Anarchic Scottish troupe to present Festival Fringe hit in Studio Theatre

The National Theatre of Scotland comes to the Mondavi Center this month for a five-day run of anarchic theatre, live music and strange goings-on as the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre transforms into a rural Scottish pub for a “locked-in” show (i.e., you’re not supposed to leave until it’s over) titled “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.” One […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Harry Belafonte to speak at Mondavi Center on Jan. 17

Harry Belafonte — known in different stages of his multifaceted career as a popular singer, civil rights activist and star of Broadway shows and Hollywood films  — speaks at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Born in Harlem to parents of Caribbean heritage, Belafonte became a sensation in the 1950s, […]

January 15, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

All-star lineup from Monterey Jazz Festival visits Mondavi Center

The Monterey Jazz Festival is marking its 55th anniversary by sending an all-star lineup of musicians on a nationwide tour, including a stop at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Members of the 55thAnniversary on Tour Band have deep relationships with Monterey Jazz Festival and have a commitment to the […]

January 16, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Violin star Rachel Barton Pine to make two Sacramento appearances

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine — fondly recalled by Mondavi Center audiences for her February 2012 concert, in which she performed five Mozart violin concertos in a single evening — will appear twice in Sacramento next weekend. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., she will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Sacramento Philharmonic at the Sacramento […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Rising young pianist to give recital at Mondavi

Pianist Charlie Albright — who has performed several times in recent years with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and also has appeared with several orchestras — will present a recital at the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. The 24-year-old Albright grew up in Washington state, then entered the Harvard College/New England […]

January 09, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Follow the yellow brick road to DMTC’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ auditions

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre announced auditions for its upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Auditions will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, and Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, with select callbacks on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Auditions require singing, acting and […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jazz group to present music drawing on Cuban, American traditions

Ninety miles is the distance between the United States and Cuba, a country known worldwide for music. Cuban music continues to be popular in the United States, even though diplomatic relations between the two nations have been frosty for decades. Ninety Miles is also the name adopted by the group featuring three American jazz musicians who […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

SF Sketchfest serves up more laughs

If it’s January, then it must be time for the SF Sketchfest. The San Francisco Comedy Festival celebrates its 12th anniversary from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1o with more comedians for more laughs. SF Sketchfest was started by 1994 Davis High graduate Cole Stratton and three of his college friends — Janet Varney, Dave Owen […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged , ,

‘Not Fade Away': Only if we’re unlucky

“Not Fade Away” Two stars Starring: John Magaro, James Gandolfini, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Molly Price, Christopher McDonald Rating: R, for pervasive profanity, considerable drug use, sexual candor and fleeting nudity Disinterested cast can’t breathe any life into this ode to early rock ’n’ roll By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Viewers born […]

Davis Chorale stages ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ on Sunday

The Davis Chorale presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-hour opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 4 p.m. Sunday at in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School — coinciding with the time when (according to tradition) the Three Wise Men visited the baby Jesus in a stable. According to most versions of the story, the Three Wise […]

January 04, 2013 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Legends of the Celtic Harp’ perform in Winters

“Legends of the Celtic harp” features premier Celtic harpists Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter. The ensemble will take listeners into the myths, magic and fabled history of this instrument during a 2 p.m. storytelling concert Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 […]

January 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

New year features live music at Monticello

Live music continues through January at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. Jan Peters will host open-mic nights from 8:30 to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Loshandra Ostrava is on the piano from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Bob Wren plays the octave mandolin and violin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, and Ken Kemmerling […]

January 08, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of brew: Guns and beer and the ATF

I am always interested in guns because they and cigarettes are controlled by the same agency of the U.S. government that controls beer; that is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (known as the ATF), which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. For that naive reason I try to draw parallels […]

January 03, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,