Aye, it’s time for the136th Scottish Games

Once more the pipes will be calling local lads and lasses to the 136th Annual Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival. Starting this Saturday, April 28, the Caledonian Club of Sacramento, a Scottish heritage association, will host the Scottish Games and Festival at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. The games, modeled after the traditional […]

Bang discusses his new book on Guaraldi

Derrick Bang, author of the new book “Vince Guaraldi at the Piano,” discusses the influential San Francisco jazz pianist on the latest edition of the KDRT radio program “Davisville.” Guaraldi is known best as the composer and performer of music for the first “Peanuts” television specials. He wrote and performed “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” a […]

KDVS fund drive continues through Sunday

Campus/community radio station KDVS — heard over the air at 90.3 FM, and available internationally at www.kdvs.org — is in the midst of its annual fundraising drive, with a goal of $64,000 in pledges by the end of the day Sunday. KDVS, which has studios in Lower Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus, broadcasts […]

The Artifact Gallery presents a multimedia showcase on Friday

The Artifact Gallery, a new addition to the Davis art landscape, is showcasing Dennis Brovald and Kris Rosa in collaboration with curator, Ally Hasche. Various artists are presenting work in the show, ranging from sculpture to photography. UC Davis graduate Thelonious Elliot is displaying a large installation consisting of plaster mold white frames, formed into […]

Holoman to sign Munch biography on Friday

Author and scholar D. Kern Holoman will sign copies of his recently published biography of conductor Charles Munch on Friday, April 27,  at 7:30 p.m. at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis. Munch (1891-1968) was a prominent conductor who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1949 to 1962, and founded the Orchestre de […]

Summer solstice participants needed by May 11

The Summer Solstice SUNday Festival is looking for artists of all disciplines and solar energy enthusiasts to help in the art installation at the east area water tank off Mace Boulevard on June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The application deadline is May 11. Those interested should email their request to sofia@lcmuralanddesign.com. The water […]

Two Man Gentlemen Band plays Sophia’s

Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, former street performers and consummate showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band — aka Fuller Condon and Andy Bean — bring their retro music to Sophia’s Thai Kitchen at 9 p.m. Thursday. Sophia’s is at 129 E St. in downtown Davis. Admission is $5. “The Gents have affection for pre-war American jazz and […]

Sheets to Rock Woodland Saturday April 28

The Sheets, a legendary San Francisco based band that gained quite a lot of notoriety in the Bay Area in the 1980’s, will take the stage at the Stag, 506 Main St., Woodland, as lead singer, Chris Domino’s, returns to his home town for his birthday. They released a self-produced EP “Undercover.” Approximately six months […]

Janiva Magness plays The Palms on Friday

Award-winning blues and soul vocalist Janiva Magness will celebrate the release of her new CD “Stronger for it” (Alligator Records) with a live performance at The Palms Playhouse in Winters at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The Palms is at 13 Main St. in downtown Winters. A charismatic artist known for her electrifying live shows, Magness is among […]

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers play The Palms

Blues-roots artist Tommy Castro & the Painkillers will perform at The Palms Playhouse in Winters at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The Palms is at 13 Main St. The band will play songs from Castro’s award-winning debut, “Hard Believer” (Alligator Records). In 2010, Castro won four Blues Music Awards — more than any other artist — including, […]

University, high school ensembles offer baroque music on Sunday

The UC Davis Baroque Ensemble and the Davis High School Baroque Ensemble will come together on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. for a joint concert in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. Featured will be music by J.S. Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi and others. Angelo Moreno, who teaches the Baroque Ensemble […]

Artists gather in Winters for Plein Air Festival

More than 50 professional and amateur artists are expect to descend on Winters and paint the historic town red or blue or umber during the fifth annual Winters Plein Air Festival. Events run from Friday through Saturday, May 12. The weeklong event, sponsored Briggs & Co., allows artists to work outdoors painting scenes surrounding the […]

Woodland library presents civil liberties exhibit

Showcasing powerful stories of the fight for freedom and equality in California from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 eras, a new exhibition, “Wherever There’s a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California,” opens on Monday, May 7, at the Woodland Public Library. The traveling exhibition, rich with narrative and photographs, animates the history […]

Lyle Lovett, Steve Martin and Eddie Izzard booked as “Just Added” performers at Mondavi

The Mondavi Center has announced three “Just Added” performances during summer and fall, including two by artists who have drawn big crowds in past appearances. * Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett will appear on Saturday, July 7, at 8 p.m. (Lovett was previously at Mondavi in October 2009). Tickets are $65 general, $35 students. * Banjo picker […]