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Natsoulas exhibit features Gandiol’s paintings

Award-winning painter Philippe Gandiol of Davis will be featured in an exhibition opening Wednesday at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. The exhibition will be open through April 11, and a reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Gandiol was born in Paris and moved […]

Award-winning band brings bluegrass to The Palms

International Bluegrass Music Association Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch will bring her band and winsome mix of bluegrass, Americana and country to The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, March 12. Tickets are $20. Long recognized as a creative force in bluegrass music, Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. […]

Point of Brew: Changing times and creating new loyalties

We do not often walk out of a theater at halftime. The intermission is usually an opportunity for us to have a drink and a chat about the play to this point: where we expect the story to take us in the third act or where the protagonists might wind up. Above all, I suppose, […]

Veteran actor, director enjoys his experience on large stages and small

By Bryant West Actor and director Rodger McDonald’s career has spanned more than 5,000 stage appearances and 250 productions, and has taken him to professional theater companies in New York, Houston and Los Angeles. Nowadays, the award-winning actor might be performing on a smaller-scale stage at the Woodland Opera House, but he says he finds a […]

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ closes film festival

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” the third and final film presented at the Davis Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival, will be shown Sunday, March 15, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the screening begins at 6:43 p.m. The film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel […]

Sacramento Youth Symphony offers scholarships

The Sacramento Youth Symphony is offering a limited number of merit-based scholarships to new members who play brass, oboe, bassoon and string bass, if they audition and are placed in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble or the Premier Orchestra. Scholarship applications are available by calling Robert at 916-731-5777, and are due by April 10. Financial aid […]

Sacramento Youth Symphony holding open auditions

The Sacramento Youth Symphony, which recently produced “Symphony of 1000″ and will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2016, is holding open auditions for all woodwind, brass, string and percussion players. Applications are available online at www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org, and are due by May 4. Auditions will be held in Capistrano Hall at Sacramento State, 6000 J St. […]

Sacramento Youth Symphony presents spring concert

The Sacramento Youth Symphony announces the Premier Orchestra’s spring 2015 concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Performing Arts Center at Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. For the Premier Orchestra’s final concert of the 2015-16 season, artistic director Michael Neumann will conduct pieces by Tchaikovsky, Noel-Gallon (featuring a bassoon solo) and […]

Author Josh Weil featured at Stories on Stage Davis

Stories on Stage Davis returns Saturday, March 14, with selections from “The Great Glass Sea,” a novel by Josh Weil, and “Higher Education,” a short story by Vicky Mlyniec. The event will be held at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the reading starts at 7:30 […]

Free workshop teaches youths to audition with confidence

The Sacramento Youth Symphony is presenting Rock the Audition, a free workshop that empowers participants to audition with confidence, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Rosemont High School, 9594 Kiefer Blvd. in Sacramento. Youths will learn how to prepare for, navigate and excel in the orchestral audition process. Led by Leo Gravin, a professional […]

Hosking, Cox, Lonewulff discuss songwriting

Rita Hosking, Justin Cox and Lonewulff are guests this month on “Artist’s Connection” episode 2, discussing what motivates them to write songs. Inspired by the famed program “Inside the Actors Studio,” “Artist’s Connection” focuses on what drives musicians to create, and the reasons behind the choices that artists make. Produced by Sam Hawk and Pieter […]

‘Italian Opera’ a delightful sendup of the tragic stage

That’s the ticket What: “Italian Opera” When: Through March 22, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Where: California Stage, 1721 25th St., Sacramento Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors and students When playwright Leslie Lewinter-Suskind was a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, she wrote a play called “Italian Opera,” which […]

Go Irish at Davis winery with Shovel’n Blarney

Sundstrom Hill Winery is “lucky” to announce the appearance of Shovel’n Blarney, a Davis-based “eat, drink and play local” advocacy band, who will be dishin’ out great Irish tunes like your Uncle Mike used to sing in the pubs when he shoulda been home helping Aunt Bridget with the kids. Be transported from Amerikay — glass […]

Fundraiser celebrates Trokanski’s 30 years

All are welcome to celebrate 30 years of dance in Davis at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and raise funds to support the next 30 years. The anniversary event includes food, live music by Davis musician Andrew Corbett and Sacramento musicians JoAnne Craig-Ferraz and Felipe Ferraz, entertainment, art activities […]

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