‘Hugo': a true sense of wonder

‘Hugo’ 4.5 stars Starring: Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Jude Law Rating: PG, and too harshly, for mild peril and dramatic intensity “Hugo” isn’t merely a great film; it’s a spellbinding experience: one of the most loving, heartfelt valentines to the art of movie-making […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Saturday Morning Folk show marks 35 years on local airwaves

Thirty-five years is a long time, particularly in a medium like radio. Particularly at a freeform campus/community station like KDVS, which is staffed by volunteer DJs, and reorganizes its broadcast schedule quarterly. So this weekend’s 35th anniversary of the Saturday Morning Folk show on KDVS — to be heard from 9 a.m. to noon on […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Barbershoppers sing holiday tunes

The West Valley Chorus will sing holiday songs in barbershop quartet harmony at a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Atria Covell Gardens. The public is invited to this free event at the retirement community at 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. For more information, call Kathy Green at (530) 756-0700.

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Two chorales join for holiday concert

The Davis Community Chorale and Davis Children’s Chorale will combine for “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” a Christmas sing-along, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. The public is invited to this free concert; donations are welcome. For more information, call (530) 574-8419.

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Point of brew: Enjoy a beer with Thanksgiving leftovers

When it comes to Thanksgiving I always try to identify for what I am most thankful. This year I am thankful for our Constitution. Frankly, I am not usually a fan of that document, having grown up in a nation without a written constitution, because I think it can be manipulated and whipsawed and twisted […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Covell Gardens hosts three local authors presenting their new books

Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in Davis, will host three local authors Sunday whose books were recently published by Phyllis Scott Publishing. Anastasia Levine, David Lloyd Sutton and Scott Evans will speak at 3 p.m.; the public is invited to the reading and reception following. Levine’s romantic suspense novel, “California Gothic,” like an updated […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Talent showcase planned Saturday

Twelve finalists in the Davis’ Got Talent competition will perform at the finals at 6 p.m. Saturday for a grand prize of $200 and the opportunity to perform at the city’s Fourth of July celebration. The talent showcase will take place at the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Advance tickets are […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Scandalous’ world of olive oil explored in new book

Tom Mueller will celebrate the world release of his new book, “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil,” on Tuesday at UC Davis. A reception and book-signing will follow his presentation at 5:30 p.m. at the UCD Conference Center. Mueller received wide acclaim for his 2007 New Yorker article “Slippery Business: The […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Celebrate the season with DCC Christmas Concert

Davis Community Church will present an Advent and Christmas Concert that is open to the community at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the church, 412 C St. The concert will feature all of the church’s choirs, including the Chancel and Chamber Choirs, the Bell Choir and the Worship Band. The stories are familiar but […]

December 01, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Holiday festival supports Winters library

The Winters Friends of the Library will present the annual Family Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Activities will include crafts for children, live music performances, holiday wreaths for sale, the Scholastic Book Fair and food from Mrs. Claus’ Café. Santa will […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Children’s Secret Store is going green

Get in the spirit What: Davis Art Center 21st annual Holiday Sale When: Noon-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Admission: Free This year, the Davis Art Center is taking its annual Holiday Sale in a new direction, […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Webcomic author/artist speaks at UC Davis

Author and illustrator Zach Weiner will bring his particular brand of humor to the UC Davis campus on Monday, giving a talk in 2 Wellman Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Weiner holds a degree in literature from UCD, and is best known for the webcomic “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal” and its spawn, “SMBC Theatre” […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Rent a student ensemble to provide music at your gathering

Several student musical ensembles from Davis High School are providing “rent-a-band” or “rent-a-choir” groups for entertaining during the holidays, and other times of the year as well. Davis High School Bands: Parent Maquette Kuper reminds party and event organizers that “Davis High School band students are ready to perform at your house or business. The Rent-a-Band […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Winters’ ‘Fruitcakes’ is just nutty fun

Check it out What: “Fruitcakes,” presented by the Winters Theatre Company When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 Where: Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave., Winters Tickets: $10 general, $6 seniors/students; [email protected] or (530) 795-4014 In the 1980s, I saw a musical […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,