Children’s Secret Store is going green

Get in the spirit What: Davis Art Center 21st annual Holiday Sale When: Noon-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Admission: Free This year, the Davis Art Center is taking its annual Holiday Sale in a new direction, […]

Webcomic author/artist speaks at UC Davis

Author and illustrator Zach Weiner will bring his particular brand of humor to the UC Davis campus on Monday, giving a talk in 2 Wellman Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Weiner holds a degree in literature from UCD, and is best known for the webcomic “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal” and its spawn, “SMBC Theatre” […]

Rent a student ensemble to provide music at your gathering

Several student musical ensembles from Davis High School are providing “rent-a-band” or “rent-a-choir” groups for entertaining during the holidays, and other times of the year as well. Davis High School Bands: Parent Maquette Kuper reminds party and event organizers that “Davis High School band students are ready to perform at your house or business. The Rent-a-Band […]

Winters’ ‘Fruitcakes’ is just nutty fun

Check it out What: “Fruitcakes,” presented by the Winters Theatre Company When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 Where: Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave., Winters Tickets: $10 general, $6 seniors/students; winterstheatre@gmail.com or (530) 795-4014 In the 1980s, I saw a musical […]

Arts/environment fusion gives life to three December concerts

Details What: “Solstice: Dance of Light,” a performance by the Vocal Art Ensemble and a troupe of five local dancers When and where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the United Methodist Church of Davis, 1620 Anderson Road; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. […]

Mumbo Gumbo returns to The Palms

NorCal favorite Mumbo Gumbo will bring its big, joyful sound to The Palms, 13 Main St. in Winters, for the annual post-Thanksgiving dance party at 8 p.m. Saturday. While much of Mumbo Gumbo’s music is based in the Louisiana sound that was so prominent in the band’s earliest years, its music has broadened to include […]

Guitarist headlines at Village Homes Performers Circle

J. Cedar Seeger, a veteran guitarist and songwriter with a lifetime of musical experience, is the featured performer at the final 2011 meeting of the Village Homes Performers Circle, Monday, Nov. 28, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. in Davis. Seeger’s musical history includes early pop success and playing in bluegrass, barroom rock and roll, country […]

UC Davis makes amends with fine production of Stoppard classic

Check it out What: UC Davis theater and dance department’s production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3 Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UCD Tickets: $17/$19 general; $12/$14, students, children and senior citizens; (530) 754-2787; mondaviarts.org Info: theatredance.ucdavis.edu The UC Davis department of theater and dance, and Michael […]

Woodland Chamber Singers celebrate ‘Spirit of the Season’

This December, the Woodland Chamber Singers presents “Spirit of the Season,” its 35th annual holiday concert, under the artistic direction of Lenore Turner-Heinson. There will be two performances, both at Pioneer High School in Woodland, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Because of additional costs for this new venue, […]

Donate food and pay off library fines

Woodland Public Library is once again offering its “Food for Fines” program from Monday, Nov. 28, through Thursday, Dec. 22. Library patrons are invited to bring nonperishable canned or boxed food in good condition to the circulation desk of the library during open hours. Each can of food will remove $1 from the patron’s overdue […]

‘Like Crazy’: Sweet and revealing

“Like Crazy” Four stars Starring: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead, Charlie Bewley Rating: PG-13, for sexual candor and fleeting profanity Raw, painfully vulnerable intimacy has become a calling card in recent indie dramas, with 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married” and last year’s “Blue Valentine” setting a very high bar. Those films now […]

A new generation of Claras takes the stage

Check it out What: “The Nutcracker” ballet, presented by Hanneke and Company When: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26; and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $15 general, available at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., […]

Young pianists shine in music competition

Youthful Davis pianists Jessica Yeung and Taiga Sekizawa were awarded first and second place, respectively, at Sacramento State University’s 34th annual Festival of New American Music Young Festival Performers Competition last weekend. The competition offers young pianists an opportunity to learn new American music, a change from the standard classical repertoire young students usually learn. […]

Celebrate holidays with art, music

Tony Passarell and his band will be among the performers at the John Natsoulas Gallery’s first Holiday Celebration and Silent Auction from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 10. Other performers include Garage Architects, DJ, Dr. Doktor, readings by  various poets, Linda Bair Dancers and performance painting by Myron Stephens. The evening also features food and […]