Davis poets will read their work at book-release party

Davis’ own poetry anthology will be released to the public at a reading at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. so poets may pick up their books and others may purchase them. The Davis Poetry Book Project was organized by Davis Poet Laureate Allegra […]

Sacramento Choral Society comes ‘Home for the Holidays’

Details What: Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $35-$55 general, $17.50-$55 students; www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787 The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra return to the Mondavi Center for a pair of concerts with a “Home […]

Hear Waldorf Strings Ensemble on Thursday

The Davis Waldorf School Strings Ensemble will give a free holiday performance at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Atria Covell Gardens. The retirement community is at 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The public is welcome. For more information, call Kathy Green at (530) 756-0700.

‘The Descendants’: Doing the right thing

‘The Descendants’ 4.5 stars Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer Rating: R, for profanity and coarse sexual references Some relationships explode in passion and fury; many simply fade away. Small, thoughtful gestures — spontaneous acts, so lovingly granted in the early days — fall victim to […]

Folk music jam session planned Dec. 9

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, Dec. 9, in the UC Davis Arboretum. The free jam session will take place at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

Orchestra students are taking the stage

Beginning Monday, orchestra students in the Davis schools will be busy with their winter concert season. This is the culmination of many hours of rehearsals — including some outside of the regularly scheduled classroom rehearsals — and study by the students in the orchestras, led by Angelo Moreno and Greg Brucker at the junior high […]

Palms hosts Hot Club, Maria Muldaur

The Hot Club of San Francisco, performing Gypsy jazz, and blues/R&B singer Maria Muldaur will perform this weekend at The Palms, 13 Main St. in Winters. The Hot Club is an ensemble of musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of […]

Madrigals perform at Capitol, St. Paul’s, Covell Gardens

The award-winning Davis High School Madrigals will perform three holiday-season concerts that are free and open to the public. On Monday at 12:30 p.m., the choir will perform in the rotunda of the California state Capitol in Sacramento. It has become an annual tradition of the choir to sing at the special holiday music program put […]

Young composers perform recital

The Yolo County Branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California presents a Composers Today recital, a concert featuring piano students performing their own compositions, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Faith Lutheran Church, 1801 Oak Ave. in Davis. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (530) 574-1658.

Holiday songs, with gusto

The Davis Art Center Mini-Musical Singers will perform at Thursday night’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on the E Street Plaza, in the 200 block of E Street downtown. The chorus is composed of elementary school students from all over Davis, and is directed by Mindy Manville and conducted by Breanne Stambusky. The students […]

Holiday music makes the market even more festive

The Davis Farmers Market will present holiday music from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24, under the pavilion in Central Park at Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. Saturday’s holiday music lineup includes the Davis High School Orchestra, Davis Chinese Christian Church, The Souterrain, Suzuki Music Studio, UC Davis […]

Colombian Carnival comes to Davis stage

Local residents will enjoy a taste of Colombian Carnival at the 12th annual Colombian Serenade, “The Barranquilla Moon,” on Saturday, Dec. 10. The event will pay tribute to the late Joe Arroyo and Estercita Forero, two music icons of Carnival music who made their home in Barranquilla, Colombia. Performances slated to grace the Brunelle Performance […]

Wineaux: Shop local for your wine gifts

Gift-giving season has arrived with its usual fanfare: fantastic sales, “White Christmas” muzak, craft fairs of all sorts and every imaginable incarnation of the North Pole crew. For my part, I’ve taken both the Buy Local pledge and the Simplify-the-Holidays pledge. The two occasionally conflict, of course (wouldn’t it be simplest to buy nothing?), but […]

DHS choral concert planned Dec. 13

The Davis High School Winter Choral Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. The Advanced Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir and Madrigal Singers will present an array of holiday selections for all to enjoy. The concert is free and open to the […]