For Japanese quake victims, Davis songwriter is their ‘rising sun’

One year ago, Tracy Kaplan was watching her television, overwhelmed by the flood of images streaming into her living room from the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami: the initial gritty video of the earthquake shocks, the wall of water that swept away towns in seconds and finally, the rescue workers, both Japanese and […]

March 20, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Bands fill the air with music at Picnic in the Park

A complete slate of live music has been announced for the 2012 season of Picnic in the Park, which begins Wednesday. The fun runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, through Oct. 24. The concerts are sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op. March 21: Blue Blazes, rockabilly and blues […]

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

’21 Jump Street': Frequently stumbles

’21 Jump Street’ Three stars Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper Rating: R, for pervasive profanity, crude and sexual content, teen drinking and drug use, and violence Things must be pretty bad in Hollywood, if this is the week’s pick of the litter. Although not the […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

It’s picnic time again!

It may still feel like winter, but spring is just around the corner. Organizers of the Davis Farmers Market invite local residents to break out their picnic blankets because Picnic in the Park returns Wednesday. The family-friendly festival runs alongside the market from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 24 in Central Park, […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

YoloArts presents ‘Think Big’ for large-scale public art

Public art commissions can involve a variety of forms: from wall hangings to massive steel and stone sculptures and almost always involve a competitive process unfamiliar to many artists, some of whom would like to get in on the public art action. YoloArts will host a one-day workshop all about the public art process to […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Celebrate St. Pat’s with Irish dance

Local residents are invited to wear a bit o’ green and join a Ceilidh, an Irish dance and music festival, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday on the E Street Plaza, in the 200 block of E Street in downtown Davis. This St. Patrick’s Day event is free and open to all. It will feature […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Does your ‘Mamma’ know how much fun this musical is?

Check it out 
What: National touring company production of “Mamma Mia” When: 8 p.m.Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento Tickets: $19-$86; or (916) 557-1999 “Mamma Mia” may be the longest, fanciest paternity test on record. This musical, celebrating the music of the […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Baldini a finalist for international conducting prize

Conductor Christian Baldini of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will fly to Austria next month to conduct the Munich Radio Symphony in a concert in Salzburg on April 29. Baldini, 33, was one of three conductors picked as a finalist for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2012. (The other two finalists are the […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Indian dance groups take the stage

Two contemporary dance companies steeped in the tradition of India — but also participating in a wider outlook on the modern world — will visit the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef  Studio Theatre at 8 p.m. Wednesday. On one half of the program, dancer Rachana Yadav, a master of the Kathak style, will present a new solo […]

March 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

All welcome to hear DHS bands perform for adjudicator

The Davis High School Concert Band, under the direction of Clyde Quick, and the DHS Symphonic Band, under the direction of Fredrick Lange, will present their annual adjudication concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High, 315 W. 14th St. The unusual format of this special concert gives […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Exodus’ screening planned at library

As part of a two-month celebration of the founding of Israel, the Davis Interfaith Coalition For Peace and Justice in the Middle East will host a showing of part one of the classic and epic movie, “Exodus.” The movie will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Salsa Night benefits Bridge Foundation

Save the date! The Davis Bridge Educational Foundation’s annual Salsa Dinner and Dance will take place Friday, April 27, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Dinner will be provided by Guadalajara Taqueria, live music by Zapato Viejo and dance instruction by Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness. Tickets are $50 each or […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Young @ Art supports school programs

The Davis School Arts Foundation’s annual Young @ Art Celebration promises a day of fun for the whole family, with proceeds benefiting arts education in local classrooms. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. It will offer a diverse array of arts […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Enjoy international folk dancing at Art Center

The Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., offers an ongoing class in traditional ethnic dance from around the world on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. The basic format of the class is simple, warm-up dances followed by instruction and practice of newer, more challenging dances. The class is suitable for beginning through advanced students. After […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,