Briefly: Sonnets are basis of a love story

By March 21, 2011

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble presents “The Sonnet Project,” an original love story featuring the poetry of William Shakespeare’s sonnets. Told through music, the narrative follows a writer and his beloved as they struggle against the allure of time and the ever-seductive muse.

The play is directed by Gia Battista and Steph Hankinson, with music composed by Richard Chowenhill.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, through Saturday, April 2, and 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3. They will be staged at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, on Garrod Drive on campus.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information and to reserve tickets, email [email protected], call (661) 304-4341 or visit http://www.shakespearedavis.com.

See Kennedy’s photos at cemetery

An exhibition of framed photographic works of Gene Kennedy will be on display this month at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Next month’s artist is Joseph Finkleman.

For more information, call (530) 756-7807 or visit http://www.daviscemetery.org.

‘Great Divide’ author feted at opening

Roberta Price will discuss and signs copies of “Across the Great Divide: A Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture” (University of New Mexico Press) at an exhibit opening Thursday, March 31, at the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at UC Davis.

The opening reception will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the exhibit will continue through May 22.

In 1969, as a teaching fellow in the State University of New York at Buffalo graduate English program, Price received a grant to photograph communes in the Southwest. She headed west with her camera to the Huerfano Valley, eventually settling in Libre, a commune in Colorado, where she lived in voluntary poverty for seven years.

During that time, she took nearly 3,000 photographs, capturing long-haired men, women in self-made peasant attire, psychedelic art, sheaves of marijuana, cast-iron stoves and pre-industrial agricultural practices.

In “Across the Great Divide,” Price has selected the most revealing of those images and presents them in a visual memoir that reflects on her experiences and offers an insider’s look at daily life in the rural commune movement.

Price is an attorney in Albuquerque and is the author of “Huérfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture.”

Hear the Beer Brothers Friday

The Beer Brothers, an acoustic duo that has played together for many years — often with groups such as 48 Straight, the RB&C Band and Casualties of Friendship — will be featured Friday at Root Stock. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters.

The Beer Brothers are influenced by rock and country, with a light touch of the blues. They cover songs from Jimmy Buffett, The Eagles, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guns & Roses, Delbert McClinton and more.

For more information, visit http://rootstockgifts.com.


Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

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