Library offers Nook digital download workshop

Those with a Nook digital reader can learn how to download library e-books at a workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. This session is intended for users of the Nook Simple Touch, Nook Color and Nook Tablet. Vicki Lorini, Barnes & Noble community […]

March 07, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

School Arts Foundation celebrates 30 years

The Davis School Arts Foundation will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration and Student Art Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Community members are invited to enjoy music performed by the Davis High School Jazz Choir and a string quartet from the high school led by award-winning […]

February 28, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

‘Act of Valor': Explosive but emotionally barren

“Act of Valor” Three stars Starring: Jason Cottle, Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez and a gaggle of “anonymous” SEALs Rating: R, for strong violence, torture and profanity  “Act of Valor” opens with a prologue, as its directors — Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh — explain their decision to use actual active-duty U.S. Navy SEALS in […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Two residents envision a new way into Davis

First impressions can mean everything.

That’s why two residents want to change how most people first meet the city of Davis.

When visitors exit Interstate 80 and travel north toward downtown, the industrial-looking Union Pacific bridge that looms over Richards Boulevard is the first thing they see as they enter the city.

Michael Bisch, co-president of the Davis Downtown Business Association and owner of Davis Commercial Properties, and Dr. Stephen Nowicki, of the Davis Developmental Pediatrics Group, want to transform that trip through the underpass …

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Songs offer comfort

Members of the Davis Threshold Choir, a volunteer service group, sings to Tina Greene, a choir member and songwriter. The choir honors the ancient tradition of women singing quietly at the bedside of people facing life’s ultimate challenges. When invited, the choir sings in small groups of two to five singers for people who are […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Dance the night away

Tha Dirt Feelin will perform its own brand of energetic funk, soul, jazz and rock music at Sunday’s Mid-Winter @ I-House gathering, from 7 to 10 p.m. at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. The ongoing series of informal cultural exchanges of music, spoken word, art and food features an open microphone along with […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

High school students can learn to write plays in free Acme workshop

Acme Theatre Company invites ninth- to 12th-grade playwrights to join a whirlwind playwriting workshop starting Monday. “Intended for both first-time and experienced playwrights, this workshop is great if you are interested in writing new plays, but never seem to get around to it,” a news release said. “Together we will develop re-inventions of familiar stories, which may be performed by elementary […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Holoman’s new book illuminates career of conductor Charles Munch

Learn more Who: D. Kern Holoman will speak about and sign copies of his book, “Charles Munch” When and where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., and Sunday, May 6, at the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra concert at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts UC Davis music professor […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Davis High to host performance with orchestra, puppets

A musical performance of “Pinocchio,” complete with puppets, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The production is jointly presented by the Davis High School Orchestra, Art Grueneberger’s Puppet Art Theater Company and the Davis School Orchestral Music Association. The music is […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Blues legend plays next week at The Palms

Joe Louis Walker, a blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, will celebrate the release of his new CD, “Hellfire,” with a performance Saturday, March 3, at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Walker has been making music since 1986 and has toured worldwide. He has won four Blues Music Awards and has been nominated […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Yolo Mambo plays at Happy Thursday

Yolo Mambo, a quartet specializing in spicy Latin, blues and pop, will perform at Rominger West’s Happy Thursday gathering from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The winery is at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Guests will sip on discounted wine by the glass and enjoy “California comfort food” from Stone Soup Catering. Composed of Catherine […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Blackbirds fly in Trinity County

Daughter Julian once dated a young man named Julian Brain. We called him “boy Julian” to distinguish him from “our Julian,” and he caused some consternation in a family who cared not at all about the gender, race or socioeconomic status of significant others but tended to balk at Republicans. Boy Julian’s father was “Dr. […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Get your golden ticket to see ‘Willy Wonka’

The youthful actors in the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre will present a “scrumdidlyumptious” musical, “Willy Wonka,” March 3-25 in Davis. This new stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s timeless classic, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” will take audiences into a world of “pure imagination” and is sure to delight fans of all ages. […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Ag and Art Project brings NEA chair to Yolo

Artists have long been drawn to the beauty of rural western Yolo County, but sometimes capturing that beauty meant risking life and limb.

Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain, who represents the sweeping, largely rural 5th District, recalls frequently seeing painters set up on the side of the road bordering his alfalfa fields.

“The dust and gravel would be flying everywhere and I’d go over to them and say, ‘You can go on the land,’ but they were always afraid of being chased off,” Chamberlain said.

Annie Main, who with her husband, Jeff, farms in the Capay Valley, said she, too, often heard about painters — usually women — working alone on the side of the road.

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,