Are you up for a dance challenge?

Still basking in the joy and excitement of the Dance Dance Davis flashmob earlier this month, Shelly Gilbride is throwing down a PDA: Public Dance Acts challenge. In collaboration with the Linda Bair Dance Company, this public dance act event has a higher degree of difficulty — not necessarily for the body, but for the […]

‘Henry V’ kicks off Davis Shakespeare Festival next week

The third annual Davis Shakespeare Festival will open this summer at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, featuring Shakespeare’s play about the triumph of one of Britain’s most legendary kings: Henry V. Attendees “will see valiant heroism up close as the worldly King Henry rallies his outnumbered army to defeat France on its home turf,” a […]

Enjoy music with your wine in Winters

RootStock will jazz things up Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with the help of Midnight Jazz Trio. The jazz trio draws on talent from Davis to provide an array of classic jazz music: Tim Pia on trumpet, Robert Blake on guitar and Travis Bradley on bass. The group has a particular penchant for bossa […]

Cultural performance benefits Team Davis

The NewStar Chinese School — which mounts an elaborate annual Chinese New Year show — will present a special showcase at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Proceeds will benefit Team Davis, the local nonprofit organization that helps enrich the lives of children and adults […]

Peregrine School offers filmmaking workshops

Peregrine School is offering two intensive filmmaking workshops this summer for children ages 9 to 14. The workshops will include lessons in visual literacy, screenwriting, cinematography and editing. Each student will write an original screenplay of their own, while collaborating to produce the screenplay of their choice into a five- to 10-minute film. Participants also have ample opportunity to […]

Sunflower artists to be honored at reception

NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the Alliance on Mental Illness, will hold a reception and awards ceremony for the 2012 Sunflower Art Competition from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza will be the master of ceremonies and will present prizes to the winners. […]

Jazz it up at Thursday Live! concert series

Davis Odd Fellows’ Thursday Live! concert series presents two jazz bands on Thursday — Zorelli and The Jazz Patrol featuring Calvin Handy. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Admission is free and beer, wine and sodas will be for sale. All ages are welcome. Zorelli […]

Watch artists paint a mural during Second Friday ArtAbout

Two new venues — Yolo Federal Credit Union and U.S. Bank — join the monthly Second Friday ArtAbout this month. The event features artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in downtown Davis and beyond. All events are free and open to the public; many include complimentary refreshments and opportunities to talk with featured artists. Live […]

Davis man offers a penetrating look at self-injury

A former Davis man will bring his raw, autobiographical story of self-injury to the stage this weekend when “This Vicious Minute” debuts at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Ben Moroski, a graduate of both Davis High School and UC Davis, offers this jarringly personal journey through the psyche of the unlikeliest of “cutters” — an all-American […]

Hear music at Cache Creek Lavender Fest

The Deering Coretet will provide music for the 2012 Cache Creek Lavender Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Rumsey. The festival is an annual open house at the Cache Creek Lavender Farm, an organic farm in the Capay Valley, that features tours, craft making, lavender harvesting and local music and wine. The Deering […]

MFA students show their work at UC Davis

Forty-five years ago, UC Davis professor Roy De Forest wrote in the MFA catalogue, “In a time of social disruption, scientific rationalization, and political instability, the creation of art is an act of dangerous faith.” He was talking about the Vietnam War and hippie culture; today we have war in Afghanistan, and the vast changes […]

Folk jam session is Friday

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow […]

Peter Franklin Band plays Picnic in Park

The Peter Franklin Band — featuring Bud Dangl, vocals; Kevin Twitchell, guitar, harmonica and goals; Wayne Agin, percussion, jugs, washboard, congas, mandolin and vocals; Chris Fletcher, keyboard, saxophone, and harmonica; Peter Franklin, guitar, drums and vocals; Daniel Crain, guitar and goals; Patrick Crain, bass guitar; and Bob Byrd, ukelele and harmonica — bring their unique […]

All-ages concert Saturday benefits One Farm at a Time

The 6th Street Shindig, an all-ages concert to benefit One Farm at a Time, will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. The West Nile Ramblers, The Notorious Shank Brothers, The Cole Norton Quartet and The Telling will be featured. Berryessa Brewing Co. […]