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Sacramento Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ ushers in snow flurries, candy treats

The Sacramento Ballet’s ever-popular “Nutcracker” — replete with falling snow and magical toys that come to life — returns to the Sacramento Community Center Theatre for its annual run, Dec. 12-22. Performances with live music are slated for 1 p.m. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 1 p.m. Dec. […]

Sacramento Choral Society marks CD release with holiday concert

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra presents its annual “Home for the Holidays” concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the historic Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St. in Sacramento. Maestro Don Kendrick, as well as the chorus and orchestra, will be joined by special guest Chester Pidduck (tenor), the Sacramento Children’s Chorus (Lynn Stevens, […]

UCD, Sac State bands team up for Dec. 4 concert

The UC Davis Concert Band will be joined by the Sacramento State Wind Quintet and the UCD Wind Quintet in a concert titled “A Little Song and Dance” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The event will take place in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. The concert will open with the UCD Concert Band, directed by […]

Reduced Shakespeare Company to lampoon holiday traditions in ‘Ultimate Christmas’

The Reduced Shakespeare Company will lay waste to thousands of years of holiday season tradition — religious, commercial and otherwise — with a three-man show titled “Ultimate Christmas” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. The show tells the story of Christmahanukwanzakah, starting  with the trio arriving at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church for […]

‘Breaking Bad’ creator Vince Gilligan to speak at Mondavi

Vince Gilligan — the multiple award-winning creator, writer and executive producer of two moody, exceedingly popular television series, “The X-Files“ and “Breaking Bad”  — speaks at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. A question-and-answer session, moderated by UC Davis faculty member Colin Milburn, will follow. Over the course of his career, Gilligan has garnered […]

Get happy! Pink Martini returns to Mondavi for Christmas concert

Pink Martini — the polished, stylishly-retro pop orchestra from Portland — returns to the Mondavi Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, this time with singer Storm Large, for a concert featuring holiday favorites. Established fans of Pink Martini, who have thronged at Mondavi for the group’s past appearances, know what to expect: bandleader/arranger/pianist Thomas […]

UC Davis Chorus to sing English, American works on Dec. 5

The UC Davis Chorus, joined by members of the UCD Symphony, will present a concert of music by English and American composers at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. Jeffrey Thomas will conduct. Opening the program will be two popular works from the 1990s by American composer Morten Lauridsen, who […]

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, violinist Augustin Hadelich to visit Mondavi

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — a New York-based group that has been performing and recording since 1972 — makes its first visit to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. The concert will feature a return visit by violin soloist Augustin Hadelich, who delighted the local audience when he appeared in 2013 with the San […]

School board hears reports on achievement gap

In a Thursday meeting that was long on information reports, and short on action by the trustees, the Davis school board heard updates on the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan and English Learner programs that illuminated the complexity of the ongoing “achievement gap” between students with differing levels of parent education and income. The school […]

Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O brings jazz versions of holiday tunes to town

Jazz drummer Matt Wilson brings his whimsically titled “Christmas Tree-O” ensemble (a trio, also featuring reedman Jeff Lederer and bassist Paul Sikivie) to the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre for a four-night run, Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 2-5, at 8 p.m. Featured will be jazzy renditions of carols like “Silent Night,” perhaps a fresh arrangement of […]

Staff development funds on school board agenda

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Davis school board will hold a state-mandated public hearing regarding the expenditure of $722,661 in Educator Effectiveness Funds from the state. Also on the agenda are informational updates on plans to replace four aging portable classrooms at North Davis Elementary, on programs serving students who are English learners and […]

After nearly 50 years in downtown Davis, de Luna Jewelers to close

After nearly 50 years in business, de Luna Jewelers will close in January. It will mark the end of an era for many local families, who have sought out de Luna’s for wedding rings, custom jewelry, items associated with the Southwest and Mexico, and more. A going-out-of-business sale starts Thursday. Owner Richard “Dick” Luna was […]

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