Ravi Shankar performance canceled

Musician Ravi Shankar has canceled his Oct. 23 performance at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis officials announced Thursday. Shankar’s management company, Opus 3 Artists, provided the following statement: “It is with deep regrets that, due to health issues, Panditji Ravi Shankar must cancel his October 2012 tour. “Mr. Shankar lives for the joy of performing […]

Beer-tasting benefits food campaign

The Davis Food Co-op,  620 G St. in downtown Davis, will host a tasting of “21st Amendment & Other Great Beers” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, proceeds will benefit the National Cooperative Grocers’ Association’s fundraising efforts for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. […]

Barbecue thanks Garamendi volunteers

Volunteers who worked on Rep. John Garamendi’s campaign this spring will be honored at an appreciation barbecue at noon Saturday at Garamendi’s district headquarters, 2939 Spafford St., Suite 140A, in Davis. Past volunteers also are welcome. The event will feature food and fun as well as a chance to chat with Garamendi, who will face […]

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay […]

UC president will not ask for tuition hike

OAKLAND (AP) — The president of the University of California will not request a hike in tuition. UC Regents had been expected to raise tuition next month, with The Los Angeles Times reporting regents for the 10-campus university system would meet in mid-July to raise tuition by 6 percent, or $732 more a year. That […]

Brown signs budget relying on taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new budget for California on Wednesday that relies heavily on voters approving his proposed tax hikes in November. Democrats passed 21 budget implementing bills on a majority vote intended to satisfy the governor’s demand for deeper cuts to close a $15.7 billion deficit, and Brown signed the […]

Right decision on downtown project

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD … it’s hard when dramatic change takes place next door or just around the corner, but the council did the right thing Tuesday night in unanimously overruling its own Planning Commission to approve a stellar four-unit housing project at the corner of Fourth and D … change is inevitable … neighborhoods […]

Rist to resign from Yolo County Probation Department

Yolo County Chief Probation Officer Marjorie Rist is leaving her post so she can continue her education and pursue criminal-justice consulting opportunities, county officials announced Wednesday afternoon. In a phone interview Wednesday evening, Rist said she plans to seek out work that “plays to my strengths,” such as education, training and technical assistance. “I’m more […]

Driver hurt in downtown collision

A head-on collision in downtown Davis sent one man to the hospital Tuesday morning, police said. Kevin Kelver suffered pain to his head and back when his car was hit by a Chevy truck whose driver had made a wide turn from southbound B Street onto westbound Fourth Street, Lt. Paul Doroshov said. Kelver had […]

Mondavi adds Costello, Sedaris and Pilobolus

Three acts that have acquired a local following over the past 10 years — singer/songwriter Elvis Costello, author and humorist David Sedaris, and the acrobatic, visually imaginative Pilobolus Dance Theatre — will return to the Mondavi Center as “just added” events during the 2012-13 season.

Costello will present another intimate solo perform on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Tickets are $35 to $65. His previous appearance at Mondavi was a well-attended solo show in April 2010.

Performances by this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer are prized by fans, with material ranging from new songs to hits spanning a career of 30-plus years, often including one or two songs from as far back as his 1977 debut album “My Aim Is True.”

UCD showcases endeavors at Smithsonian

UC Davis is front and center this week and next in Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Institution’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the federal law that created land-grant universities. Five professors are participating, and three of them — while in Washington — are giving talks outside the Smithsonian festival, to alumni and legislators and […]

Developer believes city parcels are off target

When Target was approved by Davis voters in 2006, the city packaged into the development four “pads,” or smaller parcels, to be dedicated for future retail space. Six years later, however, the four pads — one 6,000-, two 7,500- and one 25,000-square foot plot — remain unused, as no developer or real estate broker who […]

‘Styro-palooza’ may kickstart UCD foam recycling

This is what nagged at Ben Pyles: Walking by the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility’s Dumpsters and seeing them piled high with polystyrene cubes. “Everybody in the scientific community knows it’s not a good thing to throw away,” said Pyles, a staff research associate at UC Davis. “You try to reuse (polystyrene containers) in your own […]

State lawmakers vote to eliminate Healthy Families program

Fifteen years after it was created, the state program that provides health insurance to 880,000 children from low-income working families fell victim to the state’s budget crisis. Lawmakers on Wednesday voted to eliminate the Healthy Families program, sending the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown, who was expected to sign it Wednesday night. Now the state hopes to move […]