‘The Dark Knight Rises': Opulent and ominous

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ 4 stars Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman Rating: PG-13, and somewhat generously, for intense sequences of violence and action, along with some sensuality and fleeting profanity Unlike the cinematic Superman — always portrayed as the true-blue Boy Scout, as […]

Veterinarian/musicians perform a soulful duet

Two local veterinarians/musicians will try to answer the age-old question “Does music soothe the savage beast?” at a noon concert Sunday at the Center for Spiritual Living in Davis. Kim-Xuan Nguyen and Debra Taylor will explore the internal jungle and seek to soothe the beast within — via a soulful duet on double bass and voice. Nguyen started […]

A ‘tree’t for the eyes

Wildlife and landscape photography by Davis photojournalist Clyde Elmore will be on exhibit through Aug. 30 at the UC Davis Alumni & Visitors Center. “Whether photographing the aurora borealis with Jupiter and Venus in the winter north of the Arctic Circle, seeing the start of the Iditarod Dog Race in Anchorage, spring in Yellowstone National […]

Baldini will conduct Sacramento’s Camellia Symphony

Christian Baldini, the conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, has taken on an additional gig. He will conduct Sacramento’s Camellia Symphony, a community orchestra that will mark its 50th anniversary next season. The Camellia Symphony will play four concerts in 2012-13 — all at the recently modernized Performing Arts Center at Sacramento City College, […]

Point of Brew: If one can steal valor, what can one not steal?

There is a Walter Mitty in all of us; he is a stranger within who wants to escape from us and be another person with a different personality, skills and ambitions and who seeks rewards in different ways from our familiar selves. There are a good numbers Water Mittys out there who, for one reason […]

Step up to the mic at RootStock

RootStock invites singers, songwriters, pickers and unplugged musicians to join the Open Mic Night Jam on the third Thursday of every month. The gift shop and tasting room is at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. “Open Mic Night has been so much fun and a great opportunity to discover new local talent,” a news […]

Bluegrass quartet takes the stage at The Palms

Chatham County Line, a bluegrass quartet based on Raleigh, N.C., will perform Thursday at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in downtown Winters. The young quartet “is an extraordinary talent known for its left-of-center approach, bringing a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility to bluegrass and other roots forms of music,” a news release […]

Folk musicians gather for a jam

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow […]

See photography at Gallery 1855

The Super Seven — Yolo County photographers Anne Miller, Rob Floerke, Tim Messick, Rick York, Dave Roberston, Dennis McCoy and Joe Finkleman — will show their framed works during August at Gallery 1855. The gallery is in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays […]

Mark your calendars for Thursday Live!

The Thursday Live! concert on Thursday, Aug. 2,  will feature Hardwater and The Mike Justis Band. Hardwater is a Davis-based band performing original songs and covers, bringing unusual musical impulses to a diverse mix of tunes from the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead to Counting Crows, Barenaked Ladies and the Dave Matthews Band. The […]

Football art and more on exhibit at fundraiser

Sports fans would argue that great football is art, and art lovers may echo that refrain when they see paintings by Brandon Tucker, a former UC Davis running back. Tucker, who graduated from UCD with a bachelor’s degree in art studio, is headed to Laguna College of Art & Design to complete a master’s degree […]

Shakespeare’s comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ presented in Winters

The members of the Winters Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy “Twelfth Night” as this year’s selection for Shakespeare in the Park. The four-performance run will be staged on Friday and Saturday evenings, Aug. 10-11 and 17-18, at the outdoor amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. in downtown Winters. “Twelfth […]

Woodland Community Band plays tunes in Winters park

The Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series will continue with a free performance by the Woodland Community Band from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rotary Park Gazebo. The park is on Main Street at Railroad Avenue, in front of the Community Center in Winters. Always a favorite, the Woodland Community Band […]