Author Event – “The King of Karaoke” with Bob Sylva @ The Avid Reader
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Former Sacramento Bee reporter, Bob Sylva presents his debut collection of short stories, “The King of Karaoke” on Saturday, November 25th at 7:30 p.m. at The Avid Reader. Sylva brings a reporter’s eye for detail, a keen sense of irony, and a touch of Magical Realism to the surprising stories in “The King of Karaoke”. From the poignant title story to the quirky tale of a Delta bait store and its resident sage, these memorable stories reﬂect the richness and diversity of the Sacramento Valley and Delta regions. Inspired by the hopes, dreams, and idiosyncrasies of people he wrote about during his long career as a columnist for The Sacramento Bee, this keepsake edition is a gift to Sylva’s fans and dreamers everywhere.
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
UC Davis Marine Fisheries Specialist, Emeritus Christopher M. Dewees presents his beautiful new work, “A Life Among Fishes: The Art of Gyotaku” at The Avid Reader on Friday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m. A Life Among Fishes explores the life long passion of fisheries scientist and artist Christopher M. Dewees. The book features over 100 of his Japanese fish prints since 1969. Many of these are linked to stories about the journey. History and information about the art form are also described. The book presents Dewees’ half century of printing fish and shellfish to full color. We follow his evolution from being exposed and fascinated to gyotaku as a graduate student to his status now as an internationally recognized master in the field. He documents his journey and growth by sharing fifty years of experiences and adventures. In recent years Dewees has done more writing, and these stories and poems are linked to his art. Chris Dewees has had a passion for fish since childhood. He is currently Marine Fisheries Specialist, Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. Since 1968, he has honed his skills in Japanese fish printing (gyotaku). His works have been featured in many individual and group exhibitions around the world.
Fishman Presents a Greg Koch Guitar Clinic! @ The Melon Ball
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm
Fishman signature artist and clinician Greg Koch will host a clinic covering Fishman acoustic amplification products and Fluence Multi-Voice pickups for electric guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the Gristleman’s unparalleled guitar playing and unique brand of humor. An unsung guitar hero from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he grew up just a few miles from the Waukesha birthplace of the late, great guitarist-inventor Les Paul, Greg Koch has established himself within six-string circles as a masterful technician, accomplished clinician (for Fender) and general bad-ass guit-picker. No less than guitar virtuoso Steve Vai noted Koch’s six-string prowess and promptly signed him to his Favored Nations label in 2001. Tom Wheeler from Guitar Player magazine hailed him as “fiendishly talented” while other critics have called him everything from “a twisted guitar genius” to “the best kept secret in the guitar firmament.”
YA Author Event with Anna-Marie McLemore & Lily Anderson @ The Avid Reader
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join local young adult authors, Anna-Marie McLemore and Lily Anderson for a conversation about and signing of their latest novels at The Avid Reader on Saturday, December 2nd at 5:00 p.m. Anna-Marie McLemore will present Wild Beauty, a bewitching romance about a lush garden and two lovers who fall under its spell. Lily Anderson will present Not Now, Not Ever, the nerdy sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired this time by The Importance of Being Earnest.
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Author Event – The New Wild West with Blaire Briody @ The Avid Reader
Dec 8 all-day
THE NEW WILD WEST tells the story of how a small town in North Dakota suddenly became the new frontier of U.S. energy independence, told through the experiences of the families that have lived there for generations and the migrant laborers desperate to make a living. Join the author for a discussion on fracking and watch a short film. Blaire Briody grew up in Mt. Shasta and graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2006. She’s written for The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Fast Company, Glamour, among others. THE NEW WILD WEST is her first book.
A Winter Gift – Celtic Music & Stories for the Season with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter @ Unitarian Church of Davis
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jon Hatamiya Sextet – Live at The Melon Ball! @ The Melon Ball
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Melon Ball proudly presents Jon Hatamiya live on Dec 16 at 8pm! Hatamiya is one of the most promising trombonists to come out of the Sacramento area and is rapidly making a name for himself on both the New York and California music scenes. He was recognized in the August 1st, 2011 edition of Jet Magazine as the only trombonist on Wynton Marsalis’s list of “Who’s Got Next”, which highlighted the next generation of emerging jazz artists. Jon also received a 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award from ASCAP for his merits as a composer and arranger. Jon has played with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, The Dave Mathews Band, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, and many more. Tickets are only $20 general and $10 for students with a student ID and are available at the Watermelon Music Store, online at watermelonmusic.com, or at the door.
Dec 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Andrew Norelli Live at The Melon Ball! @ The Melon Ball
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm
The hilarius Andrew Norelli will take to the Melon Ball stage Jan 13th to bring us an evening of side-hugging laughter! Featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the Letterman Show, Ted Talks, and more, Andrew sports clean comedy with deadly wit. Andrew has been described by Jimmy Kimmel himself as an A++ comedian, and has been praised internationally for his humor. Get your tickets now! (See link) Only $20, available in the watermelon store, online, or at the door!