International film traces remarkable life of Somali model

“Desert Flower,” a 2009 U.K., German and Austrian film directed by Sherry Hormann, will be screened Friday, April 6, to launch the International Film Series’ 16th 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 p.m. and the film begins […]

‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’: Quite a catch

‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ Four stars Starring: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rachael Stirling, Tom Mison, Conleth Hill Rating: PG-13, for mild sexual content, brief violence and fleeting profanity The British film industry’s gift for gentle whimsy is as inherently cultural as French cinema’s way with erotic comedies: in both cases […]

Mondavi Center interior stays dry through recent rains

Now that rain has been falling for several weeks, and inspectors have worked their way through the entire Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis officials have concluded that the recent repairs to the landmark building’s exterior were a success. “The interior stayed dry through the heavy rains of March, which served as final […]

Artists talk about their work at Pence on Sunday

On Sunday, the Pence Gallery will host a series of free talks by five of the participating exhibiting artists in the “Seeing Sound: Music & Visual Art” exhibit. Dean Moniz, a Sacramento-based painter and sculptor, pulls directly from his musical inspirations, in a series of gridded paintings and “baskets” constructed out of found objects. He […]

Shakespeare Reading Group tackles ‘Richard III’

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble welcomes all comers to a reading of “Richard III” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, upstairs at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is necessary, just a willingness to read, learn and play. Admission is $10 general and $8 for students. RSVPs are […]

Autumn Sky, jazz duo featured at winery

Pop, folk and indie artist Autumn Sky will perform at Rominger West Winery’s Friday Night Live event this week. Guests are invited to enjoy wine by the glass and music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4, in Davis. Sky, 22, plays many instruments and has won awards for […]

Mendez brings flamenco tradition back to Davis

Kina Mendez, a flamenco singer and dancer from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, will return to Davis for a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Tickets are $13 in advance, available by calling (530) 867-1032, or $15 at the door. For more information, email info@timnatalmusic.com. […]

Sinatra songs showcased at choral concert

“My Way: Songs of Frank Sinatra” is the theme of a fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, by the West Valley Chorus and the Pioneer High School Choir. In addition to the high school singers, the show features the 35-man chorus, the Davis/Vacaville/Woodland chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, directed by Ollie Brilhante. The chorus […]

Origami artists will gather at library

The Davis Origami Group will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. First-time folders and more advanced folders are welcome. The first hour will be geared for beginners. For more information, email andrew.hudson13@gmail.com or call (530) 753-6093.

High school musician follows his passion

Da Vinci High School senior Nat Lefkoff began his music career as a young boy. The young artist, who had an affinity for words and storytelling, recorded his first song, “One Inch Tall,” with his dad when he was in the first grade, then started guitar lessons in the third grade. “I’ve always liked music […]

Sneak preview session set for Yolo Youth Choir

An eight-week session of the new Yolo Youth Choir is planned for April 26 to June 7, with weekly Thursday rehearsals from 4 to 5 p.m. at Barbara’s Dancing Tonight. The youth choir classes, open to all kids ages 8 to 14 without audition, will culminate in a community Singing Bee on the evening of […]

Hear McDougall Saturday at Sophia’s

McDougall, a Portland-based Americana/folk-rock one-man band, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in downtown Davis. His current concert tour supports McDougall’s forthcoming full-length album, “A Few Towns More,” set for national release April 10. Admission Saturday is $5. Following McDougall on stage at Sophia’s are J.P. Harris & […]

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 […]