You won’t be blue with the Notorious Shank Brothers

The sounds of traditional bluegrass music will fill Central Park on Wednesday evening, courtesy of the Notorious Shank Brothers. They’ll perform from 5 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the Picnic in the Park celebration alongside the Davis Farmers Market. “If you like hard-core bluegrass, you’ll love their repertoire of classic song and instrumentals from […]

Fly to Never Never Land with DMTC’s young actors

The Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ 2010-11 season will close with a visit to Never Never Land, complete with pirates, mermaids, Indians and Lost Boys. “Peter Pan” will be presented at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, beginning Friday and continuing through July 24. Curtain times are 7:15 p.m. Fridays and 2:15 […]

Be a rock star at the Davis Art Center

Mindy Manville and her Manville Mini-Musicals present the annual “Rock Star” mini-camp at the Davis Art Center beginning Monday, July 18, and ending with a performance on July 29 on the center’s atrium stage. This camp is geared toward students in grades 3-7 who enjoy singing, and every person who enrolls will be given a […]

Writing is no sin for Davis author

Meet the author Who: Author Beth McMullen of Davis, signing copies of her first novel, “Original Sin” When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., downtown Davis Info: (530) 758-4040 What if a government spy were the mother of a toddler? Davis author Beth McMullen asked herself that question, and her answer […]

Anderson sings the blues at The Palms on July 14

Grammy Award-winning producer/guitarist Pete Anderson, most widely known as the musical partner of country star Dwight Yoakam, will perform at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. Anderson collaborated with Yoakam from 1986 to 2003, producing, arranging and playing on his recordings that sold more than 25 million copies. He […]

Wine-tasting benefits FARM Davis

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a wine-tasting of summer whites and rosés from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15. The cost is $1 per taste, and proceeds benefit FARM Davis. FARM Davis reclaims public space to build community, provides services for underserved and transient populations and rehabilitates […]

Davis artist represents U.S. at ceramics symposium

Davis artist Marc Lancet is the United States’ representative to the International Symposium of Wood-Fired Ceramics in Kohila, Estonia, which got under way July 4 and continues through July 24. Lancet joins ceramic artists from more than a dozen countries in a three-week intensive international art exchange. Artists will share studio space, ideas and inspiration […]

Sunflower art on exhibit at Thompson’s office

Art selected from the recent NAMI-Yolo Sunflower Art Competition will be on display at Rep. Mike Thompson’s district office in Woodland through the remainder of July. “I’m pleased to support the important work that the National Alliance on Mental Illness does in Yolo County,” Thompson said in a news release. “Art is a terrific way to involve […]

‘Horrible Bosses’: Pretty horrible, all right

“Horrible Bosses” Two stars Starring: Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland Rating: R, for pervasive profanity, crude and sexual content, and drug use Imitation isn’t merely the sincerest form of flattery; in Hollywood, it’s a way of life. When some bottom-feeder unexpectedly made a fortune with “Saw,” […]

Filmmakers capture everyday people doing extraordinary things

A couple somebodies care about nobodies. Two filmmakers with Davis ties are shying away from mainstream media’s unquenchable appetites. They’re not focusing their lens on famous-for-being-famous celebrities like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. They’re not focusing on political scandals du jour — What famous person is getting married to that other famous person?! He fathered […]

Davis author Kim Stanley Robinson focuses on science, the environment, and the future

Kim Stanley Robinson — the longtime Davis resident whose thoughtful and exquisitely researched books have probed future possibilities, climate change (both on this planet and on Mars), and the scientific mind at work — is coming off five years of extraordinary activity. In 2007, Robinson published the third and final in his “Science in the Capital” […]

See Japanese films this weekend

The Sacramento Japanese Film Festival will be presented Friday through Sunday at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. in Sacramento. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Friday; 1, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 per film or $30 for an all-festival pass. Ten percent of the festival’s proceeds […]

Nelson Gallery showcases Cordero’s unusual art

Sacramento artist Nathan Cordero will mount his first solo museum exhibition this month at UC Davis’ Nelson Gallery. The exhibition opens Thursday, July 14, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 20, with a public reception for the artist from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 14. The gallery is in the former University Club, at Old Davis […]

Enjoy Mondo Vagabondo’s cabaret-style jazz, blues

Mondo Vagabondo Orchestra will heat up the stage with a free outdoor performance from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Rotary Park Gazebo, on Main Street at Railroad Avenue in downtown Winters. Mondo Vagabondo presents a total musical experience, with cabaret-style jazz and blues interspersed with comedy and theatrics. The seven-piece Vacaville-based […]