This stunning musical is ‘Wicked’ good

Details What: National touring company production of “Wicked,” presented by California Musical Theatre When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, through June 17 Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento Tickets: $110-$225; (916) 557-1999; tickets.com; www.calmt.com SACRAMENTO — After two years of teasing, California Musical Theatre finally brought […]

By the sea, by the sea

Dick Holdstock, left, and Allan Macleod will perform sea music from their Scottish and English home lands from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Berryessa Gap Wine Tasting Room, 15 Main St. in downtown Winters. Holdstock and Macleod are well known on both coasts, in Canada and in the United Kingdom as performers of […]

DMTC performers gather for reunion, fundraiser

Alumni from Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre will be back for a one-night-only performance Saturday. The cabaret event is a fundraiser for the Young Performers Theatre, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  All YPT participants in the audience are invited to join the cast in singing a special finale number. The show, […]

Tickets on sale for second annual Davis Music Festival

Mark your calendars! The second annual Davis Music Festival is fast approaching. The daylong extravaganza, which takes place across seven venues in downtown Davis and features 46 bands, runs from noon to midnight Saturday, June 23. The event, organized by the nonprofit organization Music Only Makes Sense, will raise funds to benefit local elementary, middle […]

Della Davidson: passing boldly into another world

Details What: “and the snow fell softly on all the living and the dead,” a dance performance in memory of Della Davidson When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Main Theatre, UC Davis Tickets: $17-$19 general, $12-$14 students, children and seniors; http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu Art fulfills a wide range of functions for both viewers […]

Hear bits of Graham’s new album at Palms concert

Forget the spring-cleaning metaphors. Though Jon Dee Graham chose “Garage Sale” as the title of his June 28 release on Freedom Records, the 11 songs it contains are anything but cast-offs. It’s just that, unlike the tracks on his seven previous solo releases, they weren’t carefully written in advance, clustered around a theme, then recorded […]

Folsom Symphony adds Friday concert of film scores

Six Davis residents are members of the Folsom Symphony, which has added a second date this week for its “Summer Symphony at the Movies” concert. The orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Three Stages main theater on the Folsom Lake College campus. Davis members of the orchestra are Greg Brucker, […]

‘Twelfth Night’ auditions set in Winters

Auditions are planned in June for the Winters Theatre Company’s summer production of “Twelfth Night.” The show will be presented on weekends, Aug. 10-12 and 17-18. This is the company’s annual Shakespeare in the Park performance in the Winters Community Center amphitheater. Auditions will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19, at the Winters […]

Immigration drama featured in film series

“Welcome,” a 2009 French film directed by Philippe Lioret, 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, but […]

Enjoy music at Monticello on June weekends

Patrons at Monticello Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis, will enjoy live music Friday and Saturday evenings throughout June. There is no cover charge. Bob Wren will play world music, klezmer, jazz, folk and baroque music on his octave mandolin and violin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday, with the exception of this […]

Patriotic music, Aggie pride featured at Picnic Pops Concert

Wednesday’s Picnic in the Park celebration features the popular Picnic Pops Concert, with the Davis High School Combined Band playing from 6 to 7 p.m. and the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh from 7 to 8 p.m. The weekly family-friendly gathering takes place in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, alongside the Davis Farmers Market. The […]

University orchestra, chorus team up for end-of-year concert

Just the ticket What: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and the University Chorus will appear together in a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mondavi […]

A whirlwind visit with Wllm Shkspr

Check it out What: “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged),” presented by the Acme Theatre Company When: 7:30 p.m. through Monday, with a barbecue at 6:30 p.m. Where: Davis Art Center outdoor stage, 1919 F St. Admission: Free Something’s afoot at the Davis Art Center. It is Acme Theatre Company’s annual gift to the city of Davis, a […]

Our Sunday best: Sizzling summer cinema

Summer arrives earlier every year, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned. This year’s summer began back on May 4, with the thunderous arrival of “The Avengers.”

And with a global box-office take of $1.18 billion — as of last weekend — it’s safe to say that no other entry has a prayer of duplicating that success between now and late August.

Perhaps that’s just as well. For the first time in many, many years, the season isn’t entirely dominated by sequels and would-be franchises, although you’ll still find plenty …