‘Dracula’ returns

Just in time for Halloween, the Sacramento Ballet is reviving its popular 2004-05 production of artistic director Ron Cunningham’s “Dracula,” with four performances spread over the next two weeks. Sharing the bill with this ballet about the famously seductive vampire will be two short works: George Balanchine’s classic “Serenade” (set to music by Tchaikovsky, and […]

Davis’ singers let loose at Community Idol competition

Davis High School graduate Cass Olson’s pink and zebra-striped outfit wasn’t the only thing that caught the attention of the audience at the 2011 Community Idol competition Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School. Olson’s performance of Florence and the Machine’s “The Dog Days are Over” earned her $50 and the People’s […]

Book sales benefit Woodland library

The Friends of the Woodland Public Library will hold a book sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the library, 250 First St. Specially marked hard-back mysteries will sell for four for $1. Biographies will be buy one, get one free, and seasonal holiday selections will be available. In addition, a […]

‘Superior Donuts': a highly satisfying snack

Check it out What: “Superior Donuts” When: Through Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $18-$28; (916) 995-5464 or www.capstage.org SACRAMENTO — Director and Capital Stage co-founder Stephanie Gularte received a standing ovation before her production of “Superior […]

Earth-friendly solutions are ‘cool’ ideas

The 2011 Cool Davis Festival — overflowing with Earth-friendly themed performances, exhibits, workshops and booths — took over the Veterans’ Memorial Center on Sunday.

Highlights included a bike rodeo and bike safety checks, the National Plug-In Electric Vehicle Day event, a solar cooker booth, a cooking demonstration and a vast array of exhibits in the multipurpose room.

“It’s a statewide campaign,” said Chris Jones, who works with Cool California. “We’re getting people to tell us what makes them a cool Californian.”

Students join ‘read for the record’ effort

Top 5 kids Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign was launched in 2006 with a different book being read by people all over the country every year. Previous year’s books: 1. “The Little Engine That Could” (2006) 2. “The Story of Ferdinand” (2007) 3. “Corduroy” (2008) 4. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” (2009) 5. “The Snowy Day” […]

Talented Katie Rubin bares her soul on Capital Stage

Details What: Katie Rubin’s “Amazing & Sage, a Joke-O-So-Theom” When: 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $15 each; (916) 995-5464 or www.capstage.org In 2006, I wrote a review of a one-woman show called “Insides OUT!” I opened that review by saying, “Stop what you’re doing right now, go […]

‘What is the Color of Your Heart?’

Rose M. Borunda will lead a discussion of her book, “What is the Color of Your Heart?,” from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Community Room 800 at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Her appearance is sponsored by the Cross Cultural Series at the college. Borunda, an associate professor […]

Jazzin’ it up

The Davis High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Fred Lange, will join the line-up of entertainment at the fifth annual Davis Jazz Festival hosted by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts on Saturday. Pictured during a performance last spring at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival are, from left, saxophonists Jenny Horn, […]

It’s About Time for fun

Big Band-era jazz and swing music will fill Central Park on Wednesday evening during Picnic in the Park. The band will play from 5 to 7 p.m. alongside the Davis Farmers Market, at Fourth and C streets. The market will be open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner or buy one at the […]

‘Meet the Authors’ series begins Monday

The public is invited to meet the four authors of Winters history books in a series of illustrated talks that begin Monday and continue through mid-February. Each talk will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room of the Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Ave. in Winters. Joann Leach Larkey, Yolo County historian […]

AVE/Chorale concert features old, contemporary music

Artists’ Vocal Ensemble begins its eighth season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in collaboration with the Davis Children’s Chorale, directed by Rachel Kessler. The concert — at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. — will feature the U.S. premiere of a recently discovered Spanish Renaissance Mass by Alonso Lobo, as well […]

Bluegrass concert planned at Vets’ Theater

Matt & George and their Pleasant Valley Boys will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. A contemporary country music band, the Pleasant Valley Boys are inspired by acoustic country music of the late 1940s that has come to be known as bluegrass. Their […]

Helen and Cap Thomson promote Blues Harvest

Helen and Cap Thomson of Davis have been named honorary chairmen of the 10th annual Blues Harvest, to benefit the Yolo Adult Day Health Center. The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Heidrick Ag History Center, 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland. Helen Thomson’s 36-year political career encompassed the […]