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The Art Theater of Davis’ first play of new season brings lighter fare

Rehearsals and set construction are in their final stages for The Art Theater of Davis’ fall play Noël Coward’s “Hay Fever,” which will open Thursday, Oct. 30. “We chose this play for a number of reasons,” said Timothy Nutter, artistic director for The Art Theater. “Firstly, it’s a comedy. Our first two plays, Anton Chekhov’s […]

Square Tomatoes celebrates Day of the Dead

Spirits, spooks, face-painters, artists and artisans will celebrate Day of the Dead on Sunday at the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair in Central Park. “We have over 40 food and crafts booths and the weather is great,” says Sally Parker, fair organizer. “Cooler weather will be a fine time for dancing.” The nine-player New Harmony Jazz Band […]

Golden-voiced singer and songwriter Tish Hinojosa returns to The Palms

The music of golden-voiced singer songwriter Tish Hinojosa crosses borders — between cultures, languages and genres. Moving with equal grace through folk, country, pop and Latino styles, her music reflects contemporary America’s multicultural richness. Hinojosa will return to The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Oct. 30. Combining a vision that embraces all of these musical styles […]

International Film Series continues with ‘Australia’

The International Film Series, now it its 18th year, continues at International House, 10 College Park, Davis, on first and third Friday nights, September through May. The films are sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and I-House, and there is no charge, but donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of the […]

Mike and the Californios to visit ‘Live in the Loam’ on KDRT

Sacramento Americana band Mike and the Californios is scheduled to appear on “Live in the Loam” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, on Davis’ community radio station, KDRT 95.7 FM. The show will air live and also stream at http://kdrt.org. “Live in the Loam” is a showcase featuring musicians and bands traveling through […]

Thursday Live! plans jazz and blues

Thursday Live! continues its music series with jazz and blues performances on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., Davis. Ray “Catfish” Copeland and the Crawdaddies formed in 1995. Copeland was in the first incarnation of Little Charlie and the Nightcats, and has accompanied such blues luminaries as […]

UCD’s Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series announced

The UC Davis department of art and art history’s art studio program announces the 2014-15 Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The series, organized by the art studio faculty and master’s degree candidates in art studio, brings nationally recognized artists, critics and curators to campus for public lectures and interactions with the master’s program. The free public […]

Alexander String Quartet to perform Mozart chamber works

The Alexander String Quartet — which has been doing an annual concert series at the Mondavi Center focusing on a particular composer since Mondavi opened in the fall of 2002 — will begin this year’s series this weekend. And the composer to be featured this season is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. There will be two performances on […]

DHS Madrigals plan traditional English winter celebration

Christmas is still months away, but reservations are already being taken for the Davis High School Madrigal Singers’ traditional olde English winter celebration — the 46th annual Madrigal Dinner. The Madrigals, resplendent in Renaissance costumes, will entertain and delight guests at two dinners, on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, at the University Covenant Church, 315 Mace […]

DMTC plans ‘My Fair Lady’

Davis Musical Theatre Company continues its 30th anniversary season with “My Fair Lady.” This show often is the standard by which all others are measured. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s iconic play “Pygmalion,” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, “My Fair Lady” has such classic and memorable songs as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” […]

Jazz violinist Regina Carter returns with ‘Southern Comfort’

Jazz violinist Regina Carter, winner of a MacArthur “genius grant” in 2006, returns to the Mondavi Center on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. Her concert will include material from her recent album “Southern Comfort,” in which she explores music that her grandfather, a coal miner in Alabama, would have known as a young man. […]

‘Learning to See’ dance theater show coming up

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre will premiere “Learning to See” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, followed by two additional performances on the following Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, at 8 p.m. All performances will be held at the Studio Theater, at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place, Davis. This […]

Red Union Blue will play last Picnic in the Park of the year

Red Union Blue brings its original new country/rock and familiar covers to the last Picnic in the Park of the 2014 season on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Central Park. Consisting of Rich Desideri, guitar; Gene Guerere, drums; Trena Thompson, vocals; Chris Lee, guitar and vocals; and Tim Olson, bass; the band will play from 5 to 7 p.m. It […]

‘St. Vincent:’ Quite a character

“St. Vincent” Four stars Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard, Kimberly Quinn, Donna Mitchell Rating: PG-13, for sexual candor, mature thematic content and occasional profanity   Droll misfit saga is highlighted by exceptional performances By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Bill Murray gets more emotional complexity out of a […]

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