Gritty gangs, soaring love in ‘West Side Story’

Details What: “West Side Story” presented by California Musical Theatre When: Through Sunday, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento Tickets: Sold out, but inquire for turned-back tickets at the box office, (916) 557-1999 SACRAMENTO — From the […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘The Iron Lady': Sabotaged by a tin script

‘The Iron Lady’ 3 stars Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Alexandra Roach, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Farrell, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Head Rating: PG-13, for some violent images and fleeting nudity Here’s the thing: This film’s title notwithstanding, Meryl Streep’s phenomenal performance notwithstanding, the politically tinged reviews and commentary notwithstanding, “The Iron Lady” is not about Margaret […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Dance and sports’ common ground

Eight aspects of athleticism that are shared by both dancers and athletes will be showcased in the 2012 Davis Dance Project, “Athleticism & Dance,” to be presented next weekend at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop.

Performers will be members of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre, The Third Stage Dance Company and several guest dancers. The performances will explore the shared worlds of the arena and the theater — sports and dance.

In 1998, the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre first presented “Athleticism & Dance,” a combination lecture, demonstration and performance that explored eight aspects of what it means to be an athlete in dance and how dancers share a lot in common with football, basketball and baseball players, as well as wrestlers, gymnasts and long-distance runners.

“This year, we decided that it’s time to bring it back!” Trokanski said in a news release.

January 26, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Thursday Live! returns with Latin jazz

Davis Odd Fellows Thursday Live! returns next week from its holiday hiatus and will feature two local Latin groups — Yolo Mambo and Som Nosso. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Admission is free and beer, wine and sodas will be […]

January 26, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Bargain hunting with the big guys

I began my new year of wine reading with Jay McInerney’s A “Hedonist in the Cellar.” I hadn’t set out to find it, but it was on the shelf in the library, looked fun. Instant gratification. It is fun. Known primarily as a novelist (“Bright Lights, Big City”), McInerney also wrote, until the magazine folded […]

January 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Folk jam slated Friday at UCD Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyatt Deck on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Visit area museums for free, or half-price

After a record-breaking attendance of more than 115,000 visitors last year, 28 Sacramento area museums will offer free or half-price admission all day Saturday, Feb. 4, during the 14th annual Sacramento Museum Day. New this year, 26 of the 28 museums will offer free admission whereas two destinations in residential areas — the Sacramento Zoo […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Guitar magic featured at Davis Art Center series

Check it out What: Third annual Classical Guitar Ensemble Series: Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra, Trio 7, Mobius Trio, San Francisco Guitar Quartet When: 8 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 3, March 9, April 6 and May 4 Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Tickets: $15 general, $10 students/seniors, $5 kids 12 and under; www.brownpapertickets.com Info: (530) 756-4100; [email protected] Imagine attending a live […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

HellaCappella raises funds for American Cancer Society

HellaCappella, the eighth annual a cappella concert, will take place Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the ARC Pavilion on the UC Davis campus. Hosted by UCD’s all-female a cappella group, The Spokes, HellaCappella is a collaboration between a cappella groups of all shapes and sizes. Hailing from various Northern Californian universities, this year’s […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

She kissed a girl …

Jill Sobule, the funny, smart and provocative singer-songwriter who is perhaps best known for the 1995 single “I Kissed a Girl” and her song “Supermodel” from the soundtrack of the 1995 film “Clueless,” will be at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday. Her folk-inflected compositions alternate between amusingly ironic, story-driven character studies and emotive ballads, a […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

All-star cast brings Sherlock Holmes to life

Details What: “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” When: Through Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, plus 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Feb. 4 Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $25 general, $23 seniors/students, $12 youths 17 and under; balcony tickets $15 general, $7 children; www.woodlandoperahouse.org, (530) 666-9617 Sherlock […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Local volunteers head out of Davis into Africa

Check it out What: One-man play, “Manchild in the Wasteland” When: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday Where: International House, 10 College Park, Davis Tickets: $20 priority seating, $15 general admission, $10 students; proceeds benefit orphans in Tanzania Packing for an international trip is daunting. Packing for a trip to remote sections of Tanzania and […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Be my valentine

Children will layer paper and other media and pour on the love in a valentine’s craft-making session from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Artist Janice Purnell will lead the workshop, which is designed for all ages. The cost is $4 for Pence members […]

January 26, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Prize-winning pianist joins Alexander String Quartet to perform Dvorák

Hear more What: Alexander String Quartet and pianist Jon Nakamatsu When: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $49 general, $24.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 The Alexander String Quartet will welcome pianist Jon Nakamatsu as its guest on Sunday for performances of two chamber […]

January 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,