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 […]

Prize-winning young violinist returns to Mondavi for Debut Series concert

That’s the ticket Who: Violinist Stephen Waarts When: 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $40 general, $20 students; www.mondaviarts.org; 530-754-2787 Violinist Stephen Waarts, who won the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition in 2008, when he was 12 years old, returns for a Debut Series recital […]

Original watercolors on display at Gallery 1855

Joseph Finkleman will display his original watercolors titled “The Language of Mystery” throughout November at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. A free open house and reception for the artist runs from noon to 4 p.m. […]

Music on menu for November at Monticello

Mandolin, violin and piano music are all on tap throughout November at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. Bob Wren will play his octave mandolin and violin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, while Ken Kemmerling will tickle the ivories with classic jazz standards and popular tunes and requests on Saturdays. […]

ETHEL string quartet teams with Rundgren for wide-ranging program

The string quartet ETHEL — known for pushing the musical boundaries for the classic combination of two violins, viola and cello — visits the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. And true to form, the group will perform an arrangement of medieval music by a noted California composer, a string quartet version of […]

DHS drama department takes a trip down ‘Avenue Q’

‘I’ is for information What: “Avenue Q” Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 2-3, and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 Tickets: $16 general, $8 students Info: dhsdrama.net The Davis High School drama department will open its fall season at 7 p.m. Friday with […]

Concerts benefit Davis school music programs

The 24th annual Harmony in Our Lives benefit for Davis school music programs will take place on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1:30 and 4:15 p.m. at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Each show will feature several local choirs, with the 1:30 p.m. performance showcasing the César Chávez Elementary, […]

Commander Cody brings boogie-based rock to The Palms on Thursday

Commander Cody, the piano-pounding frontman of the legendary Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen and more, returns to The Palms at 8 p.m. Thursday with his current band for a high-energy evening of old favorites and new fare. Tickets are $20. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen carved out their own niche in […]