The Davis Art Studio Tour plans preview exhibit

The Davis Art Studio Tour returns to Davis this spring. Sponsored by The Artery, this year’s studio tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12. This is a chance to take a peek into the studios of some of Davis’s best-known artists and get the scoop on emerging […]

Ground-breaking work, ‘Woyzeck,’ features madness, murder

One wonders what dramatist, poet, and revolutionary Georg Büchner might have accomplished had he not died of typhoid at the age of 23. This man of many talents received his doctorate degree in 1836 and was a lecturer on anatomy at the University of Zurich, while at the same time translating works of Victor Hugo, […]

‘McFarland USA': A true heart-warmer

‘McFarland USA’ Four stars Starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Carlos Pratts, Hector Duran, Morgan Saylor, Danny Mora, Martha Higareda, Sergio Avelar, Ramiro Rodriguez, Johnny Ortiz, Rafael Martinez, Michael Aguero, Elsie Fisher Rating: PG, for mild dramatic intensity   Disney scores with a fact-based slice of California history By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic For crowd-pleasing […]

‘Sweeney Todd’ opens next week

Davis Musical Theatre Company opens Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd” Friday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 22. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive. The show is recommended for theatergoers 13 and older. Tickets are $18 general, $16 for students and […]

Mondavi to host traditional Irish band on St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day. And — surprise! — the Mondavi Center will mark the annual celebration of All Things Irish by hosting the traditional Irish ensemble Danú, which is in the midst of an American tour marking the band’s 20th anniversary. The band hails from Ireland’s County Waterford, and its show features both traditional […]

Woodland’s ag museum gets artsy

Although tractors may not traditionally bring artistic visions to mind, the Heidrick Ag History Center, 1926 Hays Lane in Woodland, appreciates art as much as the next collector. In the coming year, the museum will add several art additions, including the installation of a metal tractor sculpture outside, as well as a proposed rotating art […]

British actor offers solo show remembering Pinter

The Mondavi Center will host an unusual solo performance honoring the late British playwright and poet Harold Pinter — winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 — on Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. The performance will be presented in an intimate setting on the Jackson Hall stage, […]

Art show celebrates history of The Blue Mango

A closing reception to celebrate the work of several artists showing at at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., Davis, is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. The show, titled “The Blue Mango: The Founding Years 1979-1985″ features art, photographs and artifacts by Julie Partansky, R. Crumb, Meg Hehner, Phil Gross, Ann […]

Early Music, Baroque Ensembles team up for concert

The UC Davis Early Music Ensemble and the UC Davis Baroque Ensemble will perform together at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. The Early Music Ensemble, directed by Juilliard alumnus and UCD music instructor William Cooper, is primarily a choral group. The Baroque Ensemble, led […]

UCD Jazz Ensembles perform March 4

The UC Davis Jazz Ensembles, directed by Sam Griffith, will present their winter-quarter concert on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. Tickets are $20 general, $8 for students, available at or 530-754-2787.

DMTC announces ‘Wizard of Oz’ auditions

Follow the yellow brick road to the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center for “The Wizard of Oz,” presented by the Davis Musical Theatre Company. Based on the books by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 movie musical, the show features Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West […]

‘Sweeney Todd’ musical to run at DMTC

Davis Musical Theatre Company announces the opening of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, “Sweeney Todd.” This rich score and story of revenge and deceit runs Friday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 22. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive in Mace Ranch. […]

DMTC invites audiences to journey to ancient China with Disney’s ‘Mulan, Jr.’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ Theatre announces the opening of its upcoming production, Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.,” based on the 1998 Disney film and the traditional story “Fa Mulan.” The musical travels back to ancient China and tells the story of a defiant daughter who takes up arms and disguises herself as a man […]

Multiple choirs, orchestra combine to perform vast ‘Hymnus Paradisi’ at Mondavi

Four choirs — the UC Davis University Chorus, the UC Davis Alumni Chorus, the Davis Chorale and the Bay Area-based Pacific Boychoir Academy — will combine with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Jeffrey Thomas for a concert on Sunday, March 8. The program will feature English composer Herbert Howells’ large-scale choral work”Hymnus […]