Winters Theatre to present ‘Fruitcakes’ for the holidays

By Germaine Hupe With a cast of more than 30 performers ranging in age from elementary school students to senior citizens, “Fruitcakes” is genuine community theater. The family comedy will be presented by the Winters Theatre Company as its holiday production. The play will open its eight-performance run at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, with […]

November 08, 2011 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

New Orleans takes center stage at Mondavi

A weeklong series of Mondavi Center performances, film screenings and a special exhibit at the Shields Library this month examine the resilient spirit of New Orleans, and how that storied American city has coped after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to being the cradle of jazz — from Louis Armstrong to the Marsalis clan — New Orleans was the birthplace of some of the greatest black gospel singers, including Mahalia Jackson.

Not far from the ocean on a section of the Mississippi River that paradoxically flows north, New Orleans is incredibly vulnerable to disaster. Hurricane Katrina triggered floods that inundated large portions of the city in 2005. New Orleans struggled to rebuild, yet somehow its spirit lives on.

November 03, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Wineaux: Bubbling your way toward the holidays

I first tried Prosecco in the early 1970s. It didn’t taste much different from the cheap Champagne (yes, it was actually called Champagne in those days before the French took back their territory) coming from California wineries. And there was good reason for the similarity: Like these budget sparklers, Prosecco is made by the Charmat […]

November 03, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Johnny Cash tribute guitarist performs Friday in Winters

Denis Colleret, a Vacaville singer who is the lead guitarist for Cash Tribute, a Johnny Cash tribute band, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Colleret has been a working musician in Northern California since 1978 as both a recording artist and performer. He has opened […]

November 03, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Honoring the forgotten ones and looking ahead to the holidays

Nov. 2 is part of the two days on which El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated in Mexico. This tradition has become a familiar part of California life, so much so that I know many people who construct altars in their homes every year to honor family members, friends […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

CalPIRG to host campus screening of ‘Food Inc.’

CalPIRG will host a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Food Inc.” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in 146 Olson Hall at UC Davis. The film is an examination of corporate farming in America, exposing its negative environmental effects, inhumane treatment of animals, and how agribusiness promotes unhealthy eating habits through manipulation of the […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Mezzo to visit Mondavi, then return to The Met for Ring Cycle role

Details Who: Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theater, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickes: $35 general, $17.50 students;, (530) 754-2787 When mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano appeared during the 2009-10 season in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Richard Wagner’s “Das Rhinegold” — the first opera […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Early Music Ensemble performs works for voice, organ on Saturday

The Early Music Ensemble from UC Davis, 16 singers strong, will perform a program of vocal works by Byrd and Gibbons, and organ works by Gabrieli, Frescobaldi and others (performed by William Cooper, organist) on Saturday evening. On the program will be several vocal works by English composer William Byrd (1540–1623), including the Mass for Four […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Play about Rwandan genocide rings true for grad student

For Ephrem Rukundo — a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and now a graduate student at UC Davis — the arrival of the one-woman play “Miracle in Rwanda” for two special performances this week at the Mondavi Center is particularly meaningful. “Miracle in Rwanda” features writer/actress Leslie Lewis Sword, who takes on multiple […]

November 01, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Concert with diverse flutes, bands and Noh to celebrate sister cities anniversary

Hear more What: Concert celebrating 10th anniversary of sister-city ties between Davis and Inuyama, Japan When: 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $8 general, $5 students at Watermelon Music, 207 E St.; tickets at the door will be $10 Info: (530) 756-7380 A concert featuring visiting artists performing ancient music […]

November 01, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

With DHS actors, ‘Anything Goes’

Check it out What: Davis High School presents “Anything Goes” When: 7 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 10-12, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $16 general, $12 seniors, $10 students, available at the door or online at The Davis High School drama department kicks off its season Friday […]

November 01, 2011 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Fiber art showcased at The Artery’s November show

Just in time for cool, autumn weather and anticipating the holidays, 11 fiber artists bring their most beautiful creations to The Artery gallery for a show titled “Comfort and Joy: A Celebration of Fiber Art.” The show will open Friday and be up through Nov. 29 at The Artery, 207 G St. Featured artists are […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Black Irish Band recalls days of yore at Opera House concert

The Woodland Opera House presents the Black Irish Band in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Opera House, 340 Second St. in Woodland. Reserved seats are $20 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under and are available online at, at the box office or by calling (530) 666-9617. Tickets are $20 […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Bekebrede’s art will go to a lucky raffle winner

Heidi Bekebrede’s ceramic plate encouraging music students to practice will be raffled off at the American String Teachers’ Association’s Fall Recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive in Sacramento. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5 and may be purchased at the recital or in advance at […]

November 03, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,