Rock out at Second Friday ArtAbout

By Katrina Wong Get ready to rock at this month’s Second Friday ArtAbout. In addition to art exhibits and receptions at 25 venues around Davis on Friday night, two music concerts will be presented in E Street Plaza. All events are free. Youngsters in the Rock Band Camp will perform from 5 to 5:30 p.m. […]

Kwan’s Framing to exhibit Cairn paintings

Kwan’s Framing will exhibit Julia Cairns’ recent series of paintings, which reflect her travels to India, during the Second Friday ArtAbout and throughout the month. The shop, at 905 Third St. in downtown Davis, also will be offering Cairn’s latest book, “A Full Moon is Rising,” with illustrations by Cairns and poetry by Marilyn Singer. […]

Interfaith candle-light vigil in Central Park

The Sikh Cultural Association and CA House — Cal Aggie Christian Association — have  come together to organize a candle-light vigil Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 8:30 p.m. in northwest corner of Central Park to grieve and show support for all those affected by the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisc.

En Garde for the next great fencer

The 2012 London Olympics are coming to a close — weeks of televised energy, spoiler alerts and, of course, Michael Phelps. But underneath the surface of U.S. Olympic fever are those sports that get a bit lost in the gold-medal hype.

There are 35 Olympic sports, but not all of them are shown in primetime. However, competitors in these “late night/early morning” sports work just as hard as the headline athletes not only to have a shot at winning a medal but simply to compete for one.

One of the oldest Olympic sports is also possibly one of the least seen and understood: fencing. However, it has lots of action and is quite possibly the only Olympic sport that stems from a long history of dueling to the death.

Davis artist will create mural for county administration building

Yolo County’s twin hallmarks – farming and food – will be the subject of a large-scale piece of public art planned for the main entrance to the county administration building. Davis artist Susan Shelton was chosen by YoloArts to create and install a 132-square-foot ceramic mural on the Erwin Meier Administration Building on Court Street. […]

Stay cool, save money during hot summer days

With weather forecasts projecting high temperatures hovering at or just below triple digits for the next five days, Pacific Gas and Electric Company reminds customers of ways to stay safe and keep energy bills down in anticipation of significant heat and increased fire danger beginning Wednesday and lasting through the weekend. is calling for […]

Community invited to fast for a day

The Muslim Student Association invites the community at large to the annual Community Iftar dinner on Saturday, Aug. 11. starting at 7 p.m. in UC Davis conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane. The annual Fast for a Day event is held during the fasting month of Ramadan. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset […]

San Francisco mayor abandons stop and frisk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s mayor has abandoned a police stop and frisk proposal designed to get weapons off the streets. There was an outcry after Mayor Ed Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle in June that he was considering stop and frisk, which involves officers stopping and searching suspicious people for weapons. Stop and […]

Residents flood hospitals after refinery fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fire at one of the nation’s largest refineries spewed thick black smoke over cities in the San Francisco Bay area, sending scores of residents to hospitals complaining of breathing problems early Tuesday. Smoke and flames could be seen for miles. The blaze at Chevron’s plant in Richmond, about 10 miles […]

Shouldn’t ‘advantages’ be more advantageous?

UNFAIR ADVANTAGE? … my friend Claudia writes to ask what I think of double amputee Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic “Blade Runner,” who wowed the sporting world as he ran the Olympic 400 meters on his prosthetic legs … While acknowledging that some claim Pistorius gains an advantage from his space-age artificial legs, Claudia says “Personally, […]

Light show

Lightning bolts flash across the sky behind the Tower Bridge, looking toward Raley Field in West Sacramento on Saturday night. This composite photo blends three lightning strikes captured with a fish-eye lens over an approximately 10-minute period. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise composite photo lightning1W

Senator: Legislative pay hikes could hurt tax plan

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate said Monday that he had “a few sleepless nights” during lawmakers’ summer break worrying that pay raises given to legislative staffers could undermine Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative in November. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg defended the raises to more than 1,000 legislative employees. […]

Logos Books does double duty

La Table Française meets the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Logos Books, 513 Second St. in downtown Davis. The next meeting is this week. Visit for topic information. Painter Don Harting, longtime Davis resident and participant in the Davis Senior Center Oil and Acrylic Open Studio, will display […]

New museum chief brings eye for modern art, fundraising know-how

As a junior history major, Rachel Teagle took an American arts class during which the professor opened the doors to a museum — and, for Teagle, a whole new way of seeing meaning in the visual world. On Monday, Teagle was named the director of UCD’s planned Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, […]