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Piano devotee donates Steinway to Davis High, Lara Downes celebrates gift with benefit concert featuring music from new album

A venerable concert piano made a century ago by Steinway and Sons has been donated to Davis High School, and pianist Lara Downes will show off the instrument in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Davis High’s Brunelle Theatre, which will feature music from her newly-released album “A Billie Holiday Songbook.” […]

‘Two Days, One Night’ is every worker’s nightmare

“Two Days, One Night” Four stars Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Christelle Cornil and Baptiste Sornin Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity Absorbing drama functions as quietly scathing social commentary By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic This one’s brutal. Writer/directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have uncorked an absorbing splash of cinema verité that is no […]

March 20, 2015 | Posted in Movies | Tagged ,

The Brothers Comatose to play at The Grad

The Davis Graduate and Davis Live Music Collective will present The Brothers Comatose with special guests The West Nile Ramblers at The Davis Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. in Davis, at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. “It’s just one, big, extended Morrison music party,” they say. Lead […]

March 25, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Leonardo Tuchman’s work shows at UC Davis Craft Center Gallery

The UC Davis Craft Center Gallery presents “Bloom,” the solo exhibition of Craft Center volunteer and second-year environmental horticulture student Leonardo Tuchman, from March 30 to April 24. The reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the gallery in the South Silo Building at UC Davis. Between his weekly volunteer shift, […]

March 27, 2015 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Max Raabe returns with elegant songs from the ’20s and ’30s

Think of Max Raabe and his 12-piece Palast Orchester as a blast from the past, who like to “party like it’s 1929,” as one Minneapolis publication put it. Raabe favors German and American standards from the ’20s and ’30s … elegant melodies with witty, worldly wise lyrics, some composed by Jewish songwriters, which shortly thereafter […]

March 26, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Bluesman and guitarist Buddy Guy comes to Davis

Legendary blues artist Buddy Guy visits the Mondavi Center on Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m. Born in Louisiana in 1936, Guy took the train to Chicago in 1957, where he soon met one of his musical idols, Muddy Waters. Soon, Guy was working as a session guitarist at Chess Records, backing up blues artists like […]

April 01, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Jane Lynch performance rescheduled to August

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jane Lynch — who had been scheduled to visit the Mondavi Center with a program titled “See Jane Sing” on Thursday, April 9 — has rescheduled the performance for Saturday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. Lynch rescheduled because she will be filming a pilot episode for a possible new […]

March 31, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

HellaCappella brings vocal groups into Jackson Hall on April 10

The 11th annual HellaCappella showcase will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Mondavi Center. The event showcases local and regional a cappella groups, including The Spokes, a female ensemble founded at UC Davis in 2004, as well as other groups. This year, the concert organizers are donating the proceeds from HellaCappella to […]

April 03, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Auditions set for one-act plays

The Art Theater of Davis will hold auditions for its May 20-21 production of three comedic one-act plays on Saturday, March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Redwood Park Community Building, 1001 Anderson Road. Works will be by Chekhov, Strindberg and Pirandello. For more information, visit arttheater.org or call 530-902-5589.

March 25, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sundays at I-House open-mic event returns

The fourth season of Sundays at I-House cross-cultural open-mic hour, including a featured performer, returns on Sunday, March 29. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at International House, Davis, 10 College Park, Davis. Local performer and producer James Williams hosts the return of the popular free open-mic series. The first hour of the […]

March 20, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Rain brings Beatles fans back in time

Remember the Fab Four What: “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” When: Through Sunday, March 22, at 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento Tickets: $22-$89; call 916-557-1999 or visit www.californiamusicaltheatre.com I had not seen that many arms waving […]

March 19, 2015 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Skynnyn Lynnyrd brings music of Lynyrd Skynyrd to The Palms

With songs like “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” Lynyrd Skynyrd popularized Southern rock in the 1970s. Although the original line-up was forever altered by a tragic plane crash in 1977, Lynryd Skynyrd’s music lives on. And regional band Skynnyn Lynnyrd is one of the torch-bearers. The band will play at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, […]

March 19, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Dance the night away at house party

Boca Do Rio returns to Davis to perform at a house party at N Street Cohousing, 716 N St., at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 11. The band’s Brazilian funk sounds has been well-received in the Bay Area and the Sacramento region for nearly a decade. Led by Kevin Welch and Alex Calatayud, the band’s samba sound is unmistakable, […]

April 08, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Great acting heats up ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’

That’s the ticket What: “Rapture, Blister, Burn” When: Through April 12, 7 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$38; capstage.org or 916-995-5464 The message of Gina Gionfriddo’s hilarious “Rapture, Blister, Burn” — now given a wonderful treatment at Capital Stage, […]

March 18, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,
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