Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical comedy "Brighton Beach Memoirs" is set on the eve of World War II near the end of the Great Depression when two families try to make ends meet in one small house. It's the first chapter in a trilogy that includes "Biloxi Blues" and "Broadway Bound."
WHEN: 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 23.
WHERE: Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora
CALL: (209) 536-1778
Pianist Jim Brickman, known for his romantic, adult contemporary music, makes a stop in Modesto as part of his national "On a Winter's Night" tour. Coming along for the ride is Luke McMaster, who sings Brickman's new peppy pop song "Good Morning Beautiful." Brickman is a Grammy nominee known for his hits "Valentine," "The Gift" and "Love of My Life." He is also host of the weekly radio show "Your Weekend with Jim Brickman," which is carried 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Sundays by Stockton's 99.3FM KJOY.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100
'Anna in theTropics'
Prospect Theater Project presents Nilo Cruz's 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Anna in the Tropics." The play centers on two sisters who compete for the affections of a handsome lector hired by the cigar factory where they work to read stories to the employees.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 9.
WHERE: Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto
CALL: (209) 549-9341
'Every Christmas Story'
Sierra Repertory Theatre presents "Every Christmas Story Ever Told." The show weaves together Rudolph, Tiny Tim, Cindy Lou Who, Frosty, Santa and Scrooge with a crazy mix of Christmas music. Three actors lead this madcap romp through the holiday season.
WHEN: 7 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 16.
WHERE: Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora
Red Dog Ash
Red Dog Ash, an award-winning Turlock bluegrass band, is having a CD release party. The group promises to offer top-rate musicianship and stellar song-writing that will carry listeners through California's unique history and landscapes and tap powerful emotions.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman
TICKETS: $13 reserved, $10 general
CALL: (209) 862-4490
Purple Haze, the popular Bay Area Jimi Hendrix tribute band featuring Ralph Woodson, returns to the State Theatre with opening act Cold Shot, a Modesto tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Both groups received standing ovations at their April performances at the State.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 527-4697