Thompson touts alternative Internet piracy bill

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, is among the co-sponsors of an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act, the prospect of which caused Wikipedia, WordPress and scores of other websites to go dark Wednesday in protest. With 21 House members and three senators, Thompson is pushing the narrower Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

The Big Read delves into human genomics

“Here is a Human Being,” by Duke University assistant professor Misha Angrist, has been selected as the Big Read: Open Access Science book for winter 2011-12. The Big Read is intended to be a community book club in which everyone is a member, reading the same book and joining in discussions of its themes and […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Learn how to write songs at new city class

The city of Davis presents a class in songwriting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Jan. 31 to March 1, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Learn about the craft of writing a song, and develop your skills and your personal style. The course will discuss notable songwriting examples […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Cuban keyboard artist Alfredo Rodriguez brings jazz to town

Young Cuban-born Alfredo Rodriguez and his jazz trio will visit the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre for four nights — Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 25-28, at 8 p.m. Rodriguez trained in the classical conservatories of Havana, and as a result his jazz compositions are informed by composers like Bach and Stravinsky, with inflections that display […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Uncle Hugh and safari beer

Uncle Hugh McClure was not my uncle; he was my godfather and a man my dad deeply admired. Uncle Hugh was a physician who was a medical missionary in Africa; my dad and he always kept in touch. I do not know how these two quite different men found each other but Dad always supported […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

ArtFlix event showcases ‘Pollock’

Art and film lovers are invited to watch “Pollock,” a biopic of Jackson Pollock, an abstract expressionist painter who struggles with his own demons while trying to navigate the art world. The R-rated film will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Ed Harris plays Pollock and […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Healthy aging is focus for discussion group

Active older adults who are interested in discussing healthy aging will gather from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. They’re brought together by the Active Older Adult Book Group, sponsored by the library, which meets on the second Thursday […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Teachers learn, with Shakespeare, ‘the play’s the thing’

Shakespeare got a physical workout at the Mondavi Center last weekend as teachers learned how to get their students “into the act,” so to speak.

Some 80 teachers and representatives from leading Shakespeare festivals and theaters — including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London — gathered for a three-day conference at UC Davis that covered effective methods for teaching Shakespeare in middle schools, high schools and community colleges.

Titled “Shakespeare Works When Shakespeare Plays,” the workshops included many hands-on, theater-centered activities.

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Zinn curates new exhibit at UC Davis Design Museum

“Need and Desire,” the new exhibit at UC Davis’ Design Museum, is curated by Rob Zinn, founder of blankblank, a Northern California design firm that works with designers and artisans to produce furniture, lighting and limited-edition art. Its collection has been exhibited around the world. The title of this show alludes to the ambiguities Zinn […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Rock on with The Remedies

After three years of headlining top Sacramento area venues, The Remedies ( are coming home for their first Davis club show at the newly remodeled G Street Wunderbar. They’ll play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The band specializes in rock, funk, blues, originals and “good times,” a news release said. “Don’t plan on spending much time […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

The laughs keep coming in ‘Ruthless!’

Details What: Sacramento Theatre Company’s production of “Ruthless! — The Musical” When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 19 Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $15-$38; (916) 443-6722 or (888) 478-2849; Fasten your […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Contra dance planned Friday in Davis

Kick up your heels at a contra dance at 8 p.m. Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. A free lesson for beginners starts at 7:30 p.m. Newcomers also will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. Contra dancing requires no partner and no experience, and there’s always live music. On Friday, […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Songwriters sing at The Palms on Friday

Ever wondered where stars such as Tim McGraw, Kathy Mattea, Kenny Chesney and Peter, Paul & Mary get many of the songs that they turn into beloved hits? Friday’s show at The Palms Playhouse provides the answer in the form of talented songsmiths and musicians Steve Seskin, Don Henry and Craig Carothers, who will perform […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

McCaslin, Shea perform Thursday at The Palms

Country-tinged folk troubadours Mary McCaslin and Rick Shea will sing tunes of their own Thursday at The Palms Playhouse in Winters, as well as a special set devoted to the music created and made popular by the late Jim Ringer and McCaslin. The duo met in the summer of 1972 at the legendary folk music […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,