Folk musicians gather for a jam

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Wyatt Deck, located on Old Davis Road next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. “Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your […]

Film examines justice system inequities

“The Cooler Bandits,” a film that follows the story of four teenagers arrested in 1991 for a string of robberies of fast-food restaurants, will be screened at 5:10 p.m. Thursday in 194 Young Hall at UC Davis. The event is sponsored by the UCD Religious Studies Program. “They became a media sensation, infuriating police and […]

Creative ambition runs high at 12th annual UC Davis Film Festival

Details What: 12th annual UC Davis Film Festival When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Where: Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St., downtown Davis Tickets: $7, or $10 for a two-night pass Info: http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu View past years’ winning films: http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu/season/videos.aspx By Janice Bisgaard Talented UC Davis filmmakers will showcase their work at the 12th annual UC Davis […]

Hear oud stories Saturday

Gari Hegedus, a master of string instruments — both plucked and bowed — in Balkan and Middle Eastern music, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. West. Tickets are $13 in advance — available by emailing info@timnatalmusic.com or calling (530) 867-1032 — or $15 at the […]

Pickin’ on the patio

The Narrow Gauge String Band returns to Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St. in downtown Davis, with an evening of bluegrass music from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The local band — Bruce Eldridge on banjo, Mark Brothers on bass, David Riggs on fiddle and Ken Eldridge on guitar — plays a variety of […]

Auditions set this weekend for Barnyard Theatre

Barnyard Theatre will be holding auditions for its summer productions Sunday and Monday, May 28. The company will present a mainstage production of Meghan Brown’s “Psyche,” a darkly humorous retelling of the Greek myth, and a workshop of Briandaniel Oglesby’s “Dammed,” an original work being developed about a family’s struggle to come together during the […]

Epicurean Esprit benefits senior nutrition program

This year marks the 23rd anniversary for the Epicurean Esprit, a fundraiser organized by Friends of Meals on Wheels to support the Elderly Nutrition Program in Yolo County. The 2012 event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Tandem Properties, 3500 Anderson Road in Davis. Featuring a variety of cuisine from more than 35 […]

Compensation for public college chiefs up 3%

By Tamar Lewin Three chief executives of public colleges earned more than $1 million in total compensation during the 2010-11 academic year, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The median total compensation of the 199 public college presidents surveyed was $421,395, up 2.9 percent from 2009-10, the survey found, while the […]

Measure D to be debated Tuesday

A live debate on Measure D, the city of Davis parks tax renewal on the June 5 ballot, will air on Davis Community Television from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Debaters will be Alan Pryor (yes) and Tom Randall Jr. (no). The debate can be seen on DCTV’s public access Channel 15 and be heard on […]

Ready, aim, fire! Cannon sounds to highlight ’1812′ performance

That’s the ticket Who: UC Davis Concert Band and Campus Band When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $12 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787 Kaboom! Kaboom! Kaboom! The UC Davis Concert Band will put a vast ensemble onstage — some 120 instruments in all — and utilize […]

Fans enjoy a rarity in the heavens

Davis residents gathered in open spaces all over town Sunday evening to watch the annular eclipse of the sun, in which the moon covered all but the outer ring of the sun.

The UC Davis geology department provided protective sunglasses for people who wanted to look directly at the sun. Others used welder’s masks or rudimentary pinhole cameras to watch the astronomical rarity.

In the Davis area, south of the eclipse’s path, a partial eclipse covered a maximum of 92 percent of the sun at 6:32 p.m.

Chinese activist who fled house arrest lands in US

NEW YORK (AP) — A blind Chinese legal activist who was suddenly allowed to leave the country arrived in the United States on Saturday, ending a nearly monthlong diplomatic tussle that had tested U.S.-China relations. Chen Guangcheng had been hurriedly taken from a hospital hours earlier and put on a plane for the U.S. after […]

‘Kites for a Kause’

UC Davis student Hammad Khan, a fourth-year psychology major, prepares to send a kite soaring into the air on Thursday as part of the UCD Afghan Student Association’s “Kites for Kause” fundraiser. The festival filled the sky with colorful kites made of bamboo and paper by Afghan children who work shining shoes or selling cigarettes […]