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 ,

Jam with folk musicians in Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments — fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, squeeze boxes, you name it — and play together informally over the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the UC Davis Arboretum. The free jam session will take place at the Wyatt Deck, on Old Davis […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

She helped heal others’ pain, and now it’s her turn

Thirty years after a fire devastated her family, Joan Callaway has written a book about her experiences, the story of one woman’s climb out of the abyss after sudden loss, a story of survival, coping and healing of the whole family.

She would go on to help found Bereavement Outreach, Citizens Who Care, and All Things Right & Relevant. Joan was handed lemons and continued to make lemonade. Her book shows how she did it

The book, “It’s an Ill Wind, Indeed, … that blows no good” is available at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis; as an eBook through Amazon.com; or by contacting Joan directly at [email protected]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Birthday party planned for South Davis library branch

All are invited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Yolo County Library’s satellite branch at Montgomery Elementary School, 1441 Danbury St. in South Davis, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The library has been open two days a week for the past year, thanks to the support of the Davis Joint […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Learn contra dancing in Davis

Want to learn contra dancing? A free beginner’s lesson will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. The dance follows at 8 p.m., to music by the Angell Brothers with caller Erik Hoffman. Newcomers will receive a half-off coupon toward their next dance. For more information, visit www.sactocds.org.

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Lara Downes celebrates new album release at Crocker Art Museum

Pianist Lara Downes, a favorite with Mondavi Center audiences for the past decade, has released a new album titled “13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg.” The album begins with J.S. Bach’s opening aria from the “Goldberg Variations,” followed by new variations by highly regarded contemporary composers, including Jennifer Higdon, who won the 2010 Pulitzer […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Comcast upgrades basic TV channels to digital, customers can get free box as part of transition

Cable provider Comcast is preparing to transform the Davis cable system’s “Limited Basic” television channels — very roughly Channels 2 to 34 — from an old-style analog format to a new digital format, starting Oct. 18. Some Comcast customers — specifically those who have Limited Basic cable service in their homes, and have the cable coming straight […]

October 06, 2011 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,