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 (www.theremedies.net) 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; www.sactheatre.org 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 ,

Bowen makes his debut at RootStock

Guests at RootStock between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday are invited to enjoy a glass of wine as they take in the easy listening style of local acoustic musician Kyle Bowen. RootStock is at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. “I draw much of my inspiration from musicians such as Michael Bublé, Jason Mraz and […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sacramento Youth Symphony Concerto Concert set at DHS

Winners of the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s annual Premier Orchestra Concerto Competition will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The Premier Orchestra is under the baton of Michael Neumann. Soloists include Alexander Chong, a senior at Davis High, performing Elgar’s Cello concerto, and David […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Woodland’ authors speak at Avid Reader

Local authors Robin Datel, Dennis Dingemans and Thomas Krabacher will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, to discuss their new book on Woodland. Woodland is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular “Images of America” series, and boasts more than 200 vintage images and […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

‘Listen’ to stories of the homeless

Will Lacey had a difficult childhood; he grew up in Seattle with strict parents and became a “rebellious teenager.” Drug addiction led to prison and, later, homelessness. Lacey, who has stayed at the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter in Davis, describes his situation as temporary and one that he takes into his own hands. “I’ve made […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Bryan stages one-man show to benefit African projects

“Manchild in the Wasteland,” a one-man show by Davis’ own Barton Bryan, will be presented later this month at International House, Davis, to raise funds for projects at two orphanages in Tanzania. The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at I-House, 10 College Park. Tickets […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Contra dance set Saturday at Guinda Grange Hall

All are welcome at a contra dance on Saturday evening in Guinda, sponsored by the Western Yolo Grange. Contra dancing is a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form two facing lines that run the length of the dance hall. Each dance is taught by a caller. There will be live music by Driving With Fergus […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Who will win the title of Davis High Idol?

Details What: Davis High Idol When: Preliminaries at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, finals Saturday, Jan. 28 Where: Brunelle Performance Hall, Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $6 for the semifinals, $10 for the finals or $20 for all three nights, in advance from Advanced Treble Choir members or at Watermelon Music, 207 […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,