‘Alternative vision': Whole Earth returns Friday

The 43rd annual Whole Earth Festival arrives Friday at noon with drumming and tie-dye, crafts and vegetarian-friendly goodness that locals and visitors have come to expect.

The event is set to include dozens of musical acts and speakers, about 160 crafts booths, 40 education booths and 17 vegetarian-friendly food booths.

For all the fun on the UC Davis Quad there also will be, as ever, a political undercurrent to the free, three-day event expected to attract about 30,000 people.

This year’s staff has selected the theme “The beginning is here” …

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

Feeling cooped up? Enjoy a clucking good time at ArtAbout

May’s Second Friday ArtAbout focuses on “Chickens, Barnyards & Bicycles!” in honor of the Tour de Cluck: A Bicycle Chicken Coop Crawl, which also will feature a silent art auction on Saturday, May 26, in Central Park. The ArtAbout is a monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in cowntown Davis and […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Crow Canyon rocks Luigi’s

Crow Canyon, the highly talented, revved-up trio rock band of Davis ninth graders (Riley Donahue, Nathan Puckett and Drew Thomsen), will rock Luigi’s Slice downtown Davis from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday night, May 18. Also playing is the newly re-grouped band, Under the Indecisive. Admission, for all ages, is $5. Visit http://www.crowcanyonband.com/upcoming-gigs.html for information.

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

‘Mess With The Dress’ at Wild Wings

“Mess With The Dress,” an exhibit of photography and mixed media chronicling the tradition of trashing a wedding dress or prom gown after the big event, will be feted at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Nest Restaurant at Wild Wings Golf Course. Free appetizers will be served, and a no-host […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Birds featured at Winters reception

Everyone is invited to enjoy birds and bagels at the opening reception Saturday of “B-B-B-Birds the Word,” a mixed-media group exhibition hosted by Lamoreux Gallery, 9 E. Main St. in Winters. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, and the show will be up throughout the summer. The exhibition will feature color photographs […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

DHS drama students go ‘Out on a Limb’

The Davis High School drama department will present “Out on a Limb” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. The program includes “fun, short scenes,” a DHS spokeswoman said, and edgy comedy. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for students. All proceeds will go toward […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Airports, beers and taxes

I went to San Diego last Saturday to attend the Craft Brewers Conference. This has become, in a few short years, the largest annual gathering of brewers on the planet. There were more than 3,000 brewers, wannabes and suppliers at the fully sold out four-day event. Though my dear guide and I normally would attend […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Concert spans Haydn to Radiohead

Details Who: Magik*Magik String Quartet When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $30 general, $15 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 The San Francisco-based Magik*Magik String Quartet will give a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. This diverse foursome — a […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Sweet Nectar of Bass

I’ve been to a lot of concerts in my 32 years — from mainstream acts at large amphitheaters to underground basement shows and everything in between. But what I witnessed at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium last Friday night was the BEST SHOW I’ve ever seen. It may sound like hyperbole, but Bassnectar was that good. Blew […]

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Writers discuss challenging future trends at Whole Earth Festival

Two of this country’s most forward-looking writers — whose carefully researched books describing life in the future have won multiple awards — will speak Saturday at the Whole Earth Festival about where current trends might take us in coming centuries. Kim Stanley Robinson, a longtime Davis resident, and Paolo Bacigalupi, a Colorado author, will speak, take […]

May 09, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Honor Klisiewicz on her retirement

Mary Klisiewicz is retiring after more than 40 years of teaching music and directing choir at St. James School. A retirement party in her honor will run from 5:40 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the St. James Memorial Center, 1375 B St. in Davis. Dinner will be catered by The Buckhorn and there […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Dixon May Fair celebrates ‘This is My Country’

From concerts by Snoop Dogg and Kellie Pickler to a livestock auction, racing pigs and carnival rides, the schedule is jam-packed at the 137th annual Dixon May Fair, which runs Thursday through Sunday. Although the fair officially opens Thursday, gates open at 4 p.m. Wednesday for the Snoop Dogg concert as well as carnival rides […]

May 09, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

USA Today ranks Davis No. 2 on list of top farmers markets

The Davis Farmers Market is No. 2 on USA Today’s recent list of the top 10 farmers markets in the country. The list, published Friday, has the market in Lewes, Del., as No. 1. “We loved being the only California market on the USA Today list,” market manager Randii MacNear said in a news release. […]

May 09, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

‘Foam': Bamforth pens new beer book

Foam capping a glass of beer is not just a frothy byproduct of the brewing process but a key component of beer quality and consumer satisfaction, writes highly acclaimed UC Davis brewing scientist Charles Bamforth in a new book, “Foam.” “Foam,” published by the American Society for Brewing Chemists, is the first in what Bamforth […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,