Country stars join entertainment line-up at Dixon May Fair

Country music’s piano man and a former “American Idol” contestant-turned-country star will entertain thousands at the 137th annual Dixon May Fair. Fair officials announced this week that Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar will co-headline a concert in the fair’s arena on Friday, May 11. Pickler’s life has played out like a classic country song. From […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home': Droll search for the meaning of life

“Jeff, Who Lives at Home” 3.5 stars Starring: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong Rating: R, for profanity, sexual candor and drug use I love pleasant surprises. Ed Helms has a knack for finding indie dramedies with just the right blend of charm and offbeat quirkiness. He scored last year […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Picnic in the Park is back!

From left, Moira Eckert, 5, Madeline Zafonte, 5 and Adela Huey, 2, dance to the music of Blue Blazes at Picnic in the Park Wednesday in Central Park. Mother Nature smiled on organizers of the popular weekly festival by providing a relatively warm, dry evening for its 2012 return. The event runs from 4:30 to […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Kemmerling tickles the ivories on Saturday

Ken Kemmerling will play classic jazz standards on the piano from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. For more information, call (530) 792-8066 or visit

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

House concert benefits children of Haiti

N Street Music will host a benefit house concert for the children of Haiti on Saturday, March 31. The concert will feature a live band — T-Rosemond and the Ital Souls — a DJ, a silent auction and a Haitian art sale. Proceeds will benefit Zanmi Lakay, a grassroots group dedicated to improving quality of […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Photographic art on exhibit at Nelson

Can we still trust photography to tell the truth? Vanessa Marsh and Sean McFarland address this issue with separate suites of non-traditional photographic artworks in an exhibition, “Dreams of the Darkest Night,” opening next week at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis. A panel discussion is planned at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Hear Mike Justis perform solo at winery

Mike Justis, a longtime Davis resident and musician who usually performs with the Mike Justis Band, will take the stage solo Friday evening at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Guests will enjoy everything from folk to blues with their wine at the Friday Night Live concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Take […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Hear music in English and Haitian Creole at I-House

Roots rock and reggae songs in English and Haitian Creole will be performed Sunday evening at International House by T-Rosemond & Ital Souls. Featured performers are Daniel Korenblum, Bart van der Zeeuw, Warren Jones, Toby Seeger and April Seeger. Their concert, at 8 p.m., is part of the ongoing weekly Mid-Winter @ I-House series that continues […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Stalking the perfect white

Asparagus has arrived. Not just the beautiful bunches from the delta, which began the Farmers Market asparagus season several weeks ago, but, as of last week, the organic stalks grown in nearby Capay Valley. I bring them home on Saturday, toss with olive oil and salt and roast with some garlic cloves for just a […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

British a cappella group sings Saturday at Farmers Market

Out of the Blue, Oxford University’s premier all-male a cappella vocal group, will give a free concert from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday on the oak tree deck at the Davis Farmers Market. The market takes place in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The award-winning group was a finalist on the “Britain’s Got Talent” […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New book details life of pioneering American aviator in China during WWII

California author Greg Crouch will sign copies of his new book “China’s Wings” — which just entered the Los Angeles Times’ list of bestsellers in the hardcover nonfiction category — at 5 p.m. Sunday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. “China’s Wings” — which was just reviewed in the Wall Street […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

High school bands support Da Vinci senior trip

A concert featuring local high school bands — including Spectrum, 0% Juice, Simply City, Eluminati and Nat Lefkoff — is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Da Vinci High School, 1400 E. Eighth St. Tickets are $5 each. Proceeds raised at the event will support the Da Vinci senior class trip.

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Miracles come true for soaring, searing Milagres

By David Mays Milagres is Portuguese for “miracle” — and it’s nearly a miracle the Brooklyn-based quintet by that name found itself touring the country right now — including a stop Friday night at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St., Suite E, in downtown Davis. That’s because the group’s lead singer and songwriter, Kyle Wilson, […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Circus Oz brings comedy, acrobats, and a rock band to Mondavi

The Australian rock-and-roll circus, Circus Oz, comes to the Mondavi Center this weekend with a program called “Steampunk.” Don’t expect lions or tigers — this show features two hours of death-defying stunts and acrobatics featuring athletic human performers, woven together with irreverent comedy and a live electric band. The show is set in a romanticized […]

March 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,