Young filmmakers invited to show their stuff

Entries in the 2012 Davis Youth Film Festival are due Friday. Youths must be under 18 years old to enter, and group projects are allowed. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded to the winners. The winning films will be showcased at a festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Davis Art […]

Youths learn Shakespeare at summer camp

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and the UC Davis Arboretum invite youths ages 7-15 to participate in Camp Shakespeare, two weeks of theater games, camp activities, acting workshops and a special camp production of a Shakespearean play, “The Tempest.” The camp takes place outdoors in the Arboretum. “This year, campers will get a chance to be […]

Enjoy music at Monticello on July weekends

Patrons at Monticello Cuisine, 630 G St. in downtown Davis, will enjoy live music Friday and Saturday evenings throughout July. There is no cover charge. Bob Wren will play world music, klezmer, jazz, folk and baroque music on his octave mandolin and violin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday. On Saturdays, pianist Ken Kemmerling […]

DMTC seeks teens for cabaret benefit

The Davis Musical Theatre Company is looking for teens who would like to perform, or help behind the scenes, at the annual Teen Cabaret Dessert Benefit, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. DMTC’s performing arts center is at 607 Peña Drive in Davis. Kendra Smith is coordinating the benefit and Jenny Reuter will be […]

Trio Seven plays guitar concert in Woodland

Extended seven-string guitars will be showcased at a Trio Seven concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Woodland Presbyterian Church, 1324 Columbia Drive in Woodland. A donation of $10 to $20 will be taken at the door. Trio Seven was formed indirectly when Matthew Grasso, a Davis guitarist, composed “7th Creation,” an original composition […]

Two parties celebrate The Souterrain’s album launch

The Souterrain, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning lounge folk act, will release its debut album, “What Ails You,” on Tuesday, July 17. The Souterrain calls two places home: Davis and County Wicklow, Ireland. Singer Lauren Norton is an Irish native, having moved to California in 2009 for the master’s program in creative writing at UC […]

Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars

The Winters Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” as its summer Shakespeare in the Park production. “Twelfth Night” is a sparkling romantic comedy with young women disguised as boys, mistaken identities, low-comedy clowns and high-comedy dialogue. The show will be presented under the stars at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 10-18, at […]

English organist will perform recital at DCC

Davis Community Church will present an organ recital by English organist, composer and arranger Anthony Baldwin at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20. Baldwin studied at the universities of Oxford and Durham, and embarked on a remarkable career in organ-playing, choir-training and teaching. His recitals have included performances at Westminster Abbey in London and Grace Cathedral […]

It’ll be a pleasant valley Wednesday

Bluegrass music in 1940s style will fill Central Park on Wednesday when the Pleasant Valley Boys perform from 5 to 8 p.m. at Picnic in the Park. Their tight rhythm section, hot instrumental licks and sweet vocal harmonies create a fast-paced show and have made them Davis favorites. The Davis Farmers Market, open from 4:30 […]

Celebrate music teacher’s retirement Tuesday

Local residents are invited to celebrate the retirement of Charlene Kunitz, who has taught music and voice at the Davis Art Center for 49 years. Her party, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Center, 1919 F St., will feature sing-alongs with piano accompaniment. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will […]

‘The Amazing Spider-Man': Keeps on swinging

 ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Four stars Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, C. Thomas Howell Rating: PG-13, for action violence I dunno about the rest of you, but if a geeky, under-nourished kid in my high school class suddenly made an impossible, ceiling-scratching leap to slam-dunk a basketball with […]

McPherson lives near sunny Winters, writes books set in damp Scotland

Since moving here in 2010, novelist Catriona McPherson has lived on a farm between Davis and Winters. But when she’s working on one of her popular crime novels, her thoughts are transported to the chillier climate of her native Scotland. “The first novel that I wrote here in California (to be published in the next […]

Hear Cold Shot at Sundstrom Hill

Sundstrom Hill Winery will host the band Cold Shot for an afternoon of music and wine by the glass or bottle, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2744 Del Rio Place, off Fifth Street and Peña Drive. Light appetizers also will be available. For more information, call the winery at (530) 574-1296. In addition […]

Point of brew: I’m nervous this holiday, even as I celebrate

This Fourth of July comes in turbulent times. That is expected, I suppose, as it is an election year pumped up with anonymous money, but with the goings-on at the Supreme Court, attacks on civil rights, women’s rights, pension funds, workers in the public sector, teachers, immigrants, education, unions, anti-tax rhetoric and the problems of […]