Thursday Live March 6

The March 6th Thursday Live! will be a tribute show to Jazz legend, and former Davis resident, John Tchicai. Thursday Live! will honor his music and spirit.

Two groups will perform that evening. Tony Passarell, Keith Cary and Kerry Kashiwagi; whom are well respected former Tchicai sidemen and will be performing as a sax, cello and bass trio. Mark Oi, Jeff Simons, and Andrew Enberg will perform compositions by John and some original compositions of their own.

We hope you will come feel the spirit of Maestro John Tchicai at this event.

John Tchicai live in Davis from 1991 until 2001. Born in 1936 to a Danish mother and Congolese father, John started out playing violin, but eventually switched to alto saxophone at age 16. New York City called in 1963, and John embraced the jazz avant-garde. While in New York, John recorded on 11 records during his 4 year stay. He was recorded on John Coltrane’s Ascension LP and Albert Ayler’s New York Ear and Eye Control LP. Two seminal groups were co-founded by John during this period, The New York Contemporary Five (with Archie Shepp and Don Cherry) and the New York Art Quartet (with Roswell Rudd, Milford Graves , and Reggie Workman). The NY Art Quartet’s record, Mohawk, is considered a classic recording from this period. In 1969, John performed on John Lennon’s Life with Lions LP. (more…)

Davis Odd Fellows Film Festival

MovieProjectorThe Davis Odd Fellows Lodge is launching the First Annual Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival – and hoping it becomes an annual event in downtown Davis. Please mark your calendars for February 2, 9 and 16.

Leading up to the annual Academy Awards presentation in Hollywood, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge invites everyone to attend the film festival. Three classic films featuring legendary directors and renowned actors from Hollywood’s golden years will be presented at the Lodge.

The films will be presented on three successive Sunday evenings on the big screen in the Lower Hall. The three evenings are February 2, February 9 andFebruary 16 – each screening at 6:30 p.m. Each film will be preceded by a brief introduction presented by noted Film Historian and Movie Critic Derrick Bang. Mr. Bang also writes a movie review column for the Davis Enterprise. After the screening, Mr. Bang will be available to answer questions and discuss the film with viewers who wish to stay for the discussion.

The film festival is open to all. Admission is free, but the Odd Fellows suggest a donation of $5 per person. There will also be candy, popcorn and soft drinks available for purchase. By special arrangement with the film teachers at the high schools, all proceeds, after expenses, will be provided to benefit the film programs at Davis High School and Da Vinci High School. Tickets will not be sold in advance and are only available at the door on the evening of each performance.

The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival Committee (composed of Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Juelie and Kurt Roggli, Robin Dewey, Rene Martucci and Richard Urbino), working with Mr. Bang, have chosen the following three films for this first festival. All are distinguished as having won an Academy Award for Best Picture:

Sunday, February 2. “You Can’t Take It With You”, 1938. This classic comedy romp was directed by the legendary Frank Capra, and stars Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, and James Stewart. It was given Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.

Sunday, February 9. “All About Eve”, 1950. Starring Bette Davis and George Sanders, this classic drama was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was nominated for a remarkable 14 Academy Award categories, and won six, including Best Picture.

Sunday, February 16. “The Apartment”, 1960. The stellar cast of this comedy-drama is led by Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. Billy Wilder directed. This classic was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won five of them, including Best Picture.

A Thank You For a Wonderful Breakfast with Santa

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

BreakfastWithSantaSingers20131214Well, we just completed another successful Breakfast with Santa (BWS). This was our Eighth year organizing, sponsoring and hosting this event at the Lodge. On behalf of my co-chair Barb Geisler and myself, THANK YOU to all the volunteers and helpers who made this a great success. This is a fun event but also a huge event to coordinate! But Odd Fellows and Pledges really stepped up to help in many big and little ways.

BreakfastWithSantaFriends20131214All 360 tickets to this year’s BWS were sold out in just 8 days! This is an all-time record for rapid sales. The children and parents who attended had a wonderful time. I heard nothing but compliments to the Odd Fellows for hosting this event. We handled three separate seatings for BWS. We received a lot of good publicity in the community for the Odd Fellows Lodge.

We also raised $7,000 from BWS this year – an all-time record. $3,250 of that was from ticket sales, and the remaining $3,750 came from our financial sponsors. These funds will be used to benefit foster children and former foster children.

Thank you to the following Odd Fellows for their great work on this event:

Doug Hatton – the world’s best Santa
Sharla Cheney – volunteer coordinator
Dave Rosenberg – volunteer wrangler, bookkeeper, place mats and publicity
Rea Nakanishi – head cook
Steve Lopez – head cook
Brian Sipp – cook
Amy Hodam – cook
Dody Black – music
Renee Liston – designer of the tickets and flier
Barbara Geisler – coordinator of 190 goodie bags and buyer of supplies

And to the volunteers during the shifts who helped move food, serve, set tables, clean up, etc:

BreakfastWithSanta20131214Tim Ainsworth
Solveig Monson
Val Dolcini
Glenn Mounkes
Salie Yin
Jonathan Raven
JuDee Archuleta
Nicole Chaffee
Alekka Fullerton
Michael Fullerton
Graham Fullerton
Annie Fullerton
Elsie Fullerton
Arun Sen
Mike Cabral
Margie Cabral
Joyce Trujillo
Vita Salmieri
Kumar Sah
JoAnne Hokanson
Mary Superak
Peter Pascoe
Melinda Hillis
Shyamli Sah

Thanks to the “scullery crew” who helped on major clean-up after the event:

Mark Rutheiser
Bob Schelen
Cesar Morales
Amanda Schwabe

Also, thank you to the folks who helped us set up the Lodge before the event or helped put BWS supplies away after the event:

Debbie Friend – super head decorator
Christopher Young
Jessica Sneeden
Valerie Ranns
Rea Nakanishi
Michelle Kellogg
Joyce Trujillo
Peter Pascoe

Thank you to Common Grounds and Avid Reader who sold our tickets. And thanks to Lodge OSA Blake who was invaluable on the day of the event.

Thank you to the people and businesses who contributed funds as sponsors to make this event a reality. The financial sponsors: Edward Jones (David Cougevan and Nicole Davis), Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation, Jan and Davis Campbell, Hanlees of Davis, Law Offices of Raquel Silva, Tandem Properties, Law Offices of Roberta Savage, Campus Child Care Inc., Davis Ace, Tim Ainsworth, Dennis Corcoran, Beth and Bob Dovi, Supervisor Jim Provenza, Supervisor Don Saylor, Joyce Trujillo, Barbara and Zach Wochok. We also thank our in-kind and food sponsors including: Davis Food Co-op, Dr. Mandelaris DDS, Mezzetta Foods, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, and Woodstock’s Pizza.

Mark your calendars for the Ninth Annual Breakfast with Santa which will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

F – L – T

Lea Rosenberg
Vice Grand

Thursday Live! Holiday Show

ElvisThe December 5th Thursday Live! show will kick off the holiday season with festive songs and treats. The show is free but donations are graciously accepted. All donations from this special show will go to the Davis Odd Fellows Encampment who raise money throughout the year to send children to summer camp.

 The shows start at 7:30.

 We will have seven local musical groups for this show. Each act will play a few holiday or seasonal themed songs styled in their own unique way. Odd Fellow member Juelie Roggli says, “We are very excited to announce that Santa will join the show to delight kids of all ages”.

 Wealth of Nations specializes in original tunes and favorite covers with three part harmonies. David Hafter, guitars and vocals; Chris Stabenfeldt, sax and vocals; Dave Walters, bass and vocals; Eric Stitt, drums and percussion; Mark Morse, drums and percussion.

 Cold Shot has been performing on the local music scene for years. Richard Urbino (bass, support instruments, vocals), and René Martucci (guitar, accordion, vocals) include iconic covers and catchy original tunes in an energetic show that invites audiences to have fun! Cold shot will be performing two special holiday songs and one original number for Thursday Live!

 Eve West Bessier, Davis’ Poet Laureate, classes up the evening with some jazzy Christmas classics and original poetry.

Elvis and the E-Men feature Dave Cowden on drums, Ron Cowden on upright bass and Tom Moore performing as Elvis. Elvis has come back “From the Great Beyond” to entertain you and it will be fantastic!

Biscuits and Honey is Dianna Craig on guitar, Ron Cowden on upright bass and Kurt Roggli on guitar. This trio sings a blend of bluegrass and folk holiday songs.

Calvin Handy and The Jazz Patrol will have the audience swaying to some holiday standards.

Me & Him, the instrumental acoustic guitar duo of Martin Lewis and Kurt Roggli, will put a new twist on the old tunes.

David Campos and friends play traditional and contemporary Latin American tunes with a holiday theme. It might be cool outside but the rhythm will be hot!

This series of concerts is supported by: The Davis Odd Fellows Music and Concert Committee and KDRT.

Spread the word! We can’t do this without YOU! See you on the 5th.


Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Gets A New Mural

Davis Odd Fellows MuralYou may have noticed a new public mural going up on the west wall of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second Street. How could you miss it? The mural is the largest public art piece in Downtown Davis. The mural encompasses three full panels on that wall, and is very visible from the sidewalk and Second Street.

The artists include Bill Maul, Myron Stephens, Kerry Rowland-Avrech, John Natsoulas, and possibly others from the Davis Mural Team. This mural is four times larger than any of the murals done by the Davis Mural Team during the summer of 2012. The mural is funded by a donation from Judge Dave Rosenberg. It will depict a street scene in Davis in a clever juxtaposition of the historic Old Davis arch, the Davis Farmer’s Market pavilion in Central Park, and quintessential bicyclists. The theme of the mural was selected by the Davis Odd Fellows-Rebekahs Hall Board Association and Dody Black, Operations Manager Lodge Hall. The Old Davis Arch guarded the entrance to G Street for many years, and then was demolished. A re-creation of the Old Davis Arch was painted on the side of the Old Aggie Hotel on G Street for many years, until that structure was demolished.

The mural team began their work in the evening on August 8 for projections. Actual paint time started August 10 and took a couple weeks and weekends to finish. Lodge member Steve Souza painted on a primer coat before the mural artists begin. After the mural is painted, solar lighting will be installed so that the mural can be visible at night.

“The Davis Odd Fellows have been a fixture in Davis since 1870, and have been located in the Lodge Hall on Second Street since 1955,” said long-time member Lodge member and President of the Hall Board Association Dave Rosenberg. “We are pleased to make this contribution of public art for the community and for visitors to Davis. Downtown Davis is becoming quite the art venue – and this mural, besides being the largest in the core, evokes a fun mixture of history and modern times – just like the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge.”

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge was chartered in 1870 and has been in continuous operation since that time. The Davis Rebekah Lodge was chartered in 1901 and also has continuously operated in Davis since that date. Together, these two fraternal Lodges control the Hall Board Association which was formed and incorporated in 1955 and manages the property.

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