Myanmar film screens at I-House

Aa new film, “They Call It Myanmar,” will get a special pre-release screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. Created by Robert H. Lieberman, the film is sponsored by the Myanmar Children’s Foundation, a local nonprofit founded by Davis High School graduate Max Harrington. Harrington lived and […]

From bagpipes to haggis, Games celebrate Scottish culture

By Christy Corp-Minamiji Forget Scrooge McDuck and the image of the dour Scot. The picture of Scottish heritage and culture presented at the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland is a vibrant, in-your-face look at Scotland. Over centuries of rugged history, Scotland has developed customs, dishes, music and […]

Honoring Whole Earth’s ‘grandfather’

At the opening ceremony of the Whole Earth Festival, Sunny Shine paused to recognize the “grandfather” of the festival, José Argüelles. He died of peritonitis on March 23, while on a retreat in Australia. He was 72. In 1969, Argüelles, then a UC Davis art history professor, asked his students to create the first festival […]

Local author speaks Friday at Avid Reader

Arnold Kunst, the Sacrament0-based author of “Lincoln 365,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. “Lincoln 365″ is a calendar-based series of short stories and quotes about or by Abraham Lincoln, coupled with quotes from other famous figures throughout history. For more information, call (530) 758-4040 or visit

Author offers tips on keeping chickens

Robert Litt will share tips from “A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store’s Guide to Chicken Keeping” at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Written by Robert and Hannah Litt, the guide includes tips on finding the best breeds for you, building a sturdy coop for $100, feeding flocks […]

DHS music programs earn national honor

Music programs at Davis High School got national recognition from the Grammy Foundation (part of the organization that presents the annual Grammy Awards) on Thursday night, with Grammy Foundation treasurer Tim Bucher (a 1986 graduate of UC Davis) appearing at the Davis School Board meeting to formally inform the school board trustees that Davis High […]

Thor: a smashing good time

‘Thor’ 3.5 stars Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Colm Feore, Idris Elba Rating: PG-13, and rather harshly, for mild profanity and fantasy-style violence The clear skies and warmer weather notwithstanding, the summer movie season has arrived with a clap of thunder. Courtesy of Marvel Comics’ favorite Norse […]

Sactopalooza features 8 tribute bands

Raley Field in West Sacramento will play host to what’s being billed as the largest gathering of tribute bands ever on Saturday, May 14, from 4 to 11 p.m. Bands will pay tribute to the music of Journey, the Beastie Boys, U2, the Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, No Doubt, INXS and Van Halen. Tickets are […]

Whole Earth Festival spotlights environmental speakers, defense of Domes

Davis’ mellowest, henna-painted weekend of music, art, speakers and other feel-goodness arrives Friday in the guise of the 42nd annual Whole Earth Festival on the UC Davis Quad. This year’s free event — expected to attract about 30,000 people — will feature about 160 crafts booths, 54 education booths, 18 food vendors and dozens of […]

UCD graduate dives into the ‘Shark Tank’

This week, Jason Lucash will swim with the sharks — and hopefully do business with one. The UC Davis graduate appears on Friday’s episode of “Shark Tank,” the ABC reality program in which entrepreneurs try to convince a panel of wealthy business tycoons to invest in their products. Lucash, 27, who launched OrigAudio in 2009, […]

Wineaux: Rominger West’s new wine gives us all a lift

To a bicyclist, riding with a tailwind means speed, ease and exhiliration. Metaphorically, we all crave a tailwind and get it where we can — in friends and family, in work we love, in our oaks and redwoods, in good food and wine, in music and art. So when the name “Tailwind” emerged in their […]

Church concert series continues

Davis Community Church will present two concerts in May as part of a yearlong series. The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15. The concert, “One for the Road,” will feature road tunes including “Route 66,” “Ease on Down the Road” (from “The Wiz”), “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” and “Homeward Bound.” The […]

Scottish Games are back this weekend

The 135th annual Scottish Games return this weekend to the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, with athletic competitions, dancing, history, art, food, live music and, of course, bagpipers. The games will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds, 1125 East St. In the Scottish tradition, Saturday night there will […]

Cello duo to play tangos on Thursday

Tango Twosome, a duo featuring local cellists Patricia Valentine and Priscilla Hawkins, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., Davis. Listeners can order dinner or a drink as the two cellists perform an assortment of tangos, blues, jazz and folk.