Blues/folk singer releases ‘Hundred Dollar Valentine’ at The Palms on Sunday

By Kate Laddish Blues/folk singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Smither brings his unique style and guitar work to The Palms, 13 Main St., in Winters at 7 p.m. Sunday for a CD release show for “Hundred Dollar Valentine.” Tickets are $25. While many musicians can be categorized easily — by songwriter, instrumentalist, singer or stage presence […]

Stevens shines in ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’

What: ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ Where: Dennis Wilkerson Theater at the R25 Arts Complex, 1721 25th St. (25th and R streets), Sacramento When: 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 25. Tickets: $25 general, $20 students, military, SARTA members and seniors Info: 916-451-5822 The recipe for an […]

Musicians will jam Friday in Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyatt Deck, located on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your […]

Dance Theater of Harlem back after eight-year hiatus

The Dance Theatre of Harlem — which came to town several times under the aegis of the old  UC Davis Presents program in the 1990s — returns at 8 p.m. Friday to Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center. Founded in 1969, the Dance Theatre of Harlem toured widely and became cultural ambassasors, often described as “the first black classical […]

Philharmonia Baroque presents all-Beethoven concert

That’s the ticket Who: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, with pianist Emanuel Ax When: 8 p.m. Wednesday (with a pre-performance talk at 7 p.m. by Nicholas McGegan, conductor) Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $45-$93 general, $22.50-$46.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Curious to hear Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and Fourth Symphony on the sort of instruments […]

Say farewell to the Helladelics

The Helladelics will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of a continued series of traditional and contemporary world music concerts brought to the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East, by TimnaTal Music. This is the group’s final Davis show since the band’s founder, Mary Hofer Farris, will be moving to the East […]

Trokanski presents ‘Dukkha, Dark Matter and Riding on Trains’

A Buddhist belief, a scientific mystery and a train trip to Illinois are the focus of a new dance work by Davis choreographer Pamela Trokanski. The 28th season of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre opens with the premiere of “Dukkha, Dark Matter and Riding on Trains,” a thoughtful and humorous look at impermanence, the great […]

Misfit young man finds his way in ‘Memphis’

If the plot of the new touring Broadway production “Memphis,” now at the Sacramento Community Center, sounds familiar, you may be thinking of “Hairspray.” In “Hairspray,” 1950s misfit teenager Tracy Turnblad loves “Negro music” — which is not played on white stations — becomes a big star on Cincinnati’s version of “American Bandstand” and by the […]

Artists needed for spring studio tour, show

Davis artists who have a studio or space are eligible to join the Davis Art Studio Tour, April 13-14. In addition, The Artery is hosting a two-week gallery show that coincides with the tour. Interested artists should contact Vicki Plutchok before Dec. 15 at vickiplu@yahoo.com or 530-758-2032 to reserve space on the tour. This is not a […]

DAC’s ‘Nutcracker’ features familiar dancers

The Davis Art Center’s full-length ballet production of “The Nutcracker,” which features local dancers and some returning students, will be presented at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. All performances are at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E 14th St. Tickets are $15 per person […]

‘Wreck-It Ralph’: a sweet surprise

Arcade characters get into all sorts of trouble while ‘invading’ other games ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Four stars Starring (voices): John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling Rating: PG, for kid-level rude humor and mild action/violence I haven’t had this much fun since 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” blended classic Disney […]

Mondavi to screen SF Opera’s ‘Magic Flute’ on Monday

The Mondavi Center launches a series of three high-definition broadcasts of San Francisco Opera productions at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, with screening of the 2007 production of the much-beloved opera “The Magic Flute” by W.A. Mozart. Sung in German with English supertitles, the screening runs 2 hours, 54 minutes, including behind-the-scenes interviews with […]

Wineaux’s golds for wonderful local whites

Awards, awards, awards. Nearly every wine I pick up announces itself as award-winning. Nugget has a yearly display of California State Fair winners; shelf-tags tout the San Francisco Chronicle medals; so many smaller competitions exist that I can’t keep track. I’m always suspicious. I want to know how many times the judges tasted each wine, […]

Travis Brass spends at An Evening at the Vets’

The fourth installment of An Evening at the Vets’ brings Travis Brass to the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Travis Brass is the multi-talented brass group of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. From a standard march or traditional brass composition to jazz, ragtime and popular music of today, this […]