Guitarist headlines at Village Homes Performers Circle

J. Cedar Seeger, a veteran guitarist and songwriter with a lifetime of musical experience, is the featured performer at the final 2011 meeting of the Village Homes Performers Circle, Monday, Nov. 28, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. in Davis. Seeger’s musical history includes early pop success and playing in bluegrass, barroom rock and roll, country […]

November 22, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

UC Davis makes amends with fine production of Stoppard classic

Check it out What: UC Davis theater and dance department’s production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3 Where: Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UCD Tickets: $17/$19 general; $12/$14, students, children and senior citizens; (530) 754-2787; Info: The UC Davis department of theater and dance, and Michael […]

November 22, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Woodland Chamber Singers celebrate ‘Spirit of the Season’

This December, the Woodland Chamber Singers presents “Spirit of the Season,” its 35th annual holiday concert, under the artistic direction of Lenore Turner-Heinson. There will be two performances, both at Pioneer High School in Woodland, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Because of additional costs for this new venue, […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Donate food and pay off library fines

Woodland Public Library is once again offering its “Food for Fines” program from Monday, Nov. 28, through Thursday, Dec. 22. Library patrons are invited to bring nonperishable canned or boxed food in good condition to the circulation desk of the library during open hours. Each can of food will remove $1 from the patron’s overdue […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

‘Like Crazy': Sweet and revealing

“Like Crazy” Four stars Starring: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead, Charlie Bewley Rating: PG-13, for sexual candor and fleeting profanity Raw, painfully vulnerable intimacy has become a calling card in recent indie dramas, with 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married” and last year’s “Blue Valentine” setting a very high bar. Those films now […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

A new generation of Claras takes the stage

Check it out What: “The Nutcracker” ballet, presented by Hanneke and Company When: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26; and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $15 general, available at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Young pianists shine in music competition

Youthful Davis pianists Jessica Yeung and Taiga Sekizawa were awarded first and second place, respectively, at Sacramento State University’s 34th annual Festival of New American Music Young Festival Performers Competition last weekend. The competition offers young pianists an opportunity to learn new American music, a change from the standard classical repertoire young students usually learn. […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Celebrate holidays with art, music

Tony Passarell and his band will be among the performers at the John Natsoulas Gallery’s first Holiday Celebration and Silent Auction from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 10. Other performers include Garage Architects, DJ, Dr. Doktor, readings by  various poets, Linda Bair Dancers and performance painting by Myron Stephens. The evening also features food and […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Pence hosts water tank art talk

Artists Sofia Lacin and Hennessey Christophel will give a presentation on the east area water tank art installation titled “Same Sun” from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. Admission is free. Attendees will learn about the inspiration for this project as well as its challenges, and will have an […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Let it snow at Opera House’s ‘White Christmas’

The Woodland Opera House will kick off the holiday season Friday, Nov. 25, with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Underwritten by the Salonites family, this delightful musical comedy has it all — memorable songs, spectacular dance numbers and holiday charm. Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, “White Christmas” tells the story […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Visiting composer’s music featured this weekend

Details Who: Composer and conductor Fabián Panisello, with the UC Davis Empyrean Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra When and where: 7 p.m. Saturday, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre (Empyrean Ensemble), $20 general, $8 students; 7 p.m. Sunday, Jackson Hall (Symphony Orchestra), $12-$17 general, $8 students/children Tickets:, (530) 754-2787 Composer and conductor Fabián Panisello is visiting UC Davis this […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Madrigal dinner tickets still available

Hear ye! Hear ye! Only a few reservations remain for the 43rd annual Madrigal Dinner on Friday, Dec. 2. The Saturday dinner is sold out. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres; dinner and the performance by the Davis High School Madrigal Choir follows at 7:15 p.m. The olde English merry-making takes place […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Getting the bugs out of Thanksgiving wine pairing

Sometime in the last century, on one of my “Europe-on-$5-a-Day” trips, I ate a bee. Covered in chocolate, it tasted like a Nestlé’s crunch bar. (I used to eat such before designer chocolate appeared on the scene — and before we discovered that Nestlé was pushing baby formula in the Third World and causing infant […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Sign up for some ‘Dance Lessons’

Check it out What: “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” When: Through Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Where: Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $34-$38 general, $29-$33 seniors, $15 students;; (916) 443-6722 At its core, “Six […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,