Mondavi recruiting high school jazz musicians for performance next year

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, in conjunction with SFJAZZ, is recruiting young musicians for an eight-person ensemble composed of high school students called the Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. The ensemble will prepare a performance at the Mondavi Center on March 29, opening for the SFJAZZ Collective. Applications must […]

Disney’s ‘Camp Rock the Musical’ opens Thursday in Woodland

Yolo Stage Company opens Disney’s “Camp Rock the Musical” — its 15th summer youth musical theater production — on Thursday. The show runs through Sunday at Douglass Middle School in Woodland. This summer at camp was supposed to be all about the music and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp […]

Wine-tasting to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Center

“Pour for Prevention,” a wine-tasting event to support the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento, is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. The event is set in the heart of Sacramento’s historic district at the 1913 Colonial Revival “Mansion Magnifique,” 1724 N St. In addition to wine, appetizers will be served by Beth Sogaard Catering […]

Point of Brew: Of competitions and popularity polls

Our own Sudwerk Brewery is a frequent winner in beer contests that are strictly run and based on blind tasting by experts. Congratulations to Jay Prahl and the Sudwerk team of brewers on winning first place with their Pilsner at the 2011 California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition. In contrast to this real competition, […]

Folk music jam sessions set in Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session on Fridays, July 22, Aug. 5 and 19, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes […]

Sign up now for Yolo Idol Search competition

It’s time for the eighth annual Yolo Idol Search competition at the Yolo County Fair in Woodland. The contest — at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 — is open to all Yolo County residents and will take place on the West Stage next to the Rotary Park picnic area. Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg of Davis […]

Yolo Mambo will perform in Woodland

After a brief hiatus, Yolo Mambo returns with its first performance Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Watermelon Music in Woodland, 527 Main St. The group’s new CD, “World Wide,” will be on sale at the performance. For more information, call (530) 668-4020.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2: All’s well that ends well

And so concludes the big-screen saga of The Boy Who Lived. Aside from this series’ critical and public popularity — impressive in its own right, and with healthy box-office receipts to match — these eight films represent an extraordinary artistic accomplishment. Exactly 10 years have passed since the release of “Harry Potter and the Chamber […]

Harry Potter devotees close chapter on piece of childhood

There, there Hagrid. It’s not really goodbye after all. Good luck, Harry Potter. —Professor Albus Dumbledore Sweet sorrow wove through a line that wrapped an entire city block Thursday evening with hundreds of Harry Potter-lovers. Tara Newell, 19, was one of the them and of the millions worldwide who camped outside movie theaters to catch […]

Davis photography club prepares for new exhibit

The Photography Club of Davis is putting together an exhibition of framed photographic works, “Davis: Quintessential and Infinitesimal,” to be on display at Gallery 1855 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the month of August. The public is invited to a free open house and reception for the artist from 1 […]

Church to show film on immigration

The Anti-Racism Task Team will show a film titled “Dying to Live — A Migrant’s Journey” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the library at Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, in West Davis. This film is a profound look at the human face of the immigrant. It explores who they are, why they […]

Ushers needed for ‘Peter Pan’

The Davis Musical Theater Company is looking for ushers for the Young Performer’s production of “Peter Pan — A New Musical Adventure.” The show runs from Friday to July 24 at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive, Davis. Ushers can watch the shows for free. If you are interesting in ushering, contact Carol […]

Outside Lands single-day passes on sale today

At last, San Francisco’s three-day alternative music festival, Outside Lands, is selling single-day passes, making one of the West Coast’s great music events more affordable. Especially in these financially-stressed times, it can be difficult for anyone to request three days off from work. And as a college sophomore, I need to be at school by […]