Author presents marriage memoir

“Box of Darkness: Story of a Marriage” will be presented by author Sally Ryder Brady at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. Brady is making Davis one of only a couple of stops on her California trip. Brady’s book, described as “a poignant memoir about a marriage […]

Guitar Ensemble Series concludes

Davis Art Center’s Guitar Ensemble Series concludes with a concert Friday, May 6, by Trio 7 — musicians who perform on three extended seven-string guitars. They will present works by composers not associated with the guitar, including Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Faure, Moussorgsky, Bizet and many others. In addition, Trio 7 will enchant the audience with popular movie themes […]

Davis High School bands present Senior Concert

The Davis High School Band Program will present the annual Senior Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. This concert is the last formal concert performance of the year for the Concert Band and the Symphonic Band, and provides a special farewell to graduating seniors from […]

Co-op wine tasting benefits Acme Theatre Co.

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a wine-tasting of “Buyer’s Best New Wines” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6. The cost is $1 per taste, and profits benefit Acme Theatre Company,  a nonprofit community theater group for young artists of high school age. Its mission is to present […]

We’re lucky in lavender

What’s that purple flower?!? You’d be surprised how often I get that question. In winter, it’s rosemary or lilac vine (Hardenbergia). In spring, California lilac (Ceanothus) blooming in the Arboretum draws admiring visitors and bees. Thanks to the City of Davis, some of our roadsides have low-growing shrubs with vivid purple flowers right now: Spanish […]

UCD video strives for YouTube fame

The community is invited to join thousands of costumed UC Davis students expected to participate in the UCD Lipdub video shoot starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Lipdubs are a global online phenomenon, with the most popular videos receiving more than 8 million views. UCD will strive for the same YouTube viral fame by lip-syncing to […]

Senior Center studio open every Monday

Aspiring artists who paint in oil or acrylics are welcome at the free open studio every Monday morning at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. “Every Monday morning throughout the year, you will find people painting at the Davis Senior Center, from 8:30 to 11:30,” says spokesman Don Harting. “This means there are no […]

Thursday Live! features Cinco de Mayo party

Zapato Viejo and Friends bring their Latin rhythms to the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Admission is free and beer and wine will be for sale. All ages are welcome. David Campos, of Zapato Viejo, describes the band’s sound as an eclectic collection of polyrhythmic […]

Point of Brew: Lessons for Picnic Day from Joseph Schlitz

Many years ago, I was a technical consultant for the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. They were, at the time, among the biggest brewing companies in the world, but they were facing stiff competition in a changing beer climate in which low-calorie beers were making in-roads. Schlitz was late to that game. I was such an […]

Roby Lakatos to heat up Mondavi with gypsy tunes

Hungarian violin virtuoso Roby Lakatos brings his mix of classical, jazz and gypsy influences to Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Born in Hungary in 1965 to a family with Romani (gypsy) roots, Lakatos began performing with family bands at age 9, and also studied at the Béla Bartók […]

Photography goes on display at Gallery 1855

An exhibition of the framed photographic works of Oliver Gagliani will be on display throughout May at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District Office, 820 Pole Line Road. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A free open house and reception for the artist will take place from […]

‘Red, White and Arts’ showcased in Woodland

With its roots as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the American Civil War, Memorial Day has been a federal holiday observed in the United States over three centuries. Formerly known as Decoration Day, this annual May commemoration honors Americans who have died in military service to their country. The May exhibition at Gallery […]

UC Davis actors set sail with ‘Moby-Dick’

Check it out What: “The Moby-Dick Variations” When: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 5-7 and 12-14; 2 p.m. Sundays, May 8 and 15; 2 p.m. Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center Tickets: $17-$19 genera; $12-14 students, seniors and children; or (530) 754-2787 Rating: PG-13 The UC Davis department of theater and dance presents […]

Choral Society sings Broadway favorites tonight

Details What: Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra presenting an evening of Broadway tunes When: 8 p.m. tonight Where: Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center Tickets: $30-$40 general, $15-$20 students, available at or (530) 754-2787 Info: or (916) 536-9065 The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra will wrap up its current season with an evening […]