Japanese films showcased at Sacramento festival

The Japanese Film Festival returns to Sacramento for its eighth running on July 13-15 at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. The opening movie on Friday night, “A Good Husband,” is about a famous photographer who is jobless and has the marriage blahs. He and his wife commemorate their upcoming divorce at a seaside resort. […]

Mondavi, Crocker Museum present free opera screening

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento will present a free screening of the San Francisco Opera’s production of Puccini’s “La Bohème.” The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in Sacramento’s Crocker Park, 201 O St. The screening follows the Crocker Museum’s […]

UCD Craft Center instructors show their work

The Craft Center Gallery at UC Davis presents “Pottery and Pictures” by Craft Center glass, wood and ceramic instructors Suzanne Gerttula and Andrew Groover. The show opened last week and continues through July 27 in the South Silo Building on the UCD campus. A reception for the artists will run from 5 to 7 p.m. […]

Gallery 625 spotlight shines on art teachers

School may be out for the summer, but for many teachers, a personal passion for the arts keeps them busy all year long. These education professionals teach hundreds of students in public schools around the county throughout the school year. In July, their work will be on exhibit at Gallery 625 at the County Administration […]

It’s red, white and blue time for Davis!

With so many activities packed into the city of Davis’ Fourth of July celebration, residents will look forward to sitting back and watching the fireworks Wednesday evening.

“This is going to be a very exciting year,” said Carrie Dyer, a city of Davis community services supervisor. “The city is working with the Davis Live Music Collective to arrange a great lineup of music and entertainment, including a 90-minute set by Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, who will kick-start the fireworks show by singing his famous ‘Fourth of July’ song.

“I always look forward to seeing the Davis community come together in celebration,” she added.

Festivities kick off bright and early …

Learn the art of origami

The Davis Origami Group will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in the Blanchard room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. First-time folders and more advanced folders are welcome. The first hour will be geared for beginners. For more information, email andrew.hudson13@gmail.com or call (530) 753-6093.

That’s the way it should be, wahoo, yeah!

That’s the ticket What: “Grease,” opening the 2012 Music Circus season Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $30-$60; (916) 557-1999; www.tickets.com SACRAMENTO — It was nice to see the Wells Fargo Pavilion filled to near capacity as Music Circus began […]

‘Magic Mike’: No rabbit in this hat

“Magic Mike” Two stars Starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer Rating: R, for pervasive sexual content, profanity, drug use and fleeting graphic nudity For perhaps 15 minutes, Channing Tatum’s title character seems an honorable fellow, deserving sympathy and worthy of our hope that he might escape […]

The Bard is back for summer productions

Start with moonlight, add an evening breeze, a picnic basket and a bottle of wine. Toss in an outdoor production of a Shakespeare play and you have the recipe for a perfect summer night.

It’s festival season, and there are many choices for theatergoers this year, nearby and farther afield.

Closest to home is the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s ambitious production of “Henry V,” which continues through Sunday, with performances today and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the gazebo at the UC Davis Arboretum.

This gutsy little presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous history plays features just five actors playing multiple lords, dukes and ordinary soldiers, as the action spreads from the royal courts of …

If it’s summer, there must be music

The Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series kicks off with a free outdoor performance by the West Nile Ramblers, playing their unique brand of high-energy Western music, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Rotary Park Gazebo. The park is on Main Street at Railroad Avenue in downtown Winters. With […]

Church hymns and jazz standards go swingin’ together

Check it out What: “Praise Him with Jazz,” a concert by the Jim Martinez Trio featuring Laura Didier When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7 Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $20 adults, $10 youths 17 and under; (530) 666-9617; www.woodlandoperahouse.org “Praise Him with Jazz,” a concert by the Jim Martinez Trio featuring […]

Jam with musicians at Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday 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 your fellow […]

Enjoy wine, jazz at Natsoulas Gallery

Senders Wines of Davis presents wine and jazz nights on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. The next gathering will be Thursday, July 12. “Delight your palate with inviting aromas and rich flavors through wine by the glass or a flight of […]

Ravi Shankar performance canceled

Musician Ravi Shankar has canceled his Oct. 23 performance at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis officials announced Thursday. Shankar’s management company, Opus 3 Artists, provided the following statement: “It is with deep regrets that, due to health issues, Panditji Ravi Shankar must cancel his October 2012 tour. “Mr. Shankar lives for the joy of performing […]