Visit area museums for free, or half-price

After a record-breaking attendance of more than 115,000 visitors last year, 28 Sacramento area museums will offer free or half-price admission all day Saturday, Feb. 4, during the 14th annual Sacramento Museum Day. New this year, 26 of the 28 museums will offer free admission whereas two destinations in residential areas — the Sacramento Zoo […]

Guitar magic featured at Davis Art Center series

Check it out What: Third annual Classical Guitar Ensemble Series: Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra, Trio 7, Mobius Trio, San Francisco Guitar Quartet When: 8 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 3, March 9, April 6 and May 4 Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Tickets: $15 general, $10 students/seniors, $5 kids 12 and under; Info: (530) 756-4100; Imagine attending a live […]

HellaCappella raises funds for American Cancer Society

HellaCappella, the eighth annual a cappella concert, will take place Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the ARC Pavilion on the UC Davis campus. Hosted by UCD’s all-female a cappella group, The Spokes, HellaCappella is a collaboration between a cappella groups of all shapes and sizes. Hailing from various Northern Californian universities, this year’s […]

She kissed a girl …

Jill Sobule, the funny, smart and provocative singer-songwriter who is perhaps best known for the 1995 single “I Kissed a Girl” and her song “Supermodel” from the soundtrack of the 1995 film “Clueless,” will be at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday. Her folk-inflected compositions alternate between amusingly ironic, story-driven character studies and emotive ballads, a […]

All-star cast brings Sherlock Holmes to life

Details What: “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” When: Through Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, plus 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Feb. 4 Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $25 general, $23 seniors/students, $12 youths 17 and under; balcony tickets $15 general, $7 children;, (530) 666-9617 Sherlock […]

Local volunteers head out of Davis into Africa

Check it out What: One-man play, “Manchild in the Wasteland” When: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday Where: International House, 10 College Park, Davis Tickets: $20 priority seating, $15 general admission, $10 students; proceeds benefit orphans in Tanzania Packing for an international trip is daunting. Packing for a trip to remote sections of Tanzania and […]

Be my valentine

Children will layer paper and other media and pour on the love in a valentine’s craft-making session from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Artist Janice Purnell will lead the workshop, which is designed for all ages. The cost is $4 for Pence members […]

Prize-winning pianist joins Alexander String Quartet to perform Dvorák

Hear more What: Alexander String Quartet and pianist Jon Nakamatsu When: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $49 general, $24.50 students;, (530) 754-2787 The Alexander String Quartet will welcome pianist Jon Nakamatsu as its guest on Sunday for performances of two chamber […]

UC Davis Orchestra greets new year with Elgar, Wagner

Details What: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, featuring soloist Jeremy Tai When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students;, (530) 754-2787 The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra’s next concert — at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall — will be a […]

Singer/songwriter performs Davis house concert

Folk musician and singer/songwriter Andrew Calhoun returns to Davis to perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2613 Blackburn Drive. Calhoun is described as a master songwriter, guitarist and interpreter of traditional songs, and a warm, funny performer. His music is innovative and rooted in tradition, running the gamut of human experience and emotion. […]

SF Opera’s ‘Tosca’ screened at Mondavi

Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” — which premiered in Rome and London in 1900 — tells a story involving an idealistic artist, a celebrated singer and a corrupt police chief who become enmeshed in a tale of cruelty and deception. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and official hypocrisy, this opera never goes out of […]

Poems of Emily Dickinson provide inspiration for new music

Visiting soprano Sarah Pelletier and pianist Lois Shapiro will perform in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theater at 7 p.m. Friday. Featured will be works that evoke Emily Dickinson’s unique poetic voice, including new music (incorporating her texts) by Eric Sawyer and UC Davis faculty composer Ross Bauer, and older music by Aaron Copland — all inspired by Dickinson’s […]

Free family circus arts workshops set at Mondavi Center

Check it out What: Two circus arts workshops taught by MFA choreography candidate Kevin O’Connor When: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis RSVP: Email your desired session time and number of participants (maximum seven) to Info: By Janice Bisgaard If you’ve ever dreamed […]

‘Haywire': Trust nobody

‘Haywire’ 3.5 stars Starring: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano Rating: R, and needlessly, for action violence Movies are all about make-believe: our willing suspension of skepticism in exchange for a good time. We tolerate the impossible — varying degrees of the impossible, depending on […]