An evening benefit of arias and art songs

Baritone Spencer Dodd and mezzo-soprano Noelle Thomson will perform a benefit concert along with pianist I-Hui Chen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Episcopal Church of St Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. While the concert is free, it is an opportunity to donate to the Davis High School choral program. […]

October 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Watercolor exhibit set at Gallery 1855

An exhibition of original watercolors by Joseph Finkleman titled “The Language of Mystery” will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays throughout November at Gallery 1855. The gallery is in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. A free open house and reception for the artist are planned from noon […]

October 31, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Get warmed up for Halloween with ‘Ghost Stories’ at Acme Theatre Company

As part of its 33rd anniversary season, the Acme Theatre Company presents its 110th show, “In a Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories” by Eric Coble. The story covers the happenings in the apparently abandoned village of Kugosi. With the use of live music, shadow-play and giant puppets, Acme director Emily Henderson weaves humorous and spooky […]

October 17, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Beyond the Beat melds music and art

Experience a two-day festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz as the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts plays host to the sixth annual Jazz and Beat Festival: Beyond the Beat on Friday and Saturday. This is an opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances and a […]

October 18, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The Sharks 2.0 swim into Picnic at the Park

The Sharks 2.0 — Day Griffin, slide guitar; Mike Kahn, percussion; and Wayne Vincent, bass — bring their all instrumental renditions of great rock melodies to Picnic in the Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Third and C streets in Davis. The Sharks use a melodic […]

October 16, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

National honors for local ensemble

Choral conductor Tracia Barbieri submitted a DVD of her Davis-based Vocal Art Ensemble to The American Prize, a nationally based organization “providing evaluation, recognition and reward to America’s finest performing artists, ensembles and composers based on recorded performances.” She was merely hoping for some constructive criticism, but what she got was so much more. Barbieri […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Argo': The best film Hollywood never made

“Argo” 4.5 stars Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall Rating: R, for profanity and dramatic intensity Truth really is stranger than fiction. The events depicted in “Argo” wouldn’t be believed in a novel; the wild ’n’ crazy premise defies credibility. And yet this bizarre CIA mission actually […]

Davis students aim to dazzle at ‘Everybody Dance Now!’

By Chris Garrison The Davis High School Jazz Choir will host its third annual “Everybody Dance Now!” fundraiser and dance competition at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Advance tickets can be purchased at Watermelon Music: $5 students and $8 general. Tickets will also be available at the door […]

October 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Stretching the limits of functional ceramics at Davis Art Center

The newest exhibit at the Davis Art Center, “Stretching Function,” will showcase 11 clay artists who illustrate how functional ceramic forms can be interpreted, manipulated and metaphorically or literally extended, or “stretched.” The public is invited to view the exhibit and meet the artists from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday during the Second Friday ArtAbout. […]

October 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Brewers have much to teach us about QC and QA

I hate going into bookstores: It just costs too much to get out. That’s how I came to own a book called “The Price of Civilization” by Jeffrey D. Sachs. I’ve read just enough of this book to know that the price of civilization is high. Sachs’ recommendations, among other things, include these ideas: those […]

October 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

‘Enron’ takes fanciful look at real-life collapse

Check it out What: “Enron” When: Through Oct. 21 Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$32; call 916-995-5464 or visit [email protected] Those wacky Enron guys are back again, singing and dancing their way into your hearts. Enron, the granddaddy of all bankruptcy cases, is remembered using music, dance and video in a clever play […]

October 11, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Chris Proctor at Barnyard Acoustic Music Festival

Chris Proctor, winner of the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, as part of the Barnyard Acoustic Music Festival at the Village Homes Community Center, 2653 Portage Bay Ave. East. The concert is co-sponsored by Barnyard Theatre and the UC Davis Friends of Acoustic Music. Proctor, […]

October 23, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Woodland musical will have you in the ‘Pink’

The Woodland Opera House Theatre for Families presents “Pinkalicious, the Musical,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. The show runs through Nov. 4 with performances Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Based on the children’s book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, “Pinkalicious” is the story of a […]

October 16, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Emerson show honored with award plus multiple nominations

The drama program at Emerson Junior High is basking in the recognition extended to former Emerson student Sean Pendergrass, who was honored recently with a regional Elly Award for his performance in last May’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Emerson. The show also was nominated in seven other categories in the Ellys’ education division, […]

October 16, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,