Shakespeare workshop coming this weekend to Mondavi

There are still a handful of openings for the upcoming ” Shakespeare Works When Shakespeare Plays” conference that will take place Friday through Sunday at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. “Shakespeare Works When Shakespeare Plays” includes workshops for middle and high school teachers of theater and English. Actors, directors and producers from some of […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

‘Sherlock Holmes’ comes to Woodland

The Woodland Opera House presents “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” opening Friday, Jan. 20, and continuing through Feb. 12 at the Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The cast includes Simon […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Baroque ensemble performs Sunday at church

One of the finest small Baroque ensembles in the Bay Area will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. in downtown Davis. The four musicians of Musica Pacifica will present “La Bizzaria,” featuring music of lesser-known 17th century Italian composers Turini, Frescobaldi, Falconieri, Castello, Vitali and others. Musica Pacifica combines […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sourdough Slim, Armstrong join up for American-roots music concert

A marvel of musical ingenuity, showman Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, western classics, vintage jazz and string band repertoire of pre-World War II America. They’ll perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Longtime fans will remember […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

With ‘Cyrano,’ it’s all in the words

Details What: Acme Theatre Company’s production of ‘Cyrano’ When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $12 general, $10 for seniors and $8 for students Info: Visit In her notes to the new Acme production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand, director Emily Henderson writes, “This play […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Hear banjo music at free concert

The Sacramento Banjo Band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in Davis. Band members play four-string banjos with clear melodies supported by strummed chords, like you would expect to hear on a riverboat or in Dixieland jazz bands, an Atria spokeswoman said. Musicians play […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Tickets available for Jazz Choir’s annual Cabaret show

The Davis High School Jazz Choir, under the musical direction of William Zinn with choreography by Cara Rains, will present its 24th annual Jazz Choir Cabaret, “I Got Rhythm,” on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12, at Emerson Junior High School, 2121 Calaveras Ave. Proceeds from the event will support the choir’s trip to New Orleans […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis library teaches how to download e-books from its collection

The book industry has evolved in a big way with the arrival of the e-book and it appears that readers are ready to evolve right along with it. On Saturday, the Mary L. Stephens Branch Public Library, at 315 E. 14th St., offered a free digital media download service seminar to teach Yolo County Library […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Oliver Stone’s ‘Platoon’ screens at Mondavi on Monday

Director Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War drama “Platoon” will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre on the UC Davis campus. Released in 1986, the film earned an Academy Award for Best Picture that year, and also the Best Director award for Stone, plus two other Oscars. The film is […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis musician thrives as composer-for-hire

Music tells a special story, of love and laughter, heartache and sorrow or blessings and joy.

For Sarah Majorins of Davis, capturing these emotions in a melody is more than just a passion, it’s a business, too. She writes music for special occasions — including church services, weddings, concerts, new songs that go into albums, and more.

Working from her family’s East Davis home, she provides new arrangements of familiar hymns, as well as original material, to customers around the country, using the Internet to move sheet music and sound files back and forth.

She has long been an active musician.

“My dad (David George) is a pastor, at Valley Springs Church in Roseville. So I’ve been involved in church music my entire life,” she says.

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Pull out your kilt and celebrate Robert Burns Night

Great Scot! Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St. in downtown Davis, invites local residents to celebrate Robert Burns Night on Saturday, Jan. 21, with music, poetry and traditional fare. The restaurant will offer traditional Scottish dishes with a Czech twist, like Scotch eggs, lamb curry, filet mignon with whisky sauce, and baked salmon, as […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy': Whack-a-mole

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” 3.5 stars Starring: Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds Rating: R, and too harshly, for brief violence, occasional profanity and eyeblink nudity If your theater of choice offers the faux “classified dossier” of notes, characters and background information on this film, I strongly […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

January is join-a-chorus month

Dozens of choruses throughout the greater Sacramento area are starting new performance seasons this month. Many hold formal auditions, but for many others, the selection process is much less formal. And some organizations will take anyone who can carry a tune. So if you’ve felt the need for more singing in your life, now is […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Gallery 1855 features Ross’ photos

An exhibition of framed photographic works of Jean Ross featuring the people of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, will be on display throughout January at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A free open house and reception for the artist […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,