Davis Music Festival 2

“We just surpassed 2011 wristband sales” Danny texted me the night before the festival. An awesome sign, considering last year we hardly sold any pre sale tickets. I’m happy to report, Davis Music Festival 2 was even better than the original. I was stationed at Delta of Venus from 1pm to 8pm selling wristbands at […]

Korean belly dancing class offered at I-House

All are welcome at a free Korean belly dancing class at 11 a.m. Saturday on the front patio at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The one-hour class will be taught by Jihyun Lim of South Korea, an experienced dance teacher. It promises to be eclectic, and children accompanied by their parents are invited to join […]

Seven-string guitars featured at concert

Matthew Grasso’s sixth annual celebration of the seven-string guitar is planned for Saturday, July 7, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The show starts at 7:07 p.m. A donation of $7 to $21 will be asked at the door. This year’s program will focus on microtonal guitars. Grasso will perform on a 14-note octave […]

Applegate Dance Company show celebrates 20 years in Davis

Check it out What: Applegate Dance Company’s ‘Premiere Showcase’ When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Tickets: $12 in advance at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St.; $14 at the door The Applegate Dance Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary by presenting a “Premiere Showcase” this […]

Weekend fun starts early at RootStock

Thursday is the new Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Complimentary wine and olive oil tasting are offered from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This Friday, check out the Charlie Wade Blues Band from 6 to 8 p.m. The five-member band from Solano County plays 1940s and ’50s harp blues, featuring music […]

Portland indie band visits Sophia’s

Sean Flinn & The Royal We, an indie band from Portland, will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in downtown Davis. They’ll be supporting their new video, “Patient Heart,” from their debut album “Write Me A Novel,” which can be seen at www.seanflinnandtheroyalwe.com. Tristen and Lauren Cole Norton share […]

Retro tunes highlight West Davis picnic

Westlake Plaza invites all comers to its second annual Summer Concert and Parking Lot Picnic on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The shopping center is at 1260 Lake Blvd. in West Davis. The family-friendly event includes a classic car show and live classic rock music by Jan and the Studebakers, playing tunes from the […]

Hear Acoustic S&M in the park Wednesday

Acoustic S&M brings six decades of folk, rock, pop and even a little country music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. The band will play from 5 to 8 p.m. alongside the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The market, open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., is filled with spring […]

Davis Music Festival hits all the right notes

Collect 46 bands, sprinkle them among seven venues in one downtown area and you have the makings for a very successful event.

Danny Tomasello did just that as he orchestrated the second annual Davis Music Festival on Saturday. More than 1,500 people meandered through downtown Davis from 1:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, listening to everything from punk to hip-hop to rock to funk and some styles that defy definition.

“It’s really like a giant puzzle,” said Tomasello, the festival founder. “It’s connecting an artist with a venue, and a venue with a sound.”

From the smiles on people’s faces, Tomasello got it right.

Atop the art world

Marc Lancet of Davis, a professor of three-dimensional art at Solano Community College for the past 25 years, is receiving the Pence Gallery’s Community Artist of the Year Award. It will be presented Friday, July 13, as part of the gallery’s Second Friday ArtAbout celebration. Lancet earned his master of fine arts degree in both sculpture […]

Sing along to ‘Oklahoma!’ at Senior Center

Come sing along to classic tunes from the musical “Oklahoma!” — “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” and “Oklahoma!” — from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Locals will sing along with recordings by Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore […]

Sunday event supports local farmers

The whole family is invited to enjoy food, music and a gorgeous setting at a “Glide Into Summer” fundraiser Sunday evening on the Glide Ranch, 36355 Russell Blvd. west of Davis. Local food and drinks will be available, including a seasonal meal prepared by Monticello Seasonal Cuisine chef Tony Gruska and cupcakes by Let Them […]

‘Brave’: Loses its way

‘Brave’ 3.5 stars Starring (voices only): Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson Rating: PG, and somewhat generously, for rude humor and considerable scary action All Pixar animated films are lush, impeccably mounted productions — every backdrop fine-tuned to the height of available imaging technology, every scene timed […]

It takes Livestrong to build a village

Residents and visitors alike will be seeing a lot of yellow this weekend as the Livestrong Challenge rolls into Davis.

However, there’s a lot to do in town even before the first cyclists pedal out of the Livestrong Village in Central Park on Sunday morning. Riders have a choice of three courses covering 20, 65 and 100 miles.

Davis’ downtown, which will have slightly constricted traffic flow as B Street is shut down between Third and Fifth streets, will otherwise be a hotbed of activities starting Saturday with the Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market takes place in Central Park, Fourth and C streets.