The first Tenacious Dreams Film Festival will be held Feb. 2 at the Building Imagination Center in downtown Modesto. The festival is the brainchild of filmmaker brothers Mark and Greg Runnels, who split their time living in Modesto and the Bay Area. It will feature 12 short films, with awards given for jury select winner and audience favorite.
"Our aim is to build a haven of inspiration for current and future filmmakers and film fans, creating a yearly event that brings together those from within and outside the community," the brothers said in a statement.
The festival's Web site touts Modesto as the "home of filmmaker George Lucas, actors Jeremy Renner and Timothy Olyphant and rock band Grandaddy."
The first set of films, "Program One," lasts 61 minutes and will be shown at noon and 4 p.m. Films are: "Ted Kaczynski Takes a Day Off," "First Week," "Seed," "The Beginning," "All I Think of is You," "Turn On A Game of Secution," "Screenshot" and "Method." The final set of films, "Program Two," lasts 66 minutes and will be shown at 2 and 6 p.m. Films are: "The Shop," "Fieldwork," Suspicion" and "Cinco de Mayo."
A VIP awards ceremony will be held later that night at Concetta Restaurant, 1205 J St. Tickets are $8 per program or $25 for both programs plus the awards ceremony.
The Building Imagination Center is at 1009 J St. For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call the Runnels brothers at (323) 308-5471.
Bluegrass CD release
Red Dog Ash, a bluegrass band with members from Modesto and Turlock, is having a CD-release party Saturday at Stage 3 Theatre in Sonora. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature selections from the group's new CD, "Thin Red Line." The band performs original and classic bluegrass music, waltzes, tight harmonies, hot licks and high-lonesome mountain soul. Stage 3 is at 208 S. Green St. Call (209) 536-1778.
Reilly art at MJC
The Modesto Junior College Visual Arts Club is presenting an exhibit by retired MJC art professor Jerry Reilly through Feb. 14. The show features 30 abstract figure paintings created from 1969 to the present. Reilly retired in 2003 but continues to paint and has evolved a very colorful and expressive new style. The exhibit is at the MJC Art Gallery, 435 College Ave. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Call (209) 575-6071.
Bob Miller paintings
Bob Miller's paintings of Modesto-area scenes are on display through mid-March at the McHenry Museum. His subjects include the museum, the Modesto arch and orchards.
Miller was born and raised on a peach farm about 10 miles east of Modesto, between Empire and Waterford. He graduated from Modesto High School in 1948 and earned a degree in commercial art from San Jose State University. He became the first art director for KCRA TV Channel 3, starting the day the station went on the air in 1955, and stayed for the next 10 years. He founded his own graphic design business in 1977, designing the River City Bank logo, package designs and ads for Blue Diamond Growers and Mac Farms, milk cartons for Crystal Creamery and more. In 1990, he was selected as Sacramento's Ad Man of the Year.
Miller paints both in watercolors and acrylics. He has painted and drawn his whole life. His works will be on view for the McHenry Museum and Historical Society Guild's annual gala Saturday. Call (209) 529-9169 for details.
Chorus open house
River Lights Chorus, an affiliate of Sweet Adelines International, is inviting women of all ages who enjoy singing to attend its global open house Monday. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave. in Modesto. The group sings barbershop harmony and is open to women of "average singing ability" with or without vocal training. For more information, see www.riverlightschorus.com or contact Linda Conley at (209) 576-7010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
County music fest
The Stanislaus County Music Festival will be presented today and Saturday at the Modesto Junior College main auditorium. Tonight's installment begins at 7 p.m. with performances by the high school and junior high school honor choir. On Saturday, the high school and junior high school honor choir will perform at 2 p.m. and the high school and junior high honor band will perform at 7 p.m. All shows are free. The event is sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Stanislaus County Music Educators Association. Call (209) 238-1710.
One Night Stand
The film "One Night Stand: Creating a Play in a Day," about a group of people who write, stage and present four musicals in 24 hours, will be shown nationwide Wednesday at movie theaters around the country. Locally, the movie will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at Mainplace Stadium Cinema, 403 W. Main St., Merced; Manteca 16, 848 Lifestyle St. and Stockton City Centre Stadium 16, 222 N. El Dorado. The movie features Cheyenne Jackson ("30 Rock," "Glee"), Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") and Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live"). Tickets are available from fandango.com for $12.50.
Artist in the Woods
The Stanislaus National Forest and the 3 Forests Interpretive Association are seeking applicants for the 2013 Artist in the Woods program. Professional artists apply for the opportunity to stay two weeks in a historic cabin in the Summit Ranger District during September or October. Artists involved in all media are encouraged to apply. The artists chosen will receive a stipend for meals, travel and supplies. In return, they must donate an original piece of art or put on a free performance and conduct a workshop for the public in their discipline. Application details are at www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus. For questions, contact Marie Malo at (209) 965-3434, ext. 5343 or email@example.com.
At Chartreuse Muse
The Chartreuse Muse in downtown Modesto is presenting the exhibit "The Art of Tea" through March. Featured artists are Thomas Arakawa, Kouma Horimoto, Idumi Nakajima, Yoshihiko Maki, Kaduaki Kagawa, Tammy Jo Schoppet, Ken Jensen, Sandra Veneman, Don Hall and Randy Crimmel. The artists' reception is 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2. Artist talks will be given at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and March 21 during the Modesto Art Walk. The Chartreuse Muse is also now enrolling students for art classes; details are at www.thechartreusemuse.com. The Chartreuse Muse is at 918 10th St. Call (209) 522-0935.
Classes at Carnegie
Registration is now open for classes at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. Classes begin Feb. 6 and are available for kids through adults in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, dance and more. For descriptions of classes and costs, see www.carnegieartsturlock.org or call (209) 632-5761.