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 ,

Summer choir camp begins next week

Janie Howard Knudsen, director of the Davis Children’s Chorale, invites youths ages 8-14 to apply for a summer choir camp that runs weekly from June 11 through July 20. In addition to lots of songs, the camp will feature games and crafts. Singers of all skill levels are welcome. The four hours of instruction per […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Author to sign new mystery novel on Friday

Writer Catriona McPherson will sign copies of her latest novel “Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis. The book is the sixth in a series featuring the aristocratic amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver, set in Scotland during the 1920s. In this […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Enjoy a ‘Slice’ of regional art

This month, as we swing into gear following our successful Garden Tour last month, visitors may sense a burst of freshness at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Spurred on by a sudden opening in our exhibit calendar, as well as an overriding community interest in having a juried exhibit again, I […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Art sought for 23rd annual Community Hang-Up

The Pence Gallery invites artists 18 years and older to participate in the 23rd annual Community Hang-Up. This annual exhibition, on view July 13-Aug. 19, features artwork in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking and textiles. “The Community Hang-Up exhibit brings people together to see the work of their friends, uncovers budding […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Are you up for a dance challenge?

Still basking in the joy and excitement of the Dance Dance Davis flashmob earlier this month, Shelly Gilbride is throwing down a PDA: Public Dance Acts challenge. In collaboration with the Linda Bair Dance Company, this public dance act event has a higher degree of difficulty — not necessarily for the body, but for the […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

‘Henry V’ kicks off Davis Shakespeare Festival next week

The third annual Davis Shakespeare Festival will open this summer at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, featuring Shakespeare’s play about the triumph of one of Britain’s most legendary kings: Henry V. Attendees “will see valiant heroism up close as the worldly King Henry rallies his outnumbered army to defeat France on its home turf,” a […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Enjoy music with your wine in Winters

RootStock will jazz things up Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with the help of Midnight Jazz Trio. The jazz trio draws on talent from Davis to provide an array of classic jazz music: Tim Pia on trumpet, Robert Blake on guitar and Travis Bradley on bass. The group has a particular penchant for bossa […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Cultural performance benefits Team Davis

The NewStar Chinese School — which mounts an elaborate annual Chinese New Year show — will present a special showcase at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Proceeds will benefit Team Davis, the local nonprofit organization that helps enrich the lives of children and adults […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Peregrine School offers filmmaking workshops

Peregrine School is offering two intensive filmmaking workshops this summer for children ages 9 to 14. The workshops will include lessons in visual literacy, screenwriting, cinematography and editing. Each student will write an original screenplay of their own, while collaborating to produce the screenplay of their choice into a five- to 10-minute film. Participants also have ample opportunity to […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Sunflower artists to be honored at reception

NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the Alliance on Mental Illness, will hold a reception and awards ceremony for the 2012 Sunflower Art Competition from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza will be the master of ceremonies and will present prizes to the winners. […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,