See opera’s rising stars on Mondavi stage

Check it out What: “Rising Stars of Opera” When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: Free, but they must be picked up at the Mondavi Center box office or reserved at or (530) 754-2787 for a nominal processing charge The Mondavi Center will […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

I needed a change in venue. My friend suggested we check out the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco. It was free, we could crash at his cousin’s, why not? It was much more than just strictly bluegrass. We arrived late Saturday afternoon, in time to see Steve Earl. Cousin informed me that Steve […]

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Singer-songwriter featured at Village Homes Performers Circle

The Village Homes Performers Circle gathers from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East in Davis. This free event features performers of all levels and creative expressions, and is held the fourth Monday of each month (except December). Sign-up begins at 6:45 p.m., with sign-up […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Architectural abstracts on exhibit at Gallery 1855

Gallery 1855 presents an exhibition of architectural abstracts by Michael Radin and Joseph Finkleman in November. Hours are 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the Davis Cemetery District Office, 820 Pole Line Road. A free open house and reception for the artists will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Davis Bicycles! hosts film festival

Davis Bicycles! will host its fourth annual film festival at 7 p.m. Friday in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The festival selection features local filmmakers, local bicycle projects, as well as a wide variety of national and international films celebrating bicycling and bike culture. Attendees are encouraged to […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Eco-friendly art carries out October’s green theme

“Low Carbon Pathways to an Artful Life” is the green theme for this month’s Second Friday ArtAbout, which features eco-friendly art and which coincides with a special downtown electric vehicle cruise Friday evening.

The e-vehicles will cruise through downtown Davis from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., ultimately landing at Central Park for a show-and-tell.

The Second Friday ArtAbout is a monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses. All events are free; many include refreshments and a chance to talk with the artists.

In keeping with the green theme, attendees are asked to walk, bike, ride their electric vehicle or take the train to downtown Davis.

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Enjoy Heartroot at Happy Thursday

Heartroot will perform folk, Americana, blues, jazz and musical theater tunes at Rominger West Winery’s Happy Thursday event from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. The winery is at 4602 Second St., Suite 4, in Davis. Guests will snack on complimentary appetizers and sip discounted wine by the glass as they Heartroot’s music. Stone […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ opens at DMTC

Rock ’n’ roll’s first Broadway musical comes to Davis when the Davis Musical Theatre Company presents “Bye Bye Birdie,” Nov. 4-27. Directed and choreographed by Jan Isaacson, with musical direction by Chris Congdon, “Bye Bye Birdie” is a ripped-from-the-headlines satire from the 1950s. When an over-the-top rocker is drafted into the U.S. Army, his publicity […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Scottish Ballet visits Mondavi on Oct. 19

The Scottish Ballet — a 36-dancer company touring the United States for the first time in a quarter-century — will perform at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. The program will be a double bill featuring choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s classic “Song of the Earth,” set to Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Music, dance liven up Cool Davis Festival

The Davis High School Baroque Ensemble, founded in 2009 as the newest instrumental ensemble in the Davis schools’ music program and the first group of its kind at the high school level in the country, will start Sunday’s Cool Davis Festival with “Heavenly Music, Earthly Pictures.” As the group plays Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Band breathes new life into retro songs

Jenny Lynn & Her Real Gone Daddies bring their rockabilly music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at the Davis Farmers Market, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. The band is known for its classic covers and retro-style original songs (think Sun Records with a dash of honky-tonk). […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Will Durst hits the political trail with a night of stand-up for DMTC

Details What: Political humorist Will Durst When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $15 in advance ( or 756-3682) or $18 at the door Davis Musical Theatre Company welcomes political humorist Will Durst to its theater in Mace Ranch for a fundraising performance at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

‘Frankenstein’ asks: Who was the real monster?

Check it out What: ‘Frankenstein’ Where: Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St. When: Oct. 5-30; 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $15-$38 (discounts for students, seniors, and groups). Call (916) 443-6722 or (888)4-STC-TIX Info: Forget Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘Sol omnibus lucet': Water tank mural ‘shines upon us all’

Muralists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel work on a massive municipal water tank and transform it into a vibrant, inviting piece of art.

The pair, business partners and friends since high school, won a $75,000 city grant last fall to make pretty a new 4 million-gallon water tank in East Davis. About 80 percent of their budget will cover the cost of materials, including three large metal sculptures.

Because the tank faces Interstate 80, city officials wanted it to be an eye-catching signature that would remind commuters of everything Davis is and has to offer.

“ ‘Discovery’ was our most key word,” Christophel said, and Lacin agreed. “We thought for months about ‘discovery.’ “

October 09, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,