Summertime … and the movies are breezy

Opulent popcorn flicks increasingly dominate the season’s cinema landscape According to the calendar, summer’s still a month away. According to Hollywood, summer began back on May 6, with the release of “Thor.” Or perhaps April 29, with the release of “Fast Five.” The cultural chasm now separating December’s “serious films” from the longer summer season’s […]

DHS 2011 highlights recalled on stage

Davis High School’s student government welcomes the Davis community to its first-ever event, “ThisIsIt: Best of 2011, Memories in Motion,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. The event will feature highlights and performances from the 2010-11 school year and “give students and their families a chance […]

Woodland bands give free concert Monday

The Woodland Community Band will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St. The concert will be a mixture of classical and contemporary pieces, including selections from the Broadway musical “Les Miserables,” “The Fairest of the Fair” by John Philip Sousa, a rousing […]

UC Davis Band to perform music honoring the sciences

Details What: UC Davis Concert Band and Campus Band When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center Tickets: $12 adults, $8 students and children; (530) 754-2787 or The UC Davis Concert Band and Campus Band will perform a concert titled “Earth Songs,” a salute to the biological, ecological and agricultural sciences, […]

Pirates of the Caribbean: still delightfully strange

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ 3.5 stars Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevil McNally, Astrid Berges-Frisbey Rating: PG-13, for action violence and sensuality Johnny Depp hasn’t lost his mincing swagger, and that’s great news for fans of this loopy series. Depp’s impeccably timed comic performance remains the best part of the “Pirates […]

West Sac library hosts local mystery writers

The public is invited to a conversation with four mystery writers at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave. in West Sacramento. Pat Canterbury (“Every Thursday”), L.F. Crawford (“Bad Moon Rising”), Nan Mahon (“Blind Buddy and Mojo’s Blues Band”) and Cindy Sample (“Dying for a Date”) will […]

Bennett will sing at Mondavi on Wednesday

Tony Bennett  may have left his heart in San Francisco — to paraphrase his biggest hit, released in 1963 — but the ageless crooner, still a big draw at age 84, will perform at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall for the first time at 8 p.m. Wednesday. He’ll probably be playing to a full house. Only a […]

Comedy, drama, animation, documentaries featured at film festival

Check it out What: UC Davis Film Festival When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26 Where: Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. Tickets: $7, available at the Varsity Theatre box office Info: View past years’ winning films at http://theatredance.ucdavis.ued/season/videos.aspx UC Davis students will present their short films to the public at the 11th annual UC […]

Junior high orchestras give spring concert

The Emerson-Harper Junior High Orchestras, directed by Greg Brucker, will hold their spring concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Davis High School’s Brunelle Performance Hall. The concert will celebrate the year’s work and honor the orchestras’ ninth-graders as they leave for DHS and Da Vinci High School. Front row, from left, are Izzy Leamon, Gabrielle […]

Tickets on sale for State Fair concert series

Tickets are on sale now for a sizzling summer lineup at the 2011 State Fair Concert Series. “The State Fair is all about family, fun and value,” said Norbert J. Bartosik, State Fair CEO and general manager. “At a time when the cost of concert tickets at other venues are sky-high for even lawn seats, […]

Folk music jam planned May 27

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Wyatt Deck on Old Davis Road, next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes and squeezeboxes (you name it), and […]

Ke$ha tickets go on sale Friday

Ke$ha brings her Get $leazy Tour to the UC Davis Pavilion on Tuesday, Sept. 13, promoters announced this week. Tickets are $39.50 for general admission and go on sale Friday at the UCD box office and online at She’ll appear with LMFAO and Spank Rock. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at […]

In which the wine columnist makes an embarrassing confession …

I joined a wine club. The offer came through my Amtrak credit card; American Cellars Wine Club promises wonderful values — ”wines that have been chosen by our experts after extensive evaluation and tasting.” I checked out the website to find out which wines would be in my first shipment. I’d never heard of any […]

Baker teaches her final clay class at DAC

Curious about clay? All levels of sculptors and potters ages 16 and up are welcome to join the last spring session of “Wheel & Hand-Building for Teens & Adults” with Clarice Baker at the Davis Art Center. The class takes place Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 31 through June 28. The fee is […]