Award-winning blues artist Janiva Magness to sing at The Palms

Janiva Magness — one of the premier blues and R&B singers — was recently nominated for five top Blues Music Association awards and will bring her powerful voice and charismatic stage presence to The Palms Playhouse at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Tickets are $20. No wanna-be blueswoman, Magness has the kind of life experiences […]

A cappella show set Friday at UC Davis

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air and hearts are ready to sing. On Friday, The Afterglow men’s a cappella group of UC Davis will present their second annual valentine show, “Lights Low with The Afterglow,” in Sciences Lecture 123 at UCD. The show begins at 8 p.m. and will […]

‘Legacy’ opens at Davis Community Gallery

The Davis Community Gallery will host an exhibit of oil paintings by Winters artist Jaime Montiel through May 3 at the gallery inside the Davis Community Clinic, 2051 John Jones Road. There is an artists’ reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Montiel was born in Brooks and grew up in Winters. The […]

‘Urinetown’ opens at Davis Musical Theatre Company

“Urinetown,” the Tony Award-winning musical with the self-proclaimed terrible title, parodies everything from musicals to corporations and government and comes to Davis Musical Theatre Company, Feb. 22-March 17. Directed by Steve Isaacson with musical direction by Jonathan Rothman and choreography by Pam Lourentzos, “Urinetown” is a satirical comedy musical that pokes fun at everything, from […]

Guitar ensemble series is Friday

The Davis Art Center’s fourth annual Classical Guitar Ensemble Series kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday with a performance by guitar and oboe ensemble D’Amore Duo. Featuring guitarist William Feasley and oboist Yeon Jee Sohn, the duo has released three critically acclaimed recordings and performed around the globe to enthusiastic reviews. D’Amore Duo was founded […]

Looking for vinyl? Take a spin by the Music Fair

Audiophiles on the hunt for rare records, CDs and cassette tapes should check out the Armadillo Music and KDVS 90.3 FM Vinyl and Music Fair from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. in Davis. Admission and parking are free. This is the second music fair being held […]

HellaCappella showcases collegiate singing groups

Check it out What: HellaCappella, featuring a cappella singing groups from regional universities When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $12 general, $9 students; mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787. Tickets at the door: $15 general, $12 students A cappella singing will be showcased at the ninth annual HellaCappella, a […]

‘Art of Painting’ conference set in Davis

The fourth annual “Art of Painting” conference and workshop will take place March 8-9 at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. John Seed, an art writer and professor, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. His blog on the Huffington Post gets more hits than any other writer in his field, Natsoulas […]

Wineaux: Still searching for the interesting/unusual bottle

In the middle of dinner prep, our guests — son Jakob and his friend Darsie — arrived from Truckee, eager to do a little wine-tasting before our happy-birthday-dear-Jakob celebration. I sent them off to Vini, promising to meet up as soon as I finished the salad. When I arrived, they were sitting at the bar, […]

Former UCD standout shines in ‘The North Plan’

Check it out What: “The North Plan” Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24 Tickets: $22-$32 general Info: Call 916-995-5464 or visit www.capstage.org I have watched, with great pleasure, the development of Katie Rubin as a performer, since I […]

Baldini to conduct Camellia Orchestra on Saturday

Christian Baldini, familiar to Davis audiences as the conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, will lead his other regional orchestra, the Camellia Symphony, in Sacramento at 8 p.m. Saturday. The concert will take place in the newly refurbished performing arts center at Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd. On the program will be the Prelude to […]

Grateful Dead collaborator exhibits art in Davis

Bob Bralove, who worked as a producer and sideman with the Grateful Dead during the 1990s, will exhibit his paintings at the Davis Cemetery’s Gallery 1855 during February. An open house with the artist is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the gallery at the Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line […]

Acrobatics and gadgets galore at Mondavi matinee

Cirque Mechanics — a touring company inspired by the modern circus, with a charming dash of American rawness — finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity. Its performances are rooted in realism, presenting stories wrapped in circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders and a bit of clowning around. Their program at the Mondavi […]

Perlman, de Silva return to Mondavi to play landmark sonatas

Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman, who appears at the Mondavi Center on an almost annual basis, and is showing no signs of slowing down at age 67, returns at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, with his longtime recital partner, pianist Rohan de Silva. For this visit, they will be performing an early Beethoven sonata (Opus 12, […]