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 …

‘Battleship': Deserves to be sunk

“Battleship” One star Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Liam Neeson, John Tui Rating: PG-13, for intense action violence, mayhem and profanity “Battleship” is a movie for folks who found the “Transformers” flicks too intellectually challenging. Erich and Jon Hoeber’s laughably moronic plot would make a great discussion topic in a […]

Country concert raises funds to support Woodland coaches

The Woodland Schools Foundation and 101.9 The Wolf will present a fundraising concert dubbed “Country for Coaches” on Friday, June 1. The event features country star Kip Moore (“Something ‘bout a Truck”), American Idol finalist Bucky Covington, Due West and Jon Pardi. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Yolo County Fairgrounds on Gum Avenue […]

UCD Jazz Bands play May 30

The UC Davis Jazz Bands, directed by Delbert Bump, will present their spring quarter concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and children, available at www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787.

Chamber Orchestra performs in Esparto

The VITA Chamber Orchestra will present a concert in the Capay Valley at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in Esparto High School’s auditorium, 17121 Yolo Ave., Esparto. Conductor Pete Nowlen and the VITA Chamber Orchestra will be joined by students of the VITA-sponsored Esparto K-8 violin, choir and music classes for a concert titled “Voices […]

Sign up now for summer theater workshop

The Davis Musical Theatre Company will offer its annual Summer Youth Theater Workshop for students ages 7-17, beginning Monday, July 9. The workshop will be taught by Helen Spangler and DMTC co-founder Jan Isaacson. Students will learn the basics of acting, singing, dance steps, vocal projection and other basic performing skills through theater games, improvisation […]

Davis High orchestras wrap up their season

All three of the orchestras at Davis High School will greet the coming conclusion of the academic year with a finale concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Featured will be the Baroque Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra, under the direction […]

Holmes orchestras perform Wednesday

The Holmes Junior High School orchestras, under the direction of Angelo Moreno, will wrap up their spring season with a finale concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The free concert will feature both the Holmes Intermediate Orchestra and Advanced Orchestras, performing selections by […]

History underpins local author’s new book

Katherine Longshore may be a new author on the young-adult scene, but she’s certainly not sticking to the genre’s standard locales. “Gilt,” Longshore’s first book, is set in the court of King Henry VIII, and starts off what will be a series of books depicting the rise — and fall — of some of England’s […]

NAMI invites sunflower art for 10th annual contest

Calling all artists! June 1 is the deadline to enter the 10th annual sunflower art competition sponsored by NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental illness. The competition is open to people of all ages and abilities. Artwork must be delivered to the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., between 2 and 7 p.m. […]

Kids, make an animal friend at art workshop

Children will explore color, shape and line while creating paper animals at a family art workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Kids will have fun designing animal friends using bold construction paper shapes and patterned fabric, under the guidance of artist Jennica Forrest. The […]

Early Music Ensemble performs Monteverdi

The UC Davis Early Music Ensemble will present music by the great Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane. Monteverdi holds a pivotal position in the history of music; he wrote numerous madrigals over a period of 40 years, in addition to highly […]

Music of Bali to waft through Mondavi Center

Just the ticket What: Gamelan Sekar Jaya When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $20 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 Musicians from the Gamelan Sekar Jaya — a Bay Area-based professional ensemble dedicated to the music of Bali — and members of the UC […]

Student cast presents a quality version of ‘Rent’

Check it out What: “Rent,” presented by Studio 301 When: 8 p.m. through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: UC Davis’ Wyatt Pavilion Tickets: $16 general, $14 for students, available at Freeborn Hall box office or (530) 752-1915 It is tragic that composer/lyricist Jonathan Larson never lived to see the phenomenon that his musical, “Rent,” has […]