Creative ambition runs high at 12th annual UC Davis Film Festival

Details What: 12th annual UC Davis Film Festival When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Where: Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St., downtown Davis Tickets: $7, or $10 for a two-night pass Info: http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu View past years’ winning films: http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu/season/videos.aspx By Janice Bisgaard Talented UC Davis filmmakers will showcase their work at the 12th annual UC Davis […]

Hear oud stories Saturday

Gari Hegedus, a master of string instruments — both plucked and bowed — in Balkan and Middle Eastern music, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. West. Tickets are $13 in advance — available by emailing info@timnatalmusic.com or calling (530) 867-1032 — or $15 at the […]

Pickin’ on the patio

The Narrow Gauge String Band returns to Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St. in downtown Davis, with an evening of bluegrass music from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The local band — Bruce Eldridge on banjo, Mark Brothers on bass, David Riggs on fiddle and Ken Eldridge on guitar — plays a variety of […]

Auditions set this weekend for Barnyard Theatre

Barnyard Theatre will be holding auditions for its summer productions Sunday and Monday, May 28. The company will present a mainstage production of Meghan Brown’s “Psyche,” a darkly humorous retelling of the Greek myth, and a workshop of Briandaniel Oglesby’s “Dammed,” an original work being developed about a family’s struggle to come together during the […]

Ready, aim, fire! Cannon sounds to highlight ‘1812’ performance

That’s the ticket Who: UC Davis Concert Band and Campus Band When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $12 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 Kaboom! Kaboom! Kaboom! The UC Davis Concert Band will put a vast ensemble onstage — some 120 instruments in all — and utilize […]

In Montoya’s new mural, flying mortarboards become doves

Malaquias Montoya’s murals can be seen in Los Angeles, Oakland and Berkeley, and throughout Yolo and Solano counties. And, now, for the first time, he has painted one on his home campus: UC Davis, where he joined the faculty in 1989. The mural, “The Practice of Freedom,” ushers people into the Student Community Center’s south […]

Guaraldi featured on local jazz program Tuesday

In celebration of a new biography, “Vince Guaraldi at the Piano” by Davis author Derrick Bang, music composed and performed by Guaraldi, as well as his works performed by other artists, will be featured in a local jazz radio program on KDRT, 95.7 FM. The program, “Jazz After Dark,” hosted by Don Shor, will air […]

It’s all about love Sunday night at gallery performance

“A Small Evening About Love” will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Love in all its grandeur and messiness is the theme of the night. Artists, most of them local, will address the subject through dance, poetry or prose. The seed of the idea […]

Davis High, Holmes orchestras, cellist Cho receive Downbeat awards

The Davis High School Symphony Orchestra, the Holmes Junior High Advanced Orchestra, and cellist Eunghee Cho, a senior at Davis High School, were recognized this month with awards from Downbeat Magazine. The awards were announced in the magazine’s June issue, currently on newstands. Cho was selected as a winner in the High School Classical Soloist […]

See ‘Avatar’ under the stars at UC Davis

The Arboretum Ambassadors and UC Davis Entertainment Council present Movie Night in the Arboretum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn at Lake Spafford, next to Mrak Hall. Bring a blanket and enjoy the Academy Award-winning movie “Avatar” under the stars. There is no charge for the movie; parking is available for $7 in Visitor […]

Library gift will boost history, geography, biography collections

The Yolo County Library has received a $40,000 donation from Frederick J. Simoons in memory of his wife, Elizabeth Stadler Simoons, a former Yolo County Library branch manager and assistant county librarian. The donation will be used to enhance the history, geography and related biography collections at the Stephens Branch Library in Davis. Elizabeth Simoons […]

Don’t miss ‘Jazz-N-Pops’

Davis High School Jazz Choir members — from left, Bryce Vaewsorn, Elizabeth Kubey, Hailey Wright and Ben Alpers — invite local residents to “Jazz-N-Pops,” the final DHS choral concert of the year, featuring the Jazz and Concert Choirs. Performance time is Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 […]

Food, fun and fireworks at Celebrate Davis!

Every now and then, we take time to celebrate what’s great about our community. Thursday’s Celebrate Davis! festival, sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce, offered just such an opportunity, drawing thousands of people to Community Park for an evening of food, fun and fireworks.

The annual event reminds us what’s so wonderful about living, working and playing in Davis. It features more than 100 booths showcasing local businesses and nonprofits, food, music, children’s games and an aerial fireworks show, presented this year by the University Retirement Community.

A dunk tank provided an extra wave of fun, as local politicians, coaches, business leaders …