‘Alex Cross’: Impossible to bear

“Alex Cross” 2 stars Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Cicely Tyson, Carmen Ejogo, John C. McGinley, Jean Reno Rating: PG-13, and somewhat generously, for considerable nasty violence, disturbing images, profanity, sexual content, drug references and nudity Popular book series is ill-served by vicious, noisy action flick By Derrick Bang Enterprise film […]

Who’s afraid of ghosts?

Spooky tales from across the sea make up Acme Theatre Company’s “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 stories of the village’s […]

Sign up now for a mini-musical

The Manville Mini-Musicals program, which moved this fall from the Davis Art Center to the Veterans’ Memorial Center, is offering its second Mini-Musical at the new location with the popular family musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” This collection of songs will include selections from “Wicked” and also from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s recent revamp of the […]

Southern flavor caps off Picnic in the Park

Catfish and the Crawdaddies bring their Americana roots music to the last Picnic in the Park from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Third and C streets in Davis. Catfish and the Crawdaddies — which includes Stan Powell (harmonica), Ray “Catfish” Copeland (lead guitar and vocals), […]

Fulks, Red Meat bring alt-country to The Palms Friday Oct. 19

By Kate Laddish Alternative-country songwriter and performer Robbie Fulks will be on “30 Rock” Thursday night and then Friday, Oct. 19, at 8:30 p.m., he’ll bring his music to The Palms, 13 Main St., in Winters. Fulks will perform as a duo with guitarist Robbie Gjersoe and then team up with rockabilly honky-tonkers Red Meat. Tickets are $20. […]

Wineaux: Vini —Veni, Vidi, Vici

The California Legislature should declare “wine-tasting” the official state pastime. Nearly every fundraiser, for example, now has a wine-tasting component, often featuring local wines and their makers. We take for granted that wineries themselves offer their red, white and rosé beauties for potential customers to try. (Vineyards in a remote location? No problem, just open […]

House concert Nov. 3 benefits Friends of the River

N Street Music will host a benefit house concert at the N Street Cohousing common house on Saturday, Nov. 3. The show will feature three renowned guitarists — Magic Brook, Rex Richardson and J. Cedar Seeger — each playing solo acoustic sets of original music in support of Friends of the River, California’s statewide river […]

Haunted Forest springs up in Winters for third year

The Winters Haunted Forest, 9084 Winters Road, returns for its third year of frights and fun bigger and scarier than ever. Designed for adults and teenagers, the Haunted Forest — which last year ran for four nights — is open for 10 nights this year, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays through Oct. […]

Gala premiere for second season of Sundays at the I-House

Last year’s hugely successful series of musical fundraisers benefiting International House, Davis, returns with a new name for its next season of multicultural open-mic/featured performer events. All ages are invited to the gala Halloween-themed premiere from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, of Sundays at the I-House, 10 College Park. Last season’s shows spotlighted […]

Jane’s Addiction rocks at Mondavi on Saturday

That’s the ticket Who: Jane’s Addiction When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $49.50-$59.50; www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787 In music trends, everything old is new again. Bands of the early 2000s made 1980s synth-pop cool. Now, ‘90s alternative rock is back in fashion. Who better to celebrate this trend than the originators […]

Yolo Mambo to play at Ketmoree

The world jazz sounds of Yolo Mambo can be heard from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ketmoree Thai Restaurant, 238 G St. in downtown Davis. Yolo Mambo blends spicy cha-cha, jazz, bossa nova, samba, salsa and folk with the dynamic vocals of Catherine LeBlanc in multiple languages. Completing the instrumental and vocal backing are […]

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 […]