Ripped from the headlines, ‘Chicago’ makes its way from Broadway to Davis

Check it out What: DMTC production of “Chicago” When: 8:15 p.m. New Year’s Eve (featuring a buffet dinner, champagne, desert, party favors and DJ), plus 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 6-29 Where: DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis Tickets: $50 for New Year’s Eve; $18 general, $16 students/seniors; www.dmtc.org; (530) […]

December 29, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

French, Spanish and poetry at Logos Books

La Table Française gathers for its monthly French conversation circle on the second Wednesday of each month at Logos Books, 513 Second St. in downtown Davis. In January, the group will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. El Círculo Español meets, with native speaker and moderator Nelly Salazar, the third Monday of […]

December 29, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Wineaux: The little sweet one takes on the season’s cold

I wish I could, for my last column of 2011, offer my lovely readers a gem of an insight. Philosophical, moral, spiritual, political, oenological, all-of-the-above — any deep, moving, enlightening profundity would suffice. But I have a cold. More accurately, a cold has me. We refer to it fondly in our household as The Cold […]

December 29, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Local author’s success is no mystery

The first thing that Davis mystery novelist John Lescroart would like people to know about Tuesday’s launch party for his latest novel, “The Hunter,” is that everyone is invited. Yes, everyone.

“I hope everybody comes,” Lescroart said several times during an interview in his downtown Davis office.

Though he describes finding a local venue large enough for a book-signing to be “challenging” in the wake of the closure of Borders Books & Music, Lescroart’s enthusiasm for the event at the Odd Fellows Hall downtown is infectious.

“There’ll be food and wine, and we’re going to have a band. And lots of books,” he said. “It’s a really great location. It ought to be a blast in the night.”

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Photographer’s, painter’s work shown side by side

See more What: “Interpretations of Place,” exhibit at the Tsao Gallery When: Jan. 6-Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays; and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturdays (beginning Jan. 14). Second Friday ArtAbout reception, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Admission: Free Art and serendipity brought together […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Ring in the new year with a Cajun-flavored dance party

The Palms Playhouse in Winters will host a New Year’s Eve dance party — complete with a champagne toast at midnight and all the trimmings — featuring the Cajun-flavored and compellingly danceable music of Tom Rigney and Flambeau. Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘We Bought a Zoo': Lions and tigers and anxiety … oh, my!

‘We Bought a Zoo’ Four stars Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones Rating: PG, for no particular reason Writer/director Cameron Crowe, absent from the screen for far too long, has returned with the season’s sweetest, gentlest family film. “We Bought a Zoo” is adapted from […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Ring in the new year with ‘Chicago’

“Chicago,” the Broadway blockbuster still playing to packed theaters in New York, will grace the stage of the Davis Musical Theatre Company in January, with a special New Year’s Eve show planned Dec. 31. A buffet dinner catered by Ludy’s Main Street BBQ, champagne, dessert, party favors, a live DJ and more are featured, along with the […]

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

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 ,