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‘The Old Guard’: New take on a familiar concept

‘The Old Guard’ 3.5 stars  Starring: Charlize Theron, Matthias Schoenaerts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli and Harry Melling Rating: R, for profanity and graphic violence Persuasive acting and a thoughtful approach fuel this action thriller By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Immortality isn’t as cool as some folks likely assume. Popular comic […]

Tantalizing and disturbing futures

Thoughtful sci-fi films help us explore contemporary issues By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic In our post-“Star Wars” world, it’s hard to remember that science-fiction films can be more than invading aliens and spaceships blasting each other. Although early sci-fi pulp magazines also were laden with plenty of equally superficial galaxy-spanning adventures — and covers […]

Acme plans online reading of ghost story

Acme Theatre Company continues its Zoom readings at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, with “The K of D” by Laura Schellhardt. Register to become an audience member at acmetheatre.net  Directed by special guest Ed Gonzalez Moreno, this urban legend takes place in a small town in Ohio during one hot, sticky August summer. The local […]

DMTC plans auditions for youth production of ‘Godspell’

Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theater plans auditions for a virtual production of “Godspell Jr.” The original “Godspell” was the first major musical theater offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz and it took the world by storm. A group of disciples help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide […]

Podcast to feature excerpt from novel ‘Electric City’

On Saturday, July 25, Stories on Stage Davis is releasing the fourth episode of its twice-a-month podcast with an excerpt from the novel “Electric City,” by Elizabeth Rosner, read by Patty Shade. “Electric City” begins with the widespread Northeast blackout of November 1965, a harbinger of the decline of the company that gives the town […]

Late Japanese poet featured in reading

Davis Poet Laureate James Lee Jobe continues his online poetry reading series on Friday, July 24, with the poems of Japanese poet Nanao Sakaki, who lived from 1923 to 2008. Sakaki was a wandering poet in the tradition of Basho and Ikkyu, and his poetry is a mixture of tight language and startling expressiveness. This […]

‘Feel the Beat’: Dance 7, Script 3

‘Feel the Beat’ Three stars  Starring: Sofia Carson, Enrico Colantoni, Donna Lynne Champlin, Wolfgang Novogratz, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Eva Hauge, Lidya Jewett, Shaylee Mansfield and Justin Caruso Allan Rating: TV-G, and suitable for all ages Young performers rise above shopworn material By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic For the most part, this is a Hallmark […]

‘Nobody Knows I’m Here’: Quietly powerful

‘Nobody Knows I’m Here’ Four stars Starring: Jorge Garcia, Millaray Lobos, Luis Gnecco, Alejandro Goic and Gastón Pauls Rating: TV-MA, for mild dramatic intensity Sensitive drama contemplates the consequences of a path denied By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Chilean director/co-scripter Gaspar Antillo’s impressive first feature — debuting on Netflix — is a meditative, slowly […]

Acme plans online readings

Acme Theatre Company plans two readings on Saturday, July 18, at acmetheatre.net. “The Boy Who Cried Dragon” begins at 2 p.m. Everyone has had it with Travis and his tall tales — his teachers, his schoolmates and even his mom. When Travis is given time off (via a school suspension), the park becomes his school-away-from-school. […]

Pence Gallery closes again

Due to the order from Governor Newsom on July 13, the Pence Gallery has returned to being closed to the public indefinitely and is not scheduling any more visitor appointments. It is still accepting Treasure Sale donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. All donations can be left at the front door, where […]

This week’s reading features Peruvian poet Vallejo

Davis Poet Laureate James Lee Jobe continues his online poetry reading series on Friday, July 17, with the poems of the Peruvian poet and novelist César Vallejo, who lived from 1892 to 1938. This free reading will be posted online by 7:30 p.m. at both james-lee-jobe.blogspot.com/ and at youtube.com/jamesleejobe. Both sites always have poetry or poetry readings available.

Winters Shakespeare Workshop presents ‘A Comedy with Errors’

Winters Shakespeare Workshop presents its first-ever virtual show, “A Comedy with Errors,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at WFOL.org. The community is invited to this live streaming event. “A Comedy with Errors” is assembled and directed by Andrew Fridae, using scenes from a number of Shakespeare’s works. Fridae calls the piece a “Shakespeare Mix.” […]

‘My Spy’: License to amuse

‘My Spy’ 3.5 stars Starring: Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Kristen Schaal, Greg Bryk, Ken Jeong, Devere Rogers and Noah Danby Rating: PG-13, for action violence and profanity Secret agent comedy benefits from droll script and solid performances By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic A curious cinema sub-genre finds macho action stars slotted into […]

‘Scoob’: A doggone hoot

‘Scoob’ 3.5 stars Starring (voices): Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Amanda Seyfried, Zac Efron, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan and Frank Welker Rating: PG, for mild suggestive humor and fantasy peril The courageous canine and his friends tackle a fearsome foe By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Scooby-Doo, the nervous Great […]

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