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 […]

Family art show features Cuteware Critter Cups, Googie Lace

A midsummer show at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis, features a mother-daughter duo: Heidi Bekebrede, famous for her “Cuteware,” and Lillian Grant, who paints complex, imaginative images on paper. Bekebrede lives her life “like a palette of color,” a news release said. “From dancing, singing and writing to painting, sculpting and teaching […]

From dawn till dusk, Davis has it all on the Fourth

From pancakes to picnics to “pow!” in the sky, Davis residents and their guests will enjoy an old-fashioned, small-town Fourth of July celebration Wednesday. Activities will stretch from dawn till dusk. Fittingly, the day will begin on two wheels as competitive cyclists take to the downtown streets beginning at 7:30 a.m. for the 36th annual […]

Hear folk music of Greece at Village Homes concert

Pasatempo, a band based in Seattle that performs rebetika and other folk music of Greece and the Balkans both locally and nationally, will visit Davis for a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22. They’ll perform at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Tickets are $13 in advance, available online at, […]

Houston novel, ‘Jarhead’ author’s new memoir on UCD reading list

From music and history to beer and poetry, new books by UC Davis authors offer something for every reader this summer. * “Contents May Have Shifted” by Pam Houston (W.W. Norton and Co., $25.95, 320 pages): In her latest novel, bestselling author Houston, a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at […]

Auditions scheduled for talent showcase

Auditions will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, for the Woodland Opera House talent showcase, “You Be the Judge!” The auditions will be at the Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. The talent showcase performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, with a mandatory dress rehearsal for all selected […]