A wonderful winter of calendar of events

January 2, 2009 

What arts and entertainment do January, February and March hold in store? Check our winter calendar to find out.

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January


THEATER

  • "THE MAGIC FLUTE." Jan. 18-25. Townsend Opera Players present Mozart's fairy-tale opera about courage, virtue and magic. Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "MOVIN' OUT." Jan. 23-25. Billy Joel's music meets Twyla Tharp's choreography in this rock ballet about the changes in five friends over two turbulent decades. Touring production. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "A CAP OF BELLS FOR NIGEL DRAGON." Jan. 31. A production for children. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3166.

  • "OUR TOWN." Jan. 30-Feb. 15. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. 725-8587 or www.playhousemerced.com.

MUSIC

  • BARITONE KENNETH J. PEREIRA. Jan. 8. Alumnus recital. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

  • MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH GUITARIST MANUEL BARRUECO. Jan. 9-10. Featuring music from Mexico and Scotland. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • PIANIST VICTORIA KWONG. Jan. 10. Winner of the 2007 Ghiglieri Piano Competition. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

  • TOWER OF POWER. Jan. 11. Jazz, funk, rock and soul. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. 668-1169 or www.turlocktheatre.org.

  • VIOLIN JAZZ. Jan. 11. Contemporary violinist Jeremy Cohen of the Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco. Part of Sunday Afternoons at CBS series. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. 571-6060 or 575-4299.

  • BOBBY McFERRIN. Jan. 11. Famous for his four-octave range and the song "Don't Worry Be Happy," although he no longer sings it in concert. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • LENKA. Jan. 16. See the Australian pop-rock import who was one of the headliners this year at the B93.1 FM Acoustic Christmas show. Modesto Virtual, 947 10th St. 522-6398.

  • JOHN McCUTCHEON. Jan. 20. The Modesto Peace/Life Center's eighth annual benefit concert. Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave. 523-1438.

  • MUSICA VIVA CHAMBER MUSIC. Jan. 22, Turlock, and Jan. 25, Manteca. Musicians are members of the faculty at Fresno Pacific University and California State University, Fresno and Stanislaus.

  • Jan. 22: With Stephen Thomas, piano, at California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock; 667-3959. Jan. 25: Part of the Manteca Kindred Arts series. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, North Street and Powers Avenue; 823-2570.

  • EDGAR WINTER. Jan. 23. A night with multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winters. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.

  • PIANIST YIN-YIN ZHAO. Jan. 26. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock; 667-3959.

  • MARK HUMMEL'S HARMONICA BLOWOUT. Jan. 28. The annual blues harmonica show features Charlie Musselwhite, Lee Oskar, Curtis Salgado, Johnny Dyer and Mark Hummel. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.

  • LYRICS BORN. Jan. 29. See Tokyo-born, Berkeley-raised hip-hop artist Lyrics Born. Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto. 524-1400.

  • JEFFREY SIEGEL: KEYBOARD CONVERSATION. Jan. 30. Third in a series of four, this program is titled "The Longevity of the Short Piece." Features bite-size gems from Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Liszt, Mozart and more. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • WINTER GRAFFITI: BEST OF DOO WOP. Jan. 30. Six top groups perform dozens of classic chart-topping doo wop hits such as "Only You," "Under the Boardwalk," "The Great Pretender," "This Magic Moment" and "My Girl Sloopy." Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • INTER-AMERICA PIANO FESTIVAL. Jan. 31. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

  • SCRAPARTSMUSIC. Jan. 31. Featuring musical instruments made from industrial scrap and offbeat materials like accordion parts and artillery shells. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

ART

  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS. Through Jan. 23. Sondra Schwetman: An Exhibition of Sculpture. 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

OTHER

  • NATIONAL ACROBATS OF CHINA. Jan. 16. This company of 35 performers displays of the best in Chinese martial arts, illusion and acrobats, all set to traditional music. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMEMORATION. Jan. 17. Keynote speaker Robert Moses, field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and director of its Mississippi Project. Modesto Junior College main auditorium, 435 College Ave. 575-6776 or www.mjc.edu.

  • "CASABLANCA." Jan. 18. The Modesto Film Society kicks off 2009 with the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman wartime romance. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.

  • INAUGURATION CELEBRATION. Jan. 20. View the inauguration of President Barack Obama on the big screen. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.

  • COUNTRY CROSSROAD QUILTERS. Jan. 24-25. Take part in the biannual quilt show featuring quilts, wearables, needlework, demonstrations and more. Modesto Centre Plaza, Ninth and K streets. 527-2718.

  • TURLOCK SWAP MEET. Jan. 24-25. The Modesto Area A's 43rd annual meet brings car enthusiasts and collectors from near and far to browse the autos and accessories available for sale and show. Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. 571-1232.

  • STATE THEATRE 75TH BIRTHDAY KICKOFF. Jan. 31. Celebrate the historic downtown theater with a public party to begin a yearlong series of events in celebration of its 75th anniversary. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.

February


THEATER

  • "FLAT STANLEY." Feb. 1. Musical about an average 10-year-old who is literally flattened when a bulletin board falls on him. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "OUR TOWN." Feb. 6-March 8. Love, marriage, life and death in a small town. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. 536-1778 or stage3.org.

  • "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF." Feb. 7-April 5. A musical portrait of Tevye, a poor Jewish dairyman raising five daughters in a tiny Russian village and struggling to keep faith and tradition in a changing world. Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. 532-3120 or www.sierrarep.org.

  • "I DO! I DO!" Feb. 13-March 1. Musical about one couple's 50-year relationship. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. 725-8587 or www.playhousemerced.com.

  • HAL HOLBROOK'S "MARK TWAIN TONIGHT." Feb. 14. Opening off-Broadway in 1959, this show won Tony and Drama Critics Circle Awards. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "MOST VALUABLE PLAYER." Feb. 15. California Theatre Center Children's Theatre production on the life of Jackie Robinson, the first black major-league baseball player. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. For grades three and up. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "MOLLY SWEENEY." Feb. 20-March 15. From one of Ireland's leading playwrights, this striking piece of dramatic prose presents three viewpoints on Molly's life. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive. Modesto. 549-9341 or www.prospecttheaterproject.org.

  • "IN THE MOOD." Feb. 26. Big-band musical revue featuring songs by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and more. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. 668-1169 or www.turlocktheatre.org.

  • "LOST WORLD"/"WAR OF THE WORLDS." Feb. 27. Presented by L.A. Theatre Works, a radio theater company, with actors from the Sci-Fi Channel, "Star Trek" and "The X-Files." Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

DANCE

  • RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET: "SLEEPING BEAUTY." Feb. 12. The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in 1989 by Bolishoi Ballet dancer Sergei Radchenko. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE OFF-BALANCE DANCE COMPANY. Feb. 5-7. Contemporary dance styles. MJC main auditorium, 435 College Ave. 676-6776.

  • TREY McINTYRE PROJECT. Feb. 20-22. Features dances set to the music of Beethoven and The Beatles. Classical ballet meets contemporary. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

MUSIC

  • COUNTRY SINGER JONI MORRIS. Feb. 3. Part of the Ripon Arts League series. Ripon High School multipurpose room, 301 N. Acacia Ave. 599-3223.

  • LEANN RIMES. Feb. 5. The country superstar had her first hit single, "Blue," at age 13 and sold more than 37 million albums by age 24. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. 668-1169 or www.turlocktheatre.org.

  • MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND VIOLINIST JESSICA LEE. Feb. 6-7. Featuring "Butterfly Lovers," one of China's most famous ancient love stories, and Dvorak's "Pelleas et Melisande." Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • KID CHARLEMAGNE. Feb. 7. See the popular Modesto-based Steely Dan tribute band. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. 862-4490.

  • GRACE LIEBERMAN AND FRIENDS. Feb. 8. Favorite Modesto performer puts on a Valentine's show. Part of Sunday Afternoons at CBS series. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. 571-6060 or 575-4299.

  • PIANIST AUDREY ANDRIST. Feb. 8. Canadian-born graduate of Juilliard's graduate program. St. James Church ("Red Church"), Washington Street, Sonora. Part of St. James Concert Series. www.stjconcertseries.org.

  • SOUNDS NEW-NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE. Feb. 12. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

  • RAMANA VIEIRA. Feb. 13. Rearranged Portuguese fado classics. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT. Feb. 14. Featuring some of the best performing guitar composers from around the world, including Pierre Bensusan, Benjamin Verdery, Cecilia Zabala and Brian Gore. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • VALENTINE'S DAY CONCERT. Feb. 14. Seven decades of music with Ernie Bucio. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.

  • CASH TRIBUTE. Feb. 21. Johnny Cash tribute act. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. 862-4490.

  • CREOLE JAZZ KINGS. Feb. 22. Come enjoy the jazz swing sounds of New Orleans. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. 862-4490.

  • BLUE HIGHWAY. Feb. 25. The 2008 International Bluegrass Music Association song of the year winners. Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road N, Tuolumne. 928-9300.

  • JEFFREY SIEGEL: KEYBOARD CONVERSATION. Feb. 27. Fourth of four lecture/performances. "Musical Pictures" features the music of Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Mussorgsky. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • PIANIST JOHN HILLEBRANDT. Feb. 27. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

  • DEJA BLUES. Feb. 28. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. 862-4490.

  • FESTIVAL OF HARPS. Feb. 28. Under the direction of Diana Stork. Features Park Stickney, Rüdiger Oppermann and others performing Celtic, African, Latin, European and jazz harp. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

ART

  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS. Feb. 9-March 6: Graham Stewart, "An Exhibition of Painting and Photography." Student exhibition. 1 University Circle, Turlock.

OTHER

  • PRESIDENT'S WINE WEEKEND. Feb. 14-15. Annual Calaveras Winegrape Alliance event brings 25 winery tasting rooms together for a weekend event. Throughout Calaveras County. 728-9467.

  • "DR. ZHIVAGO." Feb. 15. See the epic romance as part of the Modesto Film Society's season. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.

  • AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA. Feb. 17. Modesto is the Stage 4 finish for the Amgen tour of California bicycle race. Downtown. 526-5588.

  • TRESETTI'S FAT TUESDAY. Feb. 24. Tresetti's World Caffe, 927 11th St., Modesto. 572-2990.

  • VICTORIA JACKSON. Feb. 26. See the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member in a comedy showcase. Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Roadd N, Tuolumne. 928-9300.

  • RIPON ALMOND BLOSSOM FESTIVAL. Feb. 27-March 1. 47th annual event. Downtown. 599-7519.

March


THEATER

  • "MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL." March 3-4. Encourages a dialogue with women about aging and health. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "EMILIO AND THE ENCHANTED COW." March 7. Puppet show about a boy learning to cope with his parents' separation and a new school. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "A MOON BETWEEN TWO HOUSES." March 8. Two neighbors, boys who are completely different in the way they look and live their lives, share their fear of the dark and discover that they have much more in common than their differences. For preschool through third grade. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE." March 13-March 29. Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis, this show centers on the fictional realm of Narnia, where animals talk, magic is common and good battles evil. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. 725-8587 or www.playhousemerced.com.

  • "REALLY ROSIE." March 15. Musical for children featuring songs of Carole King and a story by Maurice Sendak. For kindergarten and up. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "OKLAHOMA!" March 20-29. Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical celebrating the American spirit. Modesto Junior College main auditorium, 435 College Ave. 575-6776.

  • "COMEDY OF ERRORS." March 20. The New York City-based Aquila Theatre Company's imaginative and exuberant production of Shakespeare's classic comedy. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "CHILD'S PLAY." March 26-April 5. Robert Marasco's play centers on the rivalry between two faculty members at St. Charles, an exclusive Roman Catholic boarding school for boys. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theater, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3166.

  • "DRACULA." March 27-April 19. Sierra Repertory Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary with a revival of its first production, a mystery thriller rich in humor and drama. Fallon House Theatre, Columbia State Historic Park, off Parrotts Ferry Road, Columbia. 532-3120 or www.sierrarep.org.

  • "H.M.S. PINAFORE." March 29-April 5. Townsend Opera Players' production of Gilbert & Sullivan classic. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

DANCE

  • DANCE THEATRE OF OREGON. March 8. Featuring Mason Williams' three-legged lady "Triskelion" and David Parsons' "Sleep Study." Part of the Modesto Community Concert Association series. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • "ROMEO AND JULIET." March 21-22. Central West Ballet production of Shakespeare's tragedy set to the music of Franz Schubert. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

MUSIC

  • PIANIST JEFFREY JACOB. March 5. California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 676-3959.

  • ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS. March 6. R&B and rock 'n' roll. Benefit concert for Royal Family Kids Camp, a nonprofit summer camp serving abused and neglected children from the Stanislaus County area. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • ROY ROGERS AND THE DELTA RHYTHM KINGS. March 6. Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne. 928-9300.

  • PIANO AND WIND QUINTET. March 8. Ron Brickman, piano; Hank King, clarinet; Bill Minkel, horn; Jane Buzzard, oboe; and Gail Buzzard, bassoon. Part of the St. James Concert Series. St. James Church ("Red Church"), Washington Street, Sonora. www.sjconcertseries.org.

  • JEWEL. March 10. Popular folk singer/songwriter who has racked up three Grammy Award nominations, an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. 668-1169 or www.turlocktheatre.org.

  • YODELER KERRY CHRISTENSEN. March 12. Part of the Ripon Arts League series. Ripon High School multipurpose room, 301 N. Acacia Ave. 599-3223.

  • JIL AIGROT. March 13-14. The French singer cast as the voice behind the Golden Globe-winning film about Edith Piaf, "La Vie En Rose." Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • PIANIST ONI BUCHANAN. March 13. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

  • THE REFUGEES. March 14. Trio -- Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland and Wendy Waldman -- plays a mix of country and folk. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. 862-4490.

  • SINGER DANIEL NARDUCCI. March 14. American baritone who has performed with numerous opera companies and been featured on PBS and BBC. Part of the Turlock Concert series. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. www.turlockconcert.org.

  • ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECTACULAR. March 14. Direct from Dublin, the Irish Spectacular features Ireland's leading pop stars backed by the 90-piece Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Derek Gleeson in a program of Irish and Celtic traditional music and song. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • SINGER DEBORAH KAVASCH. March 19. Voice professor. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

  • STANISLAUS STATE WIND ENSEMBLE. March 20. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

  • WINTER DANCE PARTY. March 21. The official touring tribute concert to rock 'n' roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. 668-1169.

  • WAKE THE DEAD. March 21. The World's first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. 862-4490.

  • MANDOLIN PLAYER ANDY STATMAN. March 22. Featured on Itzhak Perlman's "In the Fiddler's House" CD. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. 571-6060 or 575-4299.

  • MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: "CASEY AT BAT." March 22. Family concert. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive.

  • SINGER HELDER MOUTINHO. March 22. One of few male singers in Portugal's fado tradition. Foster Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St,. Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • CHICK COREA AND JOHN McLAUGHLIN. March 24. After first performing together with the legendary Miles Davis band, Corea and McLaughlin went on to redefine jazz, rock and world music. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St,. Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • STANISLAUS STATE JAZZ COMBO. March 27. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

  • MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: LET'S GO TO THE MOVIES. March 27. Pops concert featuring Hollywood's greatest film music and singers Kristine Reese and Billy Tighe. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St,. Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • VIOLINIST LJUBOMIR VELICKOVIC AND PIANIST DMITRY COGAN. March 28. Velickovic lives in Stockton and teaches violin at Notre Dame University in Belmont. Cogan is a staff accompanist with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Part of the Manteca Kindred Arts series. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, North Street and Powers Avenue. 823-2570.

  • VIOLINIST BROOK MOES. March 29. Director of the Suzuki School of Northern California and a faculty member of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Part of the St. James Concert Series. St. James Church ("Red Church"), Washington Street, Sonora. www.sjconcertseries.org.

  • SINGER LILA DOWNS. March 29. Mexican-American performer featured in the 2002 movie "Frida," starring Salma Hayek. Rogers Thater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

  • JAZZ CONCERT: "NO CURE FOR THE FUNK." March 30. Jazz bands from Modesto Junior College. MJC main auditorium, 435 College Ave. 575-6776.

OTHER

  • SONORA CELTIC FAIRE. March 13-15. Be part of the popular celebration of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall with music, food and more. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora. 588-9314

  • MARIPOSA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL. March. 13-15. The 22nd annual event brings together storytellers from across the country. Mariposa. 966-3155.

  • MOTHER LODE MINERAL SOCIETY GEM AND MINERAL SHOW. March 14-15. See the 43rd annual gem, jewelry and rock show. Stanislaus County Fairground, Turlock. 527-6277.

  • "TO CATCH A THIEF." March 15. See Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in this Alfred Hitchcock classic presented by the Modesto Film Society. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 527-4697.

  • ST. PATRICK'S DAY. March. 17. The annual celebrations of all things Irish at Modesto's popular Irish pub. P. Wexford's Pub, 3313 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 576-7939

  • MUPRHYS IRISH DAYS. March 21. The family event celebrates Murphys' Irish heritage. Downtown Murphys. 728-8471.

  • WEST LAKE ACROBATS OF CHINA. March 28. Winner of the Gold Prize in the 2005 Rome circus and acrobatics contest, the virtuoso West Lake Acrobats of China bring ancient tales to life through traditional disciplines and new inventions. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

ART

  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS. March 10-April 7: Colleen Sterritt, "An Exhibition of Sculpture," and Todd Brainard, "An Exhibition of Painting." 1 University Circle, Turlock. 667-3959.

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