Attractive movie heroines seen as better role models, study finds

Special to The Enterprise An Angelina Jolie character who crushes a robot in “Tomb Raider” is perceived by young women as a better role model than a mouthy Kathy Bates character who carries a gun in “Primary Colors,” a UC Davis study has found. The study, using recorded perceptions of movie clips viewed by 122 […]

If it’s summertime, it must be Shakespeare

Warm summer evenings are perfect for enjoying a Shakespeare comedy outdoors. And there are plenty of shows to choose from, whether you are interested in an informal (and inexpensive) community production close to home, or a glossier professional production at one of the well-established summer Shakespeare festivals within a day’s drive of Davis. Community shows The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival […]

Yolo County’s booth wins gold at State Fair

Yolo County took home a gold medal for its 2011 California State Fair booth in the counties’ exhibit competition with the theme: “This is How We Roll in Yolo.” Out of the 29 participating counties, Yolo County’s exhibit impressed the judges with its celebration of the many roads, bike trails, farmers markets, wineries, and sports […]

Sale of couple’s art benefits fellow residents at URC

Toby and Julius Spector, residents of the University Retirement Community in Davis, have painted all their lives. Now, the fruits of their artistic labor will help other residents of URC who have outlived their financial resources. The Spectors, both nearing their 90s, recently donated all of their artwork to URC’s foundation, specifying that the proceeds […]

Arizona author returns home

Meet the author Who: Ashley J. Barnard, author of a trilogy of contemporary fantasy novels When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 29 Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., followed by conversation at Our House, 808 Second St. The idea of returning to one’s hometown can be a scary thought for some. For writer […]

Borders seeks approval to liquidate, close stores

By Mae Anderson NEW YORK — There will be no storybook ending for Borders. The 40-year-old book seller could start shuttering its 399 remaining stores — including one in downtown Davis — as early as Friday. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based chain, which helped pioneer the big-box bookseller concept, is seeking court approval to sell off […]

Happy Thursday features Gwyneth & Monko

Rominger West Winery will feature live music by Gwyneth & Monko during its “Happy Thursday” event from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. “Happy Thursday” features special prices for wines by the glass. For more information, visit or call (530) 747-2044.

Visit the Balkans on Sunday with The Helladelics

An evening of traditional Greek music with The Helladelics, a Bay Area band specializing in traditional Greek roots music, is planned Sunday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. The show starts at 7 p.m. While the band has a special fondness for the hypnotic, bluesy material from the Epirus region of […]

The Hucklebucks sing the blues Wednesday

“Jump blues” music by The Hucklebucks will liven up Central Park on Wednesday during the weekly Picnic in the Park celebration. The fun runs alongside the Davis Farmers Market from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. The Hucklebucks have been playing around Northern California for 12 years, […]

Sign up now for summer theater camp

A few spots remain in the Davis Art Center’s Youth Theater Camp, which will be offered Aug. 1-12 at the center, 1919 F St. Students will produce an adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast.” Each participant is guaranteed a significant speaking part in this fast-paced play that features magic and mystery. The class runs from […]

Mondavi recruiting high school jazz musicians for performance next year

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, in conjunction with SFJAZZ, is recruiting young musicians for an eight-person ensemble composed of high school students called the Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. The ensemble will prepare a performance at the Mondavi Center on March 29, opening for the SFJAZZ Collective. Applications must […]

Disney’s ‘Camp Rock the Musical’ opens Thursday in Woodland

Yolo Stage Company opens Disney’s “Camp Rock the Musical” — its 15th summer youth musical theater production — on Thursday. The show runs through Sunday at Douglass Middle School in Woodland. This summer at camp was supposed to be all about the music and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp […]

Wine-tasting to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Center

“Pour for Prevention,” a wine-tasting event to support the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento, is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. The event is set in the heart of Sacramento’s historic district at the 1913 Colonial Revival “Mansion Magnifique,” 1724 N St. In addition to wine, appetizers will be served by Beth Sogaard Catering […]

Point of Brew: Of competitions and popularity polls

Our own Sudwerk Brewery is a frequent winner in beer contests that are strictly run and based on blind tasting by experts. Congratulations to Jay Prahl and the Sudwerk team of brewers on winning first place with their Pilsner at the 2011 California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition. In contrast to this real competition, […]