Holiday movie releases 2011: Santa’s pack is laden

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve has become the cinematic land of Oscar bait: a release pattern designed to keep prestige titles fresh in the minds of those who select Academy Award nominees.

The unfortunate result, of course, is that many films will be lost in the shuffle as slow performers are cast adrift. But however you look at it, it’s gonna be a marvelous — if busy — month for movies.

‘New Year’s Eve’: Classic Hollywood froth

“New Year’s Eve” 3.5 stars Starring: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron and too many other folks to list here Rating: PG-13, for fleeting profanity and some sexual candor “New Year’s Eve” is a lighthearted throwback to classic Hollywood ensemble dramas such as 1932’s […]

Library offers workshop on download service

Learn how to use the library’s free digital media download service during an OverDrive Workshop at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The workshop will cover how to use the download service to download free audiobooks, eBooks, video and music. Bring your laptops, tablets and eReaders […]

Local pastor publishes book on Romans

The Rev. P.G. Mathew is the author of a recently published book, “The Gospel Freedom: Romans 1-8.” Mathew is the founder and senior minister of Grace Valley Christian Center and has been preaching the gospel in Davis since 1974. Originally a scientist from India, he holds three graduate degrees in theology from Central and Westminster […]

‘Home for the Holidays’ tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale now for the eighth annual “Home for the Holidays” community concert, to be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Proceeds from the holiday favorite benefit music and arts programs in the Davis public schools. This year’s lineup includes Chris Webster and […]

Woodland Community Band presents Christmas concert

By Bill Hollingshead The Woodland Community Band will present its annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the atrium of the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. Admission is free. The band is under the direction of Bobby Rogers, music director at Pioneer High School. Concert selections range from traditional holiday carols to humorous and popular […]

NAMI-Yolo hosts ‘Madhouse Rhythm’

NAMI-Yolo will present a special event, “Madhouse Rhythm” with Joshua Walters, to welcome the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in Davis. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested. Light refreshments will be provided. Walters […]

How do poets see Davis? Buy the book and count the ways

Check it out Who: Allegra Silberstein and contributing poets What: Reading their work published in “Entering,” the Davis Poetry Book Project When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. How much: Admission is free, books cost $15 What started as a dream is becoming a reality for Davis Poet Laureate Allegra Silberstein. […]

Learn more about artist at Pence film screening

All are welcome to attend a screening of “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?,” a 2006 film, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. The film’s running time is 74 minutes; guests are welcome to enjoy all-you-can-eat popcorn. The film chronicles Teri Horton’s 15-year journey clasing with the […]

Spend a winter evening with Shakespeare

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble will present a staged reading of The Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at 8 p.m. Saturday at Putah Creek Lodge in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Come ready to indulge in wine and scrumptious holiday treats,” a news release said. Tickets are $10 each; call (530) 802-0998 or email

DHS Concert, Symphonic bands present ‘Winter Rhapsody’ concert

Clarinetist Evan Hamaguchi will be the featured student soloist at the Davis High School “Winter Rhapsody” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. This annual concert will put guests in the holiday spirit with a performance by the Concert Band, under the direction of […]

Teenage photographers to be honored

Local youths who participated in the city of Davis’ sixth annual Teen Photo Contest will be honored at a reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. All entries will be on display. The winning photographs in each category will be showcased throughout January at City Hall, 23 Russell […]

Holiday music and shopping aplenty at Farmers Market

Holiday music will add a festive air to the Davis Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 10, 17 and 24, under the pavilion in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. This weekend’s musicians include Grace Valley Carolers, Davis High School’s Advanced Treble Choir, Susanna Holland, Peter Franklin Band and Davis Carolers. Shoppers […]

Point of Brew: The winter of my content

I’m writing this overlooking the rolling countryside of the Heart of England, Warwickshire. I think the English landscape is particularly beautiful in winter; the leaves have gone and one can see the bare bones of the fields and trees and the skeleton upon which the scene is built. This morning is unusually lovely; there has […]