Young thespians present ‘Scrooge’

The Davis Art Center Youth Theater will present “Scrooge,” Dorothea Bonneau’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. This fast-paced family holiday drama includes a celebration of both Hanukkah and Christmas. For more information, call the Art Center at 530-756-4100.

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Hitchcock': Not an entirely good eve-ning

“Hitchcock” 3 1/2 stars Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott Rating: PG-13, for violent images, sexual content and dramatic intensity Superb period detail and a strong cast are undercut by odd narrative choices 2012 has been a banner year for Alfred Hitchcock. The […]

‘Pop Stars’ authors will be at Davis bookstore

Davis residents Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March will present their new book, “Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 2,” and sign copies at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Childs and March are co-owners of EditPros LLC of Davis. Artists featured in this second publication — which […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

UCD uncorks an ancient story with a modern twist

Check it out What: “The Bacchae” When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UC Davis Tickets: $17-$19 general, $12-$14 seniors, students and children Info: theatredance.ucdavis.edu It’s a familiar tale. A child is born, supposedly the son of a god. His arrival flanked with revelers and worshipers brings forth a wave of religious […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Musician performs at Covell Gardens

Stan Johnson — a woodwind and brass instrument teacher at Watermelon Music, the Davis Waldorf School and in his private studio — will perform a free holiday concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis resident jams with Stewart at Harlow’s

Al Stewart and Davis resident Dave Nachmanoff will perform together at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Harlow’s, 2708 J St. in Sacramento. Tickets are $25. Stewart, a contemporary of his fellow Scottish countryman Donovan and also Bob Dylan, got his start in the fertile folk scene of London in the late 1960s. On his […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Junior high musicians from Emerson, Harper and Da Vinci perform on Monday

The Emerson-Harper Junior High Orchestras will present its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The Emerson-Harper Intermediate and Advanced Orchestras — including students from Emerson, Harper and Da Vinci Charter Academy — will perform music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Ravel, Clapton and […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Ickes, Hurst team up at The Palms

Two of Nashville’s musical heavyweights, dobro master Rob Ickes and multi-instrumentalist Jim Hurst, will team up at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, for an evening of stellar bluegrass and acoustic music at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Tickets are $20. Yolo County residents are familiar with Ickes, who lived in the area […]

December 07, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: One man’s pint is another man’s poison

Rick Birle of Lake Forest, commenting on an article about the wonders of craft beers in Sunset magazine, writes “… I’m waiting for someone to stand up and say that some, if not many, craft brewed beers are nearly undrinkable.” In various ways I have been saying this to the craft industry for some considerable […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Trokanski takes next step in community choreography

Choreographer Pamela Trokanski and the dancers of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre and The Third Stage are asking local residents to “Name That Dance!” “It’s an experiment in community choreography, where an individual, business, or organization can submit a title for a dance and, if chosen, (we’ll) create a new dance to premiere this spring, […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC’s Storybook Theatre presents Junie B. Jones adventure

Just in time for the holiday season, Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Storybook Theatre invites families to spend some time with everyone’s favorite first-grader, Junie B. Jones, in “Junie B. Jones in ‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!’ ” Based on Barbara Park’s wildly popular children’s series, this stage adaptation follows the hilarious hijinks of Junie B. as […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

University Chorus performs music by Mozart, Beethoven, Lloyd Webber on Friday

The UC Davis University Chorus will team up with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Boychoir for a concert featuring music from three centuries at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. Anchoring the program will be two big works — the Choral Fantasy by Ludwig van Beethoven (Op. 80), and the setting […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Brandenburg Concertos highlight Chamber Music Society concert

The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento will continue its popular tradition of performing Baroque music in December, with a festive all-Bach program to be heard at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. The concert will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1430 J St. in […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Sacramento Choral Society to release new CD at Saturday’s concert

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra return to the venerable Memorial Auditorium at the corner of 15th and J streets in Sacramento for this year’s “Home for the Holidays” concert at 8 p.m. Saturday. The concert will mark the release of the Choral Society’s new CD, also titled “Home for the Holidays,” which was recorded […]

December 05, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,