Entries sought in clean air calendar art contest

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District invites local students to submit artwork to the 2013 clean air calendar contest. Twelve submissions will be selected for inclusion in district’s 2013 clean air calendar, which is distributed to schools and will be available at no charge at the Yolo County Fair. The students whose work is selected will receive […]

May 25, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

UCD Asian American Film Festival starts with free screening

A free screening of “Yes, We’re Open” will kick off an Asian American Film Festival at UC Davis next week. This year’s film festival theme is “Identity: Look Beyond the Surface.” The “Yes, We’re Open” screening will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Social Sciences 1100. This is the fourth feature film collaboration between director […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

‘The Avengers': Well-assembled

“The Avengers” Four stars Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Gwyneth Paltrow Rating: PG-13, for intense sci-fi action and violence No doubt about it: This is Whedon season. A few weeks ago, Josh Whedon helped redefine the entire horror movie […]

Sidewalk sounds

Cellist Stephen Brown of Sebastopol, visiting friends in Davis, plays on Second Street near The Avid Reader and Outdoor Davis last Thursday evening. Downtown is the place to be for all things cultural: a flashmob dance performance is planned at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in Central Park and the Second Friday ArtAbout — featuring gallery receptions, […]

May 09, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Emerson, Da Vinci students on stage

Emerson Junior High School’s drama department presents the Davis premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” This new musical is a parody of American musicals of the 1920s, and features a cast of performers from both Emerson and Da Vinci junior high schools. The show is directed by Gina Smith and Rachel Malin, […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Deadline nears for art exhibit entries

“Slice: A Juried Cross-section of Regional Art” is looking to showcase the best in art in all media by artists in California. The juried art exhibit will be on display at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St., from June 8 to July 8. There are no size restrictions, and the entry fee is $35 ($30 for […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

American Bach Soloists close out season with three classic cantatas

Check it out Who: American Bach Soloists When: 8 p.m. Monday Where: Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Tickets: $20-$53 general, $18-$48 students and seniors; www.americanbach.org, (415) 621-7900 The American Bach Soloists will wrap up their spring season in Davis on Monday at 8 p.m., at Davis Community Church,  412 C St. The festive program […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Young performers sought for ‘Music Man’ auditions

The Young Performers Theatre of the Davis Musical Theatre Company will host auditions for Meredith Willson’s theater classic, “The Music Man,” next week. Auditions will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, with select callbacks on Wednesday. Auditions are open to actors ages 7 […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Holoman to sign books at Sunday’s concert

Professor D. Kern Holoman, conductor emeritus of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, will sign copies of his new biography of conductor Charles Munch (published by Oxford University Press) at the orchestra’s concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. Holoman will be in the lobby at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UCD. Conductor Christian Baldini […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

For the record

Ben Cross, who will sing a solo at this weekend’s Davis Chorale concerts, is a seventh-grader at Harper Junior High School, not Holmes, as reported in Wednesday’s edition.

May 03, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Retiring band leader puts a coda on his career

Pay tribute What: Retirement reception in honor of band director Fred Lange When: Following the free Senior Concert, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., adjacent to DHS After many years — including countless concerts, band trips and […]

May 03, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Hear music on weekends at Monticello

Patrons at Monticello Cuisine will enjoy live music Friday and Saturday evenings throughout May. There is no cover charge. Bob Wren will play his octave mandolin and violin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25. On Saturdays, pianist Donna Wren can be heard from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 5, […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Ballinger plays Sunday at I-House

Singer/songwriter Erica Ballinger will perform at Sunday’s music series at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. She is known for her bold, precise alto voice, smooth jazz-rock guitar playing, and intelligent songwriting. “From heavy metal ballads to African-American spirituals, Ballinger presents a style uniquely her own, both subtle and engaging,” a news release said. The […]

May 03, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Don’t take or buy wine from strangers

On a recent visit to The Big City, I was taking in the sights and sounds and smells of the Ferry Plaza Farmers market when I noticed a sign on a vendor’s table: “I never buy food from strangers.” Although my parents’ admonition “Never take food from strangers” had to do with fear of child-snatching […]

May 03, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,