She kissed a girl …

Jill Sobule, the funny, smart and provocative singer-songwriter who is perhaps best known for the 1995 single “I Kissed a Girl” and her song “Supermodel” from the soundtrack of the 1995 film “Clueless,” will be at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday. Her folk-inflected compositions alternate between amusingly ironic, story-driven character studies and emotive ballads, a […]

All-star cast brings Sherlock Holmes to life

Details What: “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” When: Through Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, plus 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Feb. 4 Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $25 general, $23 seniors/students, $12 youths 17 and under; balcony tickets $15 general, $7 children; www.woodlandoperahouse.org, (530) 666-9617 Sherlock […]

Local volunteers head out of Davis into Africa

Check it out What: One-man play, “Manchild in the Wasteland” When: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday Where: International House, 10 College Park, Davis Tickets: $20 priority seating, $15 general admission, $10 students; proceeds benefit orphans in Tanzania Packing for an international trip is daunting. Packing for a trip to remote sections of Tanzania and […]

Be my valentine

Children will layer paper and other media and pour on the love in a valentine’s craft-making session from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Artist Janice Purnell will lead the workshop, which is designed for all ages. The cost is $4 for Pence members […]

Prize-winning pianist joins Alexander String Quartet to perform Dvorák

Hear more What: Alexander String Quartet and pianist Jon Nakamatsu When: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $49 general, $24.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 The Alexander String Quartet will welcome pianist Jon Nakamatsu as its guest on Sunday for performances of two chamber […]

UC Davis Orchestra greets new year with Elgar, Wagner

Details What: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, featuring soloist Jeremy Tai When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra’s next concert — at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall — will be a […]

Singer/songwriter performs Davis house concert

Folk musician and singer/songwriter Andrew Calhoun returns to Davis to perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2613 Blackburn Drive. Calhoun is described as a master songwriter, guitarist and interpreter of traditional songs, and a warm, funny performer. His music is innovative and rooted in tradition, running the gamut of human experience and emotion. […]

SF Opera’s ‘Tosca’ screened at Mondavi

Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” — which premiered in Rome and London in 1900 — tells a story involving an idealistic artist, a celebrated singer and a corrupt police chief who become enmeshed in a tale of cruelty and deception. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and official hypocrisy, this opera never goes out of […]

Poems of Emily Dickinson provide inspiration for new music

Visiting soprano Sarah Pelletier and pianist Lois Shapiro will perform in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theater at 7 p.m. Friday. Featured will be works that evoke Emily Dickinson’s unique poetic voice, including new music (incorporating her texts) by Eric Sawyer and UC Davis faculty composer Ross Bauer, and older music by Aaron Copland — all inspired by Dickinson’s […]

Free family circus arts workshops set at Mondavi Center

Check it out What: Two circus arts workshops taught by MFA choreography candidate Kevin O’Connor When: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis RSVP: Email your desired session time and number of participants (maximum seven) to ucdavisdance@gmail.com Info: http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu By Janice Bisgaard If you’ve ever dreamed […]

‘Haywire’: Trust nobody

‘Haywire’ 3.5 stars Starring: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano Rating: R, and needlessly, for action violence Movies are all about make-believe: our willing suspension of skepticism in exchange for a good time. We tolerate the impossible — varying degrees of the impossible, depending on […]

‘Let’s Paint Poppies!’ with watercolorist Jan Foss

The Davis Art Center welcomes back one of its most popular art instructors, watercolorist Jan Foss, to teach a three-day workshop Jan 27-29. In “Let’s Paint Poppies!,” students will use different techniques to capture the beauty of three types of poppies. The first lesson focuses on painting the red Oriental poppy one petal at a […]

Jazz Choir hosts three cabaret shows

The Davis High School Jazz Choir, under the musical direction of William Zinn with choreography by Cara Rains, is rehearsing and raising funds for a trip to New Orleans with the Jazz Band in April. The choir will present its 24th annual Jazz Choir Cabaret, “I Got Rhythm,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and […]

New book presents portrait of Woodland history

A new photo-centric book on the history of Woodland tells not only the story of a city, but also of the surrounding area through the eyes and photos of local residents. “Images of America: Woodland,” written and compiled by local geographers and history buffs Robin Datel, Dennis Dingemans and Thomas Krabacher, is a collection of […]