‘Like Crazy’: Sweet and revealing

“Like Crazy” Four stars Starring: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead, Charlie Bewley Rating: PG-13, for sexual candor and fleeting profanity Raw, painfully vulnerable intimacy has become a calling card in recent indie dramas, with 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married” and last year’s “Blue Valentine” setting a very high bar. Those films now […]

A new generation of Claras takes the stage

Check it out What: “The Nutcracker” ballet, presented by Hanneke and Company When: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26; and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $15 general, available at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., […]

Young pianists shine in music competition

Youthful Davis pianists Jessica Yeung and Taiga Sekizawa were awarded first and second place, respectively, at Sacramento State University’s 34th annual Festival of New American Music Young Festival Performers Competition last weekend. The competition offers young pianists an opportunity to learn new American music, a change from the standard classical repertoire young students usually learn. […]

Celebrate holidays with art, music

Tony Passarell and his band will be among the performers at the John Natsoulas Gallery’s first Holiday Celebration and Silent Auction from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 10. Other performers include Garage Architects, DJ, Dr. Doktor, readings by  various poets, Linda Bair Dancers and performance painting by Myron Stephens. The evening also features food and […]

Pence hosts water tank art talk

Artists Sofia Lacin and Hennessey Christophel will give a presentation on the east area water tank art installation titled “Same Sun” from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. Admission is free. Attendees will learn about the inspiration for this project as well as its challenges, and will have an […]

Let it snow at Opera House’s ‘White Christmas’

The Woodland Opera House will kick off the holiday season Friday, Nov. 25, with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Underwritten by the Salonites family, this delightful musical comedy has it all — memorable songs, spectacular dance numbers and holiday charm. Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, “White Christmas” tells the story […]

Visiting composer’s music featured this weekend

Details Who: Composer and conductor Fabián Panisello, with the UC Davis Empyrean Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra When and where: 7 p.m. Saturday, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre (Empyrean Ensemble), $20 general, $8 students; 7 p.m. Sunday, Jackson Hall (Symphony Orchestra), $12-$17 general, $8 students/children Tickets: www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 Composer and conductor Fabián Panisello is visiting UC Davis this […]

Madrigal dinner tickets still available

Hear ye! Hear ye! Only a few reservations remain for the 43rd annual Madrigal Dinner on Friday, Dec. 2. The Saturday dinner is sold out. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres; dinner and the performance by the Davis High School Madrigal Choir follows at 7:15 p.m. The olde English merry-making takes place […]

Wineaux: Getting the bugs out of Thanksgiving wine pairing

Sometime in the last century, on one of my “Europe-on-$5-a-Day” trips, I ate a bee. Covered in chocolate, it tasted like a Nestlé’s crunch bar. (I used to eat such before designer chocolate appeared on the scene — and before we discovered that Nestlé was pushing baby formula in the Third World and causing infant […]

Sign up for some ‘Dance Lessons’

Check it out What: “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” When: Through Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Where: Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $34-$38 general, $29-$33 seniors, $15 students; sactheatre.org; (916) 443-6722 At its core, “Six […]

Natsoulas hosts holiday celebration, auction

The John Natsoulas Gallery will host its first Holiday Celebration and Silent Auction from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 10. The gallery is at 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Guests will enjoy musical performances, poetry readings, dance and performance painting while viewing and bidding on art created by more than 60 local artists. Performers […]

Nelson Collection showcased at tour

Renny Pritikin, director of the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, will take visitors on an informal talking tour of selections from The Nelson Permanent Collection on view in the Nelson Gallery. The tour is planned at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6; the gallery is in Nelson Hall, formerly the University Club. On view are works by Paul […]

Multicultural program benefits kids in South Asia

CultureShock, an evening of multicultural music, dance and magic, is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the ARC Ballroom at UC Davis. Featured performers include 3D, Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness, The Spokes, Afterglow, Lashkara, Popping Club and Unbound Progression. The event is a fundraiser for Visions, which works with underprivileged youths in South […]

Muzzy gets jazzy at RootStock

Local art teacher Bob Muzzy is jazzing things up Friday evening at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. He’ll play classic jazz on solo guitar from 6 to 8 p.m. Muzzy has been a musician for more than 30 years, but only recently has found the time and opportunity to begin sharing his talent […]