Author of new novel speaks at bookstore

Neil Abramson, author of the novel “Unsaid,” will present his book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. As a veterinarian, Helena had mercifully escorted thousands of animals to the other side. Now, having died herself, she finds it is not so easy to move on. She is […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Author of adventure memoir speaks Tuesday

Francis Slakey, author of the new adventure memoir “To the Last Breath,” will discuss his book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St. in downtown Davis. Before Slakey, a Georgetown physics professor, set out to climb the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean, he had shut himself off […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Hear local children’s book author on Wednesday

“HUGE,” a children’s book set in Davis and the surrounding region, will be read by local author Stan Dundon, aka Dr. D, at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. Admission is free. Also present will be the book’s illustrator, Sophia Lu, a student at Harper […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Young Artists Competition expands with auditions on both coasts

The Young Artists Competition, an annual fixture at the Mondavi Center, will increase its national reach and funding for the 2012-13 season. During the coming season, the competition will feature regional auditions in Portland, New York City, Los Angeles and Davis. In addition, the grand prize award has been increased to $6,000. “Over the past seven […]

June 15, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

‘From the Top’ audition deadline nears

“From the Top” with host Christopher O’Riley, the popular NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking talent for a live concert recording this fall at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. The show is seeking talent for the live concert recording at the Mondavi Center. Application and scholarship information is available […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Gallery 1855 shows Gagliani photos

An all-new exhibition of original photographic work of Oliver Gagliani, including rare color dye transfer originals, will be at Gallery 1855 during June. Gagliani was a colleague of Ansel Adams, Paul Strand and the Westons, among other outstanding photographers of his time. His work hangs in the Smithsonian, the Oakland Museum of Art, the San […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Hear Marcia Ball at The Palms on June 28

Marcia Ball, touring in support of her Grammy-nominated CD, “Roadside Attractions,” will perform Thursday, June 28, at The Palms Playhouse in Winters. “Ball’s groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite of music fans everywhere,” a news release said. “Roadside Attractions” is her fifth CD with […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Lavender festival conjures images of France

How about a nice vacation to the south of France? Not in your budget? Fortunately, there’s an alternative close by that will spare your pocketbook. The Cache Creek Lavender Festival takes place this weekend in the blooming lavender fields of the Capay Valley. Featured are live music, wine tasting, crafts demonstrations, field tours (complete with pick-your-own […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Palms hosts Prophet for CD-release concert

San Francisco’s Chuck Prophet and his band, The Mission Express, will celebrate the release of his new CD, “Temple Beautiful,” Friday at The Palms Playhouse in Winters. In his 25-plus-year career, Prophet, 49, has established himself as a respected artist in the roots-rock pantheon — a sharp, prolific singer-songwriter whose songs cover the terrain of […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘The Intouchables': Guaranteed to touch your heart

‘The Intouchables’ Four stars Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet Rating: R, for profanity and drug use On June 27, 1993, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo — fifth son of Duke Pozzi di Borgo, and acting director of France’s Pommery Champagne — was seriously injured while paragliding. The accident broke […]

Enjoy contra dance this week

The last contra dance until fall will take place Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. A free lesson for beginners starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dance begins at 8 p.m. Newcomers will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. Contra dancing requires no partner and no experience, and there’s always […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Choreographed chaos

Students at Patwin Elementary School dance to “Jai Ho” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in a flashmob dance performance Wednesday for retiring Principal Michelle Flowers. All 400-plus students secretly learned the dance, choreographed by Denise Mathieu of Fiesta Dance n’ Fitness, and surprised Flowers with the performance. Wednesday also was Beach Day, so kids looked […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

DMTC announces bold new season of musicals

The Davis Musical Theatre Company’s just-announced 2012-13 season boasts a variety of jazz, classic musicals and a re-imagining of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” “We are calling this season ‘musical theater like you’ve never seen it before,’ ” said John Ewing, DMTC president. “We are offering things that have never been produced at DMTC, remounting old favorites […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Sugary sodas and sin taxes

At last, someone has tried to do something about it. It must have taken a good deal of courage to make the decision because the derision that followed from the babbling classes of all stripes and the late-night comedians was quite predictable. Perhaps I am the only person in the known world who will give […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,