Italian bluegrass band debuts its CD at Palms concert

On Thursday evening, Red Wine, the premier bluegrass band from Europe that’s also been making big waves in the U.S., will be at The Palms Playhouse for a concert and the global release of their latest CD, “Red.” Based in Genoa, Italy, Red Wine has been touring throughout Europe since its founding in 1978. And […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Generosity, indeed, ‘s Wonderful

On a recent flight to Africa, I overheard a group of physicians discussing the work they would do upon arrival; how, and where, and with what, and with whom, they would set up camp to serve, however briefly and incompletely, urgent medical needs of the nomadic Maasai villagers of Tanzania. They were excited and eager […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Crow Canyon will rock the hall Thursday

Crow Canyon, a trio made up of Davis ninth-graders, will rock the hall — the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, that is — beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday. All ages are welcome. Admission is $1, and half the proceeds will be donated to the Davis schools. Rock the Hall! is a new, all-ages monthly music event […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Afro-Cuban jazz to fill Mondavi

Veteran bandleader and multi-Grammy winner Chucho Valdés will bring his band — the Afro-Cuban Messengers — to the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. Dubbed “the dean of Latin jazz”  by The New York Times, Valdés has recorded more than 80 CDs during his long career, and has worked with a host of […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Literary salon examines German books

Lesen Sie Deutsch? Local residents are invited to a literary salon from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe, 2710 E. Fifth St., for an informal discussion of originals and translations of German books. Discussion will be in English and German. Those interested in attending are asked to register online at

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Davis’ Eunghee Cho to solo with Sacramento Philharmonic

Check it out Who: Cellist Eunghee Cho performing with the Sacramento Philharmonic When: 8 p.m. Saturday; a pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m. Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. Tickets: $15-$97,, (800) 225-2277 or (916) 808-5181 Cellist Eunghee Cho — a 17-year-old senior at Davis High School — is enjoying some time in […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hummel teams with Little Charlie Baty for a night of blues

Harmonica ace Mark Hummel and The Blues Survivors will join forces Friday with special guest and guitarist extraordinaire Little Charlie Baty for a night of top-flight blues at The Palms. The past two decades have seen the emergence of young harmonica-led blues bands. In California, groups that draw their inspiration from the Chicago school but […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Madrigals teach kids’ choral workshop

Children in grades kindergarten through six are invited to participate in a choral workshop Saturday taught by members of the award-winning Davis High School Madrigal Choir. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. in the Instructional Performing Arts Building on the DHS campus, 315 W. 14th St. Applications may be downloaded at The workshop will […]

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Finding Fable comes home

RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters, welcomes back hometown band Finding Fable for a performance from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine while listening to the live music. The acoustic trio features Lori Hawk, Sam Hawk and Michael Musial; they play a mix of originals and covers […]

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Cold Shot plays The Davis Graduate

Cold Shot, featuring Rene Martucci and Richard Urbino, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at The Davis Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. There is no cover charge, and the show is open to all ages. For more information, call (530) 758-GRAD (4723) or visit

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Locals join Berezan for CD release show at The Palms

Soulful singer/songwriter Jennifer Berezan will be joined by a supporting cast of local residents — including Chris Webster, Anthony Costello and Scott Amendola — to celebrate the release of her new CD at The Palms on Wednesday. Her concert begins at 8 p.m. at 13 Main St. in Winters. Tickets are $20 each, available at […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Dugout darling opens next weekend at DMTC

That’s the ticket What: DMTC’s “Damn Yankees” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 24-March 18 Where: DMTC’s Hoblit Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 for groups of 10 or more; or (530) 756-3868 It’s not quite baseball season yet, but a team of […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Gershwin concerts raise funds for Citizens Who Care

Citizens Who Care presents its 20th annual benefit concert, “ ‘s Wonderful: The Great Lyrics of Ira Gershwin,” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Ira Gershwin is best known for his work with his brother George — one of the most successful […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Hot jazz, cool evening for DHS Bands

Tickets are still available for “An Evening at the Coconut Grove,” a fundraiser to support the Davis High School Bands. For one magical evening in March, the DHS Band Boosters will recreate the ambiance of the legendary Coconut Grove jazz club, where patrons can relax and enjoy dinner and a full evening of jazz entertainment. […]

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