‘The Woman in Black': Laughably gloomy

“The Woman in Black” Two stars Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Liz White Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity and numerous scenes of young children in peril This film opens with such promise. Sherlock Holmes’ England comes to vibrant life at the hands of production designer Kave Quinn, and star Daniel Radcliffe seems fully […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Library hosts ‘Snowy Day’ reading

The Yolo County Library invites parents, caregivers and children throughout the county to a special event from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ezra Jack Keats’ ground-breaking book, “The Snowy Day.” Beth Wrenn-Estes will […]

February 07, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Help DMTC install new theater seats

Adults, teenagers and children are being recruited to help install new theater seats at the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive. DMTC received a donation of theater seats, described as “cushy” and “comfortable,” from Stand Out Talent in Roseville. The seats will be installed over the next three weeks and the […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Dance the night away Saturday at The Palms

The California Honeydrops and Arann Harris & The Farm Band will bring their fun, vibrant and danceable music to The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Saturday. Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of blues, gospel, New Orleans jazz and early R&B. With stellar performances of traditional material […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Photos bring Berryessa Snow Mountain region alive

A one-night-only photo exhibit exploring the undiscovered landscape of the Berryessa Snow Mountain region will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Featured photographers are Jim Rose, Andrew Fulks and Eric Machleder. The Berryessa Snow Mountain region includes more than 500,000 acres […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Cellist Sarah Fiene gives recital on Sunday

Cellist Sarah Fiene — a former member of the UC Davis-based Empyrean Ensemble and the Sacramento Philharmonic — will give an hourlong recital featuring music by Janacek, Schumann, Stravinsky, Piazzolla, Messiaen and American Mark O’Connor at 7 p.m. Sunday. The concert will take place at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. Fiene lives […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hot jazz, cool evening at the Coconut Grove

For one magical evening in March, the Davis High School Band Boosters will recreate the ambiance of the legendary Coconut Grove jazz club, where patrons can relax and enjoy dinner and a full evening of jazz entertainment. “An Evening at the Coconut Grove” is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Emerson Junior High […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Director offers insights into Nelson Gallery exhibit

Nelson Gallery director Renny Pritikin will lead visitors on an informal tour of the gallery’s current exhibition, “Poking at Beehives,” beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Also included in the discussion will be selections from the Fine Arts Collection on view at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis. “Poking at Beehives” features artists Peter Edlund, Leslie […]

February 07, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

A Wonderland of music Thursday at The Palms

Carolyn Wonderland brings vibrant blues and beyond to The Palms Playhouse on Thursday. A triple threat with her diverse songwriting, soulful vocals and guitar goddess status — all featured on more than 20 CDs, nine of which are solo releases — “she has a pedigree in this business that’s hard to match,” a news release […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘In the Next Room’ is a satisfying experience

Check it out What: “In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play,” presented by Capital Stage; contains adult themes and content When: Through Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays; with a special Valentine’s Day performance at 8 p.m. Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Pottery and Pickled Pig and Patrick

These days there are small craft breweries in all sorts of odd places. Of course, I expect to find small breweries in the larger cities of most countries and am rarely disappointed. After all, large cities are where the people live who will drink the beer and placing the brewery near the market always makes […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Popular Trocks return to Mondavi

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is one of the most popular dance troupes in the United States — they sold out their previous appearance at the Mondavi Center in 2010. This company of professional male dancers performs the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, achieving high comedy by incorporating and exaggerating the […]

February 07, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Fundraising concert ‘s Wonderful

Citizens Who Care presents its 20th annual benefit concert, “ ‘s Wonderful: The Great Lyrics of Ira Gershwin,” Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Ira Gershwin is best known for his work with his brother George — one of the most successful and prolific collaborations in popular music history.

Their many hits include “Fascinating Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “’S Wonderful,” “How Long Has This Been Going On,” “I’ve Got A Crush On You,” “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “A Foggy Day,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “Our Love Is Here to Stay.”

After George’s death, Ira worked with …

February 01, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

UC Davis art faculty’s work showcased at exhibit

It’s been a wonderful beginning to the new year at the Pence Gallery. Our exhibit, “Between the Quotes: Work by the UC Davis Art Faculty,” continues through Feb. 29. Spanning two rooms, the exhibit looks at recent work by 12 members of the art department, and includes paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and video by these […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,