus Oz brings comedy, acrobats, and a rock band to Mondavi

The Australian rock-and-roll circus, Circus Oz, comes to the Mondavi Center this weekend with a program called “Steampunk.” Don’t expect lions or tigers — this show features two hours of death-defying stunts and acrobatics featuring athletic human performers, woven together with irreverent comedy and a live electric band. The show is set in a romanticized […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

All ages invited to hear Octopretzel

Octopretzel, a children’s band, will perform a family-friendly concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 2-12; kids under 2 are free. The event is hosted by Gan Haverim Preschool, Congregation Bet Haverim and the PJ Library, […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Evening of eco-films planned March 26 at library

Big Screen Cinema will present an evening of films on Monday, March 26, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis. Screenings will include the feature film “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” along with three shorts — “Portrait of a Winemaker,” “Sekem Vision” and […]

March 20, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Emeritus history professor presents new book on Germany

William W. Hagen, a professor emeritus in the UC Davis history department, will speak about his new book, “German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation,” on Saturday, March 31, at The Avid Reader. His talk runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Hagen’s book […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Grimm or not, Ballet Preljocaj knows how to tell a story

I grew up reading fairy tales — the real ones — before political correctness and cultural “sanitization” took place. They were stories of love and terror, of cruelty and revenge, of retribution and atonement. Good ultimately conquered evil, although there was often a price to pay, by both victim and perpetrator. Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj understands […]

March 20, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Enjoy Plainfield Pickers at Happy Thursday

Live music by the Plainfield Pickers, discounted wine by the glass and tasty fare from Stone Soup Catering will be featured at Rominger West Winery’s Happy Thursday celebration Thursday. The fun runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4. The quartet, a local Western swing and bluegrass band that […]

March 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Popular tabla artist Zakir Hussain returns with traditional ragas

Tabla player Zakir Hussain returns to the Mondavi Center on Thursday and this time, he will be focusing on the music and dance of his homeland — India. Hussain first played at Mondavi in 2008, as part of  Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s Global Drum Project, which incorporated percussion artists from Nigeria and Puerto Rico […]

March 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Beer Brothers return to RootStock

RootStock welcomes back The Beer Brothers from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The acoustic duo features local musicians Bob Vollmer and Wayne Rigot, who have been playing music together for many years with groups such as 48 Straight, the RB&C Band and Casualties of Friendship. They play songs […]

March 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Dine out downtown for a musical cause

Local residents are invited to enjoy pizza and frozen yogurt on Sunday in downtown Davis in support of the Davis Schools Orchestral Music Association. From 4 to 8 p.m., Cultivé, 231 E St., will donate up to 25 percent of its sales from customers who mention the fundraiser or present a flier. The same deal […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sign up now for Davis Community Folk Orchestra

Are you an acoustic musician looking for a low-key, friendly group that plays traditional folk music from all over the world? The Davis Community Folk Orchestra, a class offered by the Davis Adult School, is looking for sign-ups right now. All levels of musical skill are invited, from beginning to advanced. Classes meet from 6:30 […]

March 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Theater students will present ‘Wizard of Oz’

The Davis Art Center still has a few openings in a youth theater class that will present a performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” All participants are guaranteed a significant speaking part in this class designed to empower creative expression, develop poise, facilitate communication skill and develop acting skills. Experiential exercises will include improvisation, characterization, acting technique, voice, story analysis, movement and […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Certificates of merit presented to young musicians

Following statewide tests that concluded earlier this month, the Music Teachers’ Association of California awarded certificates of merit to 275 piano, viola, violin and cello students from 22 music studios. The awards were made after live auditions and ear-training and music theory tests in Davis. The goals of the certificate of merit are: * To […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hear Cape Breton Island fiddler in concert Saturday

Playing traditional and original tunes, Cape Breton Island fiddler Andrea Beaton will be joined by fellow Nova Scotia native Troy McGillivray in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Cape Breton’s fiddle music was brought to North America by Scottish immigrants during the Highland Clearances. It is highly accented, with […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,