Elementary string students invited to Saturday workshop

Second- and third-year elementary school string musicians are invited to participate in the school district’s annual Elementary School Strings Workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Holmes Junior High, 1220 Drexel Drive in Davis. This free afternoon session is full of fun new music, as elementary students work with the eighth- and ninth-grade orchestra […]

Trokanski’s dancers are ‘Negotiating Meaning’

Check it out What: “Negotiating Meaning,” a spring performance by Pamela Trokanski’s three dance companies When: 3 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27-28 Where: Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place, Davis Tickets: $12 each, available in advance at the dance studio or 30 minutes before each show Info: (530) 756-3949 Three […]

Iconoclastic singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked will play in Winters

Singer, songwriter and musician Michelle Shocked — described as one of the most unique, passionate, radical, sophisticated and creative artists of the past 20 years — will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at The Palms Playhouse in Winters. Shocked refers to herself as “a sophisticated hillbilly” but musically, it’s tough to pin her […]

UCD students present ‘The Midnight Club’

“The Midnight Club: what we are is where we’ve been” is a participatory late-night ritual investigating intimacy, presence, existence and desire. The performance, directed by Sean Feit, a musician and dancer in the Performance Studies Graduate Group at UC Davis, will be presented from 9 to 11 p.m. Wednesday in Nelson Hall on the UCD […]

Chicken & Dumpling on the menu at RootStock

RootStock in downtown Winters is cooking up some Friday night fun. On the menu is music by Chicken & Dumpling, wine-tasting and tasting of fresh local olive oil. Chicken & Dumpling, a down-home delta-style blues duo — featuring Charles “Chicken” Oriel on guitar and Julia “Dumpling” Simon on bass — will play from 6 to […]

Musicians have a pet project

Mm Mm Good — featuring Wendy Silk, Ron Goldberg, Meri Superak and Meg Alison — will be joined by a host of other musicians Sunday as they present some bits from “Puttin’ On the Dog,” a CD for family fun. Other performers will include Scarlet Huber, Goran Muhlert, Martha Teeter and Norm Milstein. They’ll be […]

Learn to paint with acrylics at new Davis Art Center class

An acrylic painting workshop that promises plenty of experimentation in techniques is scheduled for two Friday mornings in May. The instructor is Davis artist Lynne Cunningham. The techniques to be explored through painting include transparent washes, texture, mark-making, glazes, an array of paint applications and opaque painting similar to oil paints. Acrylic is forgiving and […]

Seniors host musical revue

The Fun Time Follies, a musical revue geared for senior citizens, will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Eleanor Roosevelt Circle, 675 Cantrill Drive in Davis. The free event will feature musical talent of all ages. Appetizers will be served and the public is welcome. For more information, call Ellen […]

Carnival organizers urge early ticket purchases

The carnival arrives in town this week and organizers are urging everyone to buy their daily passes in advance. Not only do prices go up 20 percent at the door, but a lower percentage of profits will go toward Emerson and Da Vinci junior high schools for their library technology upgrade. The carnival runs from […]

Davisite’s play hits the stage in Sacramento

Details What: “The Meaning of It All,” written by Davis resident Robert Lautz When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 27-May 27 Where: California Stage’s Wilkerson Theatre, 1725 25th St. (at R Street), Sacramento Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors/students, $12 for groups of six or more; www.CalStage.org; (916) 451-5822 It will be […]

Outstanding performances highlight DMTC’s ‘Titanic’

Check it out What: “Titanic: The Musical,” presented by the Davis Musical Theatre Company When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, through May 6 Where: DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 for groups of 10 or more; www.dmtc.org, (530) 756-3682 It was six years ago, […]

Contra dance planned Friday at athletic club

Kick up your heels Friday starting at 8 p.m. at a contra dance at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. in Davis. A free lesson for beginners starts at 7:30 p.m. Newcomers also will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. Contra dancing requires no partner and no experience, and there’s always live […]

Memoir chronicles family’s cycling journey across America

Learn more What: Matt Biers-Ariel presents his new book, “The Bar Mitzvah and the Beast” When: 4 p.m. Sunday Where: U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, Third and B streets, Davis Admission: Free; books ($16.95 plus tax) will be available for purchase and signing Glancing at the title, it may appear that “The Bar Mitzvah and […]

23rd annual conference celebrates ceramic art

Fans of ceramic art are in for a treat on April 27-29 when the 23rd annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art returns to Davis. More than 50 exhibitions will fill the downtown, between First and Fifth, B and G streets. Works by professional artists will be joined by art created by students […]