Point of Brew: Celebrating uncles at Christmastime

There are always uncles at Christmas; the same uncles. I had lots of uncles, all Welshmen, mostly huge men with prodigious thirsts and sometimes not easy to be with. I mostly knew them through family gatherings at holidays (and weddings and funerals) and Christmas. Most were beer men, extraordinary drinkers, a few owned pubs or […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Celebrate the holidays at Davis Farmers Market

Holiday music will fill the air at the Davis Farmers Market on Christmas Eve morning. The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Performers are Fifteen Strings, Jazzy Horns, violinist Kate Saylor, Grace Valley Carolers, Valley Brass, Eclectic Garden, Peter Franklin Band and Steve Hamilton. New […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

UCD faculty’s art on display at Pence

On view from Jan. 11 through Feb. 29 at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis, “Between the Quotes: Work by UC Davis Art Faculty” features new work by 12 members of the renowned UCD art department. Expanded in scope from the Pence’s faculty exhibit in 2006, “Between the Quotes” offers the community […]

December 22, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Brazilian people featured in photos

An exhibition of framed photographic works of Jean Ross featuring the people of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, will be on display at Gallery 1855 throughout January. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The public is invited to a free open house and reception for the artist from 1 to 4 […]

December 22, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Lathe instructor shows her work at Craft Center Gallery

The Craft Center Gallery at UC Davis presents “My Turn, Revolutions in Wood and Glass” featuring works by Craft Center lathe instructor Dorothy Brandon, on exhibit Jan. 9-Feb. 10. A reception in Brandon’s honor will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in the South Silo building on the UCD campus. The Craft […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

‘Rain’ aims to transport audiences to Beatles’ era

Check it out What: “Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles” When: Dec. 27-Jan. 1, at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and 3 p.m. Friday Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Tickets:$19-$83; (916) 557-1999 or (916) 808-5181; www.tickets.com “Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles” pulls into Sacramento next week (Dec. […]

December 22, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Be among the first to buy a market cookbook

Gift cards — redeemable for a signed copy of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” (Mirabelle Press, $24.95) — will be on sale Saturday at the market shed at Third and C streets downtown. “When it makes its debut in March, ‘The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook’ is going to rate a top spot on bookshelves of […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

‘Mission Impossible': Fourth time’s the charm!

“Mission Impossible” Four stars Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Léa Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson Rating: PG-13, for intense action and violence Four films into this series, and we finally get a director/writing team willing to acknowledge the classic TV show’s longtime viewers, while still delivering the improbably ferocious, stunt-laden action […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jazz up your holiday

Local residents can start their Christmas holiday weekend by enjoying a jazz performance Friday by Midnight Jazz Trio at RootStock in downtown Winters. The Davis-based group  — Tim Pia on trumpet, Robert Blake on guitar and Travis Bradley on bass — will perform classic jazz tunes from 6 to 8 p.m. at RootStock, 22 Main […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Kenyan folk music performed at I-House

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 21, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo Mambo returns for Happy Thursday

Yolo Mambo, a quartet specializing in spicy Latin, blues and pop, will perform at Rominger West’s Happy Thursday gathering from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The winery is at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Guests will sip on discounted wine by the glass and enjoy “California comfort food” from Stone Soup Catering. Composed of Catherine […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UCD names museum for Napa pair after $10M gift

After a $10 million donation, UC Davis’ planned art museum will carry the name of a pair of immigrants, friends, art patrons and Northern California success stories.

Jan Shrem, owner of Clos Pegase winery, made the donation in his name and that of his friend and fellow Napa Valley resident, Maria Manetti Farrow, most recently a producer of olive oil, UCD announced today.

The 40,000-square-foot Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Farrow Museum of Art is slated to open …

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

‘Sherlock Holmes': Nothing elementary about this adventure!

‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ 4 stars Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams, Kelly Reilly, Paul Anderson, Stephen Fry Rating: PG-13, and rather generously, for intense action and violence Mention Sherlock Holmes, Professor James Moriarty and Switzerland’s Reichenbach Falls in the same breath, and even the most casual […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Musicians come home for the holidays

Rita Hosking will play country/folk Americana songs, including some holiday tunes, with Bill Dakin on upright bass and Sean Feder on dobro at the “Home for the Holidays” concert Wednesday evening at the Veterans’ Memorial Center. Tickets are $20 general, $8 for children under 18, available at Watermelon Music, 207 E St., and Armadillo Music, […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,