Youths can audition for ‘Madeline’s Christmas’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Storybook Theatre has announced auditions for “Madeline’s Christmas,” directed by Jeni Price, with musical direction by Jenny Reuter and choreography by Jocelyn Price. “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” So begins the delightful story of “Madeline’s Christmas.” […]

Author speaks Saturday at The Avid Reader

Author Kathleen Barry will discuss her recent book, “Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers, and Ourselves” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader. The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Barry’s talk is sponsored by the Davis Peace Coalition. For more information, visit davispeace.org.

Folk musicians jam at Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments — fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, squeeze boxes, you name it — and play together informally over the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the UC Davis Arboretum. The free jam session will take place at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

Thousands enjoyed library’s summer reading program

The Yolo County Library’s 2011 summer reading program was a resounding success, officials report. Community participation shows how relevant the library is to all ages, Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong says. In all seven communities with county branch libraries, 624 children up to age 5, 1,344 children ages 6 to 12, 282 teens and 199 […]

Are you looking for a good book group?

What makes a successful book group? Reading preferences, selection process, meeting logistics and discussion facilitation early on create groups that are well-run, interesting and rewarding, Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong says. A book group orientation meeting, designed for those wishing to create a book group or those searching for the right group, will take place […]

Sacramento Choral Society opens season at cathedral

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra will begin its new season with a pair of performances, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St. in Sacramento. The program, titled “Canticles of Praise,” will feature “Chichester Psalms,” a 20-minute choral work with a Hebrew text composed […]

Winters Harvest Festival celebrates the season

Local farmers, artisans, wineries and restaurants join to celebrate the fall season at the Winters Harvest Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Vendors will be on the first block of East Main Street in downtown Winters. The event is presented by the Winters Chamber of Commerce and the Winters Healthcare Foundation to celebrate […]

Trokanski presents ‘Sheep/Wolves’ as fall dance performance

Check it out What: “Sheep/Wolves/We the People” When: Preview: 3 p.m. Nov. 6. Regular: 8 p.m. Nov. 11-12 Where: Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place, Davis Tickets: $10 in advance at the workshop or at the door, 30 minutes before showtime The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre opens its 2011-12 season with the premiere […]

We’ve got a lot of livin’ to do at DMTC

Rock ‘n’ roll’s first Broadway musical comes to the Davis Musical Theatre Company, when the Tony Award-winning “Bye Bye Birdie” takes the stage Nov. 4-27. Directed and choreographed by Jan Isaacson, with musical direction by Chris Congdon, “Bye Bye Birdie” is a ripped-from-the-headlines satire from the 1950s. When an over-the-top rocker is drafted into the […]

Chorale presents free concerts in November

The community is invited to a free concert, “Remembrances: Songs of Love and Faith,” performed by the Davis Community Chorale at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Conducted by artistic director Alison Skinner, the 60-member chorale will sing the “Liebeslieder Waltzes” by Brahms […]

‘Canterville Ghost’ offers fun for the whole family

Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, “The Canterville Ghost,” will be presented this month at the Woodland Opera House as part of the Theatre for Families series. It is presented by Jennifer Goldman, D.D.S., and Amy Tran, D.D.S. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Opera House, […]

Wineaux: Pairing the autumn foods feast with under-$15 wines

For the Foley-Leonardi-Pope family’s annual fall tasting dinner, we decided not to try to replicate — as we have in the past — our Thanksgiving feast. Instead, we prepared a meal designed to make good use of the flavors we most associate with autumn. And we each brought a wine that we thought might pair […]

Somethin’ in the Water

“Keep Davis Boring” I take umbrage with that bumper sticker. I get the sentiment — don’t make Davis another strip-mall, cookie-cutter town — but Davis is far from boring. I feel blessed to have grown up here. To a greater extent, being a Californian is pretty awesome. Spent six years living in Humboldt, which feels […]

‘Dracula’ returns

Just in time for Halloween, the Sacramento Ballet is reviving its popular 2004-05 production of artistic director Ron Cunningham’s “Dracula,” with four performances spread over the next two weeks. Sharing the bill with this ballet about the famously seductive vampire will be two short works: George Balanchine’s classic “Serenade” (set to music by Tchaikovsky, and […]