‘Pirates of Penzance’ is a rollicking good time

Check it out What: Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” Sacramento performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the 24th Street Theatre, 2791 24th St. Davis performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, at the Veterans’ […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

The Chieftains bring 50th anniversary tour to Mondavi

The Chieftains — who have been advancing the cause of traditional Irish music around the world for five decades — will bring their 50th anniversary tour to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Founded in 1962, at a time when vocalists known as “Irish balladeers” singing novelty numbers tended to represent Irish music in […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jolie Holland, Sea of Bees perform Tuesday

Just the ticket Who: Jolie Holland and Sea of Bees When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Tickets: $12 each, available at Armadillo Music, 205 F St., or davislivemusic.com Thanks to the Davis Live Music Collective — a group of local music fans committed to promoting high-quality performances in this […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Students’ wildlife art featured as part of California Duck Days

The California Duck Days Wildlife Art Show is open now at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. in Davis. This special exhibit, which will run through Saturday, Feb. 25, features student art from Davis, Winters, Woodland, Pioneer, Cache Creek, Esparto and River City high schools. The exhibit also includes a traveling display of the […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Iranian expert presents new book at Avid Reader

Davisites can learn more about Iran’s role in evolving developments in the Middle East by hearing Trista Parsi at a book-signing from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader. The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Parsi, who is president of the National Iranian American Council, will talk about Iran’s […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Italian bluegrass band debuts its CD at Palms concert

On Thursday evening, Red Wine, the premier bluegrass band from Europe that’s also been making big waves in the U.S., will be at The Palms Playhouse for a concert and the global release of their latest CD, “Red.” Based in Genoa, Italy, Red Wine has been touring throughout Europe since its founding in 1978. And […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Generosity, indeed, ‘s Wonderful

On a recent flight to Africa, I overheard a group of physicians discussing the work they would do upon arrival; how, and where, and with what, and with whom, they would set up camp to serve, however briefly and incompletely, urgent medical needs of the nomadic Maasai villagers of Tanzania. They were excited and eager […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Crow Canyon will rock the hall Thursday

Crow Canyon, a trio made up of Davis ninth-graders, will rock the hall — the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, that is — beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday. All ages are welcome. Admission is $1, and half the proceeds will be donated to the Davis schools. Rock the Hall! is a new, all-ages monthly music event […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Afro-Cuban jazz to fill Mondavi

Veteran bandleader and multi-Grammy winner Chucho Valdés will bring his band — the Afro-Cuban Messengers — to the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. Dubbed “the dean of Latin jazz”  by The New York Times, Valdés has recorded more than 80 CDs during his long career, and has worked with a host of […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Literary salon examines German books

Lesen Sie Deutsch? Local residents are invited to a literary salon from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe, 2710 E. Fifth St., for an informal discussion of originals and translations of German books. Discussion will be in English and German. Those interested in attending are asked to register online at http://kaffeehausgespraeche.de.

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Davis’ Eunghee Cho to solo with Sacramento Philharmonic

Check it out Who: Cellist Eunghee Cho performing with the Sacramento Philharmonic When: 8 p.m. Saturday; a pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m. Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. Tickets: $15-$97, www.tickets.com, (800) 225-2277 or (916) 808-5181 Cellist Eunghee Cho — a 17-year-old senior at Davis High School — is enjoying some time in […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hummel teams with Little Charlie Baty for a night of blues

Harmonica ace Mark Hummel and The Blues Survivors will join forces Friday with special guest and guitarist extraordinaire Little Charlie Baty for a night of top-flight blues at The Palms. The past two decades have seen the emergence of young harmonica-led blues bands. In California, groups that draw their inspiration from the Chicago school but […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Madrigals teach kids’ choral workshop

Children in grades kindergarten through six are invited to participate in a choral workshop Saturday taught by members of the award-winning Davis High School Madrigal Choir. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. in the Instructional Performing Arts Building on the DHS campus, 315 W. 14th St. Applications may be downloaded at davismadrigals.com. The workshop will […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Finding Fable comes home

RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters, welcomes back hometown band Finding Fable for a performance from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine while listening to the live music. The acoustic trio features Lori Hawk, Sam Hawk and Michael Musial; they play a mix of originals and covers […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,