Yolo Audubon Junior Bird Count set Jan. 22

The Yolo Audubon Junior Bird Count is planned on Sunday, Jan. 22. Local children ages 8 to 15 with an interest in birding are invited to participate. No knowledge of birding is required. Parents and volunteer drivers as well as leaders (of any age) with good local birding knowledge also are needed for the event. […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Funny ha-ha: Davisite hits it big with SF Sketchfest

The talent credits for the 2012 San Francisco Sketchfest read like a who’s who of modern comedy. Eddie Izzard, Drew Carey, Amy Poehler — the list of performers for the 17-day comedy festival (Jan. 19-Feb. 4) seems endless.

“We’ve over-programmed this thing like crazy. There’s so much going on at once,” Sketchfest co-founder Cole Stratton says with a pleased laugh when reached by telephone.

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Comedy | Tagged ,

‘Joyful Noise': An irritating din

‘Joyful Noise’ 2 1/2 stars Starring: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan, Courtney B. Vance, Dexter Darden, Jesse L. Martin Rating: PG-13, and too harshly, for brief profanity and a vague sexual reference It must be January; Hollywood is serving holiday leftovers again. Despite having its heart in the right place, this film […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Film follows bid to bridge cultures using King’s ideas

Being able to communicate is the key to understanding among people.

Few things are as frustrating as not comprehending someone — be it a child’s gibberish or a foreigner’s accent — except maybe not being understood yourself.

Attempting to explore humanity in a second language is an even more daunting task. This is the driving idea in the documentary film “Bringing King to China,” which will be screened Tuesday at UC Davis in 194 Chemistry Building.

The film follows American Caitrin McKiernan’s attempt to stage a production of “Passages of Martin Luther King” in the National Theater Company in Beijing …

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Youths invited to audition for ’13,’ work with Broadway composer

The Woodland Opera House will hold auditions for “13,” a new musical, at 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 22-23, at the theater at 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Callbacks will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Auditions are open to actors ages 12-18 who should come with a prepared song and the sheet […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Aaron Hurst as Claudio and Sydney Maguire as Hero share a dance during a rehearsal Wednesday of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Holmes Junior High School. Students will present a modern take on the William Shakespeare classic during three upcoming performances at the school. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, with all performances […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Crews start unwrapping Mondavi Center

Work crews began unwrapping the upper southeast corner of the Mondavi Center on Wednesday, as the ongoing water-sealing and retiling project that began last August moves toward completion. Since the Mondavi Center opened in October 2002, the building has experienced occasional leaks in access hallways and the box office during periods of heavy rain and […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Capital Public Radio adjusts format, with jazz and classical music sharing same frequency

Sacramento-based Capital Public Radio — which has a large following among Davis listeners — announced format changes on Wednesday that will go into effect Tuesday. Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ (90.9 FM), will now carry news and information programs 24 hours a day. In addition to the current lineup of flagship NPR programs like “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” KXJZ will […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Pay the piper, and hear him, at N Street concert

Dick Hensold will play a variety of pipes at an unusual solo instrumental concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the N Street Common House, 716 N St. in Davis. Tickets are $15, available at the door, or by emailing Toby Seeger at [email protected] Hensold is described as the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Wine resolutions for the Year of the Dragon

Not only is this my first column of 2012, it’s my last of the Year of the Rabbit. (You know, the year that was supposed to be calm and peaceful?) Chinese New Year comes early this time around, Jan. 23 instead of the first or second week of February. Too bad, because I usually punt […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Winters musicians featured at RootStock

Finding Fable, an acoustic trio based in Winters, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. Members are Lori Hawk, Sam Hawk and Michael Musial. Finding Fable plays a mix of originals and covers from bands like Led Zeppelin, Oasis and Crosby, Stills and Nash, as well as artists like […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Guitars aplenty featured in three-day festival at Mondavi

A three-day guitar festival at the Mondavi Center — sponsored by the UC Davis music department — will offer several free events as well as two formal evening concerts, featuring musical styles and influences ranging from classical to flamenco to jazz, as well as cutting-edge modern composition and music drawing on Asian tradition. Many different […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Monthly ArtAbout offers a feast for the senses

Art lovers and music lovers will gather Friday for the Second Friday ArtAbout in downtown Davis and beyond. The monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses is free and open to the public. Many events include complimentary refreshments and opportunities to talk with featured artists. For more information, visit www.davisdowntown.com or […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Learn to paint poppies at watercolor workshop

Lake Tahoe watercolor instructor Jan Foss will be in Davis to teach a three-day workshop Jan. 27-29 at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Foss has a gallery/studio in Incline Village and has taught students from all over the world to paint with watercolors. She has been painting and teaching for 26 years. In […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,