Davis High musicians plan Japan relief benefit concert

In addition to his appearance at the Jammies on Saturday, May 7, cellist Eunghee Cho of Davis High School will perform in a benefit concert in support of earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. “I’m co-president of a club at Davis High School called Young Musicians Outreach,” Cho said, “and we have a benefit […]

Artist hopes to turn heads in return to hometown

Check it out What: California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, featuring student and established artists at 50 locations around Davis When: Today through Sunday Info: http://www.natsoulas.com/html/ccaca; maps are available at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. Charlie Schneider hopes to give his hometown a gentle tap on the shoulder. But first, he’ll […]

Fast Five: Over-revved

Details 3 stars Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky Rating: PG-13, and much too generously, for profanity, sexual content and unrelenting violence If the destruction of personal property were the benchmark of quality in a film, then this one would be a masterpiece. […]

Author will discuss idleness, Irish modernism

Gregory Dobbins, associate professor of English at UC Davis, will discuss his new book from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bookstore Lounge in the Memorial Union on the UCD campus. In “Lazy Idle Schemers: Irish Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Idleness,” Dobbins contends that the representation of what exactly the intellectual does, or rather, […]

Author presents marriage memoir

“Box of Darkness: Story of a Marriage” will be presented by author Sally Ryder Brady at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Brady is making Davis one of only a couple of stops on her California trip. Brady’s book, described as “a poignant memoir about a marriage […]

Guitar Ensemble Series concludes

Davis Art Center’s Guitar Ensemble Series concludes with a concert Friday, May 6, by Trio 7 — musicians who perform on three extended seven-string guitars. They will present works by composers not associated with the guitar, including Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Faure, Moussorgsky, Bizet and many others. In addition, Trio 7 will enchant the audience with popular movie themes […]

Davis High School bands present Senior Concert

The Davis High School Band Program will present the annual Senior Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. This concert is the last formal concert performance of the year for the Concert Band and the Symphonic Band, and provides a special farewell to graduating seniors from […]

Co-op wine tasting benefits Acme Theatre Co.

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a wine-tasting of “Buyer’s Best New Wines” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6. The cost is $1 per taste, and profits benefit Acme Theatre Company,  a nonprofit community theater group for young artists of high school age. Its mission is to present […]

We’re lucky in lavender

What’s that purple flower?!? You’d be surprised how often I get that question. In winter, it’s rosemary or lilac vine (Hardenbergia). In spring, California lilac (Ceanothus) blooming in the Arboretum draws admiring visitors and bees. Thanks to the City of Davis, some of our roadsides have low-growing shrubs with vivid purple flowers right now: Spanish […]

UCD video strives for YouTube fame

The community is invited to join thousands of costumed UC Davis students expected to participate in the UCD Lipdub video shoot starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Lipdubs are a global online phenomenon, with the most popular videos receiving more than 8 million views. UCD will strive for the same YouTube viral fame by lip-syncing to […]

Senior Center studio open every Monday

Aspiring artists who paint in oil or acrylics are welcome at the free open studio every Monday morning at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. “Every Monday morning throughout the year, you will find people painting at the Davis Senior Center, from 8:30 to 11:30,” says spokesman Don Harting. “This means there are no […]

Thursday Live! features Cinco de Mayo party

Zapato Viejo and Friends bring their Latin rhythms to the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Admission is free and beer and wine will be for sale. All ages are welcome. David Campos, of Zapato Viejo, describes the band’s sound as an eclectic collection of polyrhythmic […]

Point of Brew: Lessons for Picnic Day from Joseph Schlitz

Many years ago, I was a technical consultant for the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. They were, at the time, among the biggest brewing companies in the world, but they were facing stiff competition in a changing beer climate in which low-calorie beers were making in-roads. Schlitz was late to that game. I was such an […]

Roby Lakatos to heat up Mondavi with gypsy tunes

Hungarian violin virtuoso Roby Lakatos brings his mix of classical, jazz and gypsy influences to Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Born in Hungary in 1965 to a family with Romani (gypsy) roots, Lakatos began performing with family bands at age 9, and also studied at the Béla Bartók […]