McPherson lives near sunny Winters, writes books set in damp Scotland

Since moving here in 2010, novelist Catriona McPherson has lived on a farm between Davis and Winters. But when she’s working on one of her popular crime novels, her thoughts are transported to the chillier climate of her native Scotland. “The first novel that I wrote here in California (to be published in the next […]

Hear Cold Shot at Sundstrom Hill

Sundstrom Hill Winery will host the band Cold Shot for an afternoon of music and wine by the glass or bottle, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2744 Del Rio Place, off Fifth Street and Peña Drive. Light appetizers also will be available. For more information, call the winery at (530) 574-1296. In addition […]

Point of brew: I’m nervous this holiday, even as I celebrate

This Fourth of July comes in turbulent times. That is expected, I suppose, as it is an election year pumped up with anonymous money, but with the goings-on at the Supreme Court, attacks on civil rights, women’s rights, pension funds, workers in the public sector, teachers, immigrants, education, unions, anti-tax rhetoric and the problems of […]

Family art show features Cuteware Critter Cups, Googie Lace

A midsummer show at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis, features a mother-daughter duo: Heidi Bekebrede, famous for her “Cuteware,” and Lillian Grant, who paints complex, imaginative images on paper. Bekebrede lives her life “like a palette of color,” a news release said. “From dancing, singing and writing to painting, sculpting and teaching […]

From dawn till dusk, Davis has it all on the Fourth

From pancakes to picnics to “pow!” in the sky, Davis residents and their guests will enjoy an old-fashioned, small-town Fourth of July celebration Wednesday. Activities will stretch from dawn till dusk. Fittingly, the day will begin on two wheels as competitive cyclists take to the downtown streets beginning at 7:30 a.m. for the 36th annual […]

Hear folk music of Greece at Village Homes concert

Pasatempo, a band based in Seattle that performs rebetika and other folk music of Greece and the Balkans both locally and nationally, will visit Davis for a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22. They’ll perform at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Tickets are $13 in advance, available online at www.timnatalmusic.com/Timnatal_Music/Upcoming_Concerts.html, […]

Houston novel, ‘Jarhead’ author’s new memoir on UCD reading list

From music and history to beer and poetry, new books by UC Davis authors offer something for every reader this summer. * “Contents May Have Shifted” by Pam Houston (W.W. Norton and Co., $25.95, 320 pages): In her latest novel, bestselling author Houston, a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at […]

Auditions scheduled for talent showcase

Auditions will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, for the Woodland Opera House talent showcase, “You Be the Judge!” The auditions will be at the Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. The talent showcase performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, with a mandatory dress rehearsal for all selected […]

Live Music Collective capitalizes on fans’ energy with Sollee concert

Just the ticket Who: Ben Sollee, a classically trained pop cellist and folk singer; with opening act Elephant Revival When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Tickets: $17 in advance, at Armadillo Music, 205 F St., and www.davislivemusic.com; $20 at the door Davis has become quite a destination for […]

Young flutists enjoy tour of South Korea

The Davis Youth Flute Choir returned last month from a four-city tour of South Korea, where they represented the United States at the World’s Fair, EXPO 2012, in a performance in the fair’s Exposition Hall. They also represented Davis in performances in Sangju, one of Davis’ sister cities, and a nearby city, Daejeon. The choir […]

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 […]