Briefly: Photos on exhibit at Gallery 1855

An exhibition of framed photographic works of Joseph Finkleman will be on display this month at Gallery 1855 in the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Community members are invited to a free open house and reception for Finkleman from 1 to 4 […]

‘The Foreigner’ frolics into Winters

Details What: “The Foreigner” When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave., Winters Tickets: $10 general, $6 for students and seniors, available at Pacific Ace Hardware, 35 Main St.; call (530) 795-4014 or email WINTERS — This little play is just so much fun. And […]

‘Belle of Amherst’ journeys into poet’s world

Details What: “The Belle of Amherst” Where: Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento When: Through May 8; showtimes are 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $34-$38 general, $29-$33 seniors, $15 students; or (916) 443-6722 The secluded life of […]

Spring musical gathering planned at Arboretum

The Sacramento City College World Music Ensemble, in its first collaboration with the UC Davis Arboretum, will celebrate spring with a casual music gathering in the Arboretum Gazebo from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Sacramento City College instructor Bob Wren will direct. Community members are invited to listen or to bring an instrument […]

Folk musicians will jam at Arboretum

prinFolk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, 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 it) and join […]

Food, fun and art at Second Friday ArtAbout

The Davis Downtown Business Association is hosting a whopping list of 25 events Friday evening at participating galleries and businesses as part of the monthly Second Friday ArtAbout. Interested visitors can print out a map and schedule of receptions at The ArtAbout is a monthly evening — roughly 5:30 to 9 p.m. — of […]

Local soprano Rebecca Plack to perform in Sacramento

Details What: Concert by soprano Rebecca Plack of Davis When: 3 p.m. Sunday Where: The Center at 2300, 2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento Tickets: $20 each, available at or by calling (916) 488-1122 For centuries, Jewish composers, lyricists, and musicians have made significant contributions to the world of music and performing arts. On Sunday at […]

Shake your blues at Farmers Market

Guitar Mac and the Blues Express — Lenny Freeman, bass; Sal Derenzi, rhythm guitar; Guitar Mac, guitar and vocals; and Neal Hampton, drums — bring their Delta-style blues to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. The celebration is held in conjunction with the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Fourth […]

China Philharmonic brings Boléro to Jackson Hall

Details What: The China Philharmonic Orchestra When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 Where: Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $45-$79 general, $22.50-$39.50 students, available at or (530) 754-2787 A Chinese orchestra, touring the West Coast with a French violin soloist, performing showy European classics, anchored by Ravel’s highly repetitive (and […]

Talented actress, DHS grad dies after three-story fall

SAN FRANCISCO — Summer Serafin, a versatile actress, longtime survivor of Type 1 diabetes and Davis High School graduate, died March 18 at San Francisco General Hospital after a 10-day struggle for survival after an accidental fall from a fire escape. She was 31. Serafin, who was appearing in a leading role in “On the […]

Intriguing puzzle: Flawed execution mars this thriller

‘Source Code’ 3 1/2 stars Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, violence and brief profanity Some stories are gangbusters on the printed page, but far less elegant on the big screen. The mediums are distinct, each with advantages and disadvantages; what can feel elegant, lyrical and intriguing […]

Downes plays Ellington, new work in very personal concert

Details What: Pianist Lara Downes performing “Long Time Coming”; she and composer David Sanford will give pre-concert talks one hour before each performance When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10 Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center Tickets: $35 general, $17.50 for students;, (530) 754-2787 Pianist Lara Downes […]

Cast your vote for favorite artwork

There’s a new art show in town, courtesy of the Yolo County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Department and the Mental Health Services Act Wellness Center. Artwork, poetry, crocheting/quilting, photography and other crafts created by those served by the agencies in Yolo County will be exhibited Thursday and Friday, April 7-8. The show will run […]