Art lovers will flock downtown for Second Friday viewings, receptions

Holiday music will lend a particularly festive air to the monthly Second Friday ArtAbout on Friday, an evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in downtown Davis and beyond. All events are free and open to the public. Many include complimentary refreshments and opportunities to chat with featured artists. For more information, visit […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Classic country with a twist as Zoe Muth visits The Palms

Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers bring their classic country sounds to The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Friday. Muth has been making waves with her fresh and beguiling take on classic country and rootsy honky-tonk music in the past couple of years, and this will be her Palms debut. Muth’s self-titled, self-released debut CD […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Warm up with blues at RootStock

RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters, invites local residents to stop in Friday between 6 and 8 p.m. for some down-home delta-style blues featuring the acoustic duo Chicken & Dumpling. Guests may enjoy a glass of wine from three local wineries while they listen to Charles “Chicken” Oriel on guitar and Julia “Dumpling” Simon […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

DHS Orchestra rents quartets for special occasions

If you are seeking to add a touch of class to your holiday party, or a gathering at some other time of the year, the Davis High School Orchestra has several string quartets available to perform for you and your guests. Orchestra students work year-round in small ensembles to prepare music for all sorts of […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Downes to serve up ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ on Sunday at Mondavi

Help yourself What: “Green Eggs and Ham,” featuring pianist Lara Downes, soprano Ann Moss, Davis High School musicians and local boy Jimin Moon When: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis Tickets: $35 general, $17.50 for students;; (530) 754-2787 Pianist Lara Downes will be joined by local performers […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told’ is still hilarious

Join the fun What: “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)” When: Through Jan. 1, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; plus a special performance at 5 p.m. New Year’s Day Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$34; (916) 995-5464; I have a […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Travel the country with artist

In working with our current artist, Mel Smothers, I had to chuckle over his response to my request for an artist statement. He wrote, “The more I’ve painted, the more I’ve found to say. These works tell a portion of the stories — a portion because curator Natalie Nelson selected them. She may have known […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Davisite’s new book offers a peek behind the scenes of The City

Check it out Who: Author Elizabeth Boardman presenting her new book on San Francisco, “I’m not a Tourist, I Live Here!” When: 1 p.m. Sunday Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Elizabeth Boardman, author and executive director of a nonprofit organization, has recently returned to her home in East Davis after a long hiatus. […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Local Goodness

“How’s the local music scene?” you wonder? “Anything goin’ on in our sleepy little town?” “Goin’ great,” I say “Plenty is happening.” I saw Shayna and the Bulldog and The Dirt Feelin at the new G Street Wunderbar. Both played fantastic sets. Shayna recently lost its original drummer but gained a new one, who more […]

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See Davis through Scully’s drawings

The Pence Gallery is the venue for an array of illustrations of Davis by urban sketcher Pete Scully. Originally from London, Scully has focused his artistic talents on Davis for the past few years. “Pete Scully: Sketch Artist,” on view through Dec. 30 at the Pence, is the result of his wanderings around the town, […]

December 22, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Yolo Mambo rocks house concert Saturday

Yolo Mambo will celebrate the release of its new CD at a dance concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the N Street Cohousing common house, 716 N St.  in Davis. A suggested donation of $10 will be taken at the door. For more information, visit or

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Book sale benefits library services

The Friends of the Davis Public Library will host its bi-monthly book sale starting Thursday. Admission from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday is for members only, but as always, shoppers may join the organization at the door. The sale will be open to members and nonmembers alike Friday through Sunday at the Stephens Branch Library, […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Local favorites headline annual benefit for arts in the schools

Tickets are on sale now for the eighth annual “Home for the Holidays” community concert, to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Proceeds from the holiday favorite benefit music and arts programs in the Davis public schools. This year’s lineup includes Chris Webster and […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Solstice is theme for Vocal Art Ensemble concerts

“Solstice — Dance of Light” is the theme of the Vocal Art Ensemble’s performances this week, two of which are in Davis. Representing winter’s turning point, this program embraces both dark and light with rich choral music intertwined with movement by the Ecokinesis dance troupe. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,