Songwriter plays Sophia’s on Friday

Portlander Brooke Parrott, described as “a storyteller in the truest sense of the word,” will sing Friday at 8 p.m. at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in downtown Davis. She’s in the midst of a summerlong tour of the West Coast. Since releasing her debut album, “Another City,” in 2008, Parrott has been honing […]

Jam with fellow musicians at the Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays, July 8 and 22, at the Wyatt Deck on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name […]

Chill to the sounds of Elements of Style

Elements of Style — a duo featuring Jamie Knapp on guitar and Rick Palkovic on guitar and mandolin — will perform at the Village Homes Performers Circle on Monday. The free event, which features performers of all levels and creative expressions, runs from 7:15 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at […]

A rockin’ time at Picnic in the Park

Rock, blues, folk and roots music by Hardwater is on tap at Wednesday’s Picnic in the Park celebration, from 5 to 8:30- p.m. in Central Park, Third and C streets. The Davis-based band performs original songs and covers of tunes by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Counting Crows, Barenaked Ladies and the Dave Matthews […]

Montoya’s paintings showcased at Gallery 625

People overcoming hardship and staking claim to a place provide the inspirational thread for the paintings of Maceo Montoya, the featured artist in the July exhibition at Gallery 625 in Woodland. Montoya grew up in Elmira and graduated from Yale University in 2002. He received his master of fine arts degree in painting from Columbia […]

Craven appears in Santa Rosa repertory musicals

Cody Craven, a 2009 graduate of Da Vinci High School and former winner of the “Davis High Idol” competition, will appear as Link Larkin in the Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theater’s production of “Hairspray.” The show opened Saturday and continues through Aug. 13 at Santa Rosa Junior College. Craven also has been cast as Harry in […]

DHS graduate stars in Rogue Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

Amy Feather, a 1991 Davis High School graduate, reprised the lead role of Violetta Valery in Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” recently at the Rogue Opera in southern Oregon. Perhaps the greatest challenge of  “La Traviata,” as reviewed by Bill Varble in the Medford Mail Tribune, is that “it demands the soprano sing coloratura in the […]

‘Color Display’ on exhibit in July at The Artery

“Color Display,” paintings and drawings by Karen Roughton and Ken Kirsch, will be on exhibit from July 8 through Aug. 2 at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis. Each morning, Roughton sits at her backyard window, amazed by the array of colors in the trees, flowers, birds, light and shadows. She draws on […]

Bill Scholer performs at benefit for Japan

Longtime local musician Bill Scholer and his band, Waiting For Bruce, will perform at a concert Saturday, July 9, to benefit victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Scholer plans to move to Japan to join his wife Karla, who is teaching elementary school at a U.S. naval base in Yokosuka. Funds from the […]

Save the date for International Festival

Plans are already in the works for a free International Festival celebrating “unity in diversity” on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center. The event, which will run from noon to 6 p.m., is co-sponsored by International House, Davis, and the city of Davis. All are welcome at the next planning committee meeting at […]

Author holds book-signing at Avid Reader

Are you obsessed with your weight? So is Bridget Holiday, the lead character in local writer Michelle Paisley’s new novel, “All In Her Head.” Local residents are invited to join the author as she reads from her story about Bridget’s enlightened journey toward self-love and acceptance, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at The Avid […]

Cars 2: Quite road-worthy

‘Cars 2′ 4 stars Starring (voices only): Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Larry the Cable Guy, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, John Turturro Rating: G, and suitable for all ages I never cared that much for 2006’s “Cars,” which lacked the Pixar spark (plugs) present in the animation studio’s other big-screen features. I simply couldn’t identify emotionally […]

DHS grad makes good in Hollywood

If you happened to catch the pilot of the new Nickelodeon series “Supah Ninjas” earlier this year — and you’ve spent any time at Davis High School — you might have noticed something a little familiar. A certain quad, in fact. Because featured in the pilot of the live-action comedy that follows three high school […]