Young pianist shines in competition

Jessica Yeung, a 12-year-old pianist from Davis, was awarded first place in the second annual Classical Masters Music Festival Piano Competition earlier this month. Classical Masters seeks to foster growth and development of young classical musicians by providing the opportunity to compete, learn from renowned masters, develop passion for music and share their talents with […]

Hucklebucks sing the blues at Picnic in Park

The Hucklebucks, two-time Sammie winners as Best Blues Band, will perform blues, rock ‘n’ roll and soul music Wednesday at Picnic in the Park in Central Park. Their set runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the celebration alongside the Davis Farmers Market, Third and C streets in downtown Davis. Their New Orleans-flavored roots music with […]

Italian-born acoustic guitarist plays Friday at The Palms

Peppino D’Agostino doesn’t just play the guitar. He composes, arranges, collaborates, improvises and has even been known to sing a song here and there in both English and Italian. But what he does create on the guitar makes the difference between simply playing and truly making music apparent in the most wonderful ways. D’Agostino will […]

Folk musicians jam at Arboretum

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 […]

Capay Tomato festival offers fun for the whole family

Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic invite the public to Capay Tomato, the farm’s fifth annual festival, which celebrates the taste of organic heirloom and cherry tomatoes. The event will take place Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 11 p.m. and features a full slate of activities for all ages, including tomato tastings, farm […]

NAMI honors winners of sunflower art competition

NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has selected “Wall Flower,” by Marjan Kluepfel, for the 2012 “Seeds of Hope” sunflower seed card. Kluepfel is a professional textile artist, whose winning piece is a bold, multilayered sunflower on a quilted blue background. The seed cards are available to purchase at the […]

‘Rock of Ages': Somewhat chipped

‘Rock of Ages’ 3.5 stars Starring: Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige Rating: PG-13, and quite generously, for sexual content, lewd behavior, profanity, revealing clothing and nonstop alcohol abuse This film is a shotgun wedding of “Moulin Rouge” and “The Rocky Horror […]

Auditions coming up for Sac Choral Society, Orchestra

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and Music Director Donald Kendrick are holding membership auditions for their 2012-13 concert season. Experienced singers with good music reading skills are invited to call the SCSO at (916) 536-9065 or email scso2005@gmail.com. The chorus rehearses from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays from September through May. The Sacramento Choral […]

Author presents ‘Gilt’ at Woodland Library

Few periods in history were as full of scandal, intrigue and deceit as the rule of England’s King Henry VIII. Known for his six wives, several of whom met untimely ends, Henry’s court was a cutthroat world of gossip and wealth, a complex game of social hierarchies rife with jealousy and back-stabbing. Players armed themselves […]

‘Spy Mom’ author presents her new book

Beth McMullen of Davis, author of “Spy Mom,” will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to discuss the book. Meet Sally Sin: wife, mother, retired spy … or so she thinks. After nine years with the U.S. Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction — where she […]

Authors sign Farmers Market cookbook Saturday

Looking for a gift for Dad or a UC Davis grad? “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” makes a great gift for dads who love to cook and shop the market, and for UCD graduates for whom the market is a special memory of their college years. Co-authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans will be on […]

Get Jiggy at the Dock Store

Join Riggity Jig at the Sudwerk Dock Store, 2001 Second St. in Davis, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22. Members of the local Celtic group are, from left, David Riggs, fiddle; Jim Coats, mandolin; Josh Ray, guitar; Kyle Wallin, djembe; and Lee Riggs, penny whistle. They’ll play classic and contemporary Celtic tunes: jigs, […]

Davis Music Festival approaching fast

The second annual Davis Music Festival is only days away. The daylong extravaganza, which takes place across seven venues in downtown Davis and features 46 bands, runs from 1:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 23. The event, organized by the nonprofit organization Music Only Makes Sense, will raise funds to benefit local elementary, middle […]