Chicken & Dumpling play Friday in Winters

RootStock is serving wine with a little Chicken & Dumpling — music by the duo, that is — from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Local residents are invited to stop in for for a glass of wine and enjoy the down-home delta-style blues of Chicken & Dumpling, featuring […]

Wind and Bow duo performs in Winters, Davis

Wind and Bow, a classical and folk duo, plans two concert appearances this week. Mary Neri King on violin, guitar and vocals and Sue Sheya on flute perform at Berryessa Gap Winery in Winters from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and at The Artery on Friday as part of the Second Friday ArtAbout. Sheya’s flute […]

Environmental Voices screens film, plans fundraiser

The documentary “Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals” will be screened from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Admission is free to this event sponsored by Environmental Voices. Environmental Voices also is sponsoring a meet-and-greet fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Rominger […]

‘High School Musical’ starts DMTC’s Young Performers season with energy

Come join Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay and the whole Wildcats crowd of cheerleaders, jocks, brainiacs, skater dudes and thespians! The Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ 2011-12 season will kick off with a production of Walt Disney’s “High School Musical.” Performances begin Saturday and continue through Oct. 9 at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña […]

Film festival showcases the planet

Details What: Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $10, or at the door The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival returns to Davis for the fifth year, featuring movies that share stories about the environment and community […]

Auditions set for ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

The year is 1960, and rock-and-roll sensation Conrad Birdie is being drafted into the Army. American teenager Kim MacAfee has received the honor of giving him “one last kiss” live on the air of the Ed Sullivan Show. Meanwhile, Birdie isn’t really interested and his agent, Albert Peterson, is scrambling to keep him in line and out of […]

Travel the world Wednesday with YoloMambo

Spicy Brazilian, Latin and world rhythms will fill Central Park on Wednesday evening as YoloMambo performs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Picnic in the Park. The park is at Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. YoloMambo delivers original world music plus the songs of Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eva Cassidy, Sting, Cesaria Evora, […]

Nominees sought for local music award

The West Valley Barbershop Chorus is seeking nominations for this year’s 23rd annual Harmony in Our Lives Award. This is an accolade of distinction given to individuals and organizations that have been significant long-term contributors to the musical enrichment of the Davis community. The recipient is selected by a committee composed of representatives from the […]

‘The Debt': Honorably paid

“The Debt” Four stars Starring: Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas, Jesper Christensen, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds Rating: R, for violence, profanity and brief sensuality Until this film came along, I hadn’t realized how much I’ve missed intelligent, well-acted espionage thrillers. “The Debt” hearkens back to the best of the 1960s and ’70s […]

Acclaimed local author featured on KDVS

Jay Feldman, an acclaimed writer and Davis resident, will be featured in a live radio interview on KDVS at 5 p.m. Friday. He will discuss his latest book, “Manufacturing Hysteria,” a history of scapegoating, surveillance and secrecy in modern America. It is available on Pantheon Press. Among the praise it received, Kirkus Reviews writes: “Penetrating […]

Great Scot! DHS thespians raise funds for big trip

While Davis High School students settle in to the new school year, DHS thespians have their eyes set on next summer already, when they will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, to participate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After an anonymous nomination by a Davis community member and a lengthy application process, the DHS drama department was […]

‘The King and I’ opens DMTC’s theater season

What: Davis Musical Theatre Company production of “The King and I” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 2 Where: DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $18 general, $16 for students and seniors, $14 per person for groups of 10 or more; plus a $2-per-ticket facility fee; or […]

Adults can begin on string instruments, too

Adult students who would like to learn to play a string instrument may be interested in a new class that will begin at the Davis Art Center on Tuesday. Local instructor Sue MacDonald will offer “Strings for Adult Beginners,” meeting twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) through Oct. 13. A […]

Elementary music program tugs at the heartstrings

The Davis school district’s large and highly regarded string-music program begins at the elementary schools.

At each elementary campus, every fall, the bright-eyed fourth-graders pack their school’s multipurpose room for a string assembly where they are introduced to the violin, viola, cello and bass — the quiet beginnings of a string program that many students will stay with through high school graduation.

At Birch Lane Elementary on Tuesday afternoon, music teachers Sherie Wall and Kim Cole demonstrated each instrument.