Dine out downtown for a musical cause

Local residents are invited to enjoy pizza and frozen yogurt on Sunday in downtown Davis in support of the Davis Schools Orchestral Music Association. From 4 to 8 p.m., Cultivé, 231 E St., will donate up to 25 percent of its sales from customers who mention the fundraiser or present a flier. The same deal […]

Sign up now for Davis Community Folk Orchestra

Are you an acoustic musician looking for a low-key, friendly group that plays traditional folk music from all over the world? The Davis Community Folk Orchestra, a class offered by the Davis Adult School, is looking for sign-ups right now. All levels of musical skill are invited, from beginning to advanced. Classes meet from 6:30 […]

Theater students will present ‘Wizard of Oz’

The Davis Art Center still has a few openings in a youth theater class that will present a performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” All participants are guaranteed a significant speaking part in this class designed to empower creative expression, develop poise, facilitate communication skill and develop acting skills. Experiential exercises will include improvisation, characterization, acting technique, voice, story analysis, movement and […]

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?

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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 […]