Point of Brew: The winter of my content

I’m writing this overlooking the rolling countryside of the Heart of England, Warwickshire. I think the English landscape is particularly beautiful in winter; the leaves have gone and one can see the bare bones of the fields and trees and the skeleton upon which the scene is built. This morning is unusually lovely; there has […]

Blind Boys of Alabama, fiddler Sara Watkins to play holiday tunes at Mondavi

Details Who: The Blind Boys of Alabama, with Sara and Sean Watkins When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $25-$49 general, $12.50-$24.50 for students; www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787 The Blind Boys of Alabama will return to the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, with their […]

For the record

Show times and ticket prices for the Sacramento Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” published Tuesday with Bev Sykes’ review, were incorrect. The show plays through Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Tickets are […]

Art from the heart

This untitled fusion of photography, lithography, relief print and monotype by Cherie Blackwell will be on display through Jan. 2 at Risto Hair International, 325 G St. in downtown Davis. A reception is planned Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the monthly Second Friday ArtAbout evening of art viewings and entertainment.

Art lovers will flock downtown for Second Friday viewings, receptions

Holiday music will lend a particularly festive air to the monthly Second Friday ArtAbout on Friday, an evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in downtown Davis and beyond. All events are free and open to the public. Many include complimentary refreshments and opportunities to chat with featured artists. For more information, visit […]

Classic country with a twist as Zoe Muth visits The Palms

Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers bring their classic country sounds to The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Friday. Muth has been making waves with her fresh and beguiling take on classic country and rootsy honky-tonk music in the past couple of years, and this will be her Palms debut. Muth’s self-titled, self-released debut CD […]

Warm up with blues at RootStock

RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters, invites local residents to stop in Friday between 6 and 8 p.m. for some down-home delta-style blues featuring the acoustic duo Chicken & Dumpling. Guests may enjoy a glass of wine from three local wineries while they listen to Charles “Chicken” Oriel on guitar and Julia “Dumpling” Simon […]

DHS Orchestra rents quartets for special occasions

If you are seeking to add a touch of class to your holiday party, or a gathering at some other time of the year, the Davis High School Orchestra has several string quartets available to perform for you and your guests. Orchestra students work year-round in small ensembles to prepare music for all sorts of […]

Downes to serve up ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ on Sunday at Mondavi

Help yourself What: “Green Eggs and Ham,” featuring pianist Lara Downes, soprano Ann Moss, Davis High School musicians and local boy Jimin Moon When: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis Tickets: $35 general, $17.50 for students; www.mondaviarts.org; (530) 754-2787 Pianist Lara Downes will be joined by local performers […]

‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told’ is still hilarious

Join the fun What: “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)” When: Through Jan. 1, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; plus a special performance at 5 p.m. New Year’s Day Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$34; (916) 995-5464; www.capstage.org I have a […]

Travel the country with artist

In working with our current artist, Mel Smothers, I had to chuckle over his response to my request for an artist statement. He wrote, “The more I’ve painted, the more I’ve found to say. These works tell a portion of the stories — a portion because curator Natalie Nelson selected them. She may have known […]

Davisite’s new book offers a peek behind the scenes of The City

Check it out Who: Author Elizabeth Boardman presenting her new book on San Francisco, “I’m not a Tourist, I Live Here!” When: 1 p.m. Sunday Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Elizabeth Boardman, author and executive director of a nonprofit organization, has recently returned to her home in East Davis after a long hiatus. […]

Local Goodness

“How’s the local music scene?” you wonder? “Anything goin’ on in our sleepy little town?” “Goin’ great,” I say “Plenty is happening.” I saw Shayna and the Bulldog and The Dirt Feelin at the new G Street Wunderbar. Both played fantastic sets. Shayna recently lost its original drummer but gained a new one, who more […]

See Davis through Scully’s drawings

The Pence Gallery is the venue for an array of illustrations of Davis by urban sketcher Pete Scully. Originally from London, Scully has focused his artistic talents on Davis for the past few years. “Pete Scully: Sketch Artist,” on view through Dec. 30 at the Pence, is the result of his wanderings around the town, […]