Experience Kenyan folk music at I-House concert

Local residents are invited to start the new year with folk music from East Africa at a concert by Kamatana, a musical duo from Kenya, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 The group will perform at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. “Dominic Ogari and Samwel Osieko will share the traditions and sounds of Kenya […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Nelson Gallery showcases artists who focus on understanding nature

What brings together the work of Peter Edlund, from Brooklyn via San Francisco; Fred Tomaselli, also from Brooklyn via Los Angeles; and Leslie Shows, from San Francisco via Alaska; all at one time in Davis? All three revel in the natural world and make art that seeks to find a way to understand the human […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Gospel DJs feel the spirit, especially on Christmas

How do you measure a volunteer’s personal dedication? There are many different ways. For volunteer gospel disc jockeys Bobby H and Dr. Kwame, the definition includes getting up before dawn on Sunday morning — every week — and coming to the basement studios of campus/community radio station KDVS on the UC Davis campus. There, they […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo': Not tough enough

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” 3.5 stars Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright, Steven Berkoff, Joely Richardson, Yorick van Wageningen Rating: R, for brutal violent content, rape, torture, strong sexuality, nudity and profanity David Fincher exhausts all his creative juices on this film’s opening credits. The director who disturbed […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Favorite Time of Year

It’s my favorite time of year. No, not Christmas- it’s time for top-albums-of-the-year. This year I’m going off the pop-culture grid, avoiding all music blogs, focusing on my favorites albums. This way you’re privy to lesser known albums not part of the music elite consensus. You may love these or hate ‘em but at least […]

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DHS grads ‘pay it forward’ to support Jazz Band

Details What: Concert benefiting the Davis High School Jazz Band’s spring trip to New Orleans When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students In June 2010, students Jon Hatamiya, Colin McDaniel, Erik Maroney and Neil Heaton donned caps and gowns and received diplomas at […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Celebrating uncles at Christmastime

There are always uncles at Christmas; the same uncles. I had lots of uncles, all Welshmen, mostly huge men with prodigious thirsts and sometimes not easy to be with. I mostly knew them through family gatherings at holidays (and weddings and funerals) and Christmas. Most were beer men, extraordinary drinkers, a few owned pubs or […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Celebrate the holidays at Davis Farmers Market

Holiday music will fill the air at the Davis Farmers Market on Christmas Eve morning. The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Performers are Fifteen Strings, Jazzy Horns, violinist Kate Saylor, Grace Valley Carolers, Valley Brass, Eclectic Garden, Peter Franklin Band and Steve Hamilton. New […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

UCD faculty’s art on display at Pence

On view from Jan. 11 through Feb. 29 at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis, “Between the Quotes: Work by UC Davis Art Faculty” features new work by 12 members of the renowned UCD art department. Expanded in scope from the Pence’s faculty exhibit in 2006, “Between the Quotes” offers the community […]

December 22, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Brazilian people featured in photos

An exhibition of framed photographic works of Jean Ross featuring the people of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, will be on display at Gallery 1855 throughout January. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The public is invited to a free open house and reception for the artist from 1 to 4 […]

December 22, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Lathe instructor shows her work at Craft Center Gallery

The Craft Center Gallery at UC Davis presents “My Turn, Revolutions in Wood and Glass” featuring works by Craft Center lathe instructor Dorothy Brandon, on exhibit Jan. 9-Feb. 10. A reception in Brandon’s honor will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in the South Silo building on the UCD campus. The Craft […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

‘Rain’ aims to transport audiences to Beatles’ era

Check it out What: “Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles” When: Dec. 27-Jan. 1, at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and 3 p.m. Friday Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Tickets:$19-$83; (916) 557-1999 or (916) 808-5181; www.tickets.com “Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles” pulls into Sacramento next week (Dec. […]

December 22, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Be among the first to buy a market cookbook

Gift cards — redeemable for a signed copy of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” (Mirabelle Press, $24.95) — will be on sale Saturday at the market shed at Third and C streets downtown. “When it makes its debut in March, ‘The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook’ is going to rate a top spot on bookshelves of […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

‘Mission Impossible': Fourth time’s the charm!

“Mission Impossible” Four stars Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Léa Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson Rating: PG-13, for intense action and violence Four films into this series, and we finally get a director/writing team willing to acknowledge the classic TV show’s longtime viewers, while still delivering the improbably ferocious, stunt-laden action […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,