Quintet takes listeners from the Balkans to the Applachians

An evening of an eclectic mix of Turkish, Romani, Sephardic, Balkan and American roots music plus originals inspired by these traditions will be presented Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Village Homes Community Center. Janam will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at the community center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Tickets are $13 in advance, […]

Contemporary folk guitarist performs in Davis

Julia Van Horn, a budding musician inspired by the Brazilian music and American folk harmonies that surrounded her growing up in Davis, is the featured performer at the first 2012 meeting of the Village Homes Performers Circle. The event runs from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 […]

See storytellers in action Sunday

“The Submarine Show” with Slater Penney and Jaron Hollander — featuring no props and no words, but 40 minutes of adventure — is coming to International House, Davis, at 2 p.m. Sunday. I-House is at 10 College Park. Penney recently moved to Davis from the Bay Area with his wife, Christine Germain, who is studying […]

Folk concert benefits drama students’ trip to Scotland

The Davis High School drama program will host an Americana and folk concert on Friday, Jan. 27, with all proceeds benefiting the program’s trip to the Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival. The concert is a double-bill featuring Northern California’s own Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack followed by Misner & Smith. The concert begins at 8 p.m. […]

Yolo Audubon Junior Bird Count set Jan. 22

The Yolo Audubon Junior Bird Count is planned on Sunday, Jan. 22. Local children ages 8 to 15 with an interest in birding are invited to participate. No knowledge of birding is required. Parents and volunteer drivers as well as leaders (of any age) with good local birding knowledge also are needed for the event. […]

Funny ha-ha: Davisite hits it big with SF Sketchfest

The talent credits for the 2012 San Francisco Sketchfest read like a who’s who of modern comedy. Eddie Izzard, Drew Carey, Amy Poehler — the list of performers for the 17-day comedy festival (Jan. 19-Feb. 4) seems endless.

“We’ve over-programmed this thing like crazy. There’s so much going on at once,” Sketchfest co-founder Cole Stratton says with a pleased laugh when reached by telephone.

‘Joyful Noise’: An irritating din

‘Joyful Noise’ 2 1/2 stars Starring: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan, Courtney B. Vance, Dexter Darden, Jesse L. Martin Rating: PG-13, and too harshly, for brief profanity and a vague sexual reference It must be January; Hollywood is serving holiday leftovers again. Despite having its heart in the right place, this film […]

Film follows bid to bridge cultures using King’s ideas

Being able to communicate is the key to understanding among people.

Few things are as frustrating as not comprehending someone — be it a child’s gibberish or a foreigner’s accent — except maybe not being understood yourself.

Attempting to explore humanity in a second language is an even more daunting task. This is the driving idea in the documentary film “Bringing King to China,” which will be screened Tuesday at UC Davis in 194 Chemistry Building.

The film follows American Caitrin McKiernan’s attempt to stage a production of “Passages of Martin Luther King” in the National Theater Company in Beijing …

Youths invited to audition for ’13,’ work with Broadway composer

The Woodland Opera House will hold auditions for “13,” a new musical, at 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 22-23, at the theater at 340 Second St. in downtown Woodland. Callbacks will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Auditions are open to actors ages 12-18 who should come with a prepared song and the sheet […]

‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Aaron Hurst as Claudio and Sydney Maguire as Hero share a dance during a rehearsal Wednesday of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Holmes Junior High School. Students will present a modern take on the William Shakespeare classic during three upcoming performances at the school. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, with all performances […]

Crews start unwrapping Mondavi Center

Work crews began unwrapping the upper southeast corner of the Mondavi Center on Wednesday, as the ongoing water-sealing and retiling project that began last August moves toward completion. Since the Mondavi Center opened in October 2002, the building has experienced occasional leaks in access hallways and the box office during periods of heavy rain and […]

Capital Public Radio adjusts format, with jazz and classical music sharing same frequency

Sacramento-based Capital Public Radio — which has a large following among Davis listeners — announced format changes on Wednesday that will go into effect Tuesday. Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ (90.9 FM), will now carry news and information programs 24 hours a day. In addition to the current lineup of flagship NPR programs like “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” KXJZ will […]

Pay the piper, and hear him, at N Street concert

Dick Hensold will play a variety of pipes at an unusual solo instrumental concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the N Street Common House, 716 N St. in Davis. Tickets are $15, available at the door, or by emailing Toby Seeger at tobiaseeger@gmail.com. Hensold is described as the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North […]

Wineaux: Wine resolutions for the Year of the Dragon

Not only is this my first column of 2012, it’s my last of the Year of the Rabbit. (You know, the year that was supposed to be calm and peaceful?) Chinese New Year comes early this time around, Jan. 23 instead of the first or second week of February. Too bad, because I usually punt […]