‘Puss in Boots’: Truly the cat’s pajamas

‘Puss in Boots’ 3.5 stars Starring (voices only): Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris Rating: PG, for mild rude humor I greeted the impending arrival of “Puss in Boots,” roughly a year ago, with a skeptical eye. Popular sidekicks, putting too much faith in their perceived importance, occasionally make a […]

Barbershop chorus wins championship

The Davis-Vacaville West Valley Barbershop Chorus won top honors among small choruses at the Far Western District Fall Conventions and Contests in Fresno on Oct. 13-18. The district is composed of 86 barbershop choruses in California, southern Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. The West Valley Chorus has members from Davis, Vacaville, Woodland, Fairfield, Dixon and Benicia. […]

‘Chicago’ auditions slated next week

In roaring 20s Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap … until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “merry murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces […]

Thursday Live! features two trios on Nov. 3

The Davis Odd Fellows’ Thursday Live! concert on Nov. 3 will feature two trios with very different styles of music — Tree-O and Caught In Motion. Thursday Live! begins at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The show is free and […]

Farmers Market Fall Festival is fun for the whole family

The Davis Farmers Market will celebrate the harvest season and thank its vendors and shoppers at the Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The Halloween-themed festival features activities and harvest specialties for the whole family. Members of Soroptimist International of Davis return to host the […]

Sucker Punch plays at G Street Wunderbar

Davis musician Colin Stambusky and his band Sucker Punch headline a grand-opening Halloween Ball on Friday, at G Street Wunderbar, 228 G St. in downtown Davis. Also on the bill are Avenue Saints, Chickee Bob and Steve Mahoney. The free show starts at 9 p.m.; costumes are welcome. Guests must be 21 and older. Owner […]

Authors take new, revealing look at state’s history

Laurie Glover and Victor Silverman will discuss their new book “On-the-Road Histories: California” at noon Monday, Nov. 14, in the UC Davis Memorial Union’s bookstore lounge. The event, sponsored by the UC Davis Bookstore, is free and open to the public. In what’s described as “a witty, expansive” narrative, the authors pull back the curtain […]

Hear traditional British folk music in Winters

Allan Macleod and Dick Holdstock will transport listeners to the Old World when they perform together from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. The pair have played together for more than 30 years at countless venues from coast to coast. An evening with Holdstock and Macleod is filled with the […]

Monster Bash to raise funds for Madrigals

The third annual Monster Bash featuring the Davis band Custom Neon is planned Saturday, Oct. 29, as a fundraiser for the Davis High School Madrigal Singers. This Halloween costume party will run from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Custom Neon will perform classic rock ‘n’ […]

Irish duo plays a house concert Thursday

Community members are invited to hear the renowned Irish musical duo Jimmy Crowley and Marla Fibish at a Davis house concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 716 N St. Crowley and Fibish are described as “a unique and compelling duo in the world of Irish music.” Crowley, the bard of Cork, has been a central […]

Farmers Market wants holiday musicians

The Davis Farmers Market is looking for Davis community musical groups who would like to perform holiday music at the Saturday markets in December through Christmas Eve. Groups can perform for 30 minutes or one hour, and can sign up to play on one or more dates. Performance times are available  from 9 to 11 […]

Get some harmony in your life

The West Valley Chorus will present the 23rd Harmony in Our Lives concert to benefit music programs in the Davis schools on Sunday, Nov. 13. Two shows are planned, at 1:30 and 4 p.m., at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Angelo Moreno, a Davis teacher and school orchestra […]

Fall wine-tasting benefits Advanced Treble Choir

A tasting of locally grown and produced artisan wines from Rominger West Winery will be paired with an assortment of fruit, cheeses and cookies at a fundraiser Sunday, Nov. 6, for the Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir. The choir will perform during the event. Guests ages 21 and older will gather from 4:30 to […]

CD, vinyl and music fair planned

Armadillo Music and KDVS, 90.3 FM, present a CD, Vinyl Record & Music Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m. Sunday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Admission is free. Vendors who want a table at the event will pay $30 each for a limit of two tables per […]