Season to feature Stoppard classic, hip-hop dance, and more

The upcoming season from the UC Davis theater and dance department features playwright Tom Stoppard’s modern classic “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” — an extremely witty play containing some of the funniest and finest back-and-forth dialog in contemporary theater. Other shows include a classic early 20th Century Spanish drama by Lorca, a new piece examining […]

Get to know Davis, or know it better, through pop culture

Is it possible to get to know Davis not just on the back of a bicycle but through art and pop culture? We think so. The list of Davis references and the work of current or onetime Davis folks in all manner of books, movies, music, television and more turns out to be mighty long. […]

Concerts abound on UC Davis music department calendar

There are many concerts planned for the upcoming season by the UC Davis music department, many of which feature distinguished visiting artists. Here is a breakdown of performances by some of the larger ensembles: UC Davis symphony orchestra The season begins on October 21 with a free concert, “Rising Stars of Opera.” The first half […]

Misconceptions

“It’s all about the lyrics,” my brother’s roommate said in reference to Immortal Technique. This was five years ago. Roomie was a nice guy, but stereotypical rap fan — even had 2pac and Scarface posters on his wall. So, I assumed Immortal Technique was just another gangster rapper. Boy, was I wrong. A few weeks ago, […]

Puck tweaks our sprockets in delightful ‘Dream’

Check it out What: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” presented by the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble When: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 2, plus a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday and Oct. 2 Where: UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, Garrod Drive (parking costs $7 on weekdays and is free on weekends) Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students, $5 […]

Fairy tales come alive at DHS drama fundraiser

Davis’ Central Park will be transformed Sunday into a fairy tale land filled with knights, a dragon, princes, princesses and Renaissance games as the Davis High School drama department presents Faerie Tale Frenzy: A Children’s Carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. DHS drama students will dress in costume and host an afternoon filled with games […]

Surf’s up at Central Park

Pull up a wave and sing along as surf tunes and rock songs fill Central Park on Wednesday evening during Picnic in the Park. Sir Finn & the Sharks will perform from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. alongside the Davis Farmers Market in the park, Third and C streets. The market will be open from 4:30 […]

Young performers sought for ‘A Christmas Carol’ musical

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers will hold auditions for “A Christmas Carol” on Monday and Tuesday. Under the direction of Jan Isaacson, the Dickens classic about Scrooge’s transformation gets the full Broadway treatment. This show has emotional power and pure joy, thanks to the marvelously told story and score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, including […]

‘Point’ of great returns

“Point Blank” Four stars Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Claire Perot Rating: Unrated, with R-level profanity and violence This one hits the ground running and never lets up. Seriously, I’ve not seen this much sprinting since 1998’s equally breathless “Run, Lola, Run.” Director/co-writer Fred Cavayé’s “Point Blank” is a […]

Davis Media Access celebrates ‘on the backlot’

Davis Media Access welcomes the community to “On the Backlot: Celebrating Local Music & Media,” from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 1623 Fifth St. The event is “a celebration of the ways in which the media center connects to, and supports, our community,” said Andrea Jones, event co-chair. DMA is the nonprofit community media […]

Scottish Games come to Dixon on Saturday

The Dixon Scottish Cultural Association will present the Dixon Scottish Highland Games from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the May Fairgrounds, 655 S. First St. in Dixon. The games will feature athletic events such as the caber toss and weight toss; Highland and country dancing; pipe and drum bands; cattle dog demonstrations; a […]

Film series examines ‘Tragedy in the Holy Land’

“Tragedy in the Holy Land — Other Ways to Peace with Justice?” is the theme of a series of documentaries to be shown in Davis this month and next. The first is “Occupation Has No Future” (2010), which will screen at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 […]

Transformational music concert planned

Mount Shasta keyboardist, harmonica and tabla player Anton Mizerak and singer Laura Berryhill will present a musical church service featuring transformational healing music, Celtic songs and chants from around the world at noon Sunday, Sept. 25, hosted by the Center for Spiritual Living. Mizerak writes his music in nature, believing that our organic experience of sun, wind, water, snow and […]

Put your ideas on the big screen

Fade in: Your movie is on the big screen. Make it happen in an eight-week screenwriting workshop offered at the Davis Art Center. Students will learn how to tell gripping stories, build dynamic characters, format a screenplay and market a movie. The class is designed for teens age 14 and older and adults, and meets from 5 to […]