‘Arbitrage’: A fascinating, high-stakes poker game

“Arbitrage” Four stars Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Nate Parker, Laetitia Casta, Stuart Margolin Rating: R, for profanity and brief drug use Alfred Hitchcock was famous for this trick. Deranged Robert Walker, intended to plant incriminating evidence — a cigarette lighter — to unjustly implicate Farley Granger in a murder, accidentally […]

Fall Festival is Oct. 27 in Central Park

The Davis Farmers Market Fall Festival — from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 — is a chance for kids to break out their costumes a tad early and wander around Central Park in Davis. This free family event includes a kids costume parade, sponsored by Sutter Davis Hospital, at 11 a.m. on […]

Mm, Mm, Good to perform at Village Homes

The Davis quartet Mm Mm Good — which includes Ron Goldberg, Wendy Silk, Meri and Meg Alison — is the featured act for Monday, Sept. 24, at the Village Homes Performers Circle. With deep roots in the Davis community, these multi-instrumentalists and singers have performed at the Davis Farmers Market, various local restaurants, charity events and […]

‘Georgia O’Keeffe’ will be screened for International Film Series

“Georgia O’Keeffe,” a 2009 made-for-TV movie directed by Bob Balaban, will be screened Friday, Sept. 21, as part of the International Film Series. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m. There is […]

Magician performs at storytelling time Sunday at I-House

“The Amazing Mr. Hasbeen” will return at 2 p.m. Sunday to perform for the International House Children’s Storytelling Program. Mr. Hasbeen is a magician who is known to many in Davis as Mark Nemmers, the owner of the former downtown bookstore Bogey’s Books. His clever magic show is designed to appeal to children and adults. […]

Point of Brew: Food for thought at Fallen Leaf Lake

Once in awhile one gains a new perspective, a slightly different way of looking at the world or a new appreciation for ideas one previously thought were settled and done. Turns out the factoids of life are not, even in those of advanced age, necessarily un-moveable. Three things changed for me, just a little bit, […]

Hear Spangler Band at winery Thursday

Helen and Tim Spangler, aka the Spangler Band, will play from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sundstrom Hill winery, 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch. Their repertoire includes folk, rock, Americana and alternative music, with the focus on melody-driven songs. “Join them in the barrel room for an evening of music and […]

See the art of preserving history in Woodland

A multimedia arts festival and celebration of the diverse and layered history of the Cache Creek Preserve runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, 34199 County Road 20, in Woodland. The “Restore/Restory: A People’s History Project,” co-sponsored by the UC Davis Art of Regional Change and the […]

Lara Downes, Davis High students to present benefit concert

The 88 KEYS Foundation and the Davis Schools Orchestral Music Association are presenting a back-to-school benefit concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School. Proceeds will benefit music education in the Davis schools orchestra program as well as strengthen small music programs in local schools. The concert […]

Ambitious season on tap for DMTC

Check it out What: “City of Angels” When: Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 2; Fridays and Saturdays, 8:15 p.m; Sundays, 2:15 p.m Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company, 607 Peña Drive Cost: $18 general, $16 students/seniors Info:  530-756-3682 or www.dmtc.org Steve Isaacson, general manager and company leader, is very excited about the Davis Musical Theatre […]

Free movies in the park on Saturdays

The Davis Sunset Rotary announces its Movies in the Park schedule for the fall. This free event is presented on a large inflatable screen in Central Park at sunset. “The Wizard of Oz” shows Saturday, Sept. 15, followed by “Back to the Future” on Saturday, Sept. 29, and finishing up with “Shrek” on Saturday, Oct. […]

Auditions to be held for two Acme productions

Acme Theatre Company invites all ninth- through 12th-grade students to audition for its upcoming fall production of “In A Grove” and its winter production of “Radium Girls.” “In a Grove” is a collection of spooky, wistful and humorous Japanese ghost stories. “Radium Girls” is the true story of the young women workers who challenged the […]

Los Straitjackets, Big Sandy bring surf and rockabilly to The Palms

By Kate Laddish Los Straitjackets has a well-deserved reputation for zany yet musically spot-on surf music with a twist. Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys dish up rockabilly and have been inducted to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. These two bands are frequent collaborators, and will be appearing in a double bill/CD release show for […]

Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples kick off Mondavi’s 10th anniversary celebration

Blues artist Bonnie Raitt and gospel/soul singer Mavis Staples will perform at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, launching several weeks of concert marking the performing arts center’s 10th anniversary. Raitt and Staples are touring together in what Raitt has described to some interviewers as a “soul sister extravaganza.” Staples takes the […]