Davis High, Holmes orchestras, cellist Cho receive Downbeat awards

The Davis High School Symphony Orchestra, the Holmes Junior High Advanced Orchestra, and cellist Eunghee Cho, a senior at Davis High School, were recognized this month with awards from Downbeat Magazine. The awards were announced in the magazine’s June issue, currently on newstands. Cho was selected as a winner in the High School Classical Soloist […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

See ‘Avatar’ under the stars at UC Davis

The Arboretum Ambassadors and UC Davis Entertainment Council present Movie Night in the Arboretum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn at Lake Spafford, next to Mrak Hall. Bring a blanket and enjoy the Academy Award-winning movie “Avatar” under the stars. There is no charge for the movie; parking is available for $7 in Visitor […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Library gift will boost history, geography, biography collections

The Yolo County Library has received a $40,000 donation from Frederick J. Simoons in memory of his wife, Elizabeth Stadler Simoons, a former Yolo County Library branch manager and assistant county librarian. The donation will be used to enhance the history, geography and related biography collections at the Stephens Branch Library in Davis. Elizabeth Simoons […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Don’t miss ‘Jazz-N-Pops’

Davis High School Jazz Choir members — from left, Bryce Vaewsorn, Elizabeth Kubey, Hailey Wright and Ben Alpers — invite local residents to “Jazz-N-Pops,” the final DHS choral concert of the year, featuring the Jazz and Concert Choirs. Performance time is Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 […]

May 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Food, fun and fireworks at Celebrate Davis!

Every now and then, we take time to celebrate what’s great about our community. Thursday’s Celebrate Davis! festival, sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce, offered just such an opportunity, drawing thousands of people to Community Park for an evening of food, fun and fireworks.

The annual event reminds us what’s so wonderful about living, working and playing in Davis. It features more than 100 booths showcasing local businesses and nonprofits, food, music, children’s games and an aerial fireworks show, presented this year by the University Retirement Community.

A dunk tank provided an extra wave of fun, as local politicians, coaches, business leaders …

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

‘Battleship': Deserves to be sunk

“Battleship” One star Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Liam Neeson, John Tui Rating: PG-13, for intense action violence, mayhem and profanity “Battleship” is a movie for folks who found the “Transformers” flicks too intellectually challenging. Erich and Jon Hoeber’s laughably moronic plot would make a great discussion topic in a […]

Country concert raises funds to support Woodland coaches

The Woodland Schools Foundation and 101.9 The Wolf will present a fundraising concert dubbed “Country for Coaches” on Friday, June 1. The event features country star Kip Moore (“Something ‘bout a Truck”), American Idol finalist Bucky Covington, Due West and Jon Pardi. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Yolo County Fairgrounds on Gum Avenue […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UCD Jazz Bands play May 30

The UC Davis Jazz Bands, directed by Delbert Bump, will present their spring quarter concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and children, available at www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787.

May 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Chamber Orchestra performs in Esparto

The VITA Chamber Orchestra will present a concert in the Capay Valley at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in Esparto High School’s auditorium, 17121 Yolo Ave., Esparto. Conductor Pete Nowlen and the VITA Chamber Orchestra will be joined by students of the VITA-sponsored Esparto K-8 violin, choir and music classes for a concert titled “Voices […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Sign up now for summer theater workshop

The Davis Musical Theatre Company will offer its annual Summer Youth Theater Workshop for students ages 7-17, beginning Monday, July 9. The workshop will be taught by Helen Spangler and DMTC co-founder Jan Isaacson. Students will learn the basics of acting, singing, dance steps, vocal projection and other basic performing skills through theater games, improvisation […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis High orchestras wrap up their season

All three of the orchestras at Davis High School will greet the coming conclusion of the academic year with a finale concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Featured will be the Baroque Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra, under the direction […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Holmes orchestras perform Wednesday

The Holmes Junior High School orchestras, under the direction of Angelo Moreno, will wrap up their spring season with a finale concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The free concert will feature both the Holmes Intermediate Orchestra and Advanced Orchestras, performing selections by […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

History underpins local author’s new book

Katherine Longshore may be a new author on the young-adult scene, but she’s certainly not sticking to the genre’s standard locales. “Gilt,” Longshore’s first book, is set in the court of King Henry VIII, and starts off what will be a series of books depicting the rise — and fall — of some of England’s […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

NAMI invites sunflower art for 10th annual contest

Calling all artists! June 1 is the deadline to enter the 10th annual sunflower art competition sponsored by NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental illness. The competition is open to people of all ages and abilities. Artwork must be delivered to the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., between 2 and 7 p.m. […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,