Travel the world Wednesday with YoloMambo

Spicy Brazilian, Latin and world rhythms will fill Central Park on Wednesday evening as YoloMambo performs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Picnic in the Park. The park is at Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. YoloMambo delivers original world music plus the songs of Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eva Cassidy, Sting, Cesaria Evora, […]

Nominees sought for local music award

The West Valley Barbershop Chorus is seeking nominations for this year’s 23rd annual Harmony in Our Lives Award. This is an accolade of distinction given to individuals and organizations that have been significant long-term contributors to the musical enrichment of the Davis community. The recipient is selected by a committee composed of representatives from the […]

‘The Debt': Honorably paid

“The Debt” Four stars Starring: Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas, Jesper Christensen, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds Rating: R, for violence, profanity and brief sensuality Until this film came along, I hadn’t realized how much I’ve missed intelligent, well-acted espionage thrillers. “The Debt” hearkens back to the best of the 1960s and ’70s […]

Acclaimed local author featured on KDVS

Jay Feldman, an acclaimed writer and Davis resident, will be featured in a live radio interview on KDVS at 5 p.m. Friday. He will discuss his latest book, “Manufacturing Hysteria,” a history of scapegoating, surveillance and secrecy in modern America. It is available on Pantheon Press. Among the praise it received, Kirkus Reviews writes: “Penetrating […]

Great Scot! DHS thespians raise funds for big trip

While Davis High School students settle in to the new school year, DHS thespians have their eyes set on next summer already, when they will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, to participate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After an anonymous nomination by a Davis community member and a lengthy application process, the DHS drama department was […]

‘The King and I’ opens DMTC’s theater season

What: Davis Musical Theatre Company production of “The King and I” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 2 Where: DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $18 general, $16 for students and seniors, $14 per person for groups of 10 or more; plus a $2-per-ticket facility fee; www.dmtc.org or […]

Adults can begin on string instruments, too

Adult students who would like to learn to play a string instrument may be interested in a new class that will begin at the Davis Art Center on Tuesday. Local instructor Sue MacDonald will offer “Strings for Adult Beginners,” meeting twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) through Oct. 13. A […]

Elementary music program tugs at the heartstrings

The Davis school district’s large and highly regarded string-music program begins at the elementary schools.

At each elementary campus, every fall, the bright-eyed fourth-graders pack their school’s multipurpose room for a string assembly where they are introduced to the violin, viola, cello and bass — the quiet beginnings of a string program that many students will stay with through high school graduation.

At Birch Lane Elementary on Tuesday afternoon, music teachers Sherie Wall and Kim Cole demonstrated each instrument.

Farmers Market changes what and how customers cook

Shopping tips * Walk through the market to get a sense of what’s available. * Start small and engage your senses — look, smell, taste. * Buy what you can’t resist. * Recognize that you’re doing this because it’s fun. * Editor’s note: This three-part series profiles locals who are dedicated Davis Farmers Market shoppers […]

Point of brew: My hopes for Aggie Lager

I have high hopes for Aggie Lager. The name of this beer is the result of a licensing agreement between the brewers at the Sudwerk Privatbrauerei Hubsch, Davis’ only micro-brewery, and UC Davis. The recently announced cooperation will allow Sudwerk to use the logo of the university in its promotion of the beer, presumably on […]

Wine, olive oil and music at RootStock

RootStock, 22 Main St. in Winters, has a busy Labor Day weekend planned. It will join local wineries, tasting rooms, wine shops and restaurants in celebrating International Tempranillo Day on Thursday. The business will host Chris Rose and Jeff and Penny Uppington, Winters residents and home winemakers, who make Tempranillo from locally grown grapes. In addition, Route […]

Fall concert series kicks off with traditional jazz

Crazy Eights, an award-winning group of young local musicians who bring new energy and creativity to traditional jazz, will kick off the 2011 Evening at the Vets fall concert series on Saturday, Oct. 15. The series is presented by the city of Davis Community Services Department. The band released its self-titled debut CD in May. […]

Kehew’s fiber art brings history alive

“Artifacts: Historically Informed Fiber Art” is the title of Julia Kehew’s exhibit from Sept. 9 through Oct. 4 at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis. She will be honored at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, as part of the Second Friday ArtAbout event. With an academic background in […]

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to be staged at Arboretum

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble will kick off its second season with Shakespeare’s most magical comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The human and fairy worlds collide in this hilarious and enchanted adventure through the forest inspired by what makes Davis one-of-a-kind — bicycles. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Sept. 15-Oct. 2, plus a 2 […]