Certificates of merit presented to young musicians

Following statewide tests that concluded earlier this month, the Music Teachers’ Association of California awarded certificates of merit to 275 piano, viola, violin and cello students from 22 music studios. The awards were made after live auditions and ear-training and music theory tests in Davis. The goals of the certificate of merit are: * To […]

Hear Cape Breton Island fiddler in concert Saturday

Playing traditional and original tunes, Cape Breton Island fiddler Andrea Beaton will be joined by fellow Nova Scotia native Troy McGillivray in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Cape Breton’s fiddle music was brought to North America by Scottish immigrants during the Highland Clearances. It is highly accented, with […]

‘Compassionate Life’ reading group will meet

The Center for Spiritual Living in Davis will host a reading group this spring to study Karen Armstrong’s “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.” The group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 27, at Fair Plaza Community Center, 35 W. Clover St. in Woodland. The discussion group “promises to uplift your […]

Enjoy a cappella music Saturday at Luigi’s

Coming from across the pond by popular demand, Out of the Blue, Oxford University’s premier all-male a cappella group, is back in town for a free show at 8 p.m. Saturday with The Spokes at Luigi’s Pizza, 213 E St. in downtown Davis. The Spokes, an all-female a cappella group from UC Davis, co-hosted a […]

For Japanese quake victims, Davis songwriter is their ‘rising sun’

One year ago, Tracy Kaplan was watching her television, overwhelmed by the flood of images streaming into her living room from the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami: the initial gritty video of the earthquake shocks, the wall of water that swept away towns in seconds and finally, the rescue workers, both Japanese and […]

Bands fill the air with music at Picnic in the Park

A complete slate of live music has been announced for the 2012 season of Picnic in the Park, which begins Wednesday. The fun runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, through Oct. 24. The concerts are sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op. March 21: Blue Blazes, rockabilly and blues […]

’21 Jump Street': Frequently stumbles

’21 Jump Street’ Three stars Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper Rating: R, for pervasive profanity, crude and sexual content, teen drinking and drug use, and violence Things must be pretty bad in Hollywood, if this is the week’s pick of the litter. Although not the […]

It’s picnic time again!

It may still feel like winter, but spring is just around the corner. Organizers of the Davis Farmers Market invite local residents to break out their picnic blankets because Picnic in the Park returns Wednesday. The family-friendly festival runs alongside the market from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 24 in Central Park, […]

YoloArts presents ‘Think Big’ for large-scale public art

Public art commissions can involve a variety of forms: from wall hangings to massive steel and stone sculptures and almost always involve a competitive process unfamiliar to many artists, some of whom would like to get in on the public art action. YoloArts will host a one-day workshop all about the public art process to […]

Celebrate St. Pat’s with Irish dance

Local residents are invited to wear a bit o’ green and join a Ceilidh, an Irish dance and music festival, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday on the E Street Plaza, in the 200 block of E Street in downtown Davis. This St. Patrick’s Day event is free and open to all. It will feature […]

Does your ‘Mamma’ know how much fun this musical is?

Check it out 
What: National touring company production of “Mamma Mia” When: 8 p.m.Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento Tickets: $19-$86; tickets.com or (916) 557-1999 “Mamma Mia” may be the longest, fanciest paternity test on record. This musical, celebrating the music of the […]

Baldini a finalist for international conducting prize

Conductor Christian Baldini of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will fly to Austria next month to conduct the Munich Radio Symphony in a concert in Salzburg on April 29. Baldini, 33, was one of three conductors picked as a finalist for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2012. (The other two finalists are the […]

Indian dance groups take the stage

Two contemporary dance companies steeped in the tradition of India — but also participating in a wider outlook on the modern world — will visit the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef  Studio Theatre at 8 p.m. Wednesday. On one half of the program, dancer Rachana Yadav, a master of the Kathak style, will present a new solo […]

All welcome to hear DHS bands perform for adjudicator

The Davis High School Concert Band, under the direction of Clyde Quick, and the DHS Symphonic Band, under the direction of Fredrick Lange, will present their annual adjudication concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High, 315 W. 14th St. The unusual format of this special concert gives […]