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County’s assessment roll tops $23 billion

A stronger real estate market and higher home values drove the county’s assessment roll up by more than $1 billion, Yolo County Clerk/Recorder/Assessor Freddie Oakley announced this week. The annual assessment roll rose from a total value of $21.8 billion in 2014 to just over $23 billion this year, a 6.51 percent increase, Oakley said. […]

Farmers Market will be open on Fourth of July

Start your Fourth of July the farm-fresh, feel-good way at the Davis Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park, Third and C streets. Market sellers will offer a bounty of summer produce — including corn, tomatoes and melons — plus local eggs, honey, olive oil, herbs, chicken, meats and seafood, handmade […]

Davis Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ brims with pranks and parties — but begins with disaster at sea

Check it out What: “Twelfth Night,” part of the Davis Shakespeare Festival When: The show alternates with the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 2 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $25 general, $20 students/seniors, $15 children 12 and younger; call 530-802-0998 or visit www.shakespearedavis.org Shakespeare festivals, large […]

Audiences will solve whodunnit in ‘Drood’

The Davis Shakespeare Festival turns tp Charles Dickens in the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which opened Friday and continues through Aug. 2, in repertory with “Twelfth Night.”

The show is based on the novel that Dickens was still writing (and publishing in serial form) at the time he was felled by a stroke in 1870. Dickens, alas, left behind no notes indicating how the mystery of Edwin Drood’s disappearance would be resolved.

And since the author didn’t provide an ending, songwriter Rupert Holmes developed an interesting …

‘The Fish’ heads music lineup for ‘Neighbors for Nepal’

If you go What: “Neighbors for Nepal,” a benefit to raise funds for earthquake survivors; dinner, music and a taste of Nepali culture are featured When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, July 11 Where: Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., downtown Davis Tickets: $40 each, available at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., and Common Grounds Coffee […]

Monticello invites all to final events

Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St., Davis will be on vacation through Monday, July 6, and will be closing in mid-July. All are invited to join Monticello for its final Save Fiddlers Green Farm special events and fundraisers. Fans also can show their support via an Indiegogo fundraising campaign at www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-fiddlers-green-farm. The final wine-tasting hosted by […]

Vintage blues to fill the park Wednesday

The Hucklebucks will break out the blues for Picnic in the Park from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Third and C streets in Davis. The Hucklebucks have been playing blues, roots and New Orleans rock and roll for 18 years. The Sammie Award-winning band has played original […]

See ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ under the stars

The Winters Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as its summer “Shakespeare Under the Stars” production at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 7-15, at the outdoor amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Because the company wishes to present “Shakespeare Under the Stars” as family-friendly entertainment, all children under […]

A heaping helping of happy music

“Electric Compost Heap” is two hours of bits and pieces of folk, rock, country, soul, blues and jazz — with a little funk and punk, too. Host Dug Deep leads the tour of musical themes live from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays on KDRT, 95.7 FM. The show repeats at 9 p.m. Fridays, 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays […]

Tristen and Motopony to play at Sophia’s

Tristen and Motopony, with Big Harp, will play at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen 9 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2. Tickets are $10, available at www.sophiasthaikitchen.com. On her previous album, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tristen crafted highly melodic, ambitiously arranged indie pop with an Americana tinge. For the follow-up, she leaves the twangy touches behind to focus on […]

Music Circus presents stunning, poignant classic ‘Big River’

Don’t miss it What: ‘Big River’ When: 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through June 28 Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $40-$83. Call 916-557-1999, visit www.Tickets.com, or go to the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office It was a surreal experience attending Music Circus’s “Big River” in a […]

Wineaux: Haggling over food, wine and sport

In response to a complaint about buying wine futures, “The Haggler,” a weekly consumer advocate column in The New York Times, began, “The Haggler dislikes wine and finds all the trappings of wine connoisseurship — ordering, sipping, opining, ordering some more, opining some more — very tiresome.” Being a Haggler fan, I was saddened to […]

Dave Alvin will heat up The Palms on Saturday

Grammy winner Dave Alvin, a member of Americana music royalty, can tear it up and he can bring things to roiling, haunting simmer. Alvin and his band The Guilty Ones will return to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, June 27. Credited with helping invent the Americana, alt-country and roots rock genres — both with The […]

‘Uncanny Valley’ prompts deep thought about humanoids

Check it out What: “Uncanny Valley,” presented by Capital Stage When: Through July 19, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $26-$38, capstage.org or 916-995-5464 “The Jetsons” had Rosie, “Star Wars” had C3PO, “Star Trek” had […]

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