‘From the Top’ audition deadline nears

“From the Top” with host Christopher O’Riley, the popular NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking talent for a live concert recording this fall at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. The show is seeking talent for the live concert recording at the Mondavi Center. Application and scholarship information is available […]

Gallery 1855 shows Gagliani photos

An all-new exhibition of original photographic work of Oliver Gagliani, including rare color dye transfer originals, will be at Gallery 1855 during June. Gagliani was a colleague of Ansel Adams, Paul Strand and the Westons, among other outstanding photographers of his time. His work hangs in the Smithsonian, the Oakland Museum of Art, the San […]

Hear Marcia Ball at The Palms on June 28

Marcia Ball, touring in support of her Grammy-nominated CD, “Roadside Attractions,” will perform Thursday, June 28, at The Palms Playhouse in Winters. “Ball’s groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite of music fans everywhere,” a news release said. “Roadside Attractions” is her fifth CD with […]

Lavender festival conjures images of France

How about a nice vacation to the south of France? Not in your budget? Fortunately, there’s an alternative close by that will spare your pocketbook. The Cache Creek Lavender Festival takes place this weekend in the blooming lavender fields of the Capay Valley. Featured are live music, wine tasting, crafts demonstrations, field tours (complete with pick-your-own […]

Palms hosts Prophet for CD-release concert

San Francisco’s Chuck Prophet and his band, The Mission Express, will celebrate the release of his new CD, “Temple Beautiful,” Friday at The Palms Playhouse in Winters. In his 25-plus-year career, Prophet, 49, has established himself as a respected artist in the roots-rock pantheon — a sharp, prolific singer-songwriter whose songs cover the terrain of […]

‘The Intouchables': Guaranteed to touch your heart

‘The Intouchables’ Four stars Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet Rating: R, for profanity and drug use On June 27, 1993, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo — fifth son of Duke Pozzi di Borgo, and acting director of France’s Pommery Champagne — was seriously injured while paragliding. The accident broke […]

Enjoy contra dance this week

The last contra dance until fall will take place Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. A free lesson for beginners starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dance begins at 8 p.m. Newcomers will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. Contra dancing requires no partner and no experience, and there’s always […]

Choreographed chaos

Students at Patwin Elementary School dance to “Jai Ho” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in a flashmob dance performance Wednesday for retiring Principal Michelle Flowers. All 400-plus students secretly learned the dance, choreographed by Denise Mathieu of Fiesta Dance n’ Fitness, and surprised Flowers with the performance. Wednesday also was Beach Day, so kids looked […]

DMTC announces bold new season of musicals

The Davis Musical Theatre Company’s just-announced 2012-13 season boasts a variety of jazz, classic musicals and a re-imagining of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” “We are calling this season ‘musical theater like you’ve never seen it before,’ ” said John Ewing, DMTC president. “We are offering things that have never been produced at DMTC, remounting old favorites […]

Point of Brew: Sugary sodas and sin taxes

At last, someone has tried to do something about it. It must have taken a good deal of courage to make the decision because the derision that followed from the babbling classes of all stripes and the late-night comedians was quite predictable. Perhaps I am the only person in the known world who will give […]

Summer choir camp begins next week

Janie Howard Knudsen, director of the Davis Children’s Chorale, invites youths ages 8-14 to apply for a summer choir camp that runs weekly from June 11 through July 20. In addition to lots of songs, the camp will feature games and crafts. Singers of all skill levels are welcome. The four hours of instruction per […]

Author to sign new mystery novel on Friday

Writer Catriona McPherson will sign copies of her latest novel “Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis. The book is the sixth in a series featuring the aristocratic amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver, set in Scotland during the 1920s. In this […]

Pence Gallery: Enjoy a ‘Slice’ of regional art

This month, as we swing into gear following our successful Garden Tour last month, visitors may sense a burst of freshness at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Spurred on by a sudden opening in our exhibit calendar, as well as an overriding community interest in having a juried exhibit again, I […]

Art sought for 23rd annual Community Hang-Up

The Pence Gallery invites artists 18 years and older to participate in the 23rd annual Community Hang-Up. This annual exhibition, on view July 13-Aug. 19, features artwork in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking and textiles. “The Community Hang-Up exhibit brings people together to see the work of their friends, uncovers budding […]