New works by local composers featured by Empyrean Ensemble

The Empyrean Ensemble — the professional ensemble based at UC Davis that focuses on presenting edgy new music in concert — will perform several pieces exploring ways to use words and music in a concert on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. The multi-disciplinary “Conference of the Birds […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ shakin’ up Sacramento

There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on over at the Sacramento Community Center. A lot of grey haired people are dancin’ and clappin, whoopin’ and hollerin’ like it’s 1956. And, in fact, it is. On stage, that is. “Million Dollar Quartet” recreates a famous night shortly before Christmas in 1956 when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Make a mad dash for Picnic in the Park

Rock and roll, from oldies to current top-40 songs — will fill Central Park on Wednesday, April 25, as Mad Dash plays at Picnic in the Park. The music, sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op, runs from 5 to 8 p.m. alongside the Davis Farmers Market. Band member Michael Gregory writes the band’s original material […]

April 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Take a trip down the rabbit hole with DMTC’s ‘Alice’

Heed the White Rabbit’s advice, and don’t be late! The Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre invites local audiences to take a trip down the rabbit hole as it brings Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s classic, “Alice in Wonderland,” to life on stage. This musical adaptation features a mad tea party, talking flowers and a […]

April 24, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Folk music jam session set at Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Wyatt Deck in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Blind photographer’s work goes on exhibit

Pete Eckert, founder of the Blind Photographers Guild, will show his work in May at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Eckert is internationally known and has won many awards. He will be honored at a free reception and open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13. […]

May 03, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Performers Circle meets Monday evening

James Smith and Friends — Jamie Knapp, Rick Palkovic, Goran Muhlert and Lucas Silva — will be the featured act at Monday’s Village Homes Performers Circle gathering. The free monthly open-mic event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. The featured act will play at about […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sign up soon for summer theater camp at Woodland Opera House

The Woodland Opera House is taking registration for its youth summer theater camp, Show Biz Kidz. The program is designed to be an introduction to theater performance for area youths ages 5 to 18. Students will spend four weeks studying musical theater techniques, including, singing, dancing, voice projection, characterization, theater terminology, theater etiquette and professionalism. […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Wineaux: The taxing task of choosing the perfect splurge

My friend and fellow wine-lover Mary emerges this time of year from her months-long confinement. Neither illness nor crime keeps her house-bound. The culprit? Tax season. She’s an accountant. As I write, she’s still chained to her desk, but by the time you read this, she’ll be able to join me for dinner, work on […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

C’mon, Davisites, get up and dance!

Davis residents of all ages are invited to join Dance Dance Davis, a community dance project organized by Shelly Gilbride, Ph.D., a theater and dance alumna and local arts consultant and dancer. Gilbride seeks to recruit at least 100 Davisites to celebrate the joy of dancing and the adventurous spirit of Davis, which will culminate […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Taste honey varieties on Picnic Day

Picnic Day visitors are invited to taste six varieties of honey from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Briggs Hall courtyard on the UC Davis campus. Honey from California buckwheat, avocado, eucalyptus, sage, orange, and cactus will be provided free by honey bee guru Eric Mussen, an extension apiculturist with the UCD department of […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

Drama students enter the home stretch for Scotland trip

The drama students at Davis High can see the light at the end of the tunnel in their drive to raise nearly $150,000 for their summer trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. They will present their updated production of the classic Molière comedy “Tartuffe,” seen locally in March. The group leaves Davis on […]

April 18, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

DHS students perform annual Tony Fields tribute this weekend

That’s the ticket What: “What I Did for Love — A Tony Fields Tribute” When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $15 general, $10 students Students from the performing arts program at Davis High School will honor the memory of a local kid […]

April 18, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Join Wolk on Friday at DMTC performance

All are welcome to join Davis City Councilman Dan Wolk for cocktails Friday at the Davis Musical Theatre Company, 607 Peña Drive, before a performance of DMTC’s current production, “Titanic: The Musical.” Wolk will be there at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 8:15 p.m. Wolk, a veteran of the DMTC stage, will discuss […]

April 18, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,