Cellist Maya Beiser returns to Mondavi with new music inspired by Spanish golden age

Cellist Maya Beiser — who delighted a Mondavi Center audience in 2007 with her concert program “World To Come” — returns on Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m. with a program of new music that draws multicultural inspiration from distant times. The music on Beiser’s current concert program “Provenance” — which is also the title […]

April 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

LA’s Lyris String Quartet visits Mondavi on Saturday

The Los Angeles-based Lyris String Quartet performs Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre — part of the group’s current visit to UC Davis as artists-in-residence in the music department. The Lyris String Quartet was founded in 2008. The group members are violinist Alyssa Park (who shot to fame in 1990 […]

April 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Auburn Symphony to play Russian favorites at Mondavi

The Auburn Symphony — which travels “down the mountain” annually to perform in the resonant acoustic setting of  the Mondavi Center — will present an all-Russian program on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. in Jackson Hall. On the program will be: The “Festive Overture,” written in 1954 by Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. This brassy, […]

April 25, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Toy Story’ series featured in summer mini-musical camps at DAC

An animated classic is at the heart of the Davis Art Center Manville Mini-Musicals summer mini-camps, directed by Mindy Manville and choreographed by Breanne Frady. Mini-Musicals teach youngsters how to stage the song and dance portions of familiar shows and movies. This summer’s mini-camps kick off with a high-energy version of songs from all three […]

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

98th annual Picnic Day was fun in the sun

Thousands of visitors turned out for the university’s annual open house featuring animal events, live music performances, children’s activities, department exhibits and more.

After a wild and wet spring, the sun is expected to shine Saturday, hitting 87 degrees and bringing smiles to the faces of UC Davis students who have spent much of the past year organizing Picnic Day, the campus’ 98th open house. The event got its start in 1909, when the then-University Farm invited folks from the community to check out its dairy barn.

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

DMTC hosts talk by daughter of Titanic survivors, wine tasting

Joan Randall, the daughter and granddaughter of Titanic survivors,  lecture titled “In Search scheduled for tonight at the Davis Musical Theater Company Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive, was cancelled due to low ticket sales. Randall, whose mother was 4 when the ship sank, has spent years piecing together her family history. She took a […]

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMA screens ‘YERT’ on Tuesday

The award-winning movie “YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip): 50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage?” is a docu-comedy that screened to much acclaim in Davis on March 24 at a Cool Davis event. For those who missed it, Davis Media Access will show “YERT” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. DMA, at 1623 Fifth St., is the nonprofit […]

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Rainforest film to be shown Sunday at UCD

In keeping with the goal of Earth Day, a unique art-science fusion program titled “Mentawai: Listening to the Rainforest” will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday in the UC Davis Main Theatre. The event, free and open to the public, is affiliated with the UCD department of theater and dance and the UCD Art/Science Fusion […]

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wine tasting offered Sunday at Elevation Ten

Applegate Dance Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with a special wine tasting at Elevation Ten in Clarksburg from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Applegate Dance Company is a local, nonprofit organization directed by Davis native Lisa Applegate-Zimanyi. This year, ADC is celebrating its 20th season of supporting youth in the region with quality […]

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Merry glow-round

UC Davis students Bicky Singh and Amanda Bahamonde experience the 
centrifugal force of the Himalaya ride Thursday night at carnival that continues today through Sunday at the vacant Hunt-Wesson Cannery grounds at 
Covell Boulevard and J Street. The carnival is a fundraiser for Emerson and Da 
Vinci junior high schools for their library technology upgrade. […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

The Raid: Redemption — It’ll leave you breathless

‘The Raid’ Four stars Starring: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Yayan Ruhian, Ray Sahetapy, Doni Alamsyah, Pierre Gruno Rating: R, for profanity and relentlessly brutal, bloody violence This sucker hits the ground running — literally — and never lets up. Cinema has a grand tradition of stylish few-versus-many action thrillers, with notable highlights including “Zulu,” “Rio Bravo” […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sac State students produce One-Acts

Sacramento State’s Dramatist Society presents four one-act plays produced by students. Performances consist of two plays each. “Birdbath” and “The Game” will be staged April 24 to 28, and “The Bear” and “Best Foot Forward” are May 1 to 5. Performances are at 6 p.m. each night, plus a 2 p.m. matinee April 28 and May […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Movie highlights power of vegan diet

Big Screen Cinema will have a free screening of “Forks over Knives” on Monday, April 30, in the Blanchard Room of the Davis Public Library, 315 East 14th St. at 6:30 p.m. The documentary film traces the journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Waldorf School hosts May Faire Celebration

Davis Waldorf School invites the community to attend a spring celebration on Saturday, with games, food and festivities, including a May King and Queen and a traditional maypole dance. The May Faire celebration opens at 9 a.m. for garland-making, hair-braiding and treats from the school’s bakery. The maypole procession performed by Waldorf students begins at […]

May 01, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,