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Melissa Manchester to perform at Woodland Opera House

Check it out What: “A Musical Evening with Melissa Manchester and Vatrena King” When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 Where: Woodland Opera House, 320 Second St., Woodland Info: https://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1816455 Grammy winning singer-songwriter-actress Melissa Manchester is only tired of being asked one question. “How did you get your start?” With a career spanning decades and punctuated with hits, […]

June 18, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Fiddling After 40: Staying young through music

On a rainy Saturday morning, the lofted room filled with the miscellaneous notes of stringed instruments being tuned and the voices of eager players.

One cellist sits, with the face of a model student, back straight and instrument ready, face fixed on the director. Nervous fingers play across the strings and tuning knobs of the cello next to her. In the back, viola players chatter.

“OK, I’m in tune. Anybody want to use my tuner?” director Sue MacDonald calls to the group.

Waldorf coach teaches lessons for life on and off the court

“At this point, I look … and there are all those little moments where your life could go this way or that way,” said Brian Wolfe, who doesn’t fit the stereotype of the larger-than-life basketball coach. The soft-spoken and slight coach has made his personal mission to help shape young lives one shot at a time. […]

March 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis teen writes young adult murder mystery

Meet the author Who: Anny Schmidt, presenting her novel, “Hidden in San Francisco” When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. For most teens, an eighth-grade report is a necessary evil. For Anny Schmidt, it was a chance to tackle her life’s purpose. Anny’s class project for her graduation year at Davis […]

September 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Wash your tension away with Watsu

Imagine your senses taking a temporary vacation. Soft white light floats beyond your closed lids. Music filters toward your ears as though muffled by a pillow. Your muscles are given a reprieve from gravity as you float in a warm cocoon.

Assuming that you didn’t experience a fatal run-in with a motor vehicle in a schmaltzy 1970s romantic comedy, chances are you are undergoing a Watsu session.

If you are in Davis, that session is probably taking place in the serene, yurt-covered pool of Laurie Loving, owner of Loving Aquatic Bodywork and a licensed Watsu practitioner.

‘It’s never too late to pursue your dreams’

Some people hit the dreaded 4-0 and submit to a half-hearted celebration with some black balloons. Others, like Davis resident Heidy Kellison, take action. Says Kellison, who writes The Enterprise’s “Personal Shopper column, “When you turn 40, you kind of re-evaluate what you’re doing in your life.” Kellison had been a jazz dancer through high school […]

September 25, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Funny ha-ha: Davisite hits it big with SF Sketchfest

The talent credits for the 2012 San Francisco Sketchfest read like a who’s who of modern comedy. Eddie Izzard, Drew Carey, Amy Poehler — the list of performers for the 17-day comedy festival (Jan. 19-Feb. 4) seems endless.

“We’ve over-programmed this thing like crazy. There’s so much going on at once,” Sketchfest co-founder Cole Stratton says with a pleased laugh when reached by telephone.

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Comedy | Tagged ,

Local author’s success is no mystery

The first thing that Davis mystery novelist John Lescroart would like people to know about Tuesday’s launch party for his latest novel, “The Hunter,” is that everyone is invited. Yes, everyone.

“I hope everybody comes,” Lescroart said several times during an interview in his downtown Davis office.

Though he describes finding a local venue large enough for a book-signing to be “challenging” in the wake of the closure of Borders Books & Music, Lescroart’s enthusiasm for the event at the Odd Fellows Hall downtown is infectious.

“There’ll be food and wine, and we’re going to have a band. And lots of books,” he said. “It’s a really great location. It ought to be a blast in the night.”

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

A world away from Los Angeles, but ‘it is well with my soul’

Hear more What: Gratitude Concert featuring Vatrena King, with guest Laura Sandage When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., downtown Davis Tickets: $20 general, $10 children, available at Armadillo Music, 205 F St.; Davis Waldorf School, 3100 Sycamore Lane; or at the door One might not expect homespun lessons on gratitude and […]

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

Waldorf School celebrates a quarter-century

Keep it simple What: An evening with educator and family counselor Kim John Payne, author of “Simplicity Parenting” When: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: A $5 donation is suggested; to reserve a seat, call the Davis Waldorf School at (530) 753-1651 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/193631 Driving north from […]

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