Trokanski presents ‘Sheep/Wolves’ as fall dance performance

Check it out What: “Sheep/Wolves/We the People” When: Preview: 3 p.m. Nov. 6. Regular: 8 p.m. Nov. 11-12 Where: Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place, Davis Tickets: $10 in advance at the workshop or at the door, 30 minutes before showtime The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre opens its 2011-12 season with the premiere […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

We’ve got a lot of livin’ to do at DMTC

Rock ‘n’ roll’s first Broadway musical comes to the Davis Musical Theatre Company, when the Tony Award-winning “Bye Bye Birdie” takes the stage Nov. 4-27. Directed and choreographed by Jan Isaacson, with musical direction by Chris Congdon, “Bye Bye Birdie” is a ripped-from-the-headlines satire from the 1950s. When an over-the-top rocker is drafted into the […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Chorale presents free concerts in November

The community is invited to a free concert, “Remembrances: Songs of Love and Faith,” performed by the Davis Community Chorale at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Conducted by artistic director Alison Skinner, the 60-member chorale will sing the “Liebeslieder Waltzes” by Brahms […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Canterville Ghost’ offers fun for the whole family

Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, “The Canterville Ghost,” will be presented this month at the Woodland Opera House as part of the Theatre for Families series. It is presented by Jennifer Goldman, D.D.S., and Amy Tran, D.D.S. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Opera House, […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Pairing the autumn foods feast with under-$15 wines

For the Foley-Leonardi-Pope family’s annual fall tasting dinner, we decided not to try to replicate — as we have in the past — our Thanksgiving feast. Instead, we prepared a meal designed to make good use of the flavors we most associate with autumn. And we each brought a wine that we thought might pair […]

October 20, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Somethin’ in the Water

“Keep Davis Boring” I take umbrage with that bumper sticker. I get the sentiment — don’t make Davis another strip-mall, cookie-cutter town — but Davis is far from boring. I feel blessed to have grown up here. To a greater extent, being a Californian is pretty awesome. Spent six years living in Humboldt, which feels […]

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‘Dracula’ returns

Just in time for Halloween, the Sacramento Ballet is reviving its popular 2004-05 production of artistic director Ron Cunningham’s “Dracula,” with four performances spread over the next two weeks. Sharing the bill with this ballet about the famously seductive vampire will be two short works: George Balanchine’s classic “Serenade” (set to music by Tchaikovsky, and […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Davis’ singers let loose at Community Idol competition

Davis High School graduate Cass Olson’s pink and zebra-striped outfit wasn’t the only thing that caught the attention of the audience at the 2011 Community Idol competition Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School. Olson’s performance of Florence and the Machine’s “The Dog Days are Over” earned her $50 and the People’s […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Book sales benefit Woodland library

The Friends of the Woodland Public Library will hold a book sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the library, 250 First St. Specially marked hard-back mysteries will sell for four for $1. Biographies will be buy one, get one free, and seasonal holiday selections will be available. In addition, a […]

October 18, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

‘Superior Donuts': a highly satisfying snack

Check it out What: “Superior Donuts” When: Through Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $18-$28; (916) 995-5464 or SACRAMENTO — Director and Capital Stage co-founder Stephanie Gularte received a standing ovation before her production of “Superior […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Earth-friendly solutions are ‘cool’ ideas

The 2011 Cool Davis Festival — overflowing with Earth-friendly themed performances, exhibits, workshops and booths — took over the Veterans’ Memorial Center on Sunday.

Highlights included a bike rodeo and bike safety checks, the National Plug-In Electric Vehicle Day event, a solar cooker booth, a cooking demonstration and a vast array of exhibits in the multipurpose room.

“It’s a statewide campaign,” said Chris Jones, who works with Cool California. “We’re getting people to tell us what makes them a cool Californian.”

October 18, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Students join ‘read for the record’ effort

Top 5 kids Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign was launched in 2006 with a different book being read by people all over the country every year. Previous year’s books: 1. “The Little Engine That Could” (2006) 2. “The Story of Ferdinand” (2007) 3. “Corduroy” (2008) 4. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” (2009) 5. “The Snowy Day” […]

October 18, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Talented Katie Rubin bares her soul on Capital Stage

Details What: Katie Rubin’s “Amazing & Sage, a Joke-O-So-Theom” When: 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $15 each; (916) 995-5464 or In 2006, I wrote a review of a one-woman show called “Insides OUT!” I opened that review by saying, “Stop what you’re doing right now, go […]

October 20, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘What is the Color of Your Heart?’

Rose M. Borunda will lead a discussion of her book, “What is the Color of Your Heart?,” from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Community Room 800 at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Her appearance is sponsored by the Cross Cultural Series at the college. Borunda, an associate professor […]

October 18, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,