Cathy Speck: ‘I’m being honored for giving back’

Pay tribute What: Davis High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner When: Saturday; 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner and awards Where: Freeborn Hall, UC Davis Tickets: $55 each; call (530) 756-3679 or go online When Cathy Speck learned she was to be inducted into the Davis High School Hall of Fame, she was […]

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Tour three galleries to benefit Nelson ARTfriends

The Nelson ARTfriends invite local residents to three half-hour behind-the-scenes tours of the Nelson, Pence and Natsoulas galleries on Saturday, Oct. 15. The tours start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. The group will start at the Nelson Gallery in the former University Club on the UC Davis campus. Gallery director Renny Pritikin will lead a […]

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Tunes for Trees raises funds for Woodland foundation

The Woodland Tree Foundation and the Gibson House Museum will team up to host an evening of music, food, refreshments and a silent auction at the fourth annual Tunes for Trees fundraiser. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, under the tree canopy of the Gibson House Museum, 512 Gibson […]

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Deadline nears for Kindermusik enrollment

The next Kindermusik class, “Family Time,” will be a five-week session that meets at 4:30 p.m. Sundays, starting Oct. 23, at a private home in South Davis. Two five-week sessions are planned. For more information, visit The tuition will be $75 per session. A portion of the fee is used to fund music programs […]

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’50/50′: Beats the odds

’50/50′ Four stars Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, Matt Frewer, Philip Baker Hall Rating: R, for profanity, drug use, sexual candor and brief nudity Flip a coin. Heads, you live; tails, you die. We all exist under the shadow of survival odds; it’s how insurance companies stay in […]

Stan’s the man

Pedestrians and vehicles pass “Stan the Submerging Man,” a sculpture by Finley Fryer, recently installed in front of the John Natsoulas Gallery on the corner of First and E streets. Stan was built in Dunsmuir by Fryer, who earned his bachelor of fine arts degree at UC Davis, in collaboration with Kirk LeClaire and Jayne […]

Help heal the Earth with Cool Davis service projects

Several different groups have joined with the Cool Davis Initiative to create a dozen different projects to “Heal Our Planet and Our Community.”

Some volunteers will get their hands into the soil while others do some sewing among friends for a few hours as part of the Cool Davis Festival.

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‘Shrek’ takes audience far, far away

Check it out What: “Shrek, The Musical” When: 8 p.m. daily through Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday Where: Sacramento Community Center, 1301 L St., Sacramento Tickets: Starting at $24 Info:; (916) 557-1999 or (916) 808-5181 SACRAMENTO — The crowd at Tuesday night’s opening of “Shrek, The Musical” (book and lyrics by David […]

Alexander String Quartet begins Dvorak series at Mondavi

Details What: Alexander String Quartet When: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center Tickets: $49 general, $24.50 students; or (530) 754-2787 The Alexander String Quartet — an ensemble that has appeared regularly at the Mondavi Center since the center opened in 2002 — embarks on a new project […]

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Point of Brew: Ruhstaller Beer returns to region

Sacramento used to be the Milwaukee of the West. From the days of the Gold Rush to Prohibition, as many as a dozen breweries operated simultaneously in the city. Sacramento was famous for turning the grain and hops that grow so well in the fertile valley soils into beer and for exchanging miners’ gold dust […]

Yamato brings thunderous drums to Jackson Hall

The Japanese taiko drumming group Yamato — which combines traditional drumming with dramatic athleticism, theatrical lighting and special effects — returns to the Mondavi Center on Oct. 6.

The booming sound of the group’s large drums can be particularly impressive in the reverberant acoustic setting of Jackson Hall. This year, Yamato is bringing a new show titled “Gamushara,” which can be roughly translated as “work(ing) really hard.”

Tickets are $25-$49 general, $12.50-$24.50 for students, available at or (530) 754-2787.

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Chill out with jazz at Thursday Live! next week

The Blue Tones and Calvin Handy and The Jazz Patrol will be swaying the house with smooth jazz tunes at Thursday Live! on Thursday, Oct. 6. The series of concerts continues at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. All shows are […]

GMO foods documentary will be screened Monday in Davis

Big Screen Cinema and LabelGMOs will screen the film “The Future of Foods,” a documentary by Deborah Koons Garcia, at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. “The Future of Foods” examines the creeping existence and consequences of genetically engineered foods in our diet. […]

Slam poetry artists will perform at International Festival

Four award-winning young poets from the UC Davis Sacramento Area Youth Speaks program will perform their fast-moving spoken words at the International Festival on Saturday at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Spoken-word artists who will perform beginning at 4 p.m. include Mannie Rizvi, a UC Davis student and president of the […]