A quirky double bill at Mondavi

Quirky singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III — who shot to fame with his earthy far-left field hit “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” in 1972 — will team up with acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. Wainwright’s idiosyncratic body of work includes 2010’s Grammy-winning […]

February 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The 2011 Oscar shorts: Tiny sparks, mighty flames

Oscar shorts Four stars Starring: all sorts of folks Rating: unrated, but certainly appropriate for all ages Oscar season — just a few weeks to go! — means it’s time for another cherished part of the annual ritual: the road-show program of Academy Awards short subjects. Until quite recently, access to these short films remained […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

It’s circus time!

Circa members Scott Grobe and Emma McGovern embrace in a dance on the shoulders of Jarrod Dewey as others rehearse maneuvers in The Pavilion at UC Davis on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for their performances Saturday and Sunday at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.mondaviarts.org.

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Salsa Night April 27 benefits Davis 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 […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Wineaux: How do I love thee? Let me count the wines

I love Davis. I love Rebecca. I love chocolate. I love my kids. I love my grandkids. I love wine. I love my friends. I love my neighborhood. (Unlike most folks polled about electronic use, I do not love my cell phone.) We use the word “love” to express such disparate feelings that it must […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

MFA candidates present choreographies

Two new back-to-back choreographies by graduating master of fine arts candidates Folawole and Kevin O’Connor will be showcased this month in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. O’Connor’s piece fuses live vocal, music, dance and aerial rope circus arts in an examination of what community means in contemporary society. […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Poetry comes to life through dance

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre and The Third Stage Dance Company are pleased to present, in collaboration with Davis Poet Laureate Allegra Silberstein, “Entering,” a performance of poetry reading and dance. The collaborative venture will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop’s in-house theater, 2720 Del Rio Place in Davis. […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Author will speak Sunday at Covell Gardens

Author Vicki Ward will speak about her book, “Life’s Spices from Seasoned Sistahs,” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in Davis. Her talk is free and open to the public. Black Issues Book Review describes “Seasoned Sistahs” as “a book that is peppered with candor, dabbed with sassiness and covered […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Teen’s artwork exhibited at clinic’s gallery

Sixteen brush and ink drawings with accompanying bilingual text that documents how social reform is changing the lives of Latinos are on exhibit this month at the Davis Community Clinic. The show, “Como Si Fuera Una Culebra/As If It Were A Serpent,” features the work of Henry Anker, a junior at Davis High School and a […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

A cappella show planned Friday at UC Davis

The Afterglow of UC Davis have a special show for Valentine’s Day coming up in coordination with the UC Men’s Octet of UC Berkeley. This joint concert at 8 p.m. Friday also will feature the UC Davis Spokes and UC Santa Cruz Hightones. “An Intimate Evening with the Glowmen” will take place in Sciences Lecture […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Spin Pop Boom’ will entertain families Sunday

The city of Davis Community Services Department presents “Spin Pop Boom,” an educational science presentation, at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The event features experiments in physics and chemistry, from volcanic reactions to spinning centrifugal-force demonstrations. Guests also will learn about the physical forces and molecular […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

If the shoe fits …

Choreographer Ron Cunningham’s “Cinderella” — which hasn’t been performed locally by the Sacramento Ballet since 1997 — returns to the stage this week with five performances at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. in Sacramento. Cunningham’s “Cinderella” has been seen in multiple cities around the world, and was the first American ballet to […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

South Indian classical music showcased

A lecture-demonstration by Sikkil Gurucharan, considered one of the pre-eminent performing artists of South India, will kick off the UC Davis Religious Studies Program’s third annual India Studies Lecture Series. Gurucharan will demonstrate and talk about South Indian classical music at 6 p.m. Friday, March 9, and give a concert with a violinist and a […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Avid Reader hosts ‘Edited for Death’ author

“Edited for Death,” a new mystery by Sacramento author Michele Drier, has been called “riveting and much recommended” by the Midwest Book Review in its January issue. The novel follows newspaper editor Amy Hobbes as she unravels a 60-year-old theft by a young GI in Heidelberg, Germany, in the waning days of World War II. […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,