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 [email protected] or calling (530) 867-1032 — or $15 at the […]

May 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

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.

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged

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 […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

‘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 […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

In Montoya’s new mural, flying mortarboards become doves

Malaquias Montoya’s murals can be seen in Los Angeles, Oakland and Berkeley, and throughout Yolo and Solano counties. And, now, for the first time, he has painted one on his home campus: UC Davis, where he joined the faculty in 1989. The mural, “The Practice of Freedom,” ushers people into the Student Community Center’s south […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Men accused of plotting attacks around NATO summit

CHICAGO (AP) — Three activists who traveled to Chicago for a NATO summit were accused Saturday of manufacturing Molotov cocktails in a plot to attack President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home and other targets. But defense lawyers shot back that Chicago police had trumped up the charges to frighten peaceful protesters away, […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Cyclist charged with possessing controlled substance

Officers pulled over bicyclist Gary Bartley Rayshel Jr. near Third and L streets at about 6 p.m. Friday and found a meth pipe and methamphetamine, which Rayshel attempted to destroy, according to Davis police. The 33-year-old Davis resident was booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of unlawful possession of specified substance, possessing a device […]

May 20, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,