The Huddys perform songs of the season

The duo of Bryan and Julie Huddy will perform a collection of Christmas songs celebrating the season with joy and familiar melodies at 7 p.m. Sunday at Atria Covell Gardens. Bryan performs on acoustic guitar and Julie contributes electric bass; both are singers. The public is invited to this free event at the retirement community […]

Ira Gershwin’s music featured at Citizens Who Care benefit concert

Tickets are available now for the 20th annual Citizens Who Care benefit concert, “ ‘s Wonderful: The Great Lyrics of Ira Gershwin.” Ira Gershwin is best known for his work with his younger brother George, producing one of the most successful and prolific collaborations in popular music history. Ira also worked with other great composers, […]

Friday Night Live features Davis flutist

Flutist Sue Anne Sheya returns to the Rominger West Winery tasting room for another performance from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The winery, at 4602 Second St., Suite 4, will feature wine by the glass during the Friday Night Live event. Sheya is an active flute performer and teacher in Northern California and is the […]

St. Martin’s celebrates the season with joyous music

The joint choirs of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will present the Festival of Nine Christmas Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, in the newly refurbished and redecorated church at 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is a particularly Anglican Christmas tradition, but many carols are familiar to all. The […]

Pleasant Valley Boys make for a Happy Thursday

Guests at Happy Thursday, the weekly happy hour event at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4, will sip on discounted wine by the glass and enjoy lively tunes from the Pleasant Valley Boys on Thursday. In addition, Stone Soup Catering will serve fresh and flavorful “California comfort food” at Happy Thursday, which runs […]

Davis High grads celebrating musical accomplishments, new albums

Three relatively recent graduates of Davis High School — drummer Colin McDaniel, soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and saxophonist/pianist Morgan Jones — are celebrating recent musical accomplishments. Colin McDaniel A 2010 Davis High graduate, McDaniel is celebrating the release of a new CD “Skewed Reflections,” featuring his several original compositions, including the DownBeat award-winning “Skewed Reflections.” […]

Leads become leaders, making ‘Nutcracker’ timeless

As fun as performing in the “Davis Children’s Nutcracker” is, from the music to the dancing to the costumes, it’s often the interaction with the teenagers who teach them everything that leaves the deepest impact of all.

For years afterward, in fact, children will spot their leaders around town, working at Nugget, teaching a swim lesson, passing them on a sidewalk downtown, and respond with a shriek of joy: “That’s my ‘Nutcracker’ leader!”

It’s no wonder, then, that many of these children grow up to be leaders themselves, sharing their love for the “Nutcracker” year after year with the kids who follow in their footsteps. And they do so with a sense …

Reception Sunday honors photographer

“The Yolo Causeway: Mediator of Space and Time,” an exhibition of photographic work by Terry Nathan, will be on display this month at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District Office, 820 Pole Line Road. An open house is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays […]

Hear children sing for Christmas

The Davis Children’s Chorale, directed by Rachel Kessler, will present “A Christmas Concert” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Holiday movie releases 2011: Santa’s pack is laden

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve has become the cinematic land of Oscar bait: a release pattern designed to keep prestige titles fresh in the minds of those who select Academy Award nominees.

The unfortunate result, of course, is that many films will be lost in the shuffle as slow performers are cast adrift. But however you look at it, it’s gonna be a marvelous — if busy — month for movies.

‘New Year’s Eve’: Classic Hollywood froth

“New Year’s Eve” 3.5 stars Starring: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron and too many other folks to list here Rating: PG-13, for fleeting profanity and some sexual candor “New Year’s Eve” is a lighthearted throwback to classic Hollywood ensemble dramas such as 1932’s […]

Library offers workshop on download service

Learn how to use the library’s free digital media download service during an OverDrive Workshop at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The workshop will cover how to use the download service to download free audiobooks, eBooks, video and music. Bring your laptops, tablets and eReaders […]

Local pastor publishes book on Romans

The Rev. P.G. Mathew is the author of a recently published book, “The Gospel Freedom: Romans 1-8.” Mathew is the founder and senior minister of Grace Valley Christian Center and has been preaching the gospel in Davis since 1974. Originally a scientist from India, he holds three graduate degrees in theology from Central and Westminster […]

‘Home for the Holidays’ tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale now for the eighth annual “Home for the Holidays” community concert, to be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Proceeds from the holiday favorite benefit music and arts programs in the Davis public schools. This year’s lineup includes Chris Webster and […]