Friday, April 18, 2014

Just you and me, and the ex makes three

Dear Annie: Four years ago, my wife, “Joann,” was the executor of her mother’s will. Per instructions, she divided the estate equally with her three siblings. However, a few months later, the estate received an award of $200,000 for a lawsuit her mother had filed 30 years ago. Joann and one of her siblings split […]

Labor in tub OK but water births unproven

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sitting in a tub of warm water can relieve a mom-to-be’s pain during the early stages of labor, but actually giving birth under water has no proven benefit and may be risky, say recommendations for the nation’s obstetricians. There’s no count of how many babies in the U.S. are delivered in water, […]

When a grandparent makes a small mistake

It’s a holiday from preschool for my grandsons, aged 2½ and 4½, who live in a suburb of Chicago. My husband and I, babysitting, choose a normally sure bet for a successful excursion: the Kohl Children’s Museum. Packing for such a trip is a chore during Chicago’s third coldest winter. Sweatshirts. Overcoats. Boots. Shoes. Hats. […]

Pianist TianPeng Yu takes top honor at Young Artists Competition

TianPeng Yu, a 22-year-old pianist who was born in China and now studies in Los Angeles, received the Founder’s Prize in this year’s Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition on March 2. Other winners include 15-year-old Alex Chien of San Jose (Young Artists Prize, Piano Division), 12-year-old Andrew Sung of Yorba Linda (Honorable Mention, Piano Division), […]

Night of dance benefits South Asian children

“Dheem Tana: A South Asian Classical Dance Showcase for a Cause” will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 314 W. 14th St. The showcase of classical South Asian dance teams features squads from around the country, including UCLA, UC San Diego, USC, Penn […]

Learn what goes on under your hood

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on under the hood of your car, stop by Davis Makerspace, 221 G St. Suite 1337, at 7 p.m. Wednesday and again Wednesday, Feb. 26, to find out. Davis Makerspace member Jim Stewart will run a two-session event covering the fundamentals of internal combustion engines along with a complete tear-down and rebuild of […]

Exhibit looks at history of bracero program

An array of black-and-white photographs, posters, documents, artifacts, books and art detailing the history of bracero guest workers will be on exhibit this month at Woodland Community College. The exhibit is being organized by the college’s Ethnic Studies Program and Cross Cultural Series in partnership with Richard Soto of Biblioteca San Joaquin Murrieta. A painting […]

Veteran pianist Murray Perahia visits Mondavi for the first time

Murray Perahia — a pianist whose storied career extends back into the 1960s — will give a solo recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Mondavi Center. Born in New York in the late 1940s, Perahia studied at Mannes College and spent summers at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, where he collaborated with […]

The Chieftains return with traditional Irish tunes on Feb. 19

The Chieftains — who have arguably done more to advance the cause of traditional Irish music than any other ensemble — will be back at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Mondavi Center. Founded in 1962, the Chieftains have recorded dozens of albums featuring countless reels and fiddle tunes. In concert, the core members […]

UC Davis Symphony hosts soprano in wide-ranging program

The’s the ticket What: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, featuring soprano Lucy Shelton When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students; or 530-754-2787 The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Mondavi Center, in a program […]

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’: A howling disappointment

Satiric send-up of Wall Street swindler is simply tasteless ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Two stars Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley Rating: R, for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive profanity and drug use, and some violence Boobs, blow and bad […]

Justis, McLane perform Saturday at winery

Sundstrom Hill Winery kicks off the new year from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday with Mike Justis and Steve McLane returning to the Barrel Room. Singer/songwriter Justis has been playing an unusual brand of folk, blues and Americana music for more than 30 years. He and his band are well-known throughout Northern California and are […]

New year features old friends

The new year features old friends playing live music at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. Bob Wren plays his violin and octave mandolin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. His style includes world music, Klezmer, jazz, Django Reinhardt, folk and Baroque. From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Ken Kemmerling plays jazz piano, with songs […]