With ‘Cyrano,’ it’s all in the words

Details What: Acme Theatre Company’s production of ‘Cyrano’ When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $12 general, $10 for seniors and $8 for students Info: Visit www.acmetheatre.net In her notes to the new Acme production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand, director Emily Henderson writes, “This play […]

Hear banjo music at free concert

The Sacramento Banjo Band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in Davis. Band members play four-string banjos with clear melodies supported by strummed chords, like you would expect to hear on a riverboat or in Dixieland jazz bands, an Atria spokeswoman said. Musicians play […]

Tickets available for Jazz Choir’s annual Cabaret show

The Davis High School Jazz Choir, under the musical direction of William Zinn with choreography by Cara Rains, will present its 24th annual Jazz Choir Cabaret, “I Got Rhythm,” on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12, at Emerson Junior High School, 2121 Calaveras Ave. Proceeds from the event will support the choir’s trip to New Orleans […]

Davis library teaches how to download e-books from its collection

The book industry has evolved in a big way with the arrival of the e-book and it appears that readers are ready to evolve right along with it. On Saturday, the Mary L. Stephens Branch Public Library, at 315 E. 14th St., offered a free digital media download service seminar to teach Yolo County Library […]

Oliver Stone’s ‘Platoon’ screens at Mondavi on Monday

Director Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War drama “Platoon” will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre on the UC Davis campus. Released in 1986, the film earned an Academy Award for Best Picture that year, and also the Best Director award for Stone, plus two other Oscars. The film is […]

Davis musician thrives as composer-for-hire

Music tells a special story, of love and laughter, heartache and sorrow or blessings and joy.

For Sarah Majorins of Davis, capturing these emotions in a melody is more than just a passion, it’s a business, too. She writes music for special occasions — including church services, weddings, concerts, new songs that go into albums, and more.

Working from her family’s East Davis home, she provides new arrangements of familiar hymns, as well as original material, to customers around the country, using the Internet to move sheet music and sound files back and forth.

She has long been an active musician.

“My dad (David George) is a pastor, at Valley Springs Church in Roseville. So I’ve been involved in church music my entire life,” she says.

Pull out your kilt and celebrate Robert Burns Night

Great Scot! Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St. in downtown Davis, invites local residents to celebrate Robert Burns Night on Saturday, Jan. 21, with music, poetry and traditional fare. The restaurant will offer traditional Scottish dishes with a Czech twist, like Scotch eggs, lamb curry, filet mignon with whisky sauce, and baked salmon, as […]

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’: Whack-a-mole

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” 3.5 stars Starring: Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds Rating: R, and too harshly, for brief violence, occasional profanity and eyeblink nudity If your theater of choice offers the faux “classified dossier” of notes, characters and background information on this film, I strongly […]

January is join-a-chorus month

Dozens of choruses throughout the greater Sacramento area are starting new performance seasons this month. Many hold formal auditions, but for many others, the selection process is much less formal. And some organizations will take anyone who can carry a tune. So if you’ve felt the need for more singing in your life, now is […]

Gallery 1855 features Ross’ photos

An exhibition of framed photographic works of Jean Ross featuring the people of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, will be on display throughout January at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A free open house and reception for the artist […]

A long road for painter

Paintings by Jennifer Pochinski will be exhibited through Jan. 28 at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. She will be honored at an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, as part of the Second Friday ArtAbout. Born in 1968 and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Pochinski received her […]

From Hawaii to Greece to Davis: Artist’s path is long and winding

Paintings by Jennifer Pochinski will be exhibited through Jan. 28 at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. She will be honored at an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, as part of the Second Friday ArtAbout. Born in 1968 and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Pochinski received her […]

Flamenco performance canceled

A performance by flamenco singer/dancer Kina Mendez, planned for Jan. 15 at the Village Homes Community Center, has been canceled, organizer Gil Medovoy announces. For more information, call (530) 867-1032 or visit info@timnatalmusic.com.

Young Artists Competition winners featured in Mondavi recital

Details Who: Violinist Alexi Kenney and pianist Hilda Huang, winners of the Young Artists Competition When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $35 general, $17.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 The two performers who won the highest honors in the […]