Hear from mystery authors on Friday

California mystery authors Cara Black and Denise Hamilton will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis, at 6 p.m. Friday to discuss their newest titles and mystery writing in general. Black is the author of the award-winning Paris-based Aimée Leduc mysteries. Her works have been translated from English into five other languages […]

The Hunger Games: A heroine for the ages

‘The Hunger Games’ 3.5 stars Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland Rating: PG-13, for violence and dramatic intensity, all involving teens First, the crucial issue: Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen. Every physical characteristic, every delicately shaded emotional nuance. It’s as if Lawrence stepped off […]

For the record

Allison Scull and Victor Martin’s acoustic jazz-soul performance is Saturday, March 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St. in Davis. An incorrect date was published Friday.

Wonder’s tunes come to Mondavi stage

The SFJAZZ Collective, which performed at New York’s Lincoln Center earlier this month, returns to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, with a program exploring the compositions of multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder. The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star eight-piece ensemble that highlights the original compositions of its annually rotating members and also […]

Young @ Art celebration is Sunday

All are welcome to celebrate the arts Sunday at the annual Young @ Art family festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Choruses from Willett, Patwin and Chávez elementary schools will perform, as will the Emerson-Harper Advanced Orchestra. Artists George Grant and Heidi Bekebrede will […]

Budget woes force two-day closure of libraries

Yolo County Library branches will be closed Sunday and Monday, April 8-9, as a result of state and local funding shortfalls. The affected branches are in Davis, Winters, West Sacramento, Clarksburg, Esparto and Knights Landing. “Yolo County Library’s online services will remain available during these closures,” Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong said in a news […]

Folk, jazz, soul music warms up winery

Northern California’s eclectic acoustic, jazz-soul duo, Allison Scull and Victor Martin, will perform Saturday, March 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Rominger West Winery in Davis. Magnetic, warm and upbeat, their acoustic sound combines the sweet songs, vocals and guitar work of a singer-songwriter with old-school jazz saxophone melodies and great vocal harmonies. According […]

Country stars join entertainment line-up at Dixon May Fair

Country music’s piano man and a former “American Idol” contestant-turned-country star will entertain thousands at the 137th annual Dixon May Fair. Fair officials announced this week that Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar will co-headline a concert in the fair’s arena on Friday, May 11. Pickler’s life has played out like a classic country song. From […]

‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’: Droll search for the meaning of life

“Jeff, Who Lives at Home” 3.5 stars Starring: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong Rating: R, for profanity, sexual candor and drug use I love pleasant surprises. Ed Helms has a knack for finding indie dramedies with just the right blend of charm and offbeat quirkiness. He scored last year […]

Picnic in the Park is back!

From left, Moira Eckert, 5, Madeline Zafonte, 5 and Adela Huey, 2, dance to the music of Blue Blazes at Picnic in the Park Wednesday in Central Park. Mother Nature smiled on organizers of the popular weekly festival by providing a relatively warm, dry evening for its 2012 return. The event runs from 4:30 to […]

Kemmerling tickles the ivories on Saturday

Ken Kemmerling will play classic jazz standards on the piano from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis. For more information, call (530) 792-8066 or visit http://monticellocuisine.com.

House concert benefits children of Haiti

N Street Music will host a benefit house concert for the children of Haiti on Saturday, March 31. The concert will feature a live band — T-Rosemond and the Ital Souls — a DJ, a silent auction and a Haitian art sale. Proceeds will benefit Zanmi Lakay, a grassroots group dedicated to improving quality of […]

Photographic art on exhibit at Nelson

Can we still trust photography to tell the truth? Vanessa Marsh and Sean McFarland address this issue with separate suites of non-traditional photographic artworks in an exhibition, “Dreams of the Darkest Night,” opening next week at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis. A panel discussion is planned at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the […]

Hear Mike Justis perform solo at winery

Mike Justis, a longtime Davis resident and musician who usually performs with the Mike Justis Band, will take the stage solo Friday evening at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Guests will enjoy everything from folk to blues with their wine at the Friday Night Live concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Take […]