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 […]

More download workshops set at library

Due to an overwhelming response to the digital download workshop earlier this month, two more workshops are planned in February at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Users of iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices are invited to attend the OverDrive Workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in […]

Davis High Idol contestants take the stage

Andrew Block, 16, a junior at Davis High School, sings “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars in rehearsal for Friday’s and Saturday’s preliminary Davis High Idol competition. The prelims start at 7 p.m. in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St., with the top 10 contestants advancing to the finals on Saturday, […]

Art Center presents guitar series

Check it out What: Third annual Classical Guitar Ensemble Series: Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra, Trio 7, Mobius Trio, San Francisco Guitar Quartet When: 8 p.m. Feb. 3, March 9, April 6 and May 4 Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Tickets: $15 general, $10 students/seniors, $5 kids 12 and under; www.brownpapertickets.com Info: (530) 756-4100; crystal@davisartcenter.org The Davis Art Center presents […]

Royal Philharmonic visits Mondavi with conductor Dutoit, pianist Thibaudet

Details What: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $50-$89 general, $25-$45.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 One of the world’s better-known orchestras — the London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra — visits the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall on Friday, Jan. 27, under the […]

Thompson touts alternative Internet piracy bill

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, is among the co-sponsors of an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act, the prospect of which caused Wikipedia, WordPress and scores of other websites to go dark Wednesday in protest. With 21 House members and three senators, Thompson is pushing the narrower Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade […]

The Big Read delves into human genomics

“Here is a Human Being,” by Duke University assistant professor Misha Angrist, has been selected as the Big Read: Open Access Science book for winter 2011-12. The Big Read is intended to be a community book club in which everyone is a member, reading the same book and joining in discussions of its themes and […]

Learn how to write songs at new city class

The city of Davis presents a class in songwriting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Jan. 31 to March 1, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Learn about the craft of writing a song, and develop your skills and your personal style. The course will discuss notable songwriting examples […]