Science on Screen
The film "The Day After Tomorrow" will be screened during the State Theatre's next Science On Screen program, set for next weekend.
Speaker Michael P. Branch, a professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada at Reno, will discuss the film and the idea of popular cinema's role in taking on climate change.
"The Day After Tomorrow" stars Dennis Quaid as Jack Hall, a paleoclimatologist who makes a daring trek across America after a sudden storm plunges the planet into a new ice age.
The Science on Screen program at the State pairs Hollywood films with presentations by notable experts from the world of science, technology, mathematics and medicine. The "Day After Tomorrow" event will be held April 14 at 3 p.m. at the State, 1307 J St., Modesto. Doors open at2 p.m. Tickets are $8. For more, call (209) 527-4697 or see www.thestate.org org.
'Death Do Us Part'
"Til Death Do Us Part: Late Night Catechism" will be staged as a benefit on April 12 at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, the character of Sister is offering up comedic lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own version of the "Newlywed Game," according to the Gallo Center Web site.
The production is being staged as a benefit for the Father John C. Silva Education Foundation, which provides tuition assistance for St. Stanislaus Catholic School.
The production begins at 8 p.m. April 12 in the Foster Family Theatre at the Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. Tickets are $30. For more, see www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.
Sacramento's B Street Theatre Company takes its Fantasy Festival to the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock tonight.
The B Street Theater holds a playwriting contest annually for kids ages 7-14 from across Northern California. The winners are showcased in a traveling production that pairs professional theater staff with the young writers.
The admission-free show begins at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N Broadway, Turlock. For more, see www.carnegieartsturlock.
Big Band Concert
The Columbia Jazz Program brings its Big Band Concert Series, featuring the Columbia Kicks Big Band, to the Gallo Center on Sunday, part of the Modesto Community Concert Association's current season series.
The Kicks Band will perform jazz standards and hits from the swing era, including "Minnie the Moocher," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," and the "Peter Gunn Theme" along with Dixieland tunes, Latin dance and salsa music.
The band is made up of music professionals, teachers, staff and community members. The Gallo Center performance will feature Rod Harris on soprano and tenor sax, Clinton Day on piano, Jim Anderson on drums, Gordon Giedt on sax and clarinet, David Rhoades on sax and flute, Ron Quintanal on trumpets, Jamie Dubberly on trombone, Marvin McFadden on trumpet and Mario Flores on congas.
Also on hand will be the Columbia College vocal jazz quartet.
The show begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Foster Family Theatre at the Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. Tickets are $15-$20. For more, call (209) 338-2100 or see www.galloarts.org.
The satirical comedy "Urinetown: the Musical" tells the tale of an oppressed society where public amenities are controlled by a private business. The production begins a three-weekend run April 12 at Playhouse Merced.
Written in 1998 by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, "Urinetown: The Musical" made its debut on Broadway in 2001 and won three 2002 Tony Awards, including best original musical score.
The show is rated for age 13 and up, and will run April 12-28 at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. Tickets are $8-$20. For more, see www. playhousemerced.com or call (209) 725-8587.
The April edition of the monthly Singles Mingle at The State program features karaoke and "slow speed dating" Wednesday.
The program is geared toward helping area singles meet, network and make new friends.
At this month's karaoke event, the words to popular songs will be projected on the theater's big screen while would-be entertainers are invited to get up on stage, take the microphone and sing along.
Admission is $10 and participants must be age 21 or over.
Doors open at 6 p.m. at the State, 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697 or see www.thestate.org.