'Miracle on 34th Street'
Based on the 1947 black-and-white movie, "Miracle on 34th Street the Musical" centers on a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real thing and a little girl with doubts. Troupe America brings its professional touring production to town with a cast of 17 and a small orchestra. Songs are by Meredith Wilson ("The Music Man") and include such hits as "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You."
WHEN: 7 p.m. today, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St.
CALL: (209) 338-2100
"Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle" features more than 100 drawings, prints, photographs and more. Degas (1834-1917) was one of the founders of Impressionism and a key figure in the development of modernism. This show also features works by his artist friends such as Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. Through Jan. 13.
WHERE: Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock
TICKETS: $10 general, free children under 12
CALL: (209) 632-5761
Festival of Lights
Turlock's 14th annual Festival of Lights features a tree lighting, shopping, entertainment and family fun. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, music, pictures with Santa and lots of twinkling lights.
WHEN: 4-9 p.m. today. Countdown begins at 6:45 p.m., tree lighting is at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Main Street, downtown Turlock
CALL: (209) 634-6459
Eagles tribute band Hotel California performs a benefit show for Atwater's Castle Air Museum. The band faithfully and accurately reproduces the sounds of the Eagles' studio recordings. The show features hits such as "Take it Easy," "Heartache Tonight" and, of course, "Hotel California." The show also features newer singles such as "Get Over It" and "Love Will Keep Us Alive" as well as the solo works of Eagles members Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive
CALL: (209) 668-1169
Sonora Christmas Parade and festival
The 29th annual Historic Sonora Christmas Parade will get viewers into the holiday spirit tonight, rain or shine. The downtown procession features festive floats, horse groups, bands and Santa Claus. On Saturday and Sunday, the celebration continues with the 38th annual Sonora Christmas Festival at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. There will be more than 150 craft artists, plus up-tempo and varied music, street performers, costumed elves, twinkle trees, carolers, home-style cooking kitchens and bake shops.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. today (parade), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (festival)
WHERE: Downtown Sonora; staging area is School and N. Washington streets (parade) and Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora (festival)
TICKETS: Parade is free. Festival is $7 adults, $5 seniors and students age 13-18, $2 children age 6-12 and free children under 6.
CALL: (209) 532-7725
Rock band Trapt, known for its 2002 hit "Headstrong," comes to the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge as part of its tour to promote its new album "Reborn." The band was formed in 1997 in Los Gatos. Trapt performs in Modesto with opening acts Nothing but Losers, Hit and Run and California Medication.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 524-1400
'Fight for Water'
Award-winning filmmaker and Modesto Junior College graduate Jose Carlos Oseguera shows his documentary "The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle" about the 2009 march of farmers and farm workers across the Central Valley demanding that irrigation water restrictions be overturned. The film highlights the human impact an environmental decision had on the farming community when its water supply was shut off. The screening is sponsored by the California Farm Water Coalition, the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Federation, the California Poultry Federation and Mapes Ranch.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 527-4697