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 […]

Longtime DAC clay teacher retires June 3

Current and former students, parents, colleagues and members of the public are invited to a retirement party for Davis Art Center clay teacher Clarice Baker. The party, hosted by DAC staff and Baker’s daughters, Laura Baker-Averett and Liz Webb, begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at the Art Center, 1919 F St. Those planning […]

Dance to Mumbo Gumbo at annual fundraiser

The popular band Mumbo Gumbo once again will perform at the annual “Dance for Human Rights” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, outdoors at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Funds from the dance support humanitarian groups in El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti. Advance tickets are $15 general and $10 for students, […]

Hear guitarist at Root Stock

Live music and wine tasting are offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Root Stock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. This week, guests will enjoy smooth jazz, rock, pop and classical music by guitarist Doug Martin.

Physician talks about humanitarian work in Ethiopia

Rick Hodes, a physician and humanitarian who has spent nearly 30 years helping care for the poor in Africa, will discuss his work and sign copies of his biography, “This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Sacramento. He’ll be at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St. (between […]

‘Two Broadscasting’ hosts ‘Tommy’ cast

Judith Plank, host of the KDRT 95.7 FM radio show “Two Broadscasting,” will interview Broadway veteran and Granada Artist-in-Residence Mindy Cooper from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 20. Cooper is the director of the UCD Theatre and Dance Department’s production of “The Who’s Tommy,” opening Thursday. Also participating in the interview will be performers Alison Sundstrom […]

Bike to the park for outdoor film fest

The Disposable Film Festival will hold a free “bike-in” screening of short films at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, in Central Park. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair to watch under the stars. The Disposable Film Festival was created in 2007 to celebrate films made on everyday equipment like cell phones, cameras and other […]

Concert features Arabic music

An evening of traditional Arabic music with the Faisal Zedan Trio is planned beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. The trio includes Zedan (pictured) on percussion, Gari Hegedus on oud and fretted instruments and Briana Di Mara on violin. They will perform a program of compositions by […]

Arrgh … watch out, mateys!

It’s the same old story you know so well — an evil queen, a poisoned apple, a beautiful princess — but with a few new twists: a mirrored magician, some mysterious mermaids, a zombie army and seven eccentric …pirates? Climb aboard for some swashbuckling fun in the summer sun as Fairytale Town presents “Snow White […]

All of Shakespeare, cooked into a two-hour parody

Check it out What: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Arboretum gazebo on Garrod Drive, UC Davis Tickets: $12 adults, $8 students, $5 children 12 and under; or (661) 304-4341 “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” currently being produced in the UC […]

Return to Forever IV added to Mondavi lineup

Return to Forever IV, described as the definitive jazz/rock fusion ensemble, will make its Mondavi Center debut on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The performance, presented as a “just added” event for the 2011-12 season, will begin at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Tickets will be available starting Saturday at the Mondavi Center ticket office, (530) 754-2787, […]

Empyrean Ensemble features grad student works

Next week’s concert by the Empyrean Ensemble could be considered as an event similar to a group of bold young inventors trying out their semi-experimental flying machines. On Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, the Empyrean Ensemble will premiere compositions by UC Davis music department graduate student composers. The […]

Young musicians shine at Concert on the Green

Check it out What: Concert on the Green, to benefit the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Wildhorse Golf Course, 2323 Rockwell Drive Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 10 and under Info: Want to see four young, talented local bands rock the stage? Come to the […]