Japanese film festival set in Sacramento

The Sacramento Japanese Film Festival will be presented July 8-10 at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. in Sacramento. Films include the 2010 Japanese Academy Award winner, “Dear Doctor,” a wise and funny film about a small-town Japanese doctor who loves his patients, has no medical degree and is caught in a web of lies. “The […]

Discount Solano County Fair tickets available online

The Solano County Fair opens in five weeks, but people can purchase discounted pre-sale tickets online and at the fairgrounds office through Aug. 2. The fair, whose theme is “There’s No Place Like Home!,” will run from Aug. 3-7.  By purchasing tickets in advance, fairgoers save $5 on each wristband for unlimited carnival rides, $2 […]

Davis musicians perform July 8 in Winters

The newly formed classical and folk duo Wind and Bow will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock gifts and wine tasting, 22 Main St. in Winters. Sue Sheya, who was featured recently on “Good Day Sacramento,” plays the flute, and Mary Neri King, who has performed with the Solano Symphony and West […]

Doo-wop comedy of errors in Winters

The doo-wop version of “Comedy of Errors” comes to the 14th annual Winters Shakespeare Workshop on July 15 and 16. This madcap comedy about mistaken features is directed by Russell St. Clair with music direction by Laura Sandage. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy either night’s performance, which begins 8 p.m. in Winters City […]

July 4 celebrants asked to make the party a zero-waste event

Fourth of July revelers in Davis’ Community Park will be asked to help reduce waste by composting and recycling as much as possible. The city of Davis Natural Resource Commission has set a goal of making this a zero-waste event. Compostable items include paper cups, paper napkins, paper plates, food waste, corn dog sticks and […]

Larry Crowne: Long may he reign

‘Larry Crowne’ Four stars Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Wilmer Valderrama Rating: PG-13, for brief profanity and occasional sensuality True movie stars could captivate us while shopping for groceries. Tom Hanks, my generation’s esteemed answer to Henry Fonda, charms with every word and gesture. When […]

Artist’s painting chosen for sunflower seed cards

Pat Lucero’s vibrant painting, “The Fascinators,” will grace the 2011-12 sunflower seed card, a project of NAMI-Yolo, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She and dozens of other local artists were honored at a reception Friday, June 10, at the Davis Art Center. “Using the sunflower as a symbol of hope, we want to sweep away […]

Pink Martini recalls optimistic sound of early ’60s, with international flair

Check it out What: Pink Martini When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center Tickets: $35-$75 general; $17.50-$37.50 students; http://www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787. Thomas Lauderdale — the perky leader of the sometimes-campy, more often swanky, retro-pop orchestra Pink Martini, which visits the Mondavi Center on Tuesday — is profoundly enamored of the music of […]

Wineaux: Big bargains coming from Portugal

Alcohol heats. Good news:  On a cold winter day, a glass of hearty red wine will warm you right up. Bad news:  On a hot summer day, a glass of hearty red wine will warm you right up and up and up. Which explains why, as the thermometer edges toward triple digits, I — not […]

Downtown is the place to be

Through July 10: Action photos from this spring’s Amgen Tour of California as well as pictures from other cycling races will be exhibited at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, 303 Third St. in downtown Davis. The photos were taken by Davis resident Mark Adkison. The Hall of Fame is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays […]

Summer means music at Picnic in the Park

Listen up June 29: Hardwater, pop/rock/folk/blues July 6: Odd Man Out, folk, ’60s and ’70s rock July 13: Notorious Shank Brothers, bluegrass July 20: The Hucklebucks, blues July 27: Shayna & the Bulldog, rock ‘n’ roll Aug. 3: Cold Shot & Sandy Holman, diversity and dance music Aug. 10: Rolling Fork Blues Revue, blues Aug. […]

Musicians perform Friday at Root Stock

Live music continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Root Stock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. This week features Finding Fable, an acoustic trio made up of Lori Hawk, Sam Hawk and Michael Musial. Finding Fable plays a mix of originals and covers from bands like Led Zeppelin; Oasis; and Crosby, Stills and Nash; […]

Want to be in a July 4 flash mob?

Have you always wanted to be in a flash mob dance? Now’s your chance! The Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop is offering two free classes this week for Davis residents who would like to join a dance/flash mob at Community Park on the Fourth of July. The classes are part of a year long ongoing project […]

Buntin, Jennette share poetry at Bistro

Simmons Buntin and Dorine Jennette are the featured writers for the Poetry Night Reading Series at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, on the Bistro 33 patio at Third and F streets. Buntin is the author of two books of poetry, “Riverfall” and “Bloom,” both published by Ireland’s Salmon Poetry. “Riverfall” was published in 2005, and “Bloom,” […]