Thompson, Garamendi back ‘cliff’ deal

Reps. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and John Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek, were among 40 House members from California who voted Tuesday to back a deal aimed at steering away from the so-called “fiscal cliff.” In a brief statement, Thompson, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, called it “far from perfect.” “Doing nothing […]

Bob Dunning: Let there be light (on recruiting)

BLUE AND GOULD … yes, it took UC Davis a long while to hire a head football coach to replace 20-year veteran Bob Biggs, but what do you expect when you have the Great Logo Controversy taking center stage during the hiring process? … as I understand it, every candidate turned down the Aggies after […]

New Year’s Eve ‘mellow’ in Davis

Minus one fight in which a man suffered minor injuries, New Year’s Eve went off without a hitch in Davis. Overnight, no one was ticketed for driving under the influence, public intoxication or a noise complaint by city or campus police. A Tuesday morning report of shots fired turned up nothing. “Last night, considering the […]

House hit, two arrested in Woodland gunfire incidents

Separate shooting incidents left two people under arrest and Woodland police looking for another suspect during the New Year’s holiday. The ruckus began at 6 p.m. Monday, when police received reports of shots being fired at an occupied house in the 100 block of Muir Circle, Sgt. Victoria Danzl said. Officers arrived to find that […]

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Candy (No. 112292), a 1-year-old spayed female Chihuahua. Also hoping for a good home is Bubbles (No. 112003), a 3-year-old neutered male Siamese/domestic short-haired cat. Fees are charged for licensing […]

Technology may revolutionize music scores

A Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra musician checks his score on an electronic tablet. Musicians say technology is opening up lots of possibilities for them, but they hesitate to depend on it for concerts. If they do, they make sure to have a paper backup.

A taste of fame for child actor

Skai Jackson, left, a co-star on the Disney Channel show “Jessie,” took new castmate J.J. Totah of Davis with her to Orlando, Fla., earlier this year. J.J. has landed a recurring role on the show, beginning with the episode airing Friday, Jan. 11. Courtesy photo

Mortgages, guns among new-law topics

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO (AP) — Homeowners will have increased protections from foreclosure under some of the hundreds of state laws taking effect with the new year. California also is studying whether to create the nation’s first state-administered retirement savings program for some 6 million private-sector workers, although it will take additional legislation before the […]

Sewing class offered at Art Center

The Davis Art Center is offering a four-week beginning/intermediate sewing class taught by Elaine Busch on Wednesdays, Jan. 9-30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The class is designed for ages 13 through adult and will guide participants through four projects that they will complete in the individual class sessions. The completed projects are a simple market […]

Crab feed tickets go on sale Friday

Tickets for the second annual Rebekah Lodge Crab Feed, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, go on sale starting Friday at Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St. in downtown Davis. Tickets are $40 per person, and only 160 tickets will be sold. The crab feed is a charitable fundraiser, open to the general […]

Young Davis actor lands role on popular Disney show

J.J. Totah may have gotten a glimpse of what awaits him when he accompanied his friend Skai Jackson to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Skai, who co-stars on the Disney Channel hit, “Jessie,” couldn’t go anywhere in public without being recognized. Some people just stopped and stared at the sight of her; others actually grabbed […]

More musicians going high-tech

Did you notice?

When Christopher O’Reilly, a noted concert pianist as well as the host of the popular public radio series “From The Top,” visited the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall on Oct. 25, he used an electronic tablet to display the score when he was performing at the keyboard, and the same tablet to display his script during interviews with the young musicians.

(And prior to that, when O’Reilly gave a sold-out recital in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre in March 2010, he used a tablet to display the score of his piano transcriptions of music by the band Radiohead.)

When celebrated violinist Joshua Bell gave a recital at the Mondavi Center on Nov. 10, his accompanist …

Pence Gallery: Exhibit showcases Art Nouveau postcards

The Pence Gallery’s current exhibit, “Art Nouveau Postcards,” resulted from a chance encounter with one of our Pence members. Davis resident Robert Nevramont dropped by one day, and as we chatted, he mentioned his interest in collecting old postcards. My ears perked up. “Just how many do you have?” I asked. When he responded, “About […]

Two hurt in Woodland machete attack

Woodland police are seeking a man who injured two people while wielding a machete early Sunday morning. Sgt. Steve Sexton said officers were dispatched at about 2:15 a.m. to Woodland Memorial Hospital, where the 23- and 24-year-old victims were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. One man had been wounded in the head, the other in […]