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 ,

Local favorites perform in concert benefiting school arts

Check it out What: “Home for the Holidays” concert When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $20 for adults, $8 for children under 18, available at Watermelon Music, 207 E St., and Armadillo Music, 205 F St., (530) 758-8058 The annual “Home for the Holidays” show — […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Holiday music makes the market sing

Santa is definitely coming to town at the Davis Farmers Market, where shoppers will enjoy a potpourri of holiday tunes as they browse the market stalls. The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. Musicians to be featured Saturday are Urban Sherpas, Holiday Trumpet […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Auditions set for Winters’ ‘Leading Ladies’

The Winters Theatre Company will hold auditions for Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 11-12, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Roles will be available for several adult women and men. The show will be presented on the weekends of […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Celebrate Christmas with music at Atria

Two nights of holiday music are planned next week at Atria Covell Gardens, a Davis retirement community. Community members are invited to both free concerts at 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. Local musicians Donna Wren on harp and violin and Ken Kemmerling on piano and guitar will perform holiday classics at 7 p.m. Friday, […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Savoring the solstice with nectar of the gods

I become a pagan in December. The waning light triggers some ancestral fear that darkness will this time prevail, arriving earlier, remaining later, until it envelopes the earth entirely. Maybe the winter I spent in Scandinavia exacerbates the foreboding — aggravated further by a Ray Bradbury story in which a group of children on a […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Culture at church

Adelita Serena, capitana of Dance Azteca, performs to the drumbeat with her group Monday afternoon at St. James Catholic Church in Davis. The pre-sunset performance was in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A Mass and reception followed.

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

With live music, Sac Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ shines

See it soon What: Sacramento Ballet’s production of  “The Nutcracker” When: Through Friday, Dec. 23 (times vary; see www.sacballet.org) Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento Tickets: $15-$69 for adults, $15-$31 for children under 12; (916) 808-5181 or through Tickets.com, (800) 225-2277 SACRAMENTO — There are many “Nutcracker” incarnations, but the Sacramento Ballet’s  annual […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Santa still has plenty of swing

Starting this annual column with an excellent disc always feels like a good omen, so let’s turn first to Ellis Marsalis’ “A New Orleans Christmas Carol” (ELM Records 19790). Long before Wynton and his many talented brothers became young cubs on the jazz scene, Daddy Ellis was roaring with the assurance of a venerable lion. […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,