Ukulele is front and center with The Paul Hemmings Uketet

The ukulele has been riding a wave of resurgent popularity in recent years, due in large part to its increasing use in popular music and its widening acceptance as more than a novelty instrument. But while many of the current crop of ukulele players focus solely on technical virtuosity, few have incorporated the sophisticated language […]

Point of Brew: From sorghum beer to clear beer

It does not happen often but I am always pleased when I know something before I read it in The Economist or Time or USA Today or the New York Times Book Review or The Bee. Such an event just happened. The occasion also would please my mother who, superstitious as she was, believed that […]

Hear Putah Creek Crawdads twice this week

The Putah Creek Crawdads invite fans to two public performances this week: on Thursday evening at Rominger West Winery and Saturday morning at the Davis Farmers Market. Crawdads members are Cap Thomson, Chip Northup, John Rominger, Kate Laddish, Marc Faye, Ray Coppock and Wayne Ginsburg. The Happy Thursday event runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the […]

Campus gears up for book project

The UC Davis Campus Community Book Project is building toward a visit by author Sherman Alexie. This year’s selection is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Alexie’s award-winning, semi-autobiographical novel. His visit on Wednesday, April 11, follow’s UCD’s 40th annual Powwow and Native American Culture Days. “Part-Time Indian,” written for young adults, won the National […]

Yolo Mambo plays Friday in Winters

YoloMambo, a quartet specializing in spicy Latin, blues and pop, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Composed of Catherine LeBlanc on vocals, Phil Summers on the nylon-string guitar, Carla Campbell on percussion and Steve O’Neill on the upright bass, Yolo Mambo’s sound brings to mind […]

Project seeks tales of UC tuition hike’s impact

A new project from the UC Davis Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance hopes to collect stories from families who have been affected by University of California tuition increases. The project is seeing to “uncover and share these stories of resilience, courage, hardship and struggle — the realities of everyday life in difficult […]

‘Last Thursday’ book sale at Woodland Library

The Friends of the Woodland Public Library will host their “Last Thursday” book sale from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 250 First St. in Woodland. All paperback fiction will be buy one, get one free. All of the proceeds go directly to support the library. For more information, visit www.woodlandfol.org.

UCC Kids’ Choir performs Bible story musical

“Rescue in the Night,” a children’s musical based on the Bible story of Daniel and the lion’s den, will be presented this weekend at University Covenant Church. Sung by the 60-member UCC Kids’ Choir and directed by Carol Loscutoff and Nancy Streeter, performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, […]

Dave McAsey Band featured Sunday at I-House

Singer/guitarist Dave McAsey and The Dave McAsey Band will be showcased at the Mid-Winter @ I-House music series, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at 10 College Park. McAsey blends an array of open tunings and finger-style techniques to produce a seductively melodic and percussive sound, a news release said. Listeners often say […]

Audience will be hearing double at all-Bach concert

The American Bach Soloists return to Davis on Monday with an all-Bach program featuring an  array of instrumental pairings in the form of five “double concertos.” These feature two or more soloists playing baroque-style instruments of the sort that were heard in J.S. Bach’s lifetime. The program begins with the Concerto for Oboe & Violin […]

Young Artists Competition winners perform Sunday

Details What: Young Artists Competition winners perform When: 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $25 general, $12.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org; (530) 754-2787 About two dozen talented musicians — some from the San Francisco Bay Area plus a few from Southern California and one from New Mexico — will […]

A fierce, fascinating battle in ‘True West’

Check it out What: “True West” production by Capital Stage When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 22 Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$32; (916) 995-5464, www.capstage.org Sam Shepard’s “True West” is not a comedy, but there is enough funny stuff in this dark and gritty play […]

High school art show honors Wooliever’s memory

“He just had a big sympathy with young people.” Pauline Wooliever remembers her late husband, Jerry, a former art director and Davis Art Center board member, as a man who believed strongly in nurturing creativity in youngsters. In the last years of his life, Jerry developed a scholarship for aspiring young artists, funded through a […]

Lescroart to speak at National Library Week event in Vacaville

Bestselling author John Lescroart of Davis will be featured in conversation with Kathi Kaman Goldmark on Thursday, April 12, at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. The event is hosted by the Solano County Library Foundation as part of National Library Week. The theater is in the Vacaville Cultural Center at 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville. Lescroart […]