Committee explores forming arts and entertainment district

Imagine a 300-seat Greek theater nestled into the core of downtown Davis, beyond it an art walk adorned with sculptures and other works by local artists and, at the center of it all, a performance hall that could attract marquee acts from around the country. Such is the dream of the newly formed Arts and Entertainment […]

October 23, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Whiskey Dawn does Davis

After taking Nashville by storm, the country band Whiskey Dawn returns to its home state to perform in concert at 9 p.m. Wednesday at The Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. in Davis. Admission is $10. Whiskey Dawn played two successful high-profile showcase dates at The National Underground and 12th & Porter in Nashville. A feature story […]

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Art ‘harvesting’ planned at Nov. 4 gala

Yolo County’s agricultural and artistic diversity will be “harvested” at the fourth annual Art Farm Art Harvest on Friday, Nov. 4. Featuring the work of more than 50 Yolo County artists, this collection of watercolors, photographs, oil and acrylic paintings and fiber and rock art captures the essence of Yolo County’s rural county landscape. Doors […]

October 23, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Sucker Punch plays at G Street Wunderbar

Davis musician Colin Stambusky and his band Sucker Punch headline a grand-opening Halloween Ball on Friday, Oct. 28, at G Street Wunderbar, 228 G St. in downtown Davis. Also on the bill are Avenue Saints, Chickee Bob and Steve Mahoney. The free show starts at 9 p.m.; costumes are welcome. Guests must be 21 and […]

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Indians in Davis celebrate Diwali with a gala

The India Association of Davis will celebrate the Indian festival of Diwali on Sunday with a gala event starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Diwali is the most joyous festival celebrated all over India. It is also known as Deepavali, which in Sanskrit literally means rows […]

October 25, 2011 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

‘Johnny English': Sporadically silly spy spoof

‘Johnny English Reborn’ Three stars Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Dominic West, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Kaluuya Rating: PG, for mild action violence, occasional rude humor and fleeting profanity Rowan Atkinson’s expressions are to die for, and his best moments in “Johnny English Reborn” are priceless. Alas, moments do not a movie make. Atkinson hit my […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

See documentary Friday in park

Sunwise Co-op will sponsor a free public screening of “The Take” at 8 p.m. Friday at the oak deck in Davis’ Central Park, Fourth and C streets. “The Take” is a documentary by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein on the struggling worker’s movement in Argentina and their struggles with bosses, bankers and an economic system […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Take a Halloween Walk with Shakespearean actors

Intrepid adventurers are invited to join the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble in the Shields Oak Grove at the UC Davis Arboretum for an interactive theatrical journey through the scary side of Shakespeare, with ghosts, villains and black magic. The Halloween Walks begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Oct. 31, in the Shields Oak […]

October 23, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Poetry reading, dance performance kick off Davis Jazz Festival

Neeli Cherkovski, a poet, critic, memoirist and literary biographer, will read from his work Friday night in Davis as part of the fifth annual Davis Jazz Festival: Beyond the Beat Generation. The 7 p.m. reading will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. performance by the Linda Bair Dance Company of “One Mad Brunette at the […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Nachmanoff kick-starts his new CD with a quintessential Davis party

Folk singer-songwriter Dave Nachmanoff grew up in the suburbs of Virginia, but he’s a self-proclaimed “Davis guy.” It’s fitting that a Davis guy would have his CD release show at a quintessential Davis venue, the N Street Cohousing Common House; show time is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 716 N St. Admission is $20 donation […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘MST3K’ creators bring show to Mondavi

“Cinematic Titanic” — Joel Hodgson, J. Elvis Weinsten, Mary Jo Pehl, Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, stars of the cult classic television show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” will bring their movie mocking to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Friday. They’ll riff live beside a screen showing the 1972 science fiction bomb “Doomsday Machine.” From […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Youths can audition for ‘Madeline’s Christmas’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Storybook Theatre has announced auditions for “Madeline’s Christmas,” directed by Jeni Price, with musical direction by Jenny Reuter and choreography by Jocelyn Price. “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” So begins the delightful story of “Madeline’s Christmas.” […]

October 23, 2011 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Author speaks Saturday at The Avid Reader

Author Kathleen Barry will discuss her recent book, “Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers, and Ourselves” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader. The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Barry’s talk is sponsored by the Davis Peace Coalition. For more information, visit

October 20, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Folk musicians jam at Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments — fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, squeeze boxes, you name it — and play together informally over the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the UC Davis Arboretum. The free jam session will take place at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,