Kunitz teaches singing skills class

The Davis Art Center is offering a six-week singing skills class titled “Freeing the Singing Voice” beginning Tuesday, Oct. 25. The class is designed for teens through adults and will run from 7:30 to 8:45 Tuesdays in the North Davis voice studio of instructor Charlene Kunitz. The fee is $75 for Art Center members and […]

Word lovers will love Phil Cousineau

Phil Cousineau, author of “Beyond Forgiveness” and “The Art of Pilgrimage,” among other books, will discuss his newest book, “Wordcatcher,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. A reception with the author will follow immediately at The Wardrobe, 206 E St. By exploring the delightful back stories of […]

Wilkinson will sign his book at State Theatre

The Yolo County Historical Society will host a signing of the book “Hollywood Comes to Woodland” by local historian David Wilkinson at 1 p.m. Saturday at Woodland’s historic State Theatre, 322 Main St. in Woodland. In addition to signing copies of his book, Wilkinson will discuss the research that went into writing it. He also […]

Festival helps tackle environmental challenges in a fun way

Check it out What: Cool Davis Festival, “Celebrating Healthy Pathways to a Low-Carbon Life” When: 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Admission: Free Info: www.cooldavis.org There are lots of reasons people will come to the Cool Davis Festival, which celebrates “healthy pathways to a low-carbon life,” on Sunday. […]

DHS grad selected for comedy troupe

Annie Baria, a 2004 graduate of Davis High School, was recently invited into the Groundlings Sunday Company in Los Angeles. The esteemed comedy theater was founded in 1974, and alumni include Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Phil Hartman, Melissa McCarthy, Lisa Kudrow and countless others who have gone on to feature films, television and commercials. The […]

‘Hilary and Jackie’ screens at I-House

“Hilary and Jackie,” a 1998 British film directed by Anand Tucker, will be screened Friday, Oct. 21, as part of the International Film series, now in its 15th year. The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the […]

Gatherings planned at downtown bookstore

Logos Books, 513 Second St. in downtown Davis, will host a series of events in November. The Philosopher’s Circle meets the first Tuesday of each month, with the next gathering from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1. All are welcome. La Table Française gathers for its monthly French conversation circle from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. […]

Columnist compiles his musings on bicycling into a book

From 2004 to 2008, Phillip Barron wrote monthly columns on bicycling for The Herald-Sun newspaper in Durham, N.C, the best of which have been compiled into his new book, “The Outspokin’ Cyclist.” Barron, an avid cyclist who now lives in Davis, wrote about issues ranging from solo mountain biking to how to bike in the […]

‘The Big Year’: For the birders

‘The Big Year’ 3.5 stars Starring: Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest, Brian Dennehy, Rashida Jones, Anjelica Huston Rating: PG, for mild profanity The combined billing of Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black immediately suggests wild ’n’ crazy one-upsmanship, but — happily — “The Big Year” is rather sweet, leaning […]

Film based on pianist’s life screens at Mondavi Center

The 1993 movie “Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould” — a 98-minute feature film featuring Colm Feore — will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. The film examines the life of Canadian-born pianist Gould, whose highly idiosyncratic interpretations of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations — […]

Band festival will bring booming brass to Mondavi

Get ready for a big, brassy sound in the Mondavi Center’s resonant Jackson Hall, as nearly 350 band musicians from local schools and universities take the stage for the Causeway Youth Band Festival. On Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., student musicians from more than 50 schools in the region — including the area’s two […]

Woodland editor discusses his first novel

James Chatfield, author of “Dead Cat Alley,” will talk about his first novel on Thursday, Oct. 20. The presentation at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St., celebrates National Friends of the Library Week. Chatfield is Jim Smith, editor of The Daily Democrat in Woodland since 1994. At 5:30 p.m., members of the Friends of […]

Operatic baritone — and dad — joins Willett Chorus for a day

The youngsters who sing in the Willett Elementary School Chorus got a treat Thursday morning, in the form of a very special guest. Baritone Malcolm MacKenzie, who is the father of Willett fifth-grader Megan MacKenzie, a member of the chorus, dropped by for the group’s early morning rehearsal. MacKenzie is  a Davis High graduate, and […]

For the record

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. An incorrect date was published Tuesday. The event, sponsored by the UC Davis Bookstore, is free and open to the public.