Historic barn becomes a theater this week

Barnyard Theatre will present a festival of new plays through Friday at the historic Schmeiser barn, 35125 County Road 31 west of Davis. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the actors of the company will workshop and present a dramatic reading of a new full-length play, directed by Jennifer Provenza. A weeklong intensive workshop with Megan Brown, […]

‘Spell of the Beast’ staged Saturday

The Davis Art Center’s Youth Theatre production of “Spell of the Beast” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Art Center, 1919 F St. A $3 donation will be collected at the door, and will be given to the American Red Cross. The show is designed for people of all ages who love […]

Rick Estrin fronts The Nightcats at the Palms

Blues harmonica master Rick Estrin and his band, The Nightcats, will perform songs from their Alligator Records debut, “Twisted,” on Saturday at the Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. For more than 30 years and nine albums, Estrin fronted the jumping, swinging Little Charlie & The Nightcats, featuring guitarist Little Charlie Baty. With Baty’s […]

Blues Rockers play next week in West Sac

The family-oriented YoloArts Musical Tour 2011 continues with a performance by Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Black Box Theater in the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 Capitol Ave. in West Sacramento. The popular local band is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Toting a blend of blues, […]

Acme weaves dark fairy tales, Third Street fantasy

Details * What: Acme Theatre Company’s summer shows, “Shane of Third Street” and “The Secret in the Wings” * When: 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday * When: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis * How much: $12 general, $10 senior citizens, $8 students; pay-what-you can admission at 2 p.m. […]

New cookbook by Brennan and Evans available for free online

A free copy of the new cookbook by Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans — featuring recipes that were developed in the Davis school district’s kitchens in cooperation with Rafaelita Curva and the district’s nutrition staff — is available on the Center for EcoLiteracy’s website. “Cooking with California Food in K-12 Schools” is a 153-page, illustrated […]

Three Davis artists featured at S.F. craft show

Works by Davis artists Tom and Sara Post and John Deveer will be among the one-of-a-kind handmade work from some of America’s best craft artisans on show and sale at the annual American Craft Council Show in San Francisco. The largest juried craft show in the West runs Aug. 12-14 at Fort Mason Center, and […]

There’s ‘Much Ado’ in Winters beginning Friday

Details What: William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 12-13 and 19-20 Where: Outdoor amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave., Winters; bring a blanket and a low lawn chair, plus a picnic dinner Tickets: $5 general, free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult […]

Community invited to free outdoor concert Thursday

Wonderbread 5, a popular dance band, will perform at the UC Davis Health System’s fifth annual outdoor concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Held on the lawn behind Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California at 45th and X streets on the UC Davis Sacramento campus, the concert is free and open to the public. Participants […]

Rolling Fork Blues entertains marketgoers Wednesday

Classic blues will permeate Central Park on Wednesday evening when Rolling Fork Blues Revue performs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Picnic in the Park, alongside the Davis Farmers Market. This four-piece Northern California combo brings to life the classic Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, the Memphis sounds of B.B. King and […]

Davis Children’s Chorale seeks new singers

The Davis Children’s Chorale is looking for new members. An auditioned choir for children ages 8 to 14, the chorale is accepting students from Davis and the surrounding areas for the upcoming school year. Singers rehearse once or twice a week, depending on their age, attend a weekend retreat in the mountains, and sing in […]

Paul Reubens cancels Mondavi date

Comedian Paul Reubens, best known for his Pee-wee Herman character, has canceled his Dec. 3 appearance at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Paul Reubens will no longer be presenting at the Mondavi Center at that time,” a spokeswoman announced. Tickets for the performance had not yet […]

Cool Davis Festival celebrates healthy paths to a low-carbon life

Did you know transportation-related carbon emissions compose more than 50 percent of the average Davis household’s carbon footprint? Just getting out of your car and onto your bike can make both you and the planet healthier. Did you know the average family emits 2.25 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year just by consuming processed […]

‘The Change-Up’: Same old, same old

‘The Change-Up’ 2.5 stars Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin Rating: R, for pervasive strong crude sexual content and language, nudity and drug use “The Change-Up” makes me want to gather signatures for a petition to be circulated throughout Hollywood, demanding a moratorium on three things: * Body-swap movies. I […]