Applegate Dance Company show celebrates 20 years in Davis

Check it out What: Applegate Dance Company’s ‘Premiere Showcase’ When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Tickets: $12 in advance at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St.; $14 at the door The Applegate Dance Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary by presenting a “Premiere Showcase” this […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Weekend fun starts early at RootStock

Thursday is the new Friday at RootStock, 22 Main St. in downtown Winters. Complimentary wine and olive oil tasting are offered from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This Friday, check out the Charlie Wade Blues Band from 6 to 8 p.m. The five-member band from Solano County plays 1940s and ’50s harp blues, featuring music […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Portland indie band visits Sophia’s

Sean Flinn & The Royal We, an indie band from Portland, will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in downtown Davis. They’ll be supporting their new video, “Patient Heart,” from their debut album “Write Me A Novel,” which can be seen at Tristen and Lauren Cole Norton share […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Retro tunes highlight West Davis picnic

Westlake Plaza invites all comers to its second annual Summer Concert and Parking Lot Picnic on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The shopping center is at 1260 Lake Blvd. in West Davis. The family-friendly event includes a classic car show and live classic rock music by Jan and the Studebakers, playing tunes from the […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Hear Acoustic S&M in the park Wednesday

Acoustic S&M brings six decades of folk, rock, pop and even a little country music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. The band will play from 5 to 8 p.m. alongside the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The market, open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., is filled with spring […]

June 26, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Music Festival hits all the right notes

Collect 46 bands, sprinkle them among seven venues in one downtown area and you have the makings for a very successful event.

Danny Tomasello did just that as he orchestrated the second annual Davis Music Festival on Saturday. More than 1,500 people meandered through downtown Davis from 1:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, listening to everything from punk to hip-hop to rock to funk and some styles that defy definition.

“It’s really like a giant puzzle,” said Tomasello, the festival founder. “It’s connecting an artist with a venue, and a venue with a sound.”

From the smiles on people’s faces, Tomasello got it right.

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Acting comes naturally to this group

Nature’s Theater organizers Lyndsay Dawkins and Jeff Falyn will bring their “walking stories” — like this depiction of “Nature Heroes” — to Picnic in the Park on 
Wednesday and again July 11 and Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Courtesy photo

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Teen arrested for car theft, DUI

Christopher David Barnes, 19, of Davis, was arrested early Friday morning after stealing a vehicle while intoxicated. The Davis Police Department received a call at 2:15 a.m. from a resident on Chestnut Lane, who reported his Lincoln Town Car was being stolen. Officers spotted the vehicle at Covell Boulevard and L Street and pulled it […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Let the games begin

Davis Police Department employees, from left, Mario Alfaro, retiring Sgt. John Wilson (carrying the torch) and Ben Sanders jog along Second Street in Davis on Friday as part of the Law 
Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics of Northern California’s Summer Games. The torch’s destination was UC Davis, where more than 900 athletes were […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Turkey threatens action after Syria downs jet

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syria said Saturday it shot down a Turkish reconnaissance plane because the plane entered its airspace, insisting it was “not an attack” as both sides desperately tried to de-escalate the episode before it exploded into a regional conflagration. Turkey threatened to retaliate but did not say what action it would take […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rice farmers help migratory birds

WILLIAMS (AP) — The rust-orange head of an American avocet darted back and forth watching for predators, its black-and-white feathered body plopped atop a nest of four speckled eggs that lay on an earthen levee in a California rice paddy. “It’s a full clutch of four eggs,” said Monica Iglecia, a shorebird biologist with Audubon […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City, DCEA bargain over re-hiring of nine employees

Following two weeks of public scrutiny over the city’s decision to lay off nine employees, including two tree trimmers only hours after voters approved the parks maintenance tax, the city and a workers’ group are bargaining over the potential reinstatement of those employees. On Thursday, the city sent out a new release revealing several exchanges […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Council to weigh budget plan focusing on roads

The road to catching up on the city’s street and bike path repairs begins Tuesday, when the Davis City Council will consider a $144 million budget with a built-in plan to allocate about $2 million to maintain the city’s deteriorating infrastructure. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Chambers of City Hall, […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Slow down and get all the facts

Common sense would tell you that when a small city considers spending several hundred million dollars on a water project that will dramatically raise water rates for its residents, there should be no rush to judgment. The process should be slow and deliberate and take as much time as necessary for all stakeholders to be […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,