Wineaux: Drinking my words, yet again

I’m sitting at a small table with four items on it — a beet salad, a dish of sautéed swiss chard, a glass of an inexpensive Portuguese red blend and a glass of Carneros pinot noir that costs about four times as much. I’ve had the Portuguese wine many times before. I like it. It […]

March 07, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pianist Lara Downes releases new album on Steinway label

Pianist Lara Downes of Davis has a new album on the Steinway and Sons label, titled “Exiles’ Café.” The official release date was Feb. 26. “This album’s inspiration — and title track — is American composer Michael Sahl’s ‘Tango from the Exiles’ Café,’ ” Downes writes in the album’s notes. “I began to fantasize about […]

March 19, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Cashore Marionettes bring music-themed family show to Mondavi

The Cashore Marionettes return to the Mondavi Center on March 15-17 with a family-oriented program titled “Simple Gifts,” a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion and artistic insight, the […]

March 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Elementary Art Show reception set Friday

The Davis Art Center will host a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, spotlighting an exhibit of works by elementary school-age artists from the community. Light finger food will be provided, as well as entertainment. The exhibit is supported by the nonprofit Davis School Arts Foundation. The exhibit opened Monday and will be on […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

‘Tribute’ is right mix of humor and humanity

Check it out What: “Tribute” Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through March 24, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16 Tickets: $25 general, $23 seniors, $15 balcony Info: Call 530-666-9617 or visit www.woodlandoperahouse.org “Tribute” by Bernard Slade — perhaps better known for the play […]

March 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Carolyn Wonderland brings vibrant blues to The Palms on Thursday

Texas-based blueswoman Carolyn Wonderland combines soulful vocals, tremendous guitar-playing, diverse songwriting and a thoroughly engaging stage presence into a deliciously potent whole. Wonderland and her band will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Tickets are $20. Wonderland’s most defining characteristics as a musician and performer are her […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Hear banjos at Atria Covell Gardens

The Sacramento Banjo Band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. Band members play four-string banjos, with clear melody supported by strummed chords, similar to riverboat or Dixieland jazz bands. The concert is free and open to the public.

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Multi-media exhibit on display at Gallery 1855

An exhibition of the photo-based, three-dimensional mixed-media artistic works of Judith Monroe is on display at Gallery 1855 throughout March. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. There is a free open house and artist’s reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Gallery 1855 is in the Davis Cemetery […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Trokanski unveils newest community project

Choreographer Pamela Trokanski and the dancers of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre and The Third Stage present “Serendipity, Parallel Universes, and Opening Pandora’s Box.” The performance opens at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, and continues with 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday, March 22-23. The piece began as an experiment in community choreography, with a […]

March 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Winters theater holds auditions

Auditions for the Winters Theatre Company’s mystery dinner theater production of “An Audition For A Murder” by Lee Mueller will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, and Thursday, April 4, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. in Winters. The play calls for seven women and five men, ages 18 and older. Performance […]

March 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Enroll now for summer Mini-Musicals mini-camps

It’s time now to enroll in two summer Manville Mini-Musicals mini-camps, which will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 15-26, and Aug. 5-16. The camps will end with a performance on the evening of the last day of rehearsal. The first week of rehearsals will take place in the Club Room […]

June 14, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Acme Theatre Company to hold auditions

Acme Theatre Company invites all ninth- to 12th-grade students to audition for its upcoming spring productions of “The Big Guns: Or, Whose Little Lily is She?” and “Bullshot Crummond.” “The Big Guns” is Western radio play full of cowboys, outlaws and saloon girls. “Bullshot Crummond” is zany, loving parody of the British pulp detective-heroes of […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Musicians jazz up Square Tomatoes

Ephraim George and Ken Kemmerling will play 1920s and ’30s jazz from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair in Central Park. George, who plays the clarinet, is a veteran of the San Francisco jazz scene of the ’50s and ’60s, and Kemmerling, who plays the piano and sings, […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD Band performs at Mondavi on March 13

Details What: UC Davis Concert Band When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $12 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 The UC Davis Concert Band will give its Winter Quarter concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for […]

March 07, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,