The Oscar follies: Handicapping the Academy Awards

The Golden Globes may be more freewheeling and snarky; the People’s Choice Awards may be more populist. For prestige and historical significance, though, nothing compares to the Academy Awards.

True, the show can be creaky, overlong and sycophantic. I sometimes worry that the folks onstage will break their arms, from patting each other — and themselves — on the back so much.

But the Oscar ceremony is what it is …

‘The Secret World of Arrietty’: Spread the word

“The Secret World of Arrietty” 4 stars Starring (voices only): Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, David Henrie, Moises Arias Rating: G, and suitable for all ages Those already familiar with Studio Ghibli need not be reminded of Japanese animation impresario Hayao Miyazaki, famed for classics such as “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” […]

Japanese music showcased at open-mic night

A weekly series of open-mic performances, dubbed Mid-Winter @ I-House, continues from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The event is an opportunity for cultural exchange and this week will feature traditional Japanese songs and music performed on koto, shamisen and shakuhachi (bamboo flute) by Naoko and Elliot Kallen. […]

‘Pirates of Penzance’ is a rollicking good time

Check it out What: Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” Sacramento performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the 24th Street Theatre, 2791 24th St. Davis performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, at the Veterans’ […]

The Chieftains bring 50th anniversary tour to Mondavi

The Chieftains — who have been advancing the cause of traditional Irish music around the world for five decades — will bring their 50th anniversary tour to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Founded in 1962, at a time when vocalists known as “Irish balladeers” singing novelty numbers tended to represent Irish music in […]

Jolie Holland, Sea of Bees perform Tuesday

Just the ticket Who: Jolie Holland and Sea of Bees When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Tickets: $12 each, available at Armadillo Music, 205 F St., or davislivemusic.com Thanks to the Davis Live Music Collective — a group of local music fans committed to promoting high-quality performances in this […]

Students’ wildlife art featured as part of California Duck Days

The California Duck Days Wildlife Art Show is open now at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. in Davis. This special exhibit, which will run through Saturday, Feb. 25, features student art from Davis, Winters, Woodland, Pioneer, Cache Creek, Esparto and River City high schools. The exhibit also includes a traveling display of the […]

Iranian expert presents new book at Avid Reader

Davisites can learn more about Iran’s role in evolving developments in the Middle East by hearing Trista Parsi at a book-signing from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader. The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Parsi, who is president of the National Iranian American Council, will talk about Iran’s […]

Italian bluegrass band debuts its CD at Palms concert

On Thursday evening, Red Wine, the premier bluegrass band from Europe that’s also been making big waves in the U.S., will be at The Palms Playhouse for a concert and the global release of their latest CD, “Red.” Based in Genoa, Italy, Red Wine has been touring throughout Europe since its founding in 1978. And […]

Point of Brew: Generosity, indeed, ‘s Wonderful

On a recent flight to Africa, I overheard a group of physicians discussing the work they would do upon arrival; how, and where, and with what, and with whom, they would set up camp to serve, however briefly and incompletely, urgent medical needs of the nomadic Maasai villagers of Tanzania. They were excited and eager […]

Crow Canyon will rock the hall Thursday

Crow Canyon, a trio made up of Davis ninth-graders, will rock the hall — the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, that is — beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday. All ages are welcome. Admission is $1, and half the proceeds will be donated to the Davis schools. Rock the Hall! is a new, all-ages monthly music event […]

Afro-Cuban jazz to fill Mondavi

Veteran bandleader and multi-Grammy winner Chucho Valdés will bring his band — the Afro-Cuban Messengers — to the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. Dubbed “the dean of Latin jazz”  by The New York Times, Valdés has recorded more than 80 CDs during his long career, and has worked with a host of […]

Literary salon examines German books

Lesen Sie Deutsch? Local residents are invited to a literary salon from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe, 2710 E. Fifth St., for an informal discussion of originals and translations of German books. Discussion will be in English and German. Those interested in attending are asked to register online at http://kaffeehausgespraeche.de.

Davis’ Eunghee Cho to solo with Sacramento Philharmonic

Check it out Who: Cellist Eunghee Cho performing with the Sacramento Philharmonic When: 8 p.m. Saturday; a pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m. Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. Tickets: $15-$97, www.tickets.com, (800) 225-2277 or (916) 808-5181 Cellist Eunghee Cho — a 17-year-old senior at Davis High School — is enjoying some time in […]