‘Tower Heist’: Quite a steal

‘Tower Heist’ Four stars Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe Rating: PG-13, for profanity and snarky sexual candor I had to check my calendar, to make sure it wasn’t 1982. There was Eddie Murphy, as fresh, feisty and funny as he was back in […]

‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

Lucy (Elisha Machado) shows Linus (Shane DeGeyter) and Charlie Brown (Hugo Figueroa) who’s boss in a scene from the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theater production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The musical, directed and choreographed by Jan Isaacson with musical direction by Jennie Reuter, opens Saturday, Nov. 12, and plays for […]

Advanced Treble Choir plans wine tasting, concerts

Parents and supporters of the Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir will host a wine-tasting fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St. in Davis. Five wines will be poured, and the choir will give a performance. There also will be a silent auction of gift baskets and wine […]

Davis Chorale to feature music of Brahms and Copland

Details What: Davis Community Chorale When: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 Where: Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Tickets: A donation of $10 to $20 is requested at the door The Davis Community Chorale will give two performances of its fall program — at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, […]

See ‘Junky’s Last Stand’ at church’s celebration

Nature’s Theater will perform “Junky’s Last Stand” at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road in rural West Davis. The 50-minute play, featuring a cast of young actors, is part of the Taste the Space event celebrating the church’s new Social Hall. It helps people think about […]

Harper thespians take the stage this weekend

Students at Harper Junior High, under the direction of instructor Carley Grassinger, will present a play titled “The Best Haunted House Ever!” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the multipurpose room at Harper Junior High School, 4000 E. Covell Blvd. in Davis. The play’s plot involves the creepy manor of a teacher nicknamed “Old […]

Want to write for Hollywood? Learn from a master

Screenwriter Sterling Anderson, formerly of Davis, shares all his secrets to success in “Beyond Screenwriting,” his new guide to thriving in the film and television industry. Anderson was inspired to write “Beyond Screenwriting” when he noticed the lack of screenwriting books on the market that were written by credible professionals with true insider experience. “There […]

Fresh herb recipes featured in new cookbook

Local author Christianne Klein, a former ABC news anchor, will sign copies of her cookbook, “Christianne’s Herbal Kitchen: Fresh Herb Recipes for Body and Soul,” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. She’ll also offer tastings of some of her fresh herb recipes as well as […]

Leopold featured in documentary film

“Green Fire,” a documentary film about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy, will be screened from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the ballroom at the UC Davis Conference Center. The screening is co-sponsored by the John Muir Institute of the Environment and USDA Forest Service Experimental Forest and Range Network. […]

Winters Theatre to present ‘Fruitcakes’ for the holidays

By Germaine Hupe With a cast of more than 30 performers ranging in age from elementary school students to senior citizens, “Fruitcakes” is genuine community theater. The family comedy will be presented by the Winters Theatre Company as its holiday production. The play will open its eight-performance run at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, with […]

New Orleans takes center stage at Mondavi

A weeklong series of Mondavi Center performances, film screenings and a special exhibit at the Shields Library this month examine the resilient spirit of New Orleans, and how that storied American city has coped after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to being the cradle of jazz — from Louis Armstrong to the Marsalis clan — New Orleans was the birthplace of some of the greatest black gospel singers, including Mahalia Jackson.

Not far from the ocean on a section of the Mississippi River that paradoxically flows north, New Orleans is incredibly vulnerable to disaster. Hurricane Katrina triggered floods that inundated large portions of the city in 2005. New Orleans struggled to rebuild, yet somehow its spirit lives on.

Wineaux: Bubbling your way toward the holidays

I first tried Prosecco in the early 1970s. It didn’t taste much different from the cheap Champagne (yes, it was actually called Champagne in those days before the French took back their territory) coming from California wineries. And there was good reason for the similarity: Like these budget sparklers, Prosecco is made by the Charmat […]

Johnny Cash tribute guitarist performs Friday in Winters

Denis Colleret, a Vacaville singer who is the lead guitarist for Cash Tribute, a Johnny Cash tribute band, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Colleret has been a working musician in Northern California since 1978 as both a recording artist and performer. He has opened […]