Arizona author returns home

Meet the author Who: Ashley J. Barnard, author of a trilogy of contemporary fantasy novels When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 29 Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., followed by conversation at Our House, 808 Second St. The idea of returning to one’s hometown can be a scary thought for some. For writer […]

Borders seeks approval to liquidate, close stores

By Mae Anderson NEW YORK — There will be no storybook ending for Borders. The 40-year-old book seller could start shuttering its 399 remaining stores — including one in downtown Davis — as early as Friday. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based chain, which helped pioneer the big-box bookseller concept, is seeking court approval to sell off […]

Happy Thursday features Gwyneth & Monko

Rominger West Winery will feature live music by Gwyneth & Monko during its “Happy Thursday” event from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. “Happy Thursday” features special prices for wines by the glass. For more information, visit or call (530) 747-2044.

Visit the Balkans on Sunday with The Helladelics

An evening of traditional Greek music with The Helladelics, a Bay Area band specializing in traditional Greek roots music, is planned Sunday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. The show starts at 7 p.m. While the band has a special fondness for the hypnotic, bluesy material from the Epirus region of […]

The Hucklebucks sing the blues Wednesday

“Jump blues” music by The Hucklebucks will liven up Central Park on Wednesday during the weekly Picnic in the Park celebration. The fun runs alongside the Davis Farmers Market from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. The Hucklebucks have been playing around Northern California for 12 years, […]

Sign up now for summer theater camp

A few spots remain in the Davis Art Center’s Youth Theater Camp, which will be offered Aug. 1-12 at the center, 1919 F St. Students will produce an adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast.” Each participant is guaranteed a significant speaking part in this fast-paced play that features magic and mystery. The class runs from […]

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 […]