Black-and-white photography in the spotlight at Camera Forum meeting

The Woodland Camera Forum will present a free photography program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland. The guest artist, Henry Paine, has been pursuing his passion for black-and-white photography for more than 40 years, working mostly with medium- and large-format view cameras and making his own prints in […]

Mondavi Center pulls out all the stops for gala

It has been several years since the Mondavi Center organized a formal black-tie gala. And Saturday’s event — featuring the French company Ballet Preljocaj, performing the American premiere of its dark, sexy, fairytale-inspired “Blanche Neige” — comes as the Mondavi Center ramps up to its 10th anniversary in the fall.

It was in September 2001 that Robert and Margrit Mondavi donated $35 million to UC Davis — $10 million for the naming rights at what immediately became known as the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, which already was under construction, and $25 million for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

The Mondavi Center opened in October 2002, with a gala featuring the San Francisco Symphony.

Music festival Wednesday benefits Esparto school programs

The UC Davis Concert Band, conducted by Pete Nowlen, and the UC Davis Campus Band, conducted by Tom Slabaugh, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at Esparto High School, 26675 Plainfield St. A donation of $5 will be collected at the door, with all proceeds going to the Esparto school music programs. […]

Donors can help kids become star readers

Local residents can help kids reach for the stars by participating in United Way California Capital Region’s STAR Readers Book Drive through March 23. The drive benefits the group’s STAR Readers project that is helping children read at grade level by fourth grade, a key indicator of high school graduation rates. “Through third grade, children […]

Online survey helps plan library’s future

Yolo County residents are invited to contribute to the process of shaping the future direction of Yolo County public libraries by participating in a survey. It will be available online at www.yolocountylibrary.org until March 31. “The public library is already an integral part of the quality of life in Yolo County. It serves the information […]

Enjoy international folk dancing at Davis Art Center

The Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., offers an ongoing class in traditional ethnic dance from around the world on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. The basic format of the class is simple, warm-up dances followed by instruction and practice of newer, more challenging dances. The class is suitable for beginning through advanced students. After […]

‘John Carter’: Thud and blunder

‘John Carter’ Two stars Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Dominic West, Ciarán Hinds, James Purefoy and (voices only) Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton and Thomas Haden Church Rating: PG-13, for relentless fantasy violence and action What a slab of meat. A clumsy, disorganized and bone-stupid script is the biggest problem afflicting “John Carter,” but […]

Souterrain, West Nile Ramblers to perform on ‘Nexus Stage’ show

Lauren Norton and her band, The Souterrain, will perform along with The West Nile Ramblers from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday on “Nexus Stage,” a live local music show on Davis Community Television. Norton, originally from Ireland, is a graduate student at UC Davis. The Souterrain, a three-piece folk group from California, features Norton on guitar and […]

Woodland church to host ‘IndoctriNation’ screening, talk

The star and director of the award-winning movie, “IndoctriNation,” judged best Christian documentary film of 2012, will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday at Calvary Chapel Woodland. The film discusses “the reality of immoral values being pushed in the public schools that should concern parents,” a news release said. Calvary Chapel Woodland is at 1580 Case […]

Authors Scott, Tolley to give talk at Esparto Library

Authors James Scott and Tom Tolley will discuss their new book, “Mather Field” — an overview of the Sacramento Valley’s early history, with a specific focus on the Mather area — at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Esparto Library’s Wintun Room. The event is sponsored by Yolo County’s Esparto Regional Library and the Friends of the […]

Senior Center hosts ceramic butterfly workshop

Celebrate the first day of spring by having some creative fun with clay in a workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Local artist Heidi Bekebrede, creator of Cuteware, will lead participants through step-by-step instructions on making a clay butterfly to hang on an interior […]

UC Davis Symphony soon heads to Spain

Details What: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org; (530) 754-2787 The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra gives a “bon voyage” concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mondavi Center — and then they’re off on a tour of Spain. The […]

Wineaux: The politics of wine-tasting

I missed the annual St. James wine-tasting event. Again. The word “missed,” though, suggests that I had a family emergency or a previous engagement — or that I just forgot to go, as I forgot to go to the inaugural Davis Flea Market. But there was no emergency, and no previous engagement, though I could […]

I-House music series continues Sunday

Julia Van Horn, a Davis native, will sing songs ranging from American folk to Musica Popular Brasileira and international pop Sunday evening at International House, Davis. Several performers from Davis’ music scene will collaborate with her, as well as some musicians who are new to the community. The Mid-Winter @ I-House music series takes place […]