Wednesday, August 27, 2014

‘If I Stay’: Existential angst

“If I Stay” 3.5 stars Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Stacy Keach, Jakob Davies Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity and sexual candor Beloved young-adult novel makes an honorable jump to the big screen By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic We certainly can’t imagine what it would be like, […]

Winters Theatre Company puts out casting call for next show

The Winters Theatre Company soon will hold auditions for its upcoming production, “Night of the Anemic Vampire.” The comedic melodrama requires six men and four women, and auditions will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, and Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Winters Community Theatre, 201 Railroad Ave., Winters. The plot revolves around the […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500; 202-456-1111; fax: 202-456-2461; email: U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3553; email: visit Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit House of Representatives Rep. John Garamendi (3rd District), 2438 Rayburn […]

Maureen Dowd: Alone again, naturally

WASHINGTON — Affectations can be dangerous, as Gertrude Stein said. When Barack Obama first ran for president, he theatrically cast himself as the man alone on the stage. From his address in Berlin to his acceptance speech in Chicago, he eschewed ornaments and other politicians, conveying the sense that he was above the grubby political […]

Our biology is our history

By Mark Rollins There are certainly many lessons to learn from history if you choose to pay attention. Historians and archaeologists are always around to teach us lessons from history and point out how we are repeating the same mistakes of the past, whether it is spreading diseases, starting wars, destabilizing governments, exploiting people or […]

Yolo Mambo to play free show

Local masters of international music Yolo Mambo will perform a free show at Common Grounds Coffee House. The show begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the coffee house, 2171 Cowell Blvd. Phil and Kiah Summers will open the event with acoustic reggae.

1,000 Red Roses Concert benefits hearing impaired

Davis pop peddlers Preoccupied Pipers — of the legendary Davis band Lawsuit — are putting on The 1,000 Red Roses Concert Saturday, Aug. 23, in the E Street Plaza in downtown Davis. They’ll be joined by the Adrian West Trio and The Corner Laughers. The show runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and admission is free. The 1,000 Red Roses fund […]

Davis Chinese Film Festival to kick off with 1994 favorite

An opening ceremony and a screening of the 1994 Chinese favorite “Eat Drink Man Woman” will kick off both Global Confucius Institute Day and the Davis Chinese Film Festival on Sept. 27. The film, directed by Ang Lee and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995, gives insight to the […]

Colleret to sing at Carlton Plaza

Country musician Denis “Denny” Colleret will perform at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Carlton Plaza, 2726 Fifth St. in Davis. The free concert will be held in the common area of the senior living community. Colleret has been a professional musician since 1978. In addition to his solo act, he has played with James […]

Point of Brew: About baseball and breweries

Baseball should be played only by large and, mostly, hirsute men for lots of money. It should not be inflicted on small boys and their doting grandparents. Baseball reminds me of cricket that used to be a part of summers in my boyhood. I would spend a long time daydreaming in the field waiting for […]

Community sing planned at UU Church of Davis

An interfaith singing experience featuring Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis Sparks Choir members, Free Range Singers, church and community members from the wider area will take place Sept. 12-14. The event will be led by Laurence Cole, a songwriter and the founding director of PT Songlines Community Choir in Port Townsend, Wash. She enjoys traveling to […]

Local artists receive Elly nominations

More than 430 Elly nominees for the 2013-14 season were announced at an informal nomination reception on Sunday. Actors, directors, technicians and producers were on hand to listen for their names to be called. This past season, 231 shows were submitted by 78 theaters, and 58 theaters and 124 productions received nominations. The Davis Musical […]

Tomato Festival lassos up some fun

Popular cowboy showman James Barrera will show off his lassos and whip routines at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Woodland Tomato Festival. The stage is at the Heritage Plaza, Second and Main streets in Woodland. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free of charge.

Trokanski dancers set to perform

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop presents its Summer Repertory Concert at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8-9, at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place. This approximately 60-minute performance presents work by Summer Dance Intensive students in both classical and contemporary pieces, choreographed works by members of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre, and […]