Meet blind photographer at open house Sunday

Pete Eckert, founder of the Blind Photographers Guild, will show his work in May at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Eckert is internationally known and has won many awards. He will be honored at a free reception and open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The gallery […]

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Dance, dance, Davis

Piper Byun, 2, the daughter of flashmob organizer Shelly Gilbride of the UC Davis Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance, watches dancers twirl around her Wednesday evening in Central Park. An estimated 200 people ranging in age from elementary schoolchildren to senior citizens danced to the beat of “Bang Bang,” played by Jenny […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Origami artists gather Saturday at library

The Davis Origami Group will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Blanchard Room at Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis. First-time folders and more advanced folders are welcome. The first hour will be geared for beginners. For more information, email [email protected] or call (530) 753-6093.

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

‘Alternative vision': Whole Earth returns Friday

The 43rd annual Whole Earth Festival arrives Friday at noon with drumming and tie-dye, crafts and vegetarian-friendly goodness that locals and visitors have come to expect.

The event is set to include dozens of musical acts and speakers, about 160 crafts booths, 40 education booths and 17 vegetarian-friendly food booths.

For all the fun on the UC Davis Quad there also will be, as ever, a political undercurrent to the free, three-day event expected to attract about 30,000 people.

This year’s staff has selected the theme “The beginning is here” …

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

Feeling cooped up? Enjoy a clucking good time at ArtAbout

May’s Second Friday ArtAbout focuses on “Chickens, Barnyards & Bicycles!” in honor of the Tour de Cluck: A Bicycle Chicken Coop Crawl, which also will feature a silent art auction on Saturday, May 26, in Central Park. The ArtAbout is a monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in cowntown Davis and […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Crow Canyon rocks Luigi’s

Crow Canyon, the highly talented, revved-up trio rock band of Davis ninth graders (Riley Donahue, Nathan Puckett and Drew Thomsen), will rock Luigi’s Slice downtown Davis from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday night, May 18. Also playing is the newly re-grouped band, Under the Indecisive. Admission, for all ages, is $5. Visit for information.

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Mess With The Dress’ at Wild Wings

“Mess With The Dress,” an exhibit of photography and mixed media chronicling the tradition of trashing a wedding dress or prom gown after the big event, will be feted at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Nest Restaurant at Wild Wings Golf Course. Free appetizers will be served, and a no-host […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Birds featured at Winters reception

Everyone is invited to enjoy birds and bagels at the opening reception Saturday of “B-B-B-Birds the Word,” a mixed-media group exhibition hosted by Lamoreux Gallery, 9 E. Main St. in Winters. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, and the show will be up throughout the summer. The exhibition will feature color photographs […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

DHS drama students go ‘Out on a Limb’

The Davis High School drama department will present “Out on a Limb” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. The program includes “fun, short scenes,” a DHS spokeswoman said, and edgy comedy. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for students. All proceeds will go toward […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Airports, beers and taxes

I went to San Diego last Saturday to attend the Craft Brewers Conference. This has become, in a few short years, the largest annual gathering of brewers on the planet. There were more than 3,000 brewers, wannabes and suppliers at the fully sold out four-day event. Though my dear guide and I normally would attend […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Concert spans Haydn to Radiohead

Details Who: Magik*Magik String Quartet When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $30 general, $15 students;, (530) 754-2787 The San Francisco-based Magik*Magik String Quartet will give a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. This diverse foursome — a […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Sweet Nectar of Bass

I’ve been to a lot of concerts in my 32 years — from mainstream acts at large amphitheaters to underground basement shows and everything in between. But what I witnessed at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium last Friday night was the BEST SHOW I’ve ever seen. It may sound like hyperbole, but Bassnectar was that good. Blew […]

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Writers discuss challenging future trends at Whole Earth Festival

Two of this country’s most forward-looking writers — whose carefully researched books describing life in the future have won multiple awards — will speak Saturday at the Whole Earth Festival about where current trends might take us in coming centuries. Kim Stanley Robinson, a longtime Davis resident, and Paolo Bacigalupi, a Colorado author, will speak, take […]

May 09, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Honor Klisiewicz on her retirement

Mary Klisiewicz is retiring after more than 40 years of teaching music and directing choir at St. James School. A retirement party in her honor will run from 5:40 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the St. James Memorial Center, 1375 B St. in Davis. Dinner will be catered by The Buckhorn and there […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,