Davis actor featured at Utah Shakespeare Festival

Cody Craven, a 2009 Da Vinci High School graduate, will be featured in the role of Marius in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Les Miserables” in Cedar City, Utah, opening Saturday. The play will continue in production through Oct. 19. The first three shows already sold out, as have several others, Craven’s mother Janet […]

You, too, can have your art exhibited at the Pence

Get inspired! All artists ages 16 and older are invited to submit one work of art in any media — such as painting, drawing, sculpture or photography — for the Pence Gallery’s annual celebration of talent. The Community Hang-Up is a non-juried exhibition at the Pence, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. The artworks, which are […]

Meditators head for water tank Sunday

Members of the Davis Shambhala Meditation Center will participate in Sunday’s summer solstice celebration at the east area water tank. The group will gather at the Shambhala Center, 133 D St., Suite H, after regular Sunday morning meditation, from 9 to 10 a.m. They’ll leave about 10:30 a.m. for the water tank, at Mace Boulevard and […]

Former Davisite’s artwork exhibited in Grass Valley

Artwork by Stuart Gold, a UC Davis graduate and former Davis resident, is being featured this month and next in the Main & Granucci Galleries at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 314 W. Main St. A retrospective of Gold’s “TV Series” paintings, drawings and prints from 1979 to 2012 opened Monday and […]

Point of Brew: Welcome women as beer drinkers

It has been a very long time since I was last in Australia. It’s a grand place and Australians are justifiably proud of their country. Were I not an American and happily settled in California, Australia would be an hugely attractive alternative. I have two cousins and their families living there. Of course, I was […]

San Francisco Symphony concert/bus packages available

It’s time to start thinking of cool San Francisco in the fall. Those who enjoy San Francisco, classical music, shopping and good food can subscribe to a series of Thursday matinee performances by the San Francisco Symphony with no need to worry about traffic and parking. Chartered buses leave at 9 a.m. from Elmwood Drive […]

Arts and crafts festival set Saturday

A free arts and crafts festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the E Street Plaza in the 200 block of E Street in downtown Davis. “Come and enjoy the thriving DIY culture and original handmade pieces,” a news release said. For more information, visit the downtown Davis arts and entertainment […]

Sun’s shadows spell it out

The artists who painted “Same Sun” — also known as Davis’ east area water tank — hope it tells passersby that Davis is about more than cows and bicycles.

Last week, Sofia Lacin, 27, and Hennessy Christophel, 26, spoke passionately about their work and the upcoming Summer Soltice SUNday tours they will be giving.

Part of their passion for the water tank is related to the fact that it is their first-ever public art project. In fact, Lacin and Christophel recently have been researching public art’s impact on a city or town.

“The positive changes are not instantaneous,” Lacin said. But they are undeniably positive in terms of culture and image.

A few spaces left in film workshop

Peregrine School is offering two intensive filmmaking workshops this summer for children ages 9 to 14, and there are still a few spots left. The workshops will include lessons in visual literacy, screenwriting, cinematography and editing. Each student will write an original screenplay of their own, while collaborating to produce the screenplay of their choice into a five- to […]

Lovett returns to Davis

Texas singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett — who has carved a unique reputation in the music business over the past 25 years — will return to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7, with his acoustic band. Lovett picked up a loyal local following as a result of his evening at Mondavi in 2010, a […]

Get your ticket to Davis Music Festival

Tickets are still available for the second annual Davis Music Festival, a daylong extravaganza featuring 46 bands playing at seven venues in downtown Davis. The music runs from 1 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. The event, organized by the nonprofit organization Music Only Makes Sense, will raise funds to benefit local elementary, middle and […]

Hear Zorelli at N Street house concert

Zorelli, a multi-instrumentalist Caribbean, Latin jazz and reggae band, will play an intimate house concert Saturday, July 7, at N Street Cohousing in Davis. The group recently released its newest self-titled CD. The show will features Wendell Fishman on keyboards, Rick Montgomery on steel drum and kalimba, Keith Cline on saxophones and electronic wind instrument, […]

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 […]