‘The Bear’ closes International Film Series

The International Film Series wraps up the academic year with a screening of “The Bear,” a 1988 French film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, on Friday. Doors at International House, Davis, 10 College Park, opens at 7:30 p.m., with the film beginning promptly at 8 p.m. “The Bear” has virtually no dialogue, but it is not […]

Film sheds light on WWII courage

The PBS documentary, “Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at International House, Davis, 10 College Park, with a producer making a special appearance. The film is free and the public is invited. Barbara and Clarence Kado of Davis and International House are sponsoring the event, which reveals a part of lost history. In […]

Nickel Slots will rock the house

Check it out What: The Nickel Slots and Roadhouse 5 When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23 Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $10 general, $5 children 12 and under; http://www.woodlandoperahouse.org, (530) 666-9617 With influence from early Americana music, as well as a touch of rebellious 1970s punk, The Nickel Slots draw the […]

Rhythm Riders take the stage at Woodland Opera House

Details What: Johnny and Dee Price and the Rhythm Riders When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9 Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland Tickets: $20; http://www.woodlandoperahouse.org or (530) 666-9617 The Woodland Opera House will present the powerful country sound of Johnny and Dee Price and the Rhythm Riders in their tribute to Johnny Cash, […]

Marsalis, Jazz Orchestra return Saturday

Hear more What: Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $35-$68 regular, $30-$58 subscriber add-on, $17.50-$34 students; http://www.MondaviArts.org or (530) 754-2787 He’s coming back for another visit, and he is by now a familiar face at the […]

‘Super 8′: Plenty of pizzazz

‘Super 8′ 4 stars Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Noah Emmerich Rating: PG-13, for action violence, dramatic intensity and some grody monster behavior This film plays like an energetic cross between “E.T.” and “The Goonies,” and I mean that in all the best ways. I’d expect no less […]

Environmental films will be shown in West Sac

Two environmental documentaries will be screened this month and next at the Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Ave. in West Sacramento. Admission to both films, which are sponsored by Environmental Voices, is free. The first — “Gasland,” will be shown from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. A discussion will follow. This Oscar-nominated documentary examines the negative […]

Fundraiser to help Davisite make film about Nepal orphans

A Davis resident, touched by the plight of children in Nepal, plans a fundraiser on Saturday, June 25, in Central Park so she can produce a documentary film to help a Nepalese orphanage. Looking for an adventure and wanting to make a difference, Tenaya West traveled to Nepal in the summer of 2009. She spent her […]

Hear ‘Lord of the Rings’ in concert

Tickets go on sale Friday for “The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring,” performed live to the full film onstage by more than 250 musicians in the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and Phoenix Boys Choir. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Power Balance Pavilion […]

Plunge into reading this summer

Summer reading events kick off Monday at the Stephens and Montgomery Elementary School branches of the Yolo County Library in Davis. The Stephens Branch is at 315 E. 14th St. and Montgomery is at 1441 Danbury St. All programs are free and do not require registration. Events at Montgomery including a duct tape craft program for […]

Poetry Series showcases two women

The Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes poets Briony Gylgayton and Patricia Killelea at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. A recent graduate of UC Davis, Gylgayton has won multiple awards for her writing, including placing second for the University of California systemwide 2010 Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, […]

Lavender and jazz

The Deering Quartet — Steve O’Neill on bass; Linda Deering on flutes and tenor and soprano saxophone; Carla Campbell on percussion; and Ken Kemmerling on piano — will perform jazz, Latin, Celtic and world music from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cache Creek Lavender Festival. The free event — which features crafts demonstrations, […]

‘Queen of the Sun’ pollinates awareness of bee crisis

The documentary “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” will open Friday, June 17, at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St., as part of its nationwide theatrical release. Portland-based Taggart Siegel’s documentary is an in-depth investigation to discover the causes and solutions behind colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from […]

Point of Brew: Americans get 410 mpg; wow!

When odd sets of data come my way, I make something of a fetish of juggling the numbers. This mostly boils down to dividing one number into another, which is an ample stretch for my mathematical competence. Simple division, however, can be a useful check on whether the data are nonsense or plausible. I suppose […]