‘Sherlock Holmes’ adventure staged at Woodland Opera House

The Woodland Opera House presents “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” opening Friday and continuing through Feb. 12 at the Opera House, 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The world’s greatest detective has seemingly reached […]

Botanical garden photos exhibited at Gallery 1855

An exhibition of framed photographic works of Henry Paine, titled “Succulents of the Huntington Botanical Garden,” will be on display at Gallery 1855 during February. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Community members are invited to attend a free open house […]

See ‘Milk’ on Friday at International House

“Milk,” a 2008 biography of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film series, now in its 15th year. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 […]

Madrigals lead choral workshop for children

The award-winning Davis High School Madrigal Singers will host a choral workshop for children in grades kindergarten through six from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The workshop will take place in the Instructional Performing Arts Building at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St., with a joint grade-level concert with the Madrigals following […]

See Hitchcock on Super 8mm film

Fans of old movies will be in for a treat at 8 p.m. Saturday, when projectionist Akshay Nanjangud shows Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Foreign Correspondent,” mounted on seven 400-foot Super 8mm film reels. It will be shown on a Bolex SP-80 projector. “Foreign Correspondent” is set at the dawn of World War II. It was an Oscar nominee […]

Composer to be celebrated at Empyrean Ensemble concert

Check it out What: Empyrean Ensemble concert honoring composer Ross Bauer When: 7 p.m. Sunday, with a pre-concert talk at 6:15 p.m. Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $20 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 The music of composer and longtime UC Davis faculty member Ross Bauer — who marked his […]

Quintet takes listeners from the Balkans to the Applachians

An evening of an eclectic mix of Turkish, Romani, Sephardic, Balkan and American roots music plus originals inspired by these traditions will be presented Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Village Homes Community Center. Janam will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at the community center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Tickets are $13 in advance, […]

Contemporary folk guitarist performs in Davis

Julia Van Horn, a budding musician inspired by the Brazilian music and American folk harmonies that surrounded her growing up in Davis, is the featured performer at the first 2012 meeting of the Village Homes Performers Circle. The event runs from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 […]

See storytellers in action Sunday

“The Submarine Show” with Slater Penney and Jaron Hollander — featuring no props and no words, but 40 minutes of adventure — is coming to International House, Davis, at 2 p.m. Sunday. I-House is at 10 College Park. Penney recently moved to Davis from the Bay Area with his wife, Christine Germain, who is studying […]

Folk concert benefits drama students’ trip to Scotland

The Davis High School drama program will host an Americana and folk concert on Friday, Jan. 27, with all proceeds benefiting the program’s trip to the Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival. The concert is a double-bill featuring Northern California’s own Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack followed by Misner & Smith. The concert begins at 8 p.m. […]

Yolo Audubon Junior Bird Count set Jan. 22

The Yolo Audubon Junior Bird Count is planned on Sunday, Jan. 22. Local children ages 8 to 15 with an interest in birding are invited to participate. No knowledge of birding is required. Parents and volunteer drivers as well as leaders (of any age) with good local birding knowledge also are needed for the event. […]

Funny ha-ha: Davisite hits it big with SF Sketchfest

The talent credits for the 2012 San Francisco Sketchfest read like a who’s who of modern comedy. Eddie Izzard, Drew Carey, Amy Poehler — the list of performers for the 17-day comedy festival (Jan. 19-Feb. 4) seems endless.

“We’ve over-programmed this thing like crazy. There’s so much going on at once,” Sketchfest co-founder Cole Stratton says with a pleased laugh when reached by telephone.

‘Joyful Noise’: An irritating din

‘Joyful Noise’ 2 1/2 stars Starring: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan, Courtney B. Vance, Dexter Darden, Jesse L. Martin Rating: PG-13, and too harshly, for brief profanity and a vague sexual reference It must be January; Hollywood is serving holiday leftovers again. Despite having its heart in the right place, this film […]

Film follows bid to bridge cultures using King’s ideas

Being able to communicate is the key to understanding among people.

Few things are as frustrating as not comprehending someone — be it a child’s gibberish or a foreigner’s accent — except maybe not being understood yourself.

Attempting to explore humanity in a second language is an even more daunting task. This is the driving idea in the documentary film “Bringing King to China,” which will be screened Tuesday at UC Davis in 194 Chemistry Building.

The film follows American Caitrin McKiernan’s attempt to stage a production of “Passages of Martin Luther King” in the National Theater Company in Beijing …