Acrobatics and gadgets galore at Mondavi matinee

Cirque Mechanics — a touring company inspired by the modern circus, with a charming dash of American rawness — finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity. Its performances are rooted in realism, presenting stories wrapped in circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders and a bit of clowning around. Their program at the Mondavi […]

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

Perlman, de Silva return to Mondavi to play landmark sonatas

Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman, who appears at the Mondavi Center on an almost annual basis, and is showing no signs of slowing down at age 67, returns at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, with his longtime recital partner, pianist Rohan de Silva. For this visit, they will be performing an early Beethoven sonata (Opus 12, […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Artistic director gives new look to Kodo drummers

That’s the ticket Who: Kodo taiko drummers When: 8 p.m. Thursday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $25-$59 general, $12.50-$29.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 Kodo — the Japanese taiko drumming group that has visited the Mondavi Center several times over the past decade — returns at 8 p.m. Thursday, with something of a […]

February 05, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Chamber Music Society to perform Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven

The Sacramento Chamber Music Society performs Saturday in Davis in a program that will feature guest performer Julie Hochman, cello, in the highly regarded Schubert String Quintet. Composed in summer 1828, it was the final piece of chamber music that the composer completed before his death later that year. (Schubert never got to hear the piece; the […]

February 06, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Small but mighty: The 2013 Oscar shorts

Oscar shorts Four stars Starring: Too many folks to mention Rating: Not rated, and suitable for all ages (animation) and older children (live action) Rich storytelling and clever concepts will intrigue and enchant By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic The Oscar-nominated live-action short subjects traditionally lean toward gloomy and often politically charged topics, but this […]

February 01, 2013 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Art of Athletes exhibit this weekend

UC Davis athletes show off their creative side at the fourth annual Art of Athletes exhibit, which runs from Friday to Monday, in the Basement Gallery of the Art Building on Cushing Way. Gallery hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to […]

January 31, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sac Ballet to premiere ‘The Great Gatsby’

The Sacramento Ballet will premiere a new piece by longtime artistic director Ron Cunningham in February. “The Great Gatsby” is based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, with costumes, music and dances like the Charleston recalling the extravagance of the Roaring 20s. Paired with Cunningham’s new ballet will be the George Balanchine classic from […]

February 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Kodo to bring thunderous sound of taiko drums to Mondavi Center

Kodo — a popular Japanese taiko drum group that has visited the Mondavi Center several times — returns at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, for a performance in Jackson Hall. Kodo is on the road with a program titled “One Earth Tour: Legend,” which combines recently composed pieces by Kodo members along with traditional taiko and Japanese folk […]

February 01, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Using water on the caveman diet

When I was a small boy living in Britain, we did not use much water; it wasn’t a matter of conserving water by some deliberate act to save money or from some altruistic view of the planet, it was just that we lived in such a way that we didn’t need much water. Maybe the […]

January 31, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Folk musicians jam in Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyatt Deck on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and […]

January 31, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Sweet Adelines offering sweet Valentine’s Day gift

The Sweet Adelines have prepared a surprise for your special someone for Valentine’s Day. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 14, the ladies quartet of the Sacramento Valley Chorus — a nonprofit ensemble — is available to perform two songs and present a red silk rose, a card with original verse and a box of […]

February 05, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Salome’ screening Monday at Mondavi

The Mondavi Center will present a high-definition screening of the San Francisco Opera’s 2009 production of “Salome” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in Jackson Hall. Considered scandalous when it premiered a century ago with its provocative “Dance of the Seven Veils,” composer Richard Strauss’ adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play has not lost its ability to shock, […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Free events part of Migration series

The UC Davis department of theater and dance is contributing two free performances to this week’s Art of Migration series at the university. Actors will present two scenes from the play “Today I Live” by Susan-Jane Harrison as well as choreography by Christine Germaine, Jarrel Iu-Hui Chua, Bobby August Jr. and others at 8 p.m. Thursday, […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Empyrean Ensemble to feature music by Lei Liang

Details What: Empyrean Ensemble When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center Tickets: $20 general, $8 students/children; www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787 The Empyrean Ensemble — the resident professional new music group at UC Davis — will perform four recent works by contemporary composers in a Friday night concert that is part of […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,