Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mondavi to screen Branaugh’s ‘Henry V’ on Monday

The Mondavi Center’s Focus on Film series concludes on Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m. with a screening of actor/director Kenneth Branaugh’s 1989 film version of Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” The screening will be preceded by a talk at 6:30 p.m. by associate professor Elizabeth Constable of the women and gender studies department at UC Davis. […]

Emerson, Da Vinci to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Emerson and Da Vinci junior highs will present six performances of “Once Upon a Mattress,” this weekend and next. This musical version of the classic fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” is adapted for all audiences, and features a sad prince, an overbearing queen and an unconventional princess from the swamplands. Performances will be […]

Winters Plein Air Festival begins Friday

The eighth annual Winters Plein Air Festival will host artists involved in “painting the town” and environs in a weeklong, open-air painting celebration in and around Winters. Beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, artists will be painting scenic downtown Winters, and throughout the following week will take part in painting in the open air, […]

Point of Brew: Risus paschalis and the Craft Brewers Conference

April has been a busy month, what with the Craft Brewers Conference taking up one week and the Easter spring break taking up another. We spent Easter week in Vienna, Va., with my son David and his lovely wife Kristen and family, and we enjoyed that a lot. Their boys — Mac, 9; Teddy, 7; […]

‘Sactown Tonight!’ on stage at B Street

“Sactown Tonight!,” a talk show hosted by Dave Pierini, will take over the stage this week at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, presenting five nights of unscripted comedy featuring some of the best and brightest Sacramento has to offer. Guests include Jack Gallagher, Phil Cowan, Edie Lambert, comedian Keith Lowell Jensen, Laura Kirkendall and […]

Empyrean Ensemble to premiere new pieces written in honor of Holoman

The Empyrean Ensemble — the professional new music group based at UC Davis — will celebrate longtime music professor D. Kern Holoman with the premiere of new works that were composed in Holoman’s honor during the Empyrean concert on Monday, April 28. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the […]

Notorious Shank Brothers take over the Picnic

Notorious Shank Brothers bring their crowd-pleasing bluegrass and country music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, April 23, from 5 p.m. to dark. The festivities are in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The band consists of Al Shank, mandolin and vocals; Steve O’Neill, bass; Ken Eldridge, guitar and vocals; and Erik Shank, five-string banjo […]

Tony Fields tribute has new sound, same great style

In the know What: “What I Did for Love — A Tribute to Tony Fields” When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26 Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $10 general, $8 for seniors over the age of 60 and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door. The […]

‘Transcendence’: A whole new level of tedium

“Transcendence” Three stars Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., Cole Hauser Rating PG-13: for sci-fi action and violence, brief profanity and mild sensuality Ponderous sci-fi melodrama succumbs to ludicrous contrivance By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic The White Queen in Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking […]

Wine, Art and Music Festival returns to Winters

The annual Wine, Art and Music Festival — organized by Roots to Wine — runs from noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in downtown Winters. Participating businesses include Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Capay Valley Vineyards, Casey Flat Ranch, Crew Wine Company, Julie LePla Winery, Putah Creek Winery, Route 3 Wines, Séka Hills, Simas Family Wines […]

‘The Bloom’ paves way for Whole Earth Festival

The Davis Whole Earth Festival will feature episode three of “The Bloom” — “New Ways Of The Sacred” at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in downtown Davis. This is the second official event leading up to the festival, which takes place May 9-11 at UC Davis. “The Bloom” […]

DHS tribute to Tony Fields slated for April 25-26

The annual tribute to Tony Fields, titled “What I Did for Love,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The show commemorates the passion and drive of the inexhaustible Tony Fields, a successful dancer and performer […]

DMTC to hold auditions for ‘Les Miserables’

Davis Musical Theatre Company announces auditions for the musical “Les Miserables” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, and Monday, April 28, with callbacks at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive. The show will be directed by Steve Isaacson, with musical direction by Isaacson and Jonathan Rothman. […]

Bach Soloists wrap up season on April 28

The American Bach Soloists conclude their Davis season at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, with “Bach’s Legacy,” a program celebrating the music of J.S. Bach and its lasting influence upon later composers. The concert is at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas has chosen to feature the American Bach Choir […]