‘Jack Reacher': This film don’t know Jack

“Jack Reacher” 3 stars Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney Rating: PG-13, for violence, profanity, fleeting nudity and some drug content Popular book series makes a disappointing transition to the big screen By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Director/scripter Christopher McQuarrie’s “Jack Reacher” is a serviceable […]

The Artery hosts ‘Birds of America’

Deborah Lamoreux’s “Birds of America: The Photographs” will be on view until Feb. 6 at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis. This series was inspired by the paintings of James Audubon. After reading a biography of Audubon, Lamoreux decided a worthwhile challenging lifelong project would be to photograph every bird that still exists […]

January 17, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

GLUG returns to Davis

GLUG returns to Davis celebrate its 11-year anniversary with a set starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at The G Street Wunderbar, 228 G St. downtown. Founding members Colin Stambusky (vocals) and Josh Lawson (guitarist) will be joined onstage by longtime drummer Randy Teresi and bassist Ryan Vaughn. Rumor has it that Evan Daily (Zhug) […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Footnote’ screened at International Film Series

“Footnote,” a 2011 Israeli film directed by Joseph Cedar, will be screened Friday 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 no charge, […]

January 02, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged , ,

Qadim Ensemble plays at Village Homes

TimnaTal Music presents Qadim Ensemble at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning “ancient” as well as “that which will come.” The ensemble’s repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Greek, Ladino and Moroccan […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Django Unchained: The West as it should have been?

“Django” 3.5 stars Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Walter Goggins Rating: R, for unrelenting violence and gore, profanity, nudity and considerable ghastly behavior Wretched excesses aside, this campy lark slyly pokes at American race relations By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Since Jews were given the vicarious opportunity to […]

DMTC holds auditions for ‘Urinetown’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company announces auditions for the musical comedy, “Urinetown.” Auditions will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, and Monday Jan. 7. Callbacks will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. The show is directed by Steve Isaacson and is choreographed by Jan Isaacson. All auditions and performances are at DMTC’s […]

December 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Woodland Opera House presents ‘Godspell’

The Woodland Opera House, in conjunction with Kevin and Lorie Haarberg and Roger and Sue Kohlmeir, presents “Godspell” from Jan. 11 to Feb. 3. The musical plays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Jan. 26. The Opera House is at 340 Second St. in […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Folk musicians gather for jam session

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4,  on the Wyatt Deck in the UC Davis Arboretum. Wyatt Deck is on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name […]

December 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Ring in the new year with Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings

The Palms is hosting a New Year’s Eve dance party — complete with a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and all the trimmings — featuring master bluesman Roy Rogers and his band The Delta Rhythm Kings. Tickets for the special New Year’s Eve show, which will start at 9:30 p.m. and last well into […]

December 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Come trailer hoppin’ at The Palms

Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours will return to The Palms at 8 p.m. Friday. This special concert — dubbed “Trailer Hoppin’ at The Palms” — will include special guests, a costume contest and more. Tickets are $28. McClain’s good-humoredly audacious performance style is a hallmark of his shows: from his pompadour hair to […]

December 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Wineaux: 2012 — My year of blissful bubbles

Three years ago, in a pre-New Year’s column, I wrote, “I’m just not a huge fan of champagne,” and concluded the sentiment with “If you’re like me, you’d rather invest in a good red.” I did admit in that early column that bubbly is festive and celebratory and all those good things, but I only […]

December 27, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Hey Now, it’s New Year’s at RootStock

The Hey-Nows! will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The Hey-Nows! are an acoustic duo that merges a power pop attitude with an Americana sensibility to create an engaging style of music that it calls “popabilly.” The duo plays a combination of originals and cover tunes, […]

December 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Les Misérables': A somewhat tarnished dream

‘Les Misérables’ 3 1/2 stars Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, violence and suggestive sexual content One miscast role badly damages an otherwise splendid adaptation of this beloved play By Derrick Bang Enterprise […]