National honors for local ensemble

Choral conductor Tracia Barbieri submitted a DVD of her Davis-based Vocal Art Ensemble to The American Prize, a nationally based organization “providing evaluation, recognition and reward to America’s finest performing artists, ensembles and composers based on recorded performances.” She was merely hoping for some constructive criticism, but what she got was so much more. Barbieri […]

‘Argo’: The best film Hollywood never made

“Argo” 4.5 stars Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall Rating: R, for profanity and dramatic intensity Truth really is stranger than fiction. The events depicted in “Argo” wouldn’t be believed in a novel; the wild ’n’ crazy premise defies credibility. And yet this bizarre CIA mission actually […]

Davis students aim to dazzle at ‘Everybody Dance Now!’

By Chris Garrison The Davis High School Jazz Choir will host its third annual “Everybody Dance Now!” fundraiser and dance competition at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Advance tickets can be purchased at Watermelon Music: $5 students and $8 general. Tickets will also be available at the door […]

Stretching the limits of functional ceramics at Davis Art Center

The newest exhibit at the Davis Art Center, “Stretching Function,” will showcase 11 clay artists who illustrate how functional ceramic forms can be interpreted, manipulated and metaphorically or literally extended, or “stretched.” The public is invited to view the exhibit and meet the artists from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday during the Second Friday ArtAbout. […]

Point of Brew: Brewers have much to teach us about QC and QA

I hate going into bookstores: It just costs too much to get out. That’s how I came to own a book called “The Price of Civilization” by Jeffrey D. Sachs. I’ve read just enough of this book to know that the price of civilization is high. Sachs’ recommendations, among other things, include these ideas: those […]

‘Enron’ takes fanciful look at real-life collapse

Check it out What: “Enron” When: Through Oct. 21 Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$32; call 916-995-5464 or visit info@capstage.org Those wacky Enron guys are back again, singing and dancing their way into your hearts. Enron, the granddaddy of all bankruptcy cases, is remembered using music, dance and video in a clever play […]

Chris Proctor at Barnyard Acoustic Music Festival

Chris Proctor, winner of the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, as part of the Barnyard Acoustic Music Festival at the Village Homes Community Center, 2653 Portage Bay Ave. East. The concert is co-sponsored by Barnyard Theatre and the UC Davis Friends of Acoustic Music. Proctor, […]

Woodland musical will have you in the ‘Pink’

The Woodland Opera House Theatre for Families presents “Pinkalicious, the Musical,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. The show runs through Nov. 4 with performances Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Based on the children’s book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, “Pinkalicious” is the story of a […]

Emerson show honored with award plus multiple nominations

The drama program at Emerson Junior High is basking in the recognition extended to former Emerson student Sean Pendergrass, who was honored recently with a regional Elly Award for his performance in last May’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Emerson. The show also was nominated in seven other categories in the Ellys’ education division, […]

Spend an evening — or more — at the Vets’

Free concerts in a variety of musical genres, from blues to rock, folk to classical, kick off Saturday at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. The third annual series, dubbed An Evening at the Vets’, is co-sponsored by the city of Davis Community Services Division and Woodland Healthcare Davis. The concerts begin at […]

Sketchcrawl encourages drawing downtown

In the spirit of the California Paint Out and the theme of Artober comes the sketchcrawl on Sunday, Oct. 21. The sketchcrawl is free and open to anyone with an interest in drawing. It’s a good excuse to get out and draw with — and learn from or be inspired by — others who also […]

Outlaw country original Billy Joe Shaver at The Palms on Friday

Billy Joe Shaver, whose music kick-started the vibrant outlaw country music movement, returns to The Palms at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Shaver is widely credited with creating the outlaw country music that grew from Texas, and with playing a vital role in modern honky-tonk and gospel. He is known for his songs “Old Five and Dimers […]

RootStock celebrates the ‘Roots to Wine’ passport weekend

RootStock tasting room, 22 Main St. in Winters, is hosting its second annual passport weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday with the Mike Justis Band. Justis and his band, based in Northern California, have been playing their brand of folk, blues and Americana music for more than 30 years. The band features longtime friends Kathy […]

UC Davis wants input on new art museum

A community forum to discuss the shaping of the UC Davis art museum will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, 303 Third St. in downtown Davis. The development of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is a major undertaking. By the […]