Learn to draw portraits at new Art Center class

A new session of “Portrait Drawing” begins Thursday at the Davis Art Center, taught by Marlene Lee. Students will learn to develop a likeness through an understanding of the facial proportion of the human head. Drawings will be done in charcoal or pencil, and students will use themselves and other students as models. Students should bring […]

February 28, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Band concert honors conductor Fred Lange

Check it out What: “Festivity of Bands” concert When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $12 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787 Bandleader Fredrick Lange — a graduate of the UC Davis music department in the 1970s, and the longtime leader of the band program […]

February 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Natsoulas to host authors’ event

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St. in downtown Davis, will host several local authors from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery. The guests will read short excerpts from recent publications and there will be food and wine, and lots of time to mingle and chat. This event is a […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Active older adults gather for discussion

Anyone interested in aging with good health and a positive attitude is invited to participate in the Active Older Adult Book Group at the Stephens Branch Library. The group meets from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 8, in the Blanchard Room at the library, 315 E. 14th St. Participants are invited to bring materials […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Library offers Nook digital download workshop

Those with a Nook digital reader can learn how to download library e-books at a workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. This session is intended for users of the Nook Simple Touch, Nook Color and Nook Tablet. Vicki Lorini, Barnes & Noble community […]

March 07, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

School Arts Foundation celebrates 30 years

The Davis School Arts Foundation will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration and Student Art Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Community members are invited to enjoy music performed by the Davis High School Jazz Choir and a string quartet from the high school led by award-winning […]

February 28, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

‘Act of Valor': Explosive but emotionally barren

“Act of Valor” Three stars Starring: Jason Cottle, Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez and a gaggle of “anonymous” SEALs Rating: R, for strong violence, torture and profanity  “Act of Valor” opens with a prologue, as its directors — Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh — explain their decision to use actual active-duty U.S. Navy SEALS in […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Two residents envision a new way into Davis

First impressions can mean everything.

That’s why two residents want to change how most people first meet the city of Davis.

When visitors exit Interstate 80 and travel north toward downtown, the industrial-looking Union Pacific bridge that looms over Richards Boulevard is the first thing they see as they enter the city.

Michael Bisch, co-president of the Davis Downtown Business Association and owner of Davis Commercial Properties, and Dr. Stephen Nowicki, of the Davis Developmental Pediatrics Group, want to transform that trip through the underpass …

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Songs offer comfort

Members of the Davis Threshold Choir, a volunteer service group, sings to Tina Greene, a choir member and songwriter. The choir honors the ancient tradition of women singing quietly at the bedside of people facing life’s ultimate challenges. When invited, the choir sings in small groups of two to five singers for people who are […]

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

Dance the night away

Tha Dirt Feelin will perform its own brand of energetic funk, soul, jazz and rock music at Sunday’s Mid-Winter @ I-House gathering, from 7 to 10 p.m. at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. The ongoing series of informal cultural exchanges of music, spoken word, art and food features an open microphone along with […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

High school students can learn to write plays in free Acme workshop

Acme Theatre Company invites ninth- to 12th-grade playwrights to join a whirlwind playwriting workshop starting Monday. “Intended for both first-time and experienced playwrights, this workshop is great if you are interested in writing new plays, but never seem to get around to it,” a news release said. “Together we will develop re-inventions of familiar stories, which may be performed by elementary […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Holoman’s new book illuminates career of conductor Charles Munch

Learn more Who: D. Kern Holoman will speak about and sign copies of his book, “Charles Munch” When and where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., and Sunday, May 6, at the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra concert at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts UC Davis music professor […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Davis High to host performance with orchestra, puppets

A musical performance of “Pinocchio,” complete with puppets, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The production is jointly presented by the Davis High School Orchestra, Art Grueneberger’s Puppet Art Theater Company and the Davis School Orchestral Music Association. The music is […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Blues legend plays next week at The Palms

Joe Louis Walker, a blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, will celebrate the release of his new CD, “Hellfire,” with a performance Saturday, March 3, at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Walker has been making music since 1986 and has toured worldwide. He has won four Blues Music Awards and has been nominated […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,