Learn to compose better paintings in acrylics class

Join Lynne Cunningham as she experiments with acrylic paints in a class from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays, March 2 and 9, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Participants will be painting on gessoed watercolor paper while learning this flexible and spontaneous painting medium. “Experience how exciting the potential is for your paintings,” […]

African singer Angelique Kidjo returns to Mondavi

Singer Angélique Kidjo — born in the sub-Saharan nation of Benin, and a popular advocate of African music for the past 20 years — returns to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Friday for a performance in Jackson Hall. Kidjo first appeared at Mondavi in November 2004; since then, she has picked up a Grammy […]

Hear The Honeybadgers at Thursday Live! concert

Watermelon Music’s “all-star band,” The Honeybadgers, will be back this week at Thursday Live! Opening Thursday’s dance concert at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis, will be The Twanglers. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the newly remodeled upstairs hall. All Thursday Live! shows are free and open to all […]

Celebrate Happy Thursday at winery

Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks will perform at Happy Thursday, the weekly happy hour event at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Guests will enjoy discounted wine by the glass and California comfort food by Stone Soup Catering while they listen to this three-piece Sacramento-based band, which includes Cohen, an award-winning songwriter and veteran […]

Davis Film Festival becomes competitive this year

The ninth annual Davis Film Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Eleven hours of films from locally and around the world are planned. Twenty-one filmmakers will compete for three top prizes in the first competitive festival. Juried categories are Best Feature and Best Short. The […]

‘Damn Yankees’ needs a bit of pep to be a real hit

That’s the ticket What: DMTC’s “Damn Yankees” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, through March 18 Where: DMTC’s Hoblit Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 for groups of 10 or more; www.dmtc.org or (530) 756-3682 At the start of the second act of the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s production […]

Film showcases Vietnamese boat people

“Journey from the Fall,” a 2006 film about the experiences of Vietnamese boat people after the fall of Saigon, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film series, now in its 15th year. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, […]

Learn to draw portraits at new Art Center class

A new session of “Portrait Drawing” begins Thursday at the Davis Art Center, taught by Marlene Lee. Students will learn to develop a likeness through an understanding of the facial proportion of the human head. Drawings will be done in charcoal or pencil, and students will use themselves and other students as models. Students should bring […]

Band concert honors conductor Fred Lange

Check it out What: “Festivity of Bands” concert When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $12 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787 Bandleader Fredrick Lange — a graduate of the UC Davis music department in the 1970s, and the longtime leader of the band program […]

Natsoulas to host authors’ event

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St. in downtown Davis, will host several local authors from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery. The guests will read short excerpts from recent publications and there will be food and wine, and lots of time to mingle and chat. This event is a […]

Active older adults gather for discussion

Anyone interested in aging with good health and a positive attitude is invited to participate in the Active Older Adult Book Group at the Stephens Branch Library. The group meets from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 8, in the Blanchard Room at the library, 315 E. 14th St. Participants are invited to bring materials […]

Library offers Nook digital download workshop

Those with a Nook digital reader can learn how to download library e-books at a workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. This session is intended for users of the Nook Simple Touch, Nook Color and Nook Tablet. Vicki Lorini, Barnes & Noble community […]

School Arts Foundation celebrates 30 years

The Davis School Arts Foundation will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration and Student Art Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Community members are invited to enjoy music performed by the Davis High School Jazz Choir and a string quartet from the high school led by award-winning […]

‘Act of Valor’: Explosive but emotionally barren

“Act of Valor” Three stars Starring: Jason Cottle, Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez and a gaggle of “anonymous” SEALs Rating: R, for strong violence, torture and profanity  “Act of Valor” opens with a prologue, as its directors — Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh — explain their decision to use actual active-duty U.S. Navy SEALS in […]