‘Super 8′: Plenty of pizzazz

‘Super 8′ 4 stars Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Noah Emmerich Rating: PG-13, for action violence, dramatic intensity and some grody monster behavior This film plays like an energetic cross between “E.T.” and “The Goonies,” and I mean that in all the best ways. I’d expect no less […]

Environmental films will be shown in West Sac

Two environmental documentaries will be screened this month and next at the Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Ave. in West Sacramento. Admission to both films, which are sponsored by Environmental Voices, is free. The first — “Gasland,” will be shown from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. A discussion will follow. This Oscar-nominated documentary examines the negative […]

Fundraiser to help Davisite make film about Nepal orphans

A Davis resident, touched by the plight of children in Nepal, plans a fundraiser on Saturday, June 25, in Central Park so she can produce a documentary film to help a Nepalese orphanage. Looking for an adventure and wanting to make a difference, Tenaya West traveled to Nepal in the summer of 2009. She spent her […]

Hear ‘Lord of the Rings’ in concert

Tickets go on sale Friday for “The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring,” performed live to the full film onstage by more than 250 musicians in the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and Phoenix Boys Choir. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Power Balance Pavilion […]

Plunge into reading this summer

Summer reading events kick off Monday at the Stephens and Montgomery Elementary School branches of the Yolo County Library in Davis. The Stephens Branch is at 315 E. 14th St. and Montgomery is at 1441 Danbury St. All programs are free and do not require registration. Events at Montgomery including a duct tape craft program for […]

Poetry Series showcases two women

The Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes poets Briony Gylgayton and Patricia Killelea at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. A recent graduate of UC Davis, Gylgayton has won multiple awards for her writing, including placing second for the University of California systemwide 2010 Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, […]

Lavender and jazz

The Deering Quartet — Steve O’Neill on bass; Linda Deering on flutes and tenor and soprano saxophone; Carla Campbell on percussion; and Ken Kemmerling on piano — will perform jazz, Latin, Celtic and world music from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cache Creek Lavender Festival. The free event — which features crafts demonstrations, […]

‘Queen of the Sun’ pollinates awareness of bee crisis

The documentary “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” will open Friday, June 17, at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St., as part of its nationwide theatrical release. Portland-based Taggart Siegel’s documentary is an in-depth investigation to discover the causes and solutions behind colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from […]

Point of Brew: Americans get 410 mpg; wow!

When odd sets of data come my way, I make something of a fetish of juggling the numbers. This mostly boils down to dividing one number into another, which is an ample stretch for my mathematical competence. Simple division, however, can be a useful check on whether the data are nonsense or plausible. I suppose […]

E-books available now at independent bookstores

The Avid Reader welcomes visitors to a free open house at 4 p.m. Sunday to learn about the basics of e-readers and Google eBooks.There will be demonstrations of various e-readers, and visitors can learn how to purchase their first Google eBook from The Avid Reader website. Light refreshments will be served, and three lucky people […]

‘Rats’ take over Willett

David Chiu is joined by fellow rats Dauphiene Parks, left, Sammie Griffiths and Laura Hiller in the sixth-grade musical production, “Rats,” staged last week at Willett Elementary School. It’s been a decade since Willett sixth-graders last presented an end-of-the-school-year musical play, teacher Leslie Whiteford said.

Author teaches us about ‘Living Wild’

Alicia Goldberg Funk will present her new book, “Living Wild,” at noon Sunday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Readers will enjoy tasting wild desserts and drinks that are easy to prepare from plants growing locally in their own back yards. They’ll find out which native plants are the easiest to […]

Tahoe’s far-reaching impact assessed in new book

Author Scott Lankford will present his new book, “Tahoe Beneath the Surface,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Lake Tahoe transformed America, not just once but many times over — from the earliest Ice Age civilizations to the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe, Lankford says. Along the […]

Stroll the oak grove at concert Sunday

“Around the World in 80 Oaks,” a free outdoor concert celebrating and honoring the origins of the majestic trees in the Shields Oak Grove at the UC Davis Arboretum, is planned for 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The venue is the Arboretum Gazebo on Garrod Drive. Under the direction of Bob Wren, the Sacramento City College World […]