Author featured in Words Take Wing events Thursday

Chinese-American author Ying Chang Compestine — who has written picture books for children, a collection of Chinese ghost stories, a novel for young readers about a girl living through China’s harrowing Cultural Revolution and several cookbooks — will be featured Thursday as the main speaker at this year’s Words Take Wing event at UC Davis. […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Grand Night of Singing to benefit music programs in Winters schools

A Grand Night of Singing, a fundraiser for music programs in Winters public schools, is planned at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. The fun, fast-paced performance features several UC Davis a cappella groups — Liquid Hotplates, One Note Stand, The Spokes and The Afterglow — as well as four […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

American Bach Soloists perform monumental St. Matthew Passion

Details Who: American Bach Soloists performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, with pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. Where: Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Tickets: $19-$53, available at or (415) 621-7900 The American Bach Soloists will perform one of J.S. Bach’s greatest choral works — the St. Matthew Passion — at 7:30 […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Overtone Quartet brings jazz to Mondavi

The Overtone Quartet will perform jazz in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Saturday. Formed in 2009 for a now-fondly-recalled special performance at The Blue Note in New York, this ensemble gets together periodically and tours. Band members include bassist Dave Holland, who has been recording since the 1970s, along with saxophonist […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Young strings players invited to school workshop

The annual Emerson-Harper/Elementary Strings Workshop will take place on Saturday, March 3, at Emerson Junior High School, 2121 Calaveras Ave. This free workshop is for returning fifth- and sixth-grade string players who have played for at least a year and will be attending Emerson, Da Vinci or Harper junior high schools. The workshop offers an introduction to […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Davis Community Chorale sings Vespers on Sunday

The Davis Community Chorale will perform an interfaith Vespers service at 5 p.m. Sunday at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. downtown. The Vespers service will include sacred music from the Renaissance to the present, including two choruses from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah” — “He watching over Israel” and “Lift thine eyes” — featuring Elisabeth […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

MIddle East movie to be screened at library

The documentary film “From The River To The Sea” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The movie takes its title from the Palestinian belief that “Palestine” stretches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, and the […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Hear some Cash on Friday in Winters

Vacaville singer and guitarist Denis Colleret, lead guitarist for a Johnny Cash tribute band, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in Winters. Colleret has been a working musician in Northern California since 1978. He has opened shows for such legends as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Trace Adkins […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Making choices in art and in life

Albert Camus wrote “Life is a sum of all your choices.” After seeing the opening night of “dis/connect” and “Light Phases,” the two MFA dance thesis choreographies, I have to agree.

Every choice we make affects our experience of life — from the obvious, such as choosing whether or not to interact with others, down to the more subtle choices of what attracts our attention at any given moment. That, of course, is what makes each of us unique, whether we’re an artist or audience member, allowing each a singular perspective on life, and certainly, on our opinions of art.

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Special double-headers planned for ‘Damn Yankees’

During the run of the musical “Damn Yankees” at the Davis Musical Theatre Company, audiences not only will have the opportunity to see a musical that hit a home run on Broadway, but they can have their choice of a “double-header” of activities on two special nights. On opening night Friday, audience members are invited to […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Autumn Sky, Willett Trio at winery

Rominger West Winery’s Friday Night Live celebration Friday evening will feature music by Autumn Sky. Born and raised in Sacramento, this 22-year-old musician performs pop, folk and indie tunes on multiple instruments. She has won awards for her performance and songwriting skills. The fun runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the winery, 4602 Second St. […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Head to Conjunction Junction for ‘School House Rock Live’

That’s the ticket What: “School House Rock Live” When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $16 general, $14 seniors, $8 children 17 and under; balcony tickets $10 general, $5 children;; (530) 666-9617 “School House Rock Live” comes to the Woodland Opera House […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Yellow Jacket Motel: a Venn diagram of rock ‘n’ roll

If you’re looking for some hard-rockin’ local music that deviates from the skinny jean, angular haircut, hipster set, check into the Yellow Jacket Motel. What started as a cover band has morphed into one of the best local rock bands to hit the scene since Middle Class Rut. Check them out at 9 p.m. Saturday […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

The Oscar follies: Handicapping the Academy Awards

The Golden Globes may be more freewheeling and snarky; the People’s Choice Awards may be more populist. For prestige and historical significance, though, nothing compares to the Academy Awards.

True, the show can be creaky, overlong and sycophantic. I sometimes worry that the folks onstage will break their arms, from patting each other — and themselves — on the back so much.

But the Oscar ceremony is what it is …

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,