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 davis.shakespeare@gmail.com.

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 […]

Blind Boys of Alabama, fiddler Sara Watkins to play holiday tunes at Mondavi

Details Who: The Blind Boys of Alabama, with Sara and Sean Watkins When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $25-$49 general, $12.50-$24.50 for students; www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787 The Blind Boys of Alabama will return to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, with their […]

For the record

Show times and ticket prices for the Sacramento Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” published Tuesday with Bev Sykes’ review, were incorrect. The show plays through Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Tickets are […]

Art from the heart

This untitled fusion of photography, lithography, relief print and monotype by Cherie Blackwell will be on display through Jan. 2 at Risto Hair International, 325 G St. in downtown Davis. A reception is planned Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the monthly Second Friday ArtAbout evening of art viewings and entertainment.

Art lovers will flock downtown for Second Friday viewings, receptions

Holiday music will lend a particularly festive air to the monthly Second Friday ArtAbout on Friday, an evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in downtown Davis and beyond. All events are free and open to the public. Many include complimentary refreshments and opportunities to chat with featured artists. For more information, visit […]

Classic country with a twist as Zoe Muth visits The Palms

Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers bring their classic country sounds to The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Friday. Muth has been making waves with her fresh and beguiling take on classic country and rootsy honky-tonk music in the past couple of years, and this will be her Palms debut. Muth’s self-titled, self-released debut CD […]

Warm up with blues at RootStock

RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters, invites local residents to stop in Friday between 6 and 8 p.m. for some down-home delta-style blues featuring the acoustic duo Chicken & Dumpling. Guests may enjoy a glass of wine from three local wineries while they listen to Charles “Chicken” Oriel on guitar and Julia “Dumpling” Simon […]

DHS Orchestra rents quartets for special occasions

If you are seeking to add a touch of class to your holiday party, or a gathering at some other time of the year, the Davis High School Orchestra has several string quartets available to perform for you and your guests. Orchestra students work year-round in small ensembles to prepare music for all sorts of […]

Downes to serve up ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ on Sunday at Mondavi

Help yourself What: “Green Eggs and Ham,” featuring pianist Lara Downes, soprano Ann Moss, Davis High School musicians and local boy Jimin Moon When: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis Tickets: $35 general, $17.50 for students; www.mondaviarts.org; (530) 754-2787 Pianist Lara Downes will be joined by local performers […]

‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told’ is still hilarious

Join the fun What: “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)” When: Through Jan. 1, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; plus a special performance at 5 p.m. New Year’s Day Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$34; (916) 995-5464; www.capstage.org I have a […]