‘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 ,

American Bach Soloists return with ‘Messiah’ on Sunday

Celebrate the season What: American Bach Soloists’ annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” When: 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $35-$55 general, $17.50-$27.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 The American Bach Soloists return to the Mondavi Center on Sunday with their annual performance of G.F. Handel’s famous oratorio “Messiah.” This […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Bergman film to be screened Friday

“The Inn of the Sixth Happiness,” a 1958 U.S. film directed by Mark Robson, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film series, now in its 15th year. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Chamber Music Society presents Baroque program on Saturday

Details What: Chamber Music Society of Sacramento concerts When and where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road, Davis; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1420 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $28 general, $22 seniors, $12 students; www.cmssacto.org The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento presents  a program focusing on Baroque music on Saturday […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Longtime local musician Bob Adams performs Friday

Locals are invited to stop by RootStock, 22 Main St. in Winters, between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday to enjoy the music of Bob Adams. Since 1976, Adams has been a performing musician and composer, working variously as a jazz pianist, acoustic bassist and organist; he’s played electric bass and guitar in rock, funk and […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,