Rising country star will sing at The Grad

Nashville recording artist David Nail and his band will perform a live concert Thursday at The Davis Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. The Missouri-born Nail bridges the gap between traditional country and the soulful stylings of a Lionel Richie and Ray Charles, and includes among his musical influences Glen Campbell, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the […]

Marcia Ball will bang out some blues

Marcia Ball,” dubbed “the hottest blues, rhythm and blues, funky piano player this side of Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland) himself,” will perform at The Palms Playhouse at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. The historic venue is at 13 Main St. in downtown Winters. A Louisiana native who has lived in Austin, Texas, for several years, […]

Acme opens two plays for a summer run

Check it out What: Acme Theatre Company’s productions of “Shane of Third Street” and “The Secret in the Wings” When: 7 p.m. Aug. 5-6, 12-14, 2 p.m. Aug. 7 and 13 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 for students, available at door Acme Theatre Company will open its […]

Barnyard Theatre is back, with a twist

Barnyard Theatre, the charming, quirky group that performs out at Schmeiser’s Barn on County Road 31 west of Davis every summer, is back for its eighth season. This summer, Barnyard folks will compress a summer of theater into one intense weeklong festival. The festival opens with a screening of Barnyard Theatre’s movie, “Princess Daisy,” at […]

Jump blues, silly songs at market

Shayna and the Bulldog bring their jump blues music to Picnic in the Park from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Davis’ Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The Hoots — which includes all the Shayna and the Bulldog band members — will open the evening’s musical performance with a set of children’s songs that […]

DMTC’s young performers present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

The time-tested musical “Fiddler on the Roof” will be staged this month by the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theater. The company is made up of local youths ages 7 to 17. In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit […]

Rominger West marks Last Saturday

Rominger West Winery celebrates the end of another great month with live music from Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks, tasty appetizers and a variety of wines by the glass at its Last Saturday event on Saturday. The fun runs from noon to 5 p.m. at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks […]

Chicken & Dumpling at Happy Thursday

Chicken & Dumpling will perform at Rominger West Winery’s weekly happy hour, Happy Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Guests are invited to snack on complimentary appetizers, sip discounted wine by the glass and enjoy the tunes of this Davis acoustic-blues duo. Chicken & Dumpling features Charles “Chicken” Oriel […]

Fricker exhibit showcases narrative landscape photos

 See it yourself What: “Father & Son: Culture in the Landscape,” photography by Geoff Fricker Sr. and Geoff Fricker Jr. When: July 27-Sept. 6; a Second Friday ArtAbout reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 Where: Tsao Gallery, Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Gallery hours: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-5 […]

The art of music and imaginary bands

“What makes you qualified to be a music critic?” You might be wondering. My ex would tell you I’m extremely critical. But really, it’s a fair question. I don’t play an instrument, I’ve never been in a band or worked in the music industry. My bachelor’s degree is in art education, with drawing as my […]

Rare albums Illuminated under the Streetlight

I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. It wasn’t the nicest looking — a bit disheveled and kinda sketchy with iron bars on the windows and doors. But the gems within the racks made Santa Cruz’s Streetlight Records my new favorite record store (sorry, Armadillo and Dimple, you’re runners-up.) My girlfriend and I recently […]

Davis-based band makes children’s music a real hoot

These guys are a hoot! Harv the Hippo, The King of Ketchup and Bumble aren’t band members’ names, they’re characters from Hoots songs. The Hoots is a Davis-based band featuring Joel Daniel, Charles Caskey and Nina Doherty — all members of another local band, Shayna and the Bulldog. Catch Shayna and the Bulldog and The […]

Sustainable living: How much is enough?

William Powers, national bestselling author of “Twelve by Twelve: A One Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream,” will present a workshop, “How Much is Enough?,” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, in the fellowship hall at the United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis. The workshop will include a […]

‘Captain America’: Gung-ho glory

‘Captain America’ Four stars Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper Rating: PG-13, and perhaps too harshly, for sci-fi violence and action We’re in good hands with this fellow. And I don’t mean Captain America, although he also has our backs. I’m referring to director Joe […]