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 ,

‘The Secret World of Arrietty': Spread the word

“The Secret World of Arrietty” 4 stars Starring (voices only): Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, David Henrie, Moises Arias Rating: G, and suitable for all ages Those already familiar with Studio Ghibli need not be reminded of Japanese animation impresario Hayao Miyazaki, famed for classics such as “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Japanese music showcased at open-mic night

A weekly series of open-mic performances, dubbed Mid-Winter @ I-House, continues from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The event is an opportunity for cultural exchange and this week will feature traditional Japanese songs and music performed on koto, shamisen and shakuhachi (bamboo flute) by Naoko and Elliot Kallen. […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Pirates of Penzance’ is a rollicking good time

Check it out What: Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” Sacramento performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the 24th Street Theatre, 2791 24th St. Davis performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, at the Veterans’ […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

The Chieftains bring 50th anniversary tour to Mondavi

The Chieftains — who have been advancing the cause of traditional Irish music around the world for five decades — will bring their 50th anniversary tour to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Founded in 1962, at a time when vocalists known as “Irish balladeers” singing novelty numbers tended to represent Irish music in […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jolie Holland, Sea of Bees perform Tuesday

Just the ticket Who: Jolie Holland and Sea of Bees When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Tickets: $12 each, available at Armadillo Music, 205 F St., or Thanks to the Davis Live Music Collective — a group of local music fans committed to promoting high-quality performances in this […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Students’ wildlife art featured as part of California Duck Days

The California Duck Days Wildlife Art Show is open now at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. in Davis. This special exhibit, which will run through Saturday, Feb. 25, features student art from Davis, Winters, Woodland, Pioneer, Cache Creek, Esparto and River City high schools. The exhibit also includes a traveling display of the […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Iranian expert presents new book at Avid Reader

Davisites can learn more about Iran’s role in evolving developments in the Middle East by hearing Trista Parsi at a book-signing from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader. The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Parsi, who is president of the National Iranian American Council, will talk about Iran’s […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Italian bluegrass band debuts its CD at Palms concert

On Thursday evening, Red Wine, the premier bluegrass band from Europe that’s also been making big waves in the U.S., will be at The Palms Playhouse for a concert and the global release of their latest CD, “Red.” Based in Genoa, Italy, Red Wine has been touring throughout Europe since its founding in 1978. And […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,