Shakespeare coming to Winters outdoor stage in August

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented in August by the Winters Theatre Company. This will be WTC’s annual “Shakespeare Under the Stars” production, outdoors at the Winters Community Center Amphitheater. Four performances are scheduled, on Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 7-8 and 14-15, all at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $5, and all […]

Davis’ own Gravy Nation launches music video

Locally grown tunes What: Gravy Nation concert (21 and older) Where: Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in Davis When: 9 p.m. Thursday, July 30 Cost: $5 cover at the door Information: Call 530-758-4333 Classic rock meets ’90s pop punk in Gravy Nation. The Davis band, founded by Christopher Hunt, is shaking up the local scene. The band’s songs feature […]

Successful actress got her start right here in Davis

“I had no idea before this show,” said Alicia Hunt, currently appearing in the one-woman tour de force, “Grounded,” at the B Street Theatre. The actress says the show — which chronicles the emotional breakdown of a U.S. Air Force drone pilot — has changed her views about so many things. Hunt is practically a Davis […]

Finding wild wines in urban spaces

A trip to San Francisco is always an adventure in wine, even more so on the latest trip, which included a visit to Terroir. Located on Folsom between Seventh and Eighth, Terroir, which I mentioned in the last column, is a natural-wine bar, one of the first in the country. Terroir’s terroir isn’t particularly interesting […]

‘Peter Pan’ flies high with magical fun for all ages

Family fun What: Music Circus’ ‘Peter Pan’ Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento When: Through July 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Friday Tickets: $40-$83 (all seats $40 for children 4-12) Call 916-557-1999, visit, or go to the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office With a little magic, […]

California’s beauty on exhibit at Natsoulas Gallery

The John Natsoulas Gallery will host the 14th annual California Landscape Exhibition through Aug. 29, with a reception set for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 25. California’s natural beauty and diverse landscape have been giving artists a source of inspiration in the genre of landscape painting since Albert Bierstadt and his 19th-century depictions of Yosemite […]

Texas roots rocker Ray Wylie Hubbard to play at The Palms

When it comes to down ’n’ dirty roots ’n’ roll, nobody in the wide world of Americana music today does it better than Ray Wylie Hubbard. Except, it seems, for Hubbard himself. Hubbard and his band will perform a CD release show for his latest album, “The Ruffian’s Misfortune,” at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, […]

The Hey-Nows! will play Beamer Place Courtyard

The Hey-Nows! will play in the Beamer Place Courtyard behind Steve’s Place, 714 Main St. in downtown Woodland, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 25. The band features Lee Milhouse on guitar and vocals, Andrew Sisco on bass and vocals, and Nicolo Scozzari on electric guitar, vocals and occasionally the mandolin, all sharing their […]

Acme to present ‘Argonautika’

Acme Theatre Company celebrates its 35th anniversary with its production of “Argonautika,” by Mary Zimmerman. Acme productions are presented entirely by high school-age actors and behind-the-scenes personnel, guided by volunteer directors. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, July 31; Saturday, Aug. 1; Thursday, Aug. 6; Friday, Aug. 7; and Sunday, Aug. 9; at […]

Radio show features jazz after dark

Another fine KDRT FM, 95.7 Radio show, “Jazz After Dark,” with Don Shor, is airing at 11 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 p.m. Sundays. This is a chance to hear some carefully selected samples of jazz on the bright side. KDRT FM is the low-power station in Davis that also is on the […]

‘Next to Normal’ rock opera handles mental illness

Now playing What: Runaway Stage Productions’ ‘Next to Normal’ Where: West Sacramento Community Center’s Black Box Theatre When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 16 Tickets: $18-$25, 916-207-1226, www.runawaystage .com A rock musical that brings mental illness out of the closet is being presented by Runaway Stage Productions at the West […]

Young actors invited to audition for DMTC’s ‘Pirates of Penzance, Jr.’

Auditions are set for the opening show of the DMTC Young Performers theater season for Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance, Jr.” Auditions will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 27-28, with callbacks on Wednesday, July 29, also at 4:30 p.m., at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive, Davis. Auditioners […]

Davis Chorale launches new season, plans auditions

Buoyed by complimentary words from Dick Frantzreb’s review of their most recent concert — “lush,” “crisp singing,” “breathtaking range of dynamics,” “lovely ensemble sound,” “ well-blended, well-articulated sound that made for very pleasant , even inspiring listening” — the Davis Chorale is looking back with pride to the 2014-15 season and revved up for the 2015-16 […]