A whirlwind visit with Wllm Shkspr

Check it out What: “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged),” presented by the Acme Theatre Company When: 7:30 p.m. through Monday, with a barbecue at 6:30 p.m. Where: Davis Art Center outdoor stage, 1919 F St. Admission: Free Something’s afoot at the Davis Art Center. It is Acme Theatre Company’s annual gift to the city of Davis, a […]

Our Sunday best: Sizzling summer cinema

Summer arrives earlier every year, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned. This year’s summer began back on May 4, with the thunderous arrival of “The Avengers.”

And with a global box-office take of $1.18 billion — as of last weekend — it’s safe to say that no other entry has a prayer of duplicating that success between now and late August.

Perhaps that’s just as well. For the first time in many, many years, the season isn’t entirely dominated by sequels and would-be franchises, although you’ll still find plenty …

‘Men in Black III’ — Still well-suited

“Men in Black III” Four stars Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emma Thompson Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some disgustingly unpleasant monsters Ten years may have passed, but nothing has changed: same gonzo hardware; same outrageous — and dangerous — aliens; same giddy Danny Elfman score; […]

Sunflower art due this week

Calling all artists! Friday is the deadline to enter the 10th annual sunflower art competition sponsored by NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental illness. The competition is open to people of all ages and abilities. Artwork must be delivered to the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., between 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday […]

Barnyard Theatre auditions slated

Barnyard Theatre will hold auditions for its summer productions Sunday and Monday. The company will present a mainstage production of Meghan Brown’s “Psyche,” a darkly humorous retelling of the Greek myth, and a workshop of Briandaniel Oglesby’s “Dammed,” an original work being developed about a family’s struggle to come together during the last days of […]

Early music specialists perform at DCC

Soprano Catherine Webster and violinist Maia Naomi Silberstein will return to Davis to perform songs and sonatas of early 17th-century Italy together with local early music specialists Elisabeth Reed, baroque cello, and Katherine Heater, harpsichord. Webster and Silberstein grew up in Davis and graduated from Davis High School in 1990 and 1985, respectively. Both were […]

‘Henry V’ kicks off Davis Shakespeare Festival

The third annual Davis Shakespeare Festival will open this summer at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, featuring Shakespeare’s play about the triumph of one of Britain’s most legendary kings: Henry V. Attendees “will see valiant heroism up close as the worldly King Henry rallies his outnumbered army to defeat France on its home turf,” a […]

DHS Jazz Band prepares tribute to Lange

The Davis High School Jazz Band will perform its final concert of the year, “Jazz on a Summer’s Eve XXII,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. This will be the final Jazz Band concert for director Fred Lange, who is retiring at the end […]

All-star night closes I-House music series

The Sundays @ I-House weekly cross-cultural music series will come to a close Sunday evening with an all-star performance featuring some of the acts that have performed over the past 3 1/2 months. The fun runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at International House, 10 College Park. Admission is free, but donations are accepted with […]

Pops Concert tickets on sale now

Tickets are on sale now for the Davis High School Pops Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Advance tickets are $6, available at Watermelon Music, 207 E St. in downtown Davis. Tickets at the door will be $8, available starting at 6:15 p.m. […]

Enjoy music with your wine in Winters

Chicken & Dumpling is on the menu from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, a tasting room at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The acoustic blues duo features Charles “Chicken” Oriel on the guitar and Julia “Dumpling” Simon on the bass. They play the down-home, delta-style blues of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy […]

Point of Brew: Calling all beer lovers

What an opportunity comes your way! The fabulous Davis BeerFest, benefiting Citizens Who Care, happens on Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the shade of the arches at the Sudwerk brewery and restaurant, 2001 Second St. This is the eighth annual running of this legendary event. No self-respecting beer aficionado would dream […]

Classic children’s story comes to Opera House stage

The Woodland Opera House will present a family-friendly production of “Go, Dog. Go!” opening Friday and running on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through June 3. P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color and space. The dogs delve into life […]

New book examines how American composers depicted the West

Details Who: Author Beth Levy reading from her book “Frontier Figures” and signing copies When: Noon Friday Where: Lounge at the UC Davis Bookstore in the Memorial Union Think about the open prairie, or the Western mountain ranges, and music comes to mind. Expansive music, evoking broad vistas. Music like Aaron Copland’s ballet scores “Billy […]