Deffner plays organ concert March 20

The Davis Community Church Concert Series for 2011 continues Sunday, March 20, with an organ recital, “Taste of Germany, Taste of France,” to be presented by David L. Deffner. He will play two works by the great German master Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by a variety of French works, from a lullaby to a battle […]

So, was Shakespeare a fraud?

In Scott Evans’ new novel, “First Folio,” priceless handwritten manuscripts reveal that the most famous writer in the world — William Shakespeare — was a fraud, and that the true author of Shakespeare’s iconic plays actually was Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. The book is fiction, and the Bard hasn’t really been officially […]

Chamber singers perform at church

The 29-voice chamber choir on tour from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., will perform a concert of vocal music at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 630 Hawthorn Lane, Davis. In lieu of tickets, a free-will offering will be suggested. The Chamber Singers, conducted by Scott Tuomi, have […]

Briefly: DHS bands will be adjudicated

The Davis High School Concert Band and Symphonic Band will perform in the annual adjudication concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. This event offers the audience a peek behind the scenes to observe how music festival adjudicators evaluate performing groups. The guest adjudicator for the […]

Student artwork sought for competition

High school students throughout California’s 1st Congressional District are invited to enter their artwork in the 2011 Congressional Art Competition. The annual competition showcases the artistic talents and abilities of students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. “At a time when tight budgets are forcing many of our schools […]

Orozco featured at family concert

All are welcome at a family concert featuring bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist José-Luis Orozco at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The evening of fun, culture and music will appeal to the whole family, organizers say. Orozco specializes in children’s […]

Doo-wop for a great cause

Come join Davis’ cherished oldies cover band, Frankie and the Fabletones, as they bop, hop, twist and shout their way through hits from the 1950s and ’60s on Saturday, March 19, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The benefit concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission at the door is $10 general, $5 for […]

Wineaux: Two weeks behind the bar

During my two weeks pouring wine at Monticello, I met a number of “Wineaux” readers — our lively conversations made the project more fun than work. The wine tasters seemed to enjoy talking to one another, too. I kept hearing snatches of fascinating stories while I tried to remember who was drinking what. More than […]

‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ generates good vibes

Davis is a university town, populated by tens of thousands of students whose childhood memories date from, oh, somewhere around the mid- to late 1990s. So before we get to reviewing Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” — which opened at the Sacramento Theatre Company last weekend — perhaps it’s best to briefly glance back at […]

Get schooled by Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks

On Friday, March 18, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks will premiere their new musical revue, “Kollege of Musical Knowledge,” for one night only at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters. This show is the latest in a series of Hicks-created musical productions that have paid homage to the singing cowboys, saluted the […]

DHS Jazz Band prepares for Coconut Grove, Monterey trip

It’s spring, and the Davis High School Jazz Band is once again preparing for the annual Coconut Grove fundraiser Saturday, as well as a trip to the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey in early April. With the multipurpose room at Davis High School out of commission due to a leaky roof, this year’s Coconut […]

SF Symphony, Chorus present Bach Mass at Mondavi

Director Ragnar Bohlin will lead the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus in performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. The concert will mark the second time the San Francisco Symphony has visited Davis this season, and the first time that the San Francisco Symphony […]

The show might not go on

The Granada Artist-in-Residence Program — which has brought noted directors, playwrights, actors and choreographers to work with UC Davis students for nearly 30 years — is imperiled by the current round of budget cuts at the university. Visiting Granada artists come to Davis to do a 10-week project. Sometimes that project is a Broadway-style musical, […]

Go green, get jiggy

Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St. in downtown Davis, invites local residents to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17, with an evening of Celtic music and Irish fare. Entertainment will be provided by local Celtic group Riggity Jig from 6 to 9 p.m. The group features Lee Riggs on penny whistle and […]