May show at Gallery 625 to feature abstract art

Image creation using oils, wax, digital painting and calligraphy form the artistic foundation for the group show at Gallery 625 this month. The gallery is in the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland. The exhibition is titled “Abstractions: Outside the Lines” and offers an exploration of creative imagery inspired by nature, landscapes and […]

UC Davis stages Havel’s ‘The Memorandum’

Vaclav Havel’s 1965 satirical farce “The Memorandum” will get a 21st-century upgrade for its admission-free UC Davis premiere this week in Wright Hall’s Lab A. The show continues through Saturday, May 19. “The Memorandum,” directed by 2011 dramatic art and film studies graduate Alejandro Torres, meditates on the blunders and headaches of bureaucracy and office culture. […]

Montoya featured artist at YoloArts fundraiser

Malaquias Montoya, a UC Davis professor emeritus in the Chicano Studies department, is the featured artist at Artistic Sensations, a fundraiser for YoloArts. “We are thrilled that Montoya will be attending Artistic Sensations, and showcasing his work,” said Mary Flohr Kaltenbach, event chairwoman. “His distinguished career and art, along with his dedication to education and […]

To the Arctic: Awesome footage, sobering message

Everybody falls in love with the up-close-and-personal footage of a mother polar bear and her two cubs, but my favorite sequence comes as the mom investigates a robot-controlled IMAX camera artfully concealed to resemble a floating chunk of ice. The bear, not fooled by this subterfuge for a second, hauls the contraption out of the […]

Members of San Francisco Symphony present Bach, Handel chamber works

Eight members of the San Francisco Symphony will perform Baroque chamber works by J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The program will feature three of the six Brandenburg Concertos by Bach — Nos. 1, 4 and 5 — as well as the “Water Music” Suite […]

Telemark Dance Troupe showcases local talent

Telemark Dance Troupe, a ballroom dance group featuring students and professionals from the Davis and Sacramento, celebrates its 21st anniversary with its show, “Till the World Ends.” Performances are Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, in Wright Hall Theater at UC Davis. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. […]

Davis Dollars hosts craft fair on May 6

Organizers of Davis Dollars, a community currency, are planning a craft fair with a strawberries theme from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6. It will be at the G Street Shopping Center at Seventh and G streets, just north of the Davis Food Co-op. The event is free and open to the public. […]

Hardwater entertains at Picnic in the Park

Hardwater, a Davis-based band, brings its unique blend of pop, rock, folk and blues to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. They’ll play from 5 to 8 p.m. alongside the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. The local band features Kat Bowden (vocals and mandolin), Johnny Flores (drums), […]

Rominger West Winery presents last Saturday, sustainable style

Rominger West Winery will host Last Saturday, its monthly event, on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at 4602 Second St., Suite 4, in Davis. Wine by the glass will be available starting at $5. Live music will be provided by Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks. This month, the winery is featuring green and sustainable […]

Portrait painting workshop offered at Pence Gallery

The Pence Gallery is hosting an Alla Prima portrait painting intensive mini-workshop this weekend at the gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Students will explore aspects of single-pose portrait study. The fee is $120 ($10 off for members) and covers […]

Immigrants and beer-drinking survivors pass on their genes

* Editors note: This column originally ran in 2006 The popularity of beer and the consequent success of the brewing industry, world-wide, is a result of evolutionary biology and, in the case of our own country, to the mass movement of people to these shores in the nineteenth century. A bold claim. This is a […]

Robinson talks about his latest book, ’2312′

Local writer Kim Stanley Robinson will discuss his newest book, “2312,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at a Davis Astronomy Club meeting at Explorit Science Center, 3141 Fifth St. There are no dues required to be a member of the Davis Astronomy Club. Anyone interested in astronomy is welcome to attend the meeting. Robinson, whose “2312″ […]

DCC participates in Global Art Project for Peace

This week, 15,000 artists, including two groups from Davis, are joining in a worldwide, multicultural celebration of peace and diversity. Organized through the 10th Biennial Global Art Project for Peace, thousands of messages of global goodwill and friendship will simultaneously encircle the Earth as artists exchange their personal expressions of a World at Peace. In […]

Tonight’s Titanic survivor family lecture cancelled

Due to low ticket sales, the Davis Musical Theater Company cancelled tonight’s talk by Joan Randall, the daughter and granddaughter of Titanic survivors. Randall, whose mother was 4 when the ship sank, spent years piecing together her family history. She took a cruise April 15 to the accident site on the 100th anniversary of the […]