UC Davis Orchestra greets new year with Elgar, Wagner

Details What: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, featuring soloist Jeremy Tai When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra’s next concert — at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall — will be a […]

January 24, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Singer/songwriter performs Davis house concert

Folk musician and singer/songwriter Andrew Calhoun returns to Davis to perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2613 Blackburn Drive. Calhoun is described as a master songwriter, guitarist and interpreter of traditional songs, and a warm, funny performer. His music is innovative and rooted in tradition, running the gamut of human experience and emotion. […]

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

SF Opera’s ‘Tosca’ screened at Mondavi

Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” — which premiered in Rome and London in 1900 — tells a story involving an idealistic artist, a celebrated singer and a corrupt police chief who become enmeshed in a tale of cruelty and deception. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and official hypocrisy, this opera never goes out of […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Poems of Emily Dickinson provide inspiration for new music

Visiting soprano Sarah Pelletier and pianist Lois Shapiro will perform in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theater at 7 p.m. Friday. Featured will be works that evoke Emily Dickinson’s unique poetic voice, including new music (incorporating her texts) by Eric Sawyer and UC Davis faculty composer Ross Bauer, and older music by Aaron Copland — all inspired by Dickinson’s […]

January 31, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Free family circus arts workshops set at Mondavi Center

Check it out What: Two circus arts workshops taught by MFA choreography candidate Kevin O’Connor When: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis RSVP: Email your desired session time and number of participants (maximum seven) to [email protected] Info: http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu By Janice Bisgaard If you’ve ever dreamed […]

January 24, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘Haywire': Trust nobody

‘Haywire’ 3.5 stars Starring: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano Rating: R, and needlessly, for action violence Movies are all about make-believe: our willing suspension of skepticism in exchange for a good time. We tolerate the impossible — varying degrees of the impossible, depending on […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Let’s Paint Poppies!’ with watercolorist Jan Foss

The Davis Art Center welcomes back one of its most popular art instructors, watercolorist Jan Foss, to teach a three-day workshop Jan 27-29. In “Let’s Paint Poppies!,” students will use different techniques to capture the beauty of three types of poppies. The first lesson focuses on painting the red Oriental poppy one petal at a […]

January 22, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Jazz Choir hosts three cabaret shows

The Davis High School Jazz Choir, under the musical direction of William Zinn with choreography by Cara Rains, is rehearsing and raising funds for a trip to New Orleans with the Jazz Band in April. The choir will present its 24th annual Jazz Choir Cabaret, “I Got Rhythm,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and […]

January 22, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

New book presents portrait of Woodland history

A new photo-centric book on the history of Woodland tells not only the story of a city, but also of the surrounding area through the eyes and photos of local residents. “Images of America: Woodland,” written and compiled by local geographers and history buffs Robin Datel, Dennis Dingemans and Thomas Krabacher, is a collection of […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

More download workshops set at library

Due to an overwhelming response to the digital download workshop earlier this month, two more workshops are planned in February at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Users of iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices are invited to attend the OverDrive Workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Davis High Idol contestants take the stage

Andrew Block, 16, a junior at Davis High School, sings “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars in rehearsal for Friday’s and Saturday’s preliminary Davis High Idol competition. The prelims start at 7 p.m. in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St., with the top 10 contestants advancing to the finals on Saturday, […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Art Center presents guitar 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. 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] The Davis Art Center presents […]

January 31, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Royal Philharmonic visits Mondavi with conductor Dutoit, pianist Thibaudet

Details What: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $50-$89 general, $25-$45.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 One of the world’s better-known orchestras — the London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra — visits the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall on Friday, Jan. 27, under the […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Thompson touts alternative Internet piracy bill

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, is among the co-sponsors of an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act, the prospect of which caused Wikipedia, WordPress and scores of other websites to go dark Wednesday in protest. With 21 House members and three senators, Thompson is pushing the narrower Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,