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 www.nstreetcohousing.org/n-street-music or www.facebook.com/NStreetMusic.

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 ,

Holiday concerts planned by adult, children’s chorales

The Davis Community Chorale, directed by Alison Skinner, and the Davis Children’s Chorale, directed by Rachel Kessler, have several performances of holiday music planned over the next few weeks. * On Saturday at 7 p.m. at Davis Community Church, 412 C St., the Davis Children’s Chorale will present “A Christmas Concert.” Donations will be accepted […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

STC’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ features everyone’s favorite grouch

Check it out What: “A Christmas Carol,” presented by the Sacramento Theatre Company When: Through Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $40 general, $20 children; www.sactheatre.org, (916) 443-6722 On reviewing Sacramento Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Carol” last […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Davis poets will read their work at book-release party

Davis’ own poetry anthology will be released to the public at a reading at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. so poets may pick up their books and others may purchase them. The Davis Poetry Book Project was organized by Davis Poet Laureate Allegra […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Sacramento Choral Society comes ‘Home for the Holidays’

Details What: Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $35-$55 general, $17.50-$55 students; www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787 The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra return to the Mondavi Center for a pair of concerts with a “Home […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hear Waldorf Strings Ensemble on Thursday

The Davis Waldorf School Strings Ensemble will give a free holiday performance at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Atria Covell Gardens. The retirement community is at 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The public is welcome. For more information, call Kathy Green at (530) 756-0700.

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘The Descendants': Doing the right thing

‘The Descendants’ 4.5 stars Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer Rating: R, for profanity and coarse sexual references Some relationships explode in passion and fury; many simply fade away. Small, thoughtful gestures — spontaneous acts, so lovingly granted in the early days — fall victim to […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Folk music jam session planned Dec. 9

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, Dec. 9, in the UC Davis Arboretum. The free jam session will take place at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Orchestra students are taking the stage

Beginning Monday, orchestra students in the Davis schools will be busy with their winter concert season. This is the culmination of many hours of rehearsals — including some outside of the regularly scheduled classroom rehearsals — and study by the students in the orchestras, led by Angelo Moreno and Greg Brucker at the junior high […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,