Tommy Castro & the Painkillers play The Palms

Blues-roots artist Tommy Castro & the Painkillers will perform at The Palms Playhouse in Winters at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The Palms is at 13 Main St. The band will play songs from Castro’s award-winning debut, “Hard Believer” (Alligator Records). In 2010, Castro won four Blues Music Awards — more than any other artist — including, […]

University, high school ensembles offer baroque music on Sunday

The UC Davis Baroque Ensemble and the Davis High School Baroque Ensemble will come together on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. for a joint concert in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. Featured will be music by J.S. Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi and others. Angelo Moreno, who teaches the Baroque Ensemble […]

Artists gather in Winters for Plein Air Festival

More than 50 professional and amateur artists are expect to descend on Winters and paint the historic town red or blue or umber during the fifth annual Winters Plein Air Festival. Events run from Friday through Saturday, May 12. The weeklong event, sponsored Briggs & Co., allows artists to work outdoors painting scenes surrounding the […]

Woodland library presents civil liberties exhibit

Showcasing powerful stories of the fight for freedom and equality in California from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 eras, a new exhibition, “Wherever There’s a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California,” opens on Monday, May 7, at the Woodland Public Library. The traveling exhibition, rich with narrative and photographs, animates the history […]

Lyle Lovett, Steve Martin and Eddie Izzard booked as “Just Added” performers at Mondavi

The Mondavi Center has announced three “Just Added” performances during summer and fall, including two by artists who have drawn big crowds in past appearances. * Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett will appear on Saturday, July 7, at 8 p.m. (Lovett was previously at Mondavi in October 2009). Tickets are $65 general, $35 students. * Banjo picker […]

Interfaith minister speaks at Avid Reader on May 1

Interfaith minister Steven Greenebaum will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, to discuss his new book, “The Interfaith Alternative.” In “The Interfaith Alternative,” Greenebaum writes about celebrating each other without fear of losing our own identity. He illuminates the path to creating a nurturing […]

Reyes reads poetry Thursday at gallery

Carlos Reyes, a noted poet and translator who lives and works in Portland, Ore., is the featured poet at the Poetry Night Reading Series at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Reyes is a frequent traveler and has given many readings internationally, including at the Bangalore International Centre, as well […]

Mumbo Gumbo returns to The Palms on Friday, April 27

Northern California favorites Mumbo Gumbo will bring their big, joyful sound to The Palms — 13 Main St., Winters — for a jubilant concert and dance party on Friday, April 27. While much of their early music was based in the Louisiana sound, their music has broadened to include Latin, African, reggae grooves, country- and […]

Exhibit open to local artists

“Slice: A Juried Cross-section of Regional Art” is looking to showcase the best in art in all media by artists in California. The juried art exhibit will be on display at the Pence Gallery from June 8 to July 8. There are no size restrictions, and the entry fee is $35 — $30 for Pence […]

Interfaith Musical presents ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

For its 10th anniversary, the Interfaith Musical — which began as a peace-building effort after 9/11 and after the Iraq war began — highlights three major faiths as it performs “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” on back-to-back Sundays. Performances are free and will be Sunday at 10:10 a.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, […]

‘The Warmth of Other Suns’ selected for book project

By Dave Jones In reading “The Warmth of Other Suns,” the recently announced Campus Community Book Project for 2012-13, third-year UC Davis student Samantha Huynh said she especially liked the personal accounts of people who participated in the Great Migration. It was an event that changed the face of America: 6 million blacks fleeing the […]

Join Dance Dance Davis flashmob performance

Davis residents of all ages are invited to join Dance Dance Davis, a community project presented by the UC Davis Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance and organized by Shelly Gilbride, Ph.D., a UCD theatre and dance alumna and local arts consultant and dancer. Gilbride seeks to recruit at least 100 Davisites to […]

Madrigals to sing at charity concert Thursday

The Davis High School Madrigal Singers will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the stained-glass setting of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St. in Sacramento. This will be the third year that the Mads have been invited to give a spring concert at the cathedral. A free-will offering is […]

Local Tree-O performs at I-House

The Davis-based Tree-O of Rick Palkovic (mandolin/Dobro), Jamie Knapp (bass) and George Haver (guitar) are the featured artists as the International House-Davis, 10 College Park, hosts open-mic night on Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. Tree-O is a contemporary and pop-flavored folk-Americana trio. The group will present a set of original tunes from its first CD, […]