MODESTO -- Bonnets all the frills included will be donned at the State Theatre on Sunday as the historic downtown venue makes its first foray into providing an Easter program for youngsters and their families.
The Bunnies and Bonnets event promises all sorts of Easter-related activities, including storytelling, chocolate treats, a family film and, of course, an appearance by the big, long-eared fluffy guy himself, the Easter Bunny. Eggs will be hidden all over the theater for children to find and life-size eggs (actors dressed as eggs) will hand out more treats.
Playing on the State Theatre's big screen will be the animated film "Hop," about a young rabbit who's the "hare apparent" to the role as Easter Bunny, but would rather be a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. The film is rated PG and runs 1 hour, 35 minutes.
Parents will want to get their children there early: Before the film, the Easter Bunny will be on site to hand out treats and visit with the youngsters. Children who come dressed in their Easter finery can take part in a parade, and stories will be told on stage in the theater.
Doors open at 1 p.m. Sunday for the Easter Bonnet Parade and storytelling. "Hop" begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $4 for children, $6 for adults. The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Visit www.thestate.org or call (209) 527-4697 for more information.
Elton John tribute to raise funds for Castle museum
A benefit concert for the Castle Air Museum will take over the Turlock Community Theatre in April, featuring vocalist and Elton John tribute artist Kenny Metcalf.
Metcalf will recreate a classic Elton John concert, playing the piano and singing songs from the rock star's 1970s catalog. A backup cast will be on hand in the Vegas-style production, and Metcalf will don iconic costumes once worn by John in this live concert experience.
Proceeds will go toward continuing the fleet of more than 50 aircraft from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War maintained at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater.
Tickets are $20-$25 for the 7:30 p.m. show on April 27 at the Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. See www.turlocktheatre.org or call(209) 668-1169 for more information.
Eagles tribute band plays benefit
The Boys of Summer, an Eagles tribute band, performs today in a benefit for Vietnam veterans at the Black Oak Casino. Appetizers will be served before the music begins. Tickets are $15. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Willow Creek Lounge at Black Oak, 19400 Tuolumne Road North in Tuolumne. For more, call (877) 747-8777 or visit www.blackoakcasino.com.
Humane Society benefit
Flights and Bites is a wine tasting and food-pairing benefit for the Humane Society of Stanislaus County planned for Thursday at Tresetti's in downtown Modesto.
Sponsored by TheCellarRadio.com, the event features Hatcher Winery selections and a chance to win tickets to the Live in the Vineyard event in Napa, a three-day private party with wine and food featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, New Kids on the Block, Vicci Martinez and more.
TheCellarRadio.com is an online radio station run by longtime area radio veterans Tammy Cruise and Angie Good, known as Cruise N Good.
Tickets are $15 at the door for the event, set for March 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Tresetti's, 927 11th St., Modesto. See www.thecellarradio.com.
Rod Harris and Friends
A special Easter concert of jazz music is in store at Stage 3 Theatre in Sonora.
Saxophonist Rod Harris will be joined by LeRoy Garner at keyboards, Clint Day on bass, David Hawkes on drums and Mario Flores on congas, along with singers for the Rod Harris and Friends Concert on March 30. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. Tickets are $15. Call (209) 536-1778.