Empyrean Ensemble performs grad students’ compositions

The Empyrean Ensemble will present the second concert in its “Young and Restless” series on Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m. in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. The concert will feature this professional new music ensemble, based at UC Davis, performing recent works by graduate student composers at UC Davis, including: * “up/down” […]

UCD bands conclude season with ‘bacchanal suite’ by John Philip Sousa

The UC Davis Concert Band and Campus Band will combine for their spring-quarter concert on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. The concert is titled “Saluting UC Davis Mondavi Institute — Making Life Better Through Food and Wine,” a theme that will be reflected in several of the musical selections. […]

Acme puts a twist on the Robin Hood tale

Acme Theatre Company is proud to present “The Heart of Robin Hood,” this Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Monday, May 22-25, at the Davis Arts Center Outdoor Stage, 1919 F St. in Davis. In this adaptation of the classic legend, it is up to Maid Marian to boldly protect the poor, and convert Robin Hood […]

Cornel West visits Mondavi Center on May 30

Cornel West,  a prominent and provocative academic who is also a well-known political commentator on topics ranging from social justice to race in society, will speak at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1973 (completing his degree in three years) and earned […]

Davis Chorale goes divine with ‘Voices of Wonder’

The adoration of the divine has inspired powerful music throughout the centuries. At its concert “Voices of Wonder,” on June 7, the Davis Chorale invites the community to experience six sacred works by some of the most admired European composers in that genre, spanning five centuries. Centerpieces are the Easter cantata “Christ lag in Todes […]

‘The Light and Dark Arts: A Radical Magic Show’ presented through dance

“The Light and Dark Arts: A Radical Magic Show” at UC Davis looks closely at the ways in which secrets are embodied in today’s society, drawing parallels between magic acts and issues such as economic manipulation, political deception, vanishing resources and social transformation. It opens Thursday, May 28, in the Main Theatre in Wright Hall on […]

Kill the pain with Castro’s concert at The Palms

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, touring in support of their latest Alligator Records album, “The Devil You Know” — which received a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award for Rock Blues Album of the Year — will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at The Palms Playhouse. The Palms is at 13 Main St. in downtown Winters. Tickets […]

Dance party featuring Katdelic and MC Radioactive

Mr. Hat presents a funk and hip-hop dance party featuring Katdelic and MC Radioactive at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the G Street Wunderbar, 228 G St. in downtown Davis. Katdelic stole the community’s hearts with their Davis debut on Valentine’s Day, and now they are joining forces with beatbox master/postitive rapper MC Radio Active […]

Davis Music Festival coming June 19-21

Mark your calendars now for the fifth annual Davis Music Festival. This year’s event, featuring an estimated 60 bands, is scheduled for three days, Friday through Sunday, June 19-21. This annual event is coordinated by a nonprofit organization called Music Only Makes Sense. The purpose is to produce live music events to raise funds for […]

‘Far from the Madding Crowd:’ is frequently maddening

‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ Three stars Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple and Jessica Barden Rating: PG-13, and needlessly, for mild sensuality and brief violence Overly compressed treatment does this literary classic no favors By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic This has been obvious for (literally) centuries, but it […]

‘Cinderella’ brings modern twists, magnificent staging to classic tale

What: ‘Cinderella’ Where: Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $22-$99, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com or 916-557-1999 It was like going to a royal wedding at the Sacramento Community Center for the opening of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” There was a royal white Cinderella […]

Wineaux: The perils, pitfalls, pleasures and perks of analysis

My students often complained that analyzing a book ruined it for them. I feigned sympathy but since such analysis was both passion and profession, I attempted to convince them otherwise. Analysis of a book—savoring it, asking it questions, looking at its components, putting it in a context (or two) talking about it — makes me appreciate it […]

‘Happiness’ a hilarious gem for mature audiences

Hilarity What: KOLT Run Creations’ “There is a Happiness That Morning Is” When: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 31 Where: The Wilkerson Theater at the California Stage Complex, 25th and R streets, midtown Sacramento Tickets: $20; www.koltruncreations.com or 916-454-1500 Note: Due to mature themes and language, this show […]