Emeritus history professor presents new book on Germany

William W. Hagen, a professor emeritus in the UC Davis history department, will speak about his new book, “German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation,” on Saturday, March 31, at The Avid Reader. His talk runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Hagen’s book […]

Grimm or not, Ballet Preljocaj knows how to tell a story

I grew up reading fairy tales — the real ones — before political correctness and cultural “sanitization” took place. They were stories of love and terror, of cruelty and revenge, of retribution and atonement. Good ultimately conquered evil, although there was often a price to pay, by both victim and perpetrator. Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj understands […]

Enjoy Plainfield Pickers at Happy Thursday

Live music by the Plainfield Pickers, discounted wine by the glass and tasty fare from Stone Soup Catering will be featured at Rominger West Winery’s Happy Thursday celebration Thursday. The fun runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4. The quartet, a local Western swing and bluegrass band that […]

Popular tabla artist Zakir Hussain returns with traditional ragas

Tabla player Zakir Hussain returns to the Mondavi Center on Thursday and this time, he will be focusing on the music and dance of his homeland — India. Hussain first played at Mondavi in 2008, as part of  Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s Global Drum Project, which incorporated percussion artists from Nigeria and Puerto Rico […]

Beer Brothers return to RootStock

RootStock welcomes back The Beer Brothers from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The acoustic duo features local musicians Bob Vollmer and Wayne Rigot, who have been playing music together for many years with groups such as 48 Straight, the RB&C Band and Casualties of Friendship. They play songs […]

Dine out downtown for a musical cause

Local residents are invited to enjoy pizza and frozen yogurt on Sunday in downtown Davis in support of the Davis Schools Orchestral Music Association. From 4 to 8 p.m., Cultivé, 231 E St., will donate up to 25 percent of its sales from customers who mention the fundraiser or present a flier. The same deal […]

Sign up now for Davis Community Folk Orchestra

Are you an acoustic musician looking for a low-key, friendly group that plays traditional folk music from all over the world? The Davis Community Folk Orchestra, a class offered by the Davis Adult School, is looking for sign-ups right now. All levels of musical skill are invited, from beginning to advanced. Classes meet from 6:30 […]

Theater students will present ‘Wizard of Oz’

The Davis Art Center still has a few openings in a youth theater class that will present a performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” All participants are guaranteed a significant speaking part in this class designed to empower creative expression, develop poise, facilitate communication skill and develop acting skills. Experiential exercises will include improvisation, characterization, acting technique, voice, story analysis, movement and […]

Certificates of merit presented to young musicians

Following statewide tests that concluded earlier this month, the Music Teachers’ Association of California awarded certificates of merit to 275 piano, viola, violin and cello students from 22 music studios. The awards were made after live auditions and ear-training and music theory tests in Davis. The goals of the certificate of merit are: * To […]

Hear Cape Breton Island fiddler in concert Saturday

Playing traditional and original tunes, Cape Breton Island fiddler Andrea Beaton will be joined by fellow Nova Scotia native Troy McGillivray in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Cape Breton’s fiddle music was brought to North America by Scottish immigrants during the Highland Clearances. It is highly accented, with […]

‘Compassionate Life’ reading group will meet

The Center for Spiritual Living in Davis will host a reading group this spring to study Karen Armstrong’s “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.” The group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 27, at Fair Plaza Community Center, 35 W. Clover St. in Woodland. The discussion group “promises to uplift your […]

Enjoy a cappella music Saturday at Luigi’s

Coming from across the pond by popular demand, Out of the Blue, Oxford University’s premier all-male a cappella group, is back in town for a free show at 8 p.m. Saturday with The Spokes at Luigi’s Pizza, 213 E St. in downtown Davis. The Spokes, an all-female a cappella group from UC Davis, co-hosted a […]

For Japanese quake victims, Davis songwriter is their ‘rising sun’

One year ago, Tracy Kaplan was watching her television, overwhelmed by the flood of images streaming into her living room from the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami: the initial gritty video of the earthquake shocks, the wall of water that swept away towns in seconds and finally, the rescue workers, both Japanese and […]

Bands fill the air with music at Picnic in the Park

A complete slate of live music has been announced for the 2012 season of Picnic in the Park, which begins Wednesday. The fun runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, through Oct. 24. The concerts are sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op. March 21: Blue Blazes, rockabilly and blues […]