Music, dance liven up Cool Davis Festival

The Davis High School Baroque Ensemble, founded in 2009 as the newest instrumental ensemble in the Davis schools’ music program and the first group of its kind at the high school level in the country, will start Sunday’s Cool Davis Festival with “Heavenly Music, Earthly Pictures.” As the group plays Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Band breathes new life into retro songs

Jenny Lynn & Her Real Gone Daddies bring their rockabilly music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at the Davis Farmers Market, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. The band is known for its classic covers and retro-style original songs (think Sun Records with a dash of honky-tonk). […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Will Durst hits the political trail with a night of stand-up for DMTC

Details What: Political humorist Will Durst When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $15 in advance (www.dmtc.org or 756-3682) or $18 at the door Davis Musical Theatre Company welcomes political humorist Will Durst to its theater in Mace Ranch for a fundraising performance at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

‘Frankenstein’ asks: Who was the real monster?

Check it out What: ‘Frankenstein’ Where: Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St. When: Oct. 5-30; 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $15-$38 (discounts for students, seniors, and groups). Call (916) 443-6722 or (888)4-STC-TIX Info: http://sactheatre.org/ Forget Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘Sol omnibus lucet': Water tank mural ‘shines upon us all’

Muralists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel work on a massive municipal water tank and transform it into a vibrant, inviting piece of art.

The pair, business partners and friends since high school, won a $75,000 city grant last fall to make pretty a new 4 million-gallon water tank in East Davis. About 80 percent of their budget will cover the cost of materials, including three large metal sculptures.

Because the tank faces Interstate 80, city officials wanted it to be an eye-catching signature that would remind commuters of everything Davis is and has to offer.

“ ‘Discovery’ was our most key word,” Christophel said, and Lacin agreed. “We thought for months about ‘discovery.’ “

October 09, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Author McConahay to appear at Avid Reader

Acclaimed author, journalist and filmmaker Mary Jo McConahay will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., in downtown Davis at 7:30 p.m. Friday to discuss her new book, “Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest.” In “Maya Roads,” McConahay draws upon her three decades of traveling and living in Central […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Taste wine and benefit DHS Madrigals

The Davis High School Madrigals will sing, and adults can sample Yolo County wines, during a fundraiser titled “A Taste of Yolo County” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Osteria Fasulo restaurant, 2657 Portage Bay Ave. East in Davis. Tickets are $20 in advance, available at Watermelon Music, 207 E St., or by emailing […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Broadway comes to Davis for ‘One Night Only’

Some of the Sacramento area’s most sought-after award-winning talents take the stage Thursday to entertain audiences with “One Night Only,” a fundraiser benefiting the Davis Musical Theatre Company. Featuring some of Broadway’s rare gems, this one-night benefit will showcase many songs never before performed on the DMTC stage. “From the popular to the obscure, this […]

October 09, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Environment showcased at film festival

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival returns Thursday evening with inspirational films that share stories about the environment and community participation. This year’s event will include a silent auction and raffle. Doors to the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St., open at 6:30 p.m. with the films beginning at […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Author wants to ‘unmake’ war

Author Kathleen Barry will present her recent book, “Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers, and Ourselves,” on Saturday, Oct. 22. Her talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Amid all of the war news that saturates our lives, this book answers […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

‘Real Steel:’ A knock-out

“Real Steel” 3.5 stars Starring: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn Rating: PG-13 for intense action, brief violence and fleeting profanity Well, color me surprised. Previews for “Real Steel” made it look like an unholy marriage between “Rocky” and “Transformers,” with the worst qualities of both. And, […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

Library’s eBook collection is compatible with Kindle

WOODLAND — The Yolo County Library’s eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle. Library patrons can download free popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device, or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad or Android. To get started, visit www.yolocountylibrary.org. Yolo County […]

October 09, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

‘Growing Old Gracefully’ is book group’s topic

The Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, welcomes readers to its active older adult book group from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Blanchard Room. The featured title for this month will be Joan Chittister’s “The Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully.” The book group will continue to discuss […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Farmers Market wants holiday music

The Davis Farmers Market is looking for Davis community musical groups that would like to perform holiday music at the Saturday markets on Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Groups may perform for 30 minutes or one hour, and can sign up to perform for one date or more. Interested groups may contact the Davis […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,