Arts and crafts festival set Saturday

A free arts and crafts festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the E Street Plaza in the 200 block of E Street in downtown Davis. “Come and enjoy the thriving DIY culture and original handmade pieces,” a news release said. For more information, visit the downtown Davis arts and entertainment […]

Sun’s shadows spell it out

The artists who painted “Same Sun” — also known as Davis’ east area water tank — hope it tells passersby that Davis is about more than cows and bicycles.

Last week, Sofia Lacin, 27, and Hennessy Christophel, 26, spoke passionately about their work and the upcoming Summer Soltice SUNday tours they will be giving.

Part of their passion for the water tank is related to the fact that it is their first-ever public art project. In fact, Lacin and Christophel recently have been researching public art’s impact on a city or town.

“The positive changes are not instantaneous,” Lacin said. But they are undeniably positive in terms of culture and image.

A few spaces left in film workshop

Peregrine School is offering two intensive filmmaking workshops this summer for children ages 9 to 14, and there are still a few spots left. 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 […]

Lovett returns to Davis

Texas singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett — who has carved a unique reputation in the music business over the past 25 years — will return to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7, with his acoustic band. Lovett picked up a loyal local following as a result of his evening at Mondavi in 2010, a […]

Get your ticket to Davis Music Festival

Tickets are still available for the second annual Davis Music Festival, a daylong extravaganza featuring 46 bands playing at seven venues in downtown Davis. The music runs from 1 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. The event, organized by the nonprofit organization Music Only Makes Sense, will raise funds to benefit local elementary, middle and […]

Hear Zorelli at N Street house concert

Zorelli, a multi-instrumentalist Caribbean, Latin jazz and reggae band, will play an intimate house concert Saturday, July 7, at N Street Cohousing in Davis. The group recently released its newest self-titled CD. The show will features Wendell Fishman on keyboards, Rick Montgomery on steel drum and kalimba, Keith Cline on saxophones and electronic wind instrument, […]

Who needs a cast of thousands for ‘Henry V’?

That’s the ticket What: Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of “Henry V” When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays through July 1 Where: Arboretum Gazebo, on Garrod Drive at UC Davis Tickets: $15 general, $12 students/seniors, $10 children 12 and under;; (530) 802-0998 Before I went to review the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of “Henry V,” […]

Art and commerce on ‘Davisville’

The second floor of Court ’N Cedar on G Street near Third Street has been one of downtown’s sleepiest corners, but that’s changing. On “Davisville” this week, Michael Bisch, co-president of the Davis Downtown Business Association, and artist Marieke de Waard discuss the Open Door Art Studios now taking shape at that location. Based on […]

From rock to roots to reggae, Davis Music Festival has it all

That’s the ticket What: Second annual Davis Music Festival, a benefit for arts education in the Davis schools When: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday Where: Seven venues throughout downtown Davis Tickets: $20 in advance at Armadillo Music, 205 F St., and online at; $25 at the gate A full day of music and […]

Hear tunes Saturday at Covell Gardens

Donna Wren and Ken Kemmerling will perform a concert of jazz standards and eclectic tunes from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The event is free and open to the public. Wren and Kemmerling will sing and play piano, fiddle, guitar, banjo, folk harp and marimba. […]

Troubadour performs at Village Homes

Singer-songwriter Andrew Corbett is the featured act at this month’s Village Homes Performers Circle from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Monday. “Andrew’s manipulation of the guitar is near flawless,” says the editor of Acoustic Roundtable. “His lyrics are subtle yet imaginative. … His vocals are somewhat reminiscent of songwriting troubadours from days gone by … think […]

Nelson Gallery looks at Flatlanders on the slant

In July 2006, Renny Pritikin curated the work of some three dozen artists from the Sacramento and Davis areas into the first “Flatlanders” exhibition. Every other summer since, he has organized new versions of the show, all with different artists. For the fourth iteration, from July 12 through Aug. 17, the theme will be a […]

Whimsical artwork goes on exhibit

Mixed-media artist Marguerite Schaffron will show her whimsical work in July at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Schaffron will be honored at a free open house and reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8. For […]

Young pianist shines in competition

Jessica Yeung, a 12-year-old pianist from Davis, was awarded first place in the second annual Classical Masters Music Festival Piano Competition earlier this month. Classical Masters seeks to foster growth and development of young classical musicians by providing the opportunity to compete, learn from renowned masters, develop passion for music and share their talents with […]