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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 …

School board examines plans for MPR replacement

On Thursday night, the Davis school board looked at conceptual drawings of a possible new building to replace the school’s old MultiPurpose Room, which was demolished a couple of years ago. The trustees liked the preliminary sketches for a new building. But mostly, the trustees wanted to make sure they could pay for the project. […]

After a torrid spring, Davis real estate market cools down

The Davis real estate market heated up early this year, with home sales reaching a frantic pace in March and April. Sales of Davis homes were up about 10 percent as compared to the same time last year, and prices were up, too. And there were multiple offers on many properties — including some all-cash offers. […]

AIM supporters rip recent board decisions

Supporters of the AIM/GATE program spoke for 90 minutes at Thursday’s school board meeting, angry over votes earlier this month to end private testing for AIM eligibility and not to rehire the longtime program coordinator. Several speakers called on the board to renew Deanne Quinn’s variable services agreement. One also said he might campaign against future […]

School board to hear update on Davis High MPR, adopt LCAP and budget

The Davis school board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday — an hour earlier than usual — to finish up several tasks that must be completed before the end of June. The meeting is in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The board will be asked to approve the Davis school district’s Local […]

School board approves climate survey, ratifies contracts

In action taken during late Thursday by the Davis school board, the trustees approved  a school climate survey, approved recently negotiated salary increases for teachers and staff (as well as similar salary increases for administrators and confidential employees) and held state-mandated public hearings on the district’s adoption budget and Local Control Accountability Plan. The  board: * […]

School board hears more on AIM

The Davis school board heard an hour of public comment about the AIM program (Alternative Instructional Model, formerly known as GATE) during Thursday evening’s meeting, referencing the trustees vote on June 4 directing staff to draw up a plan recommending several changes in the program. On a separate portion of the agenda, the school board […]

Davis native takes over L.A. Music Center

Rachel Moore — a 1982 graduate of Davis High School who joined the American Ballet Theatre as a dancer, and later became ABT’s top business executive — will be the next president and CEO of the Los Angeles Music Center. Her appointment was reported Wednesday in the Los Angeles Times. Moore will start her new job in […]

Trombonist Jon Hatamiya back in town for June gigs

Trombonist and bandleader/composer Jon Hatamiya, who graduated from Davis High several years ago (and has since gone on to a career in jazz), has a number of Northern California dates coming up later this month: With the Jon Hatamiya Sextet/Quintet, he will be playing: * June 19: Birdland Jazzista Social Club, 4318 Martin Luther King Jr. […]

Double your Devils? DHS graduates multiple multiples

The Davis High School Class of 2015 included an unusually large number of twins — and a set of triplets — according to Davis High’s newspaper, The Hub.

In its June 5 issue, The Hub ran a two-page photo spread with pictures of 17 sets of twins from this year’s graduating class, plus triplets Christina, Jessica and Margaret Roeckl Navazio. The Hub also elaborated that of the 17 sets of twins, six sets are girl/boy, five sets are girl/girl, and six sets are boy/boy.

Does 17 sets of twins break (or tie) a record?

No summer break for School Board

The 2014-15 school year may have wrapped up last week, but the Davis school board faces an ambitious agenda for Thursday’s meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Among the item up for action and/or discussion: * A public hearing on the school […]

DSIS graduates its largest class ever

Students at the Davis School for Independent Study are, as you might expect, an independent-minded lot, who came to DSIS because they liked the school’s opportunities for a more individualized style of education. But the students — who received diplomas in Thursday afternoon’s graduation ceremony at Davis High School’s Brunelle Theatre — also stressed that their school […]

King High School crowns its graduates

Some of the students wearing cap-and-gown at Martin Luther King High School’s graduation ceremony had begun their senior year behind in credits, and worked hard to make up lost ground in order to receive their diplomas on time.

Several others were graduating during their junior year, having buckled down and completed all of the requirements a year ahead of schedule.

Still others had come to King because they wanted to get away from the big-school, fast-paced atmosphere at Davis High.

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