Davis High grads celebrating musical accomplishments, new albums

Three relatively recent graduates of Davis High School — drummer Colin McDaniel, soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and saxophonist/pianist Morgan Jones — are celebrating recent musical accomplishments. Colin McDaniel A 2010 Davis High graduate, McDaniel is celebrating the release of a new CD “Skewed Reflections,” featuring his several original compositions, including the DownBeat award-winning “Skewed Reflections.” […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Leads become leaders, making ‘Nutcracker’ timeless

As fun as performing in the “Davis Children’s Nutcracker” is, from the music to the dancing to the costumes, it’s often the interaction with the teenagers who teach them everything that leaves the deepest impact of all.

For years afterward, in fact, children will spot their leaders around town, working at Nugget, teaching a swim lesson, passing them on a sidewalk downtown, and respond with a shriek of joy: “That’s my ‘Nutcracker’ leader!”

It’s no wonder, then, that many of these children grow up to be leaders themselves, sharing their love for the “Nutcracker” year after year with the kids who follow in their footsteps. And they do so with a sense …

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Reception Sunday honors photographer

“The Yolo Causeway: Mediator of Space and Time,” an exhibition of photographic work by Terry Nathan, will be on display this month at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District Office, 820 Pole Line Road. An open house is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Hear children sing for Christmas

The Davis Children’s Chorale, directed by Rachel Kessler, will present “A Christmas Concert” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. Admission is free and the public is invited.

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Holiday movie releases 2011: Santa’s pack is laden

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve has become the cinematic land of Oscar bait: a release pattern designed to keep prestige titles fresh in the minds of those who select Academy Award nominees.

The unfortunate result, of course, is that many films will be lost in the shuffle as slow performers are cast adrift. But however you look at it, it’s gonna be a marvelous — if busy — month for movies.

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘New Year’s Eve': Classic Hollywood froth

“New Year’s Eve” 3.5 stars Starring: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron and too many other folks to list here Rating: PG-13, for fleeting profanity and some sexual candor “New Year’s Eve” is a lighthearted throwback to classic Hollywood ensemble dramas such as 1932’s […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Library offers workshop on download service

Learn how to use the library’s free digital media download service during an OverDrive Workshop at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The workshop will cover how to use the download service to download free audiobooks, eBooks, video and music. Bring your laptops, tablets and eReaders […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Local pastor publishes book on Romans

The Rev. P.G. Mathew is the author of a recently published book, “The Gospel Freedom: Romans 1-8.” Mathew is the founder and senior minister of Grace Valley Christian Center and has been preaching the gospel in Davis since 1974. Originally a scientist from India, he holds three graduate degrees in theology from Central and Westminster […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

‘Home for the Holidays’ tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale now for the eighth annual “Home for the Holidays” community concert, to be presented 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 09, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Woodland Community Band presents Christmas concert

By Bill Hollingshead The Woodland Community Band will present its annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the atrium of the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. Admission is free. The band is under the direction of Bobby Rogers, music director at Pioneer High School. Concert selections range from traditional holiday carols to humorous and popular […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

NAMI-Yolo hosts ‘Madhouse Rhythm’

NAMI-Yolo will present a special event, “Madhouse Rhythm” with Joshua Walters, to welcome the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in Davis. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested. Light refreshments will be provided. Walters […]

December 22, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

How do poets see Davis? Buy the book and count the ways

Check it out Who: Allegra Silberstein and contributing poets What: Reading their work published in “Entering,” the Davis Poetry Book Project When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. How much: Admission is free, books cost $15 What started as a dream is becoming a reality for Davis Poet Laureate Allegra Silberstein. […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Learn more about artist at Pence film screening

All are welcome to attend a screening of “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?,” a 2006 film, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. The film’s running time is 74 minutes; guests are welcome to enjoy all-you-can-eat popcorn. The film chronicles Teri Horton’s 15-year journey clasing with the […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Spend a winter evening with Shakespeare

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble will present a staged reading of The Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at 8 p.m. Saturday at Putah Creek Lodge in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Come ready to indulge in wine and scrumptious holiday treats,” a news release said. Tickets are $10 each; call (530) 802-0998 or email [email protected]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,