Ravi Shankar performance canceled

Musician Ravi Shankar has canceled his Oct. 23 performance at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis officials announced Thursday. Shankar’s management company, Opus 3 Artists, provided the following statement: “It is with deep regrets that, due to health issues, Panditji Ravi Shankar must cancel his October 2012 tour. “Mr. Shankar lives for the joy of performing […]

Lucky sevens for Grasso guitar concert

Matthew Grasso’s sixth annual celebration of the seven-string guitar is planned for Saturday, July 7, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The show starts at 7:07 p.m. A donation of $7 to $21 will be asked at the door. This year’s program will focus on microtonal guitars. Grasso will perform on a 14-note […]

Mondavi adds Costello, Sedaris and Pilobolus

Three acts that have acquired a local following over the past 10 years — singer/songwriter Elvis Costello, author and humorist David Sedaris, and the acrobatic, visually imaginative Pilobolus Dance Theatre — will return to the Mondavi Center as “just added” events during the 2012-13 season.

Costello will present another intimate solo perform on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Tickets are $35 to $65. His previous appearance at Mondavi was a well-attended solo show in April 2010.

Performances by this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer are prized by fans, with material ranging from new songs to hits spanning a career of 30-plus years, often including one or two songs from as far back as his 1977 debut album “My Aim Is True.”

Oldies but goodies

Westlake Plaza invites all comers to its second annual Summer Concert and Parking Lot Picnic on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The shopping center is at 1260 Lake Blvd. in West Davis. The family-friendly event includes a classic car show and live classic rock music by Jan and the Studebakers, playing tunes from the […]

Don Shor: Answering questions to grow better gardens

I heard the “climate zones” have changed because things are getting hotter. Which zone are we in now? Recently the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones were changed to reflect the warmer winters that have been observed in many parts of the country. No changes were made to California zones, because winter temperatures have not warmed in […]

STC Cabaret series highlights Broadway favorites

The sixth annual Broadway Cabaret Series at the Sacramento Theatre Company features something old, something new and something bluesy. STC creates a cozy atmosphere as it transforms the lobby into an intimate venue for its cabaret productions, which are various collections of timeless favorites. Season subscriptions are available for the 2012-13 season, which includes a […]

STC presents miracles, midsummer and masters

Mutts, miracles and mischief highlight Sacramento Theatre Company’s 2012-13 season. The STC, which is now selling season subscriptions, has put together a mix of familiar standards and first-time productions that feature music, laughter and drama. Kicking off the season is “The Miracle Worker,” which runs Oct. 3-28. This retells the well-known story of Annie Sullivan […]

Wineaux: Revisiting the old college plonk

Gallo, Almaden and friends have a lot to answer for. They’ve made us all suspicious of some of the most delicious wines in the world. I have, for example, been pouring a lovely Laroche petit Chablis at Monticello wine-tastings on Tuesday afternoons. “Chablis?” people often ask, incredulous. “I don’t think I like Chablis.” After we […]

Scholer returns to liven up Thursday

Bill Scholer returns from Japan to release his solo CD “Haunted Highway” at Thursday Live! on July 5. Thursday Live! is sponsored by the Davis Odd Fellows and takes place on the first Thursday of each month at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is […]

Mural mania

Artist Victoria Smith paints herself last week in a mural adorning the north wall of Original Steve’s Pizza, 314 F St. Also depicted are several other artists who are adding their personal touches to downtown Davis, including gallery owner John Natsoulas (holding flag) and William Maul (carrying a tray on his back). This spring, Maul completed […]

Turn trash into treasure at Junk 2 Genius contest

By Tiva Lasiter Sign up your group now to compete in Junk 2 Genius 2012, the Davis Art Center’s fourth annual “sculpt-off” in which participants race against the clock to create quirky, unique art out of trash. A fundraiser for the Art Center, the event is a great bonding experience and a fun, creative way […]

Auditions set for ‘Pinkalicious’

The Woodland Opera House will conduct auditions for “Pinkalicious,” a new musical based on the popular children’s book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, at 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, July 15-16. The theater is at 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Callbacks will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. All auditioners are asked to […]

‘Hairspray’ cast wins our hearts

Details What: “Hairspray” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, through July 15 Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 per person for groups of 10 or more; www.dmtc.org, (530) 756-3682 You just can’t stop the beat going on at the Davis Musical Theatre Company these days. […]

‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Music Man’ highlight summer season

“Grease: The Musical” opens the 2012 Sacramento Music Circus season this week, presented by California Musical Theatre. This summer’s lineup also features “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” July 10-22; “The Music Man,” July 31-Aug. 5; “Fiddler on the Roof,” Aug. 14-19 and “Crazy for You,” Aug. 28-Sept. 2. The company has changed its traditional system of […]