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School district hires new Patwin principal

Thursday’s meeting of the Davis school board included the announcement of a new principal at Patwin Elementary, and the announcement of further tentative agreements involving the Davis Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association. The new principal at Patwin Elementary will be Gay Bourguignon, who served in the Davis school district in several different […]

Tandem Foundation grants support classroom programs

The Tandem Foundation — the philanthropic arm of Tandem Properties, which owns and manages multiple student-oriented apartment complexes in Davis — distributed $30,000 in grants to Davis teachers on Tuesday. The grants will support a wide variety of classroom programs. “The reason I think this is fun is that the grants go directly to the teacher who […]

District, teachers agree on pay raises

Learn more What: Davis Board of Education meeting When: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21 Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Davis cable Channel 17, and as streaming video at www.djusd.tv After learning that the schools will receive more money from the state due to an improved economic climate, the […]

A musical prodigy: 7th-grader Roger Xia excels at piano, violin

When Roger Xia decides to practice music after school, he faces a choice. Will he start with the piano, or the violin? Xia, who just turned 13 in the last few weeks, is quite skilled with both instruments. In February, he was the youngest contestant at the Mondavi Center’s Young Artists Competition — and he won the […]

Canadian company Ballet BC brings contemporary works to Mondavi

Cool things come from Canada, including Ballet BC, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in 1986, Ballet BC has operated since 2009 under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar, formerly a dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, the Frankfurt Ballet in Germany and Ballet BC. The company has earned a growing international reputation for […]

Rigsby to lead University Chorus singing works by Brahms, Mahler

The UC Davis University Chorus will sing its spring-quarter program on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center, with Garrett Rigsby conducting a program dominated by longer works by Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler. Rigsby is a graduate student at UCD, where he works as a teaching assistant, pursuing a master’s degree in conducting. […]

Empyrean Ensemble performs grad students’ compositions

The Empyrean Ensemble will present the second concert in its “Young and Restless” series on Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m. in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. The concert will feature this professional new music ensemble, based at UC Davis, performing recent works by graduate student composers at UC Davis, including: * “up/down” […]

UCD bands conclude season with ‘bacchanal suite’ by John Philip Sousa

The UC Davis Concert Band and Campus Band will combine for their spring-quarter concert on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. The concert is titled “Saluting UC Davis Mondavi Institute — Making Life Better Through Food and Wine,” a theme that will be reflected in several of the musical selections. […]

Cornel West visits Mondavi Center on May 30

Cornel West,  a prominent and provocative academic who is also a well-known political commentator on topics ranging from social justice to race in society, will speak at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1973 (completing his degree in three years) and earned […]

School district, teachers, staff working on contracts in wake of governor’s May budget revision

With the release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revision — boosting state funding for school districts — the Davis school district and the Davis Teachers Association, as well as the California School Employees Association (representing other staff), are working on finishing new contract agreements before the school year ends in June. The May budget revision, released […]

Traditional Japanese music and dance at library, I House

A visiting troupe from northern Japan will present a free performance of traditional Japanese music and dance from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The performers will reprise their concert on Wednesday, May 20, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. […]

Sac City College Davis Center restores courses, registers students

Registration for summer and fall classes is underway at the Sacramento City College Davis Center, with expanded course offerings as community colleges bounce back from many years of state budget cuts. Summer classes will start in mid-June, and fall classes will begin in late August. And according to Don Palm, dean of the Davis Center, […]

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