Clean comedian Brian Regan sold out this show more than a month in advance, making it one of the fastest sellouts in the Gallo Center for the Arts' five-year history. He has had two hourlong Comedy Central specials 2008's "The Epitome of Hyperbole" and 2007's "Brian Regan Standing Up." He has appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" more than 20 times since first appearing on the program in 1995. He performs observational comedy, finding the humor in ordinary situations, from mailing a package through UPS to putting together a challenging children's toy.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
TICKETS: Sold out
CALL: (209) 338-2100
Actors perform in and around an onstage octagon-shaped pool in Modesto Junior College's presentation of Ovid's "Metamorphoses," a collection of ancient Greek myths. The characters include King Midas, Orpheus, Eurydice, Apollo, Baucis, Philemon and more. Jim Johnson, retired dean of arts, humanities and communications, guest directs this presentation of Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's 2001 adaptation.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; through June 16
WHERE: Cabaret West, Modesto Junior College West Campus, Collegiate Lane, off Brink Avenue
TICKETS: $10 general, $8 students and seniors 62 and older
CALL: (209) 575-6776
Comedian Ralphie May arrives at the Merced Theatre today. His TV special "Too Big To Ignore" aired in March on Comedy Central and the 40-year-old Tennessee native was named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch. In 2005, he was the only white comedian to perform on the "Big Black Comedy Show." In 2003, he placed second in the first season of "Last Comic Standing." With May, no subject is off limits and explicit language is the norm. His topics include politics, race and family.
WHEN: Doors open 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St.
TICKETS: $25 reserved, $20 general
CALL: (209) 381-0500
Rusty Evans takes his Tribute to Johnny Cash to the Black Oak Casino tonight. The Rockabilly Hall of Famer and his band Ring of Fire have been performing the festival circuit with the tribute to the country music icon, playing such Cash classics as "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues."
WHEN: 9 p.m. today
WHERE: Black Oak Casino's Willow Creek Lounge, 7 miles east of Sonora, off Highway 108 in Tuolumne
ADMISSION: Free CALL: (877) 747-8777
The Merced County Fair returns for its 121st expo Wednesday, with exhibits, free outdoor concerts, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby and bull riding. Christian rock band The Afters open the fair's music lineup Wednesday. Other entertainers over the five-day run include Average White Band, Little Texas, Evolution: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey, and Caravanserai: The Santana Tribute.
WHEN: 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wednesday through June 15; 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m. June 16-17
WHERE: Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced
TICKETS: $5 general admission
CALL: (209) 722-1506.
A night of rock 'n' roll and familiar classical music is presented MoBand style on Thursday as one of Modesto's favorite family summer traditions continues with free concerts at Graceada Park. Fans will arrive early for the "Classical Gas" show and will spread out blankets to hold their seats. Later, they'll bring picnic dinners to enjoy during the program.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park, Sycamore Avenue and Needham Street, Modesto