Swing dance sessions start Tuesday

The Davis Swing Kids dance troupe will begin its 2011-12 season with meetings Tuesdays, Sept. 13 and 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Sept. 15 and 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Barbara’s Dancing Tonight, 1921 Sycamore Lane, Davis. Students ages 10-17 are welcome to attend the free swing classes and learn […]

Painting the town

Evan Clayburg, above, becomes a human canvas for visitors like Carol Joyce of Davis to paint in front of the Natsoulas Gallery downtown as part of the Great California Paint Out on 
Saturday. At left, Lynne Cunningham paints in the alley between D, E, 
Second and Third streets during the event. Visitors were able to […]

Capay farm hosts grape crush, festival

Farm Fresh to You and Capay Organic invite the public to Capay Crush, the farm’s first grape festival that will celebrate the crush season, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The farm is at 23800 Highway 16, Capay. “We love inviting people out to our farm to take in the farm land during the […]

Learn how to bake flatbread at Farmers Market

A free, hands-on bread making workshop is planned from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Davis Farmers Market, Fourth and C strets. Bring the family to learn how to thresh and mill whole-wheat grain and transform it into a delicious, wood-fired oven-baked flatbread. The workshop is hosted by the Davis Farm to School Connection, […]

‘Attack the Block’: thrills in the ‘hood

‘Attack the Block’ 3.5 stars Starring: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Nick Frost, Luke Treadaway, Alex Esmail, Jumayn Hunter Rating: R, for violence, gore, pervasive profanity and drug content Audacity and enthusiasm count for a lot in filmmaking, and this flick has plenty of both. Writer/director Joe Cornish, crafting an impressive big-screen debut after some work in […]

Voice of the Wood marks 20th year with three performances

Voice of the Wood — a Davis group that mixes music, storytelling, movement with masks and set design — will present three performances next weekend at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Showtimes are at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Co-founders Heidi Bekebrede (narrator and […]

Books and beer at Heidrick Ag History Center

Join authors Ed and Sue Claessen at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, for a discussion and signing of their new book, “Making Tracks: C.L. Best and the Caterpillar Tractor Co.” Attendees will learn about C.L. Best’s contributions to tractor designs and California agriculture, and see some of Best’s tractor designs in the collection of the […]

Paint the town and jazz it up on Saturday

Instead of sleeping in this Saturday, go outside, enjoy the sunshine and paint the town — downtown Davis, that is. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Davis residents and visitors can watch live art created all around downtown as part of the Great California Paint Out. Established, renowned painters like Deladier Almeida and Boyd Gavin […]

Deadline nears for ‘Davis Children’s Nutcracker’ applications

Calling all prospective dancing cats, tumbling clowns, mischievous mice and sparkling snowflakes — it’s time to apply for the 35th annual “Davis Children’s Nutcracker.” All children ages 6 through 12 are invited to apply to participate in this lively and enchanting Davis holiday tradition. Applicants must be 6 years old by Nov. 28. The city […]

Return to Forever, Zappa Plays Zappa visit Mondavi

Return to Forever IV — a reunion group featuring several principal members of the pioneering jazz rock fusion band — will perform at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. The lineup includes, from left, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, drummer Lenny White, keyboard player and founder Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and guitarist Frank […]

Botanical illustration class set for home-schoolers

Starting Friday, Sept. 16, a popular class titled “Scientific Illustration for Home-schoolers” will be offered at the Davis Art Center on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This fall session focuses on the plant kingdom, and is designed for home-school students between the ages of 10 and 14. Students will use pencil, charcoal and paint […]

Unlock hidden drawing talent at new class series

Have you always wanted to draw, but don’t believe you can? A new “Realistic Drawing” class at the Davis Art Center uses the world-famous drawing curriculum, “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain,” to turn non-artists into confident artists and to help experienced artists rediscover forgotten skills and overcome creative blockages. The class is […]

Think big with a mural design course

Learn how to transform spaces with the color, movement and thought-provoking power of large-scale paintings via a mural design class at the Davis Art Center. Local muralist Danielle Fodor will teach the class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 15 to Oct. 27 (no class on Oct. 13). This class offers local artists […]

International festival celebrates unity in diversity

Join the fun What: International Festival, featuring music, dance, lectures, country showcase tables, children’s activities, refreshments, slam poetry, arts/crafts vendors When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Admission: Free Think globally, act locally, will take on new meaning at the free-admission International Festival on Saturday, Oct. […]