Wineaux: A trio of ‘free’ lucky wine picks for late-summer fun

Rebates used to come as checks, easy to cash. Now you get a pre-paid VISA with elaborate instructions about “calling to activate” and keeping track — online — of your balance. A lot of trouble for that $25 (especially since reading the rebate procedure, gathering all the receipts and proofs-of-purchase, addressing an envelope and finding […]

‘Pure country’ singer will play Woodland Opera House

Nashville recording artist Buck Ford and the Pure Country Band will take the Woodland Opera House stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Ford is a young, pure-country singer who focuses on keeping the traditional country sound and rhythm flowing. Influenced by George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Keith Whitley, Ford and his band […]

Grab a golden ticket to Mondavi performances

Officials at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis are looking for a social media storyteller for their 10th anniversary season. The winner will receive a “golden ticket” to all performances in the 2012-13 season, and then share his or her experience on social media. “We are looking for someone who enjoys […]

Little Prague’s luau will rock

The Davis-grown classic rock band Custom Neon will play Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight at Little Prague’s annual Luau Party, at 330 G St. in downtown Davis. Patrons are invited to wear Hawaiian attire and enjoy tropical decorations, a roasted pig and the dancing to rock tunes of the 1960s, ’70s and beyond. Band […]

Sign up soon for a mini-musical

The Manville Mini-Musicals program, which is making a move this fall from the Davis Art Center to the Veterans’ Memorial Center, is offering a second cast of the popular family musical, “The Sound of Music.” Mini-musicals are non-audition classes geared toward students in grades 2-6, and emphasize the musical portion of a popular show. “Please […]

Davis artist featured in German exhibition

Davis artist Marc Lancet is featured in the exhibition “Fluxus in a Bowl of Tea: The Art of Marc Lancet and Sabine Turpeinen” at the Fluxus+ museum in Potsdam, Germany. The two-week exhibition will be open from Friday through Sept. 2. This exhibition of ceramics designed for the Japanese tea ceremony (Chanoyu) also will focus […]

Bluegrass tunes at Mondavi

Only a few tickets remain for Saturday’s 8 p.m. concert at the Mondavi Center by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, who drew a capacity audience in Jackson Hall in October 2010. The group’s March 2011 album, “Rare Bird Alert,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and at No. 43 on the Billboard Top […]

Singer taps into Eastern Europe for Saturday concert

Lily Storm, described as having “one of the finest voices that this country has to offer,” will perform a concert of Eastern European folk songs beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Village Homes Community Center. She will be joined by accordion wizard Dan Cantrell and Gari Hegedus on various string instruments. Tickets are $13 in […]

Home-schooled children may study ballet, puppets, theater at Opera House

The Woodland Opera House Education Program will offer classes for home-schooled children this academic year, including ballet, fun with puppets and a theater arts workshop. All classes will take place at the Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Ballet is an introduction to basic positions with an emphasis on body posture, rhythm and […]

Study theater, dance at Woodland Opera House

Registration is being taken now for fall classes offered through the Woodland Opera House Education Program. Drama classes include “The Play’s the Thing,” for children ages 7-9 and “Acting A to Z,” for children ages 10-16. “The Play’s the Thing” is designed to develop the young actor’s creativity and confidence through the use of theater […]

DMTC, Woodland Opera House, Emerson snag Elly Award nominations

More than 400 Elly nominees for the 2011-12 season were announced at an informal nomination reception Sunday, Aug. 12, in Sacramento. Actors, directors, technicians and producers were on hand to listen excitedly for their names to be called. This year’s theme was Old Hollywood and the historic Tower Theatre was resplendent with a red carpet, […]

WOH honors actors, others with Chesley Awards

At the 23rd annual Gene A. Chesley Awards presentation Aug. 11, the Woodland Opera House celebrated the many volunteer actors, crew members, board of trustees and WOH Guild members who were responsible for the success of the 2011-12 season of plays and musicals. This year, the Nadine Salonites Board of Trustees Award went to Kathleen […]

Swing to the beat with The Undulations

An eclectic mix of early blues, jazz and swing music will fill Davis’ Central Park on Wednesday when The Undulations perform at Picnic in the Park. The music runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in the park, Fourth and C streets. The band has performed regionally, on the East Coast and in parts of Europe […]

Earthquake Street Festival will shake up downtown Winters

Summer is just about over when Winters’ Main Street fills up at the end of August, and the community gathers to enjoy plenty of food, friends and free entertainment. It’s the Earthquake Street Festival, one of the biggest events of the year, and this year’s street party will have more to offer than ever. It […]