Who needs a cast of thousands for ‘Henry V’?

That’s the ticket What: Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of “Henry V” When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays through July 1 Where: Arboretum Gazebo, on Garrod Drive at UC Davis Tickets: $15 general, $12 students/seniors, $10 children 12 and under; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/245131; (530) 802-0998 Before I went to review the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of “Henry V,” […]

Art and commerce on ‘Davisville’

The second floor of Court ’N Cedar on G Street near Third Street has been one of downtown’s sleepiest corners, but that’s changing. On “Davisville” this week, Michael Bisch, co-president of the Davis Downtown Business Association, and artist Marieke de Waard discuss the Open Door Art Studios now taking shape at that location. Based on […]

From rock to roots to reggae, Davis Music Festival has it all

That’s the ticket What: Second annual Davis Music Festival, a benefit for arts education in the Davis schools When: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday Where: Seven venues throughout downtown Davis Tickets: $20 in advance at Armadillo Music, 205 F St., and online at www.davismusicfest.com; $25 at the gate A full day of music and […]

Hear tunes Saturday at Covell Gardens

Donna Wren and Ken Kemmerling will perform a concert of jazz standards and eclectic tunes from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The event is free and open to the public. Wren and Kemmerling will sing and play piano, fiddle, guitar, banjo, folk harp and marimba. […]

Troubadour performs at Village Homes

Singer-songwriter Andrew Corbett is the featured act at this month’s Village Homes Performers Circle from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Monday. “Andrew’s manipulation of the guitar is near flawless,” says the editor of Acoustic Roundtable. “His lyrics are subtle yet imaginative. … His vocals are somewhat reminiscent of songwriting troubadours from days gone by … think […]

Nelson Gallery looks at Flatlanders on the slant

In July 2006, Renny Pritikin curated the work of some three dozen artists from the Sacramento and Davis areas into the first “Flatlanders” exhibition. Every other summer since, he has organized new versions of the show, all with different artists. For the fourth iteration, from July 12 through Aug. 17, the theme will be a […]

Whimsical artwork goes on exhibit

Mixed-media artist Marguerite Schaffron will show her whimsical work in July at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Schaffron will be honored at a free open house and reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8. For […]

Young pianist shines in competition

Jessica Yeung, a 12-year-old pianist from Davis, was awarded first place in the second annual Classical Masters Music Festival Piano Competition earlier this month. Classical Masters seeks to foster growth and development of young classical musicians by providing the opportunity to compete, learn from renowned masters, develop passion for music and share their talents with […]

Hucklebucks sing the blues at Picnic in Park

The Hucklebucks, two-time Sammie winners as Best Blues Band, will perform blues, rock ‘n’ roll and soul music Wednesday at Picnic in the Park in Central Park. Their set runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the celebration alongside the Davis Farmers Market, Third and C streets in downtown Davis. Their New Orleans-flavored roots music with […]

Italian-born acoustic guitarist plays Friday at The Palms

Peppino D’Agostino doesn’t just play the guitar. He composes, arranges, collaborates, improvises and has even been known to sing a song here and there in both English and Italian. But what he does create on the guitar makes the difference between simply playing and truly making music apparent in the most wonderful ways. D’Agostino will […]

Folk musicians jam at 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 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 join your fellow […]

Capay Tomato festival offers fun for the whole family

Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic invite the public to Capay Tomato, the farm’s fifth annual festival, which celebrates the taste of organic heirloom and cherry tomatoes. The event will take place Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 11 p.m. and features a full slate of activities for all ages, including tomato tastings, farm […]

NAMI honors winners of sunflower art competition

NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has selected “Wall Flower,” by Marjan Kluepfel, for the 2012 “Seeds of Hope” sunflower seed card. Kluepfel is a professional textile artist, whose winning piece is a bold, multilayered sunflower on a quilted blue background. The seed cards are available to purchase at the […]

‘Rock of Ages’: Somewhat chipped

‘Rock of Ages’ 3.5 stars Starring: Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige Rating: PG-13, and quite generously, for sexual content, lewd behavior, profanity, revealing clothing and nonstop alcohol abuse This film is a shotgun wedding of “Moulin Rouge” and “The Rocky Horror […]