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Actress, comedian adds singer to her résumé with show tunes tour

TV fans know Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, the wickedly funny cheerleading coach on the series “Glee,” which ran from 2009 to 2015, picking up several Emmy Awards. Movie fans know Lynch for films as diverse as the 2005 mass-market sex comedy “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” to the more highbrow 2009 comedy-drama “Julie and Julia.” Lynch came […]

Pianist back for ‘homecoming’ concert at Crocker

Pianist Andrei Baumann — who grew up in Davis — returns for a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. in Sacramento. Baumann was a student in the Spanish Immersion program during that program’s early years at North Davis Elementary, and went on to study at Emerson Junior High […]

Taggers spray-paint Holmes

The campus of Holmes Junior High School was tagged with spray paint graffiti in multiple locations, apparently on Thursday night. School secretary Jan Chandler noticed the graffiti when she arrived on Friday morning. The school district administration was alerted, and Superintendent Winfred Roberson walked the grounds with campus custodian Doug Kuntz. They found spray-paint graffiti on […]

Robinson’s ‘Aurora’ explores classic sci-fi, with an eye toward science

Meet the author Who: Kim Stanley Robinson will talk about and sign copies of “Aurora” When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 17 Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Kim Stanley Robinson’s new novel “Aurora” takes up a concept that science fiction writers have explored for decades — the challenges faced by passengers on spaceship making a […]

Davis students reading more nonfiction at school — and not just in English classes

Teachers and administrators in the Davis school district are incorporating more nonfiction into English classes — and classes in other subjects as well — as the Davis district implements the Common Core academic standards. “Our students read challenging nonfiction (during classes held) throughout the school day, and it all ‘counts’ toward meeting Common Core standards,” said Kelly Wilkerson, […]

Local actor plays Romeo, in Elizabethan regalia, to boot

Check it out What: Sacramento Shakespeare Festival production of “Romeo and Juliet” When: 6 p.m. Sunday, July 12; 8 p.m. Friday, July 17; 6 p.m. Sunday, July 19; 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25; 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. Where: William Carroll Amphitheatre, next to Fairytale Town in Sacramento’s William Land […]

Parents line up to sound off on AIM

The Davis school district’s AIM/GATE program (Alternative Instructional Model, formerly titled Gifted and Talented Education) was the only item on the agenda for Thursday night’s special meeting of the school board. The trustees heard two hours of comment regarding the program, then made a few remarks themselves. No vote was taken: the item had not […]

Music recital hall going up

Construction is moving ahead on the Ann E. Pitzer Center at UC Davis, which includes a 399-seat music recital hall that will also be used as a classroom and lecture hall. The new 17,500-square-foot building, named after 1958 UCD graduate Ann Pitzer — who left a $5 million bequest to support construction — is next […]

School board slates discussion of AIM/GATE issues

Details Who: Davis Board of Education hearing community input on the school district’s AIM program When: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9 Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Davis cable Channel 17 and as live streaming video at www.djusd.tv The Davis school board will hold a special meeting Thursday to hear public comment […]

Davis High student wins first prize in Princeton play writing contest

Kanishk Pandey, who will be starting his senior year at Davis High School this fall, made his youthful debut on the nation’s literary landscape by winning first prize in Princeton University’s Ten-Minute Play Contest in June. The rules of the competition are fairly simple. The contest is open to 11th-graders who may submit only one […]

Aerial performers to show their skill on — and above — the stage

Aerial show What: Equilibria Aerial Art Show When: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11 Where: Davis High School’s Brunelle Performance Hall, 315 W. 14th St., Davis Tickets: $15. Daring aerial performers will be “flying” in Davis High School’s Brunelle Performance Hall on Saturday, July 11, as the third annual Equilibria Aerial Art Show will present artists who perform on […]

Cannery announces base prices for homes in two neighborhoods

The New Home Company has announced the base-level pricing for new homes in two neighborhoods at The Cannery, where model homes are expected to open in August. The Cannery is a 547-unit mixed-use development on the site of the former Hunt-Wesson cannery at Covell Boulevard and J Street in East Davis. The New Home Company, […]

Davis Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ brims with pranks and parties — but begins with disaster at sea

Check it out What: “Twelfth Night,” part of the Davis Shakespeare Festival When: The show alternates with the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 2 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $25 general, $20 students/seniors, $15 children 12 and younger; call 530-802-0998 or visit www.shakespearedavis.org Shakespeare festivals, large […]

Audiences will solve whodunnit in ‘Drood’

The Davis Shakespeare Festival turns tp Charles Dickens in the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which opened Friday and continues through Aug. 2, in repertory with “Twelfth Night.”

The show is based on the novel that Dickens was still writing (and publishing in serial form) at the time he was felled by a stroke in 1870. Dickens, alas, left behind no notes indicating how the mystery of Edwin Drood’s disappearance would be resolved.

And since the author didn’t provide an ending, songwriter Rupert Holmes developed an interesting …

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