NPR’s music show ‘From the Top’ visits Mondavi, showcasing young talent

“From the Top,” NPR’s nationally syndicated showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Capital Public Radio, comes to the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall to record a radio broadcast at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. The show at Mondavi will highlight performances by teen and pre-teen performers who are astonishingly mature in musical terms. The show […]

Contra dances resume, with free beginners’ lessons

All are welcome to enjoy contra dancing Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. A free beginners’ lesson starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dance follows at 8 p.m. The caller is Mavis McGaugh, and music is provided by Right to Parlay — Thomas Angell, Dane Miller, Dan Kluger and Mike Lewinski. A […]

Folk jam planned Oct. 26 on Wyatt Deck

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Wyatt Deck, 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 […]

A night of blues at RootStock

The duo of Charles Oriel and Julia Simon — known as Chicken and Dumpling — will be singing the blues from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Chicken and Dumpling plays the down-home, delta-style blues of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters, in addition to the […]

Jan Peters plays Monday at Village Homes

Jan Peters is the featured performer from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. The occasion is the monthly gathering of the Village Homes Performers Circle. Peters has lived in Davis for many years and performed with local artists Linda Book, Bill Scholer, Joe Craven, Sean […]

Information night for junior highers interested in Madrigals

The Davis High Madrigal Singers invite junior high students to attend an information night/audition at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Choral Room (PA-8) at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Students participating in this outreach program will have the opportunity to attend several rehearsals with the Madrigals, culminating in a performance with the choir at the 44th annual Madrigal Dinner. […]

Winters Theatre Company presents ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Winters Theatre Company will present “Miracle on 34th Street” from Friday, Nov. 16, to Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets for the gala opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, are $15. For all other performances — Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 17 through Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, at 2 […]

Winters hosts Harvest Festival

The Winters Harvest Festival brings local producers and artisans together from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Vendors will be located on the first block of Main Street in downtown Winters. This citywide celebration is sponsored by the Winters Chamber of Commerce in an effort to celebrate the producers of agriculture, arts and crafts […]

An evening benefit of arias and art songs

Baritone Spencer Dodd and mezzo-soprano Noelle Thomson will perform a benefit concert along with pianist I-Hui Chen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Episcopal Church of St Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. While the concert is free, it is an opportunity to donate to the Davis High School choral program. […]

Watercolor exhibit set at Gallery 1855

An exhibition of original watercolors by Joseph Finkleman titled “The Language of Mystery” will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays throughout November at Gallery 1855. The gallery is in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. A free open house and reception for the artist are planned from noon […]

Get warmed up for Halloween with ‘Ghost Stories’ at Acme Theatre Company

As part of its 33rd anniversary season, the Acme Theatre Company presents its 110th show, “In a Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories” by Eric Coble. The story covers the happenings in the apparently abandoned village of Kugosi. With the use of live music, shadow-play and giant puppets, Acme director Emily Henderson weaves humorous and spooky […]

Beyond the Beat melds music and art

Experience a two-day festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz as the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts plays host to the sixth annual Jazz and Beat Festival: Beyond the Beat on Friday and Saturday. This is an opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances and a […]

The Sharks 2.0 swim into Picnic at the Park

The Sharks 2.0 — Day Griffin, slide guitar; Mike Kahn, percussion; and Wayne Vincent, bass — bring their all instrumental renditions of great rock melodies to Picnic in the Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Third and C streets in Davis. The Sharks use a melodic […]

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 […]