FILM AND DISCUSSION: "HARVEST OF EMPIRE"
Documentary about the untold story of Latinos in America. Discussion with the filmmaker, Eduardo Lopez, to follow. 7 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Forum 110, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6479.
"AN AMERICAN IN PARIS"
Event featuring food and wine, raffle and the classic film. Proceeds benefit the Stanislaus Literacy Center and MJC Scholarships. 5:30-9 p.m. Galaxy Theatres, 2525 Patterson Road, Riverbank. $25. (209) 545-0883.
GALLO CENTERFOR THE ARTS
MSO: THE MUSIC OF MOZART
Modesto Symphony Orchestra presentation. 8 p.m.
"TILL DEATH DO US PART"
After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of the Newlywed Game. 8 p.m.
"ARSENIC AND OLD LACE"
Farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. Presented by Central Catholic High School. 7 p.m.
TOWNSEND OPERA'S "CINDERELLA"
Comedic telling of the fairy tale set in current-day Atlantic City, with a Jersey Girls twist. 7:30 p.m., Friday; 2 p.m., Sunday
MODESTO COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION:JONI MORRIS
Be transported back to the late '50s and early '60s with renditions of songs like "Where the Boys Are," "Stand by Your Man" and "Crazy". 7 p.m.
Adrenaline is a high-energy dance concert with everything from hip-hop to contemporary styles of dance. Presented by Central Catholic High School. 7 p.m.
One of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and eleven million recordings sold. 8 p.m.
THE MILKSHAKE BAND
Tuneful, memorable songs for children evoke everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Lennon-McCartney to The White Stripes. 7 p.m.
JACK HANNA INTO THE WILD LIVE!
Live show features animal friends, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from adventures around the world. 7 p.m.
Featuring local high school and college choirs performing a program that is fully a cappella. 5:30 p.m.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.
THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY
Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Third Sundays. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
Jeannine Dennis, flute; Philip Amalong, piano. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
MJC SPRING JAZZ CONCERT
7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College Auditorium, 435 College Ave. Free.
Roman Fukshansky, clarinet. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
Daniel Davies, cello; Benjamin Boren, piano. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
GREAT VALLEY MUSIC ACOUSTIC SERIES
Mark Lemaire and Twilight. 8 p.m. Central Grace Community Church, 918 Sierra Drive, Modesto. $10.
JAZZ SERIES SEASON FINALE
Mario Flores Band. 7 p.m. Columbia College Dogwood Theatre, 1160 Columbia College Drive, Sonora.
ROBERT DANZINGER MEMORIAL CONCERT
Chamber music 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
SPRING CONCERT AND DANCE
Guest performer: Arthur Brogli. Presented by the San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes. Seated dinner is available prior to the performance, call for details. 7:30 p.m. Swiss Club Hall, East Main Street and Manley Road , Ripon. $8-$10. (209) 668-2760.
SPRING WINDS FESTIVAL 2013
April 20-May 11
April 20, Conner McKay, trumpet; April 27, Aaron Tomte, clarinet; May 4, Kayte Leonard, flute; May 11, Mark Twomey, saxophone. Gottschalk Music Center, 133 Burney, Modesto. $25 . (209) 523-5326.
MJC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
Program: "From Beethoven to Satchmo" and "Remembering Ernie Bucio." 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Performing Arts Auditorium, 435 College Ave. (209) 575-6646.
TURLOCK CONCERT ASSOCIATION GALA CONCERT
Department of music at the California State University, Stanislaus, will present a performance by students and faculty. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
GUEST ARTIST RECITAL
Joel Fan, piano. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
35TH ANNUAL HOT JAZZ PARTY
11 a.m.-6 p.m. National Hotel, 18183 Main St., Jamestown. $20 advance, $25 door. (209) 223-1263. www.visitjacksonca.com
ELTON:THE EARLY YEARS
Live tribute to the singer's early years. Fund-raiser for Castle Air Museum. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org
PIANIST GORDON MOTE
6 p.m. Ripon Christian Performing Arts Center, 435 N. Maple. $12-$15. (209) 599-4221. www.gordonmote.com
Columbia College Community Chorus presents a spring concert featuring Bach Cantata No. 4, spring songs, Brahm's Motet, Opus 29, Irving Berlin's Blue Skies and a medley from Oklahoma. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora. $10 presale; $12 door; $5 age 12 and under. (209) 586-5965.
Through April 16
Drama starring Nicole Kidman. Call for times.
World music group. 8 p.m.
Documentary about Israel's war on terror. Presented in Hebrew with English subtitles. Call for times.
SCIENCE ON SCREEN: "THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW"
Film and speaker Michael P. Branch, Professor of Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, discussing climate change. 3 p.m.
FILM: "ON THE ROAD"
Based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac. Call for times.
FILM: "WELCOME TO THE PUNCH"
Sleek modern thriller from acclaimed British music video director and filmmaker Eran Creevy. Call for times.
FILM:"DIAL M FOR MURDER"
Alfred Hitchcock classic. Presented by the Modesto Film Society. 3 p.m.
FLY FISHING FILM TOUR
Fifth annual showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour. All proceeds benefit Rivers of Recovery, the nonprofit organization serving combat disabled veterans through rehabilitative fly fishing adventures. 5:30 p.m. $20 general, $10 veterans.
April 26-May 3
Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this film chronicles the 1988 effort to set Chile free from Pinochet. In Spanish with English subtitles. Call for times.
April 26-May 6
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In French and Italian with English subtitles. Call for times.
PINK FLOYD CONCERT EXPERIENCE
Live musical performance starring House of Floyd with laser light show. 8 p.m. $38 adult, $36 senior, $20 child/student.
2013 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
A senior showcase of local talent featuring adult vocalists, hoofers and strummers of various stripes 1 p.m. $10.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
18TH ANNUAL YOUNG POETS CONTEST
Through April 12
Open to all students K-12 living in or attending school in Stanislaus County. Each student may submit up to three entries at $1 per entry. Poems may be no longer than 24 lines and be the original creative work of the student. Deadline is April 12. Forms are available at the county schools, McHenry Museum, Mistlin Gallery and the Modesto and Salida libraries. 543-1776.
Through April 21
The story of how the Buddy Holly became the world's top recording artist with a show that features Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, plus more than 20 of Holly's greatest hits. Sierra Repertory Theatre 2013 season opening production. 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. East Sonora-Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. $18-$30. (209) 532-0502.
The Musical is a Tony-award winning comedy that tells the hilarious story of a large corporation monopolizing a town's public amenities after a 20-year drought. 7:30 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m., Sundays. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. (209) 725-8587. playhousemerced.com
Proceeds benefit the Haven Women's Center. 8 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Center Stage Conservatory, 948 11 St., Modesto. $10. www.centerstagemodesto.com
"ONCE UPON THIS ISLAND JR."
Adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" performed by youth. 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $10. (209) 537-5227.
"CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES"
April 19-May 19
A musical celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, featuring four distinct characters as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.com/
BARKIN' DOG GRILL
April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.
BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER
Through May 31, "Wonderwall," "Leather, Linen, and Lace" and "3 Hearts"; April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1009 J St., Modesto.
Ongoing art by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER
April 14, "Sustainable Design: Lessons learned in the home and around town"; Through April 14, "Then and Again"; through June 9, "The Face of Islam: Photographs of the Middle East and Central Asia." Gallery hours:10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $7 general; $6 members and seniors.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY
Through April 24, "Spotlight on Pastel"; April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. www.ccartassn.org
CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY AND ART SCHOOL
April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com
April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. Show: 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours:10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1208 J St. www.crowtrading.com
April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1012 15th St., Modesto.
April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk.5-9 p.m. 16th Street between H andI streets.
April 20-21, Spring Art Show from the Oak Valley Art Society. Noon-3 p.m. 1540 Second St. Free.
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.
Ongoing, paintings and photographs. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 226 N. First St., Turlock.
April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students.909 Tenth St., Modesto.
April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk.5-9 p.m. 1214 J St., Modesto.
PAPER PLANES TATTOO AND ART STUDIO
April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1303 J St., Modesto.
PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT
April 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1222 J St., Modesto.
Ongoing artists exhibit at both Modesto and Oakdale locations. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3012 McHenry Ave., Modesto.
STANISLAUS CLERK-RECORDER OFFICE
Ongoing, Carol Earle and Eva Williams. Exhibit hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 1021 I St., Modesto. Free.
Ongoing, Rodney Lough Jr., Tom Pickurel, Chella, Edward Mendes. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 5170 Pentecost Drive, Suite 1, Modesto.
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 180 Leveland Lane, Modesto.
FESTIVAL & FAIRS
CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR 2013
Ceremonies, music, food and fun celebrating the new year. West Cambodian Buddhist Association, 1538 Grimes Ave, Modesto. (209) 275-2117.
SPRING FESTIVAL AT BLOOMINGCAMPRANCH
Crafts, fun and food celebrating spring at the ranch. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bloomingcamp Ranch, 10528 Highway 120, Oakdale. Free. (209) 848-0461.
SECOND ANNUALKITE FESTIVAL
Day full of kite flying, competition, crafting and entertainment. First 500 kids will receive a free kite. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Livingston Middle School, 101 F Street, Livingston. Free. (209) 277-1402. www.livingstonkitefestival.com
EARTH DAY IN THE PARK FESTIVAL
Community event highlighting ways to make your community more "green" through information booths, music, demonstrations and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Graceada Park, Sycamore and Needham streets, Modesto. Free.
SONORA SPRING FESTIVAL
Music, entertainment, vendors, food and family fun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Sonora Free. (209) 532-7725. www.sonoraca.com
GOLD COUNTRY PEDDLERS FAIRE
Antiques, collectibles and crafts from more than 100 dealers. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Knights Ferry , Sonora Road, off Highway 120. Free.
FOOD & FUN
SIERRA RAILROADDINNER TRAIN
Murder Mystery Trains, Sunset Dinner and Wild West trains, Sunday brunch trains. Call or check website for times and prices. Sierra Railroad Golden Sunset and Daylight Trains, 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. 800-866-1690. www.sierrarailroad.com
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6. (209) 537-3360.
Friday night dinner hosted by the VFW Post 3199. 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. Small donation. (209) 537-3360.
HISTORY CENTER BREAKFAST
Presented by Northern Mariposa County History Center. Eggs, ham or sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes and fresh fruit. 8-11 a.m. Second Sundays. Coulterville School House, Broadway and Cemetery. $5 adults; $3 children.
RIPON VFW FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS
Hosted by Ripon VFW Post 1051. 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars - Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
RIPON VFW WEDNESDAY LUNCH
Hosted by VFW 1051 of Ripon. Chicken strips, burgers, fish or shrimp with fries. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Veterans of Foreign Wars - Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
TURLOCK VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 5-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Turlock, 1405 E. Linwood Ave. $2-$6.50. (209) 668-9710.
MODESTO VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 4-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6-$7. (209) 668-9710.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET
8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th and N Streets, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. First Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $5. (209) 577-2298.
Steak dinner, full salad bar, no-host bar. Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner. First Fridays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $12. (209) 577-2298.
LIVINGSTON VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST
Hosted by the Livingston/Delhi Veteran's of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. 8 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Sundays. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $5 children; $7 adults. . (209) 599-6815.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 5-7 p.m. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com
ANNUAL OMELET DINNER
5-7 p.m. Escalon Masonic Lodge, 1500 Viking St., Escalon. $4-$8.
EAGLE SCOUT BRUNCH
Honoring the recipients of the 2012 Eagle Scout Badge. All eagle scouts and alumni are welcome to attend. RSVP by April 10. 8:30 a.m. Club Max, DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 9th St., Modesto. $25. (209) 840-2246.
MJC WINE AND FOOD FUND-RAISER
Food and drink tastings offered to raise funds for the MJC athletics program. 6-9 p.m. Modesto Junior College - Gymnasium, Coldwell Ave, East Campus. $35. 209 575-6270. http://mjc.tix.com
STEAK AND SHRIMP DINNER DANCE
7 p.m.-midnight M.R.P.S. Hall, 133 N. Grant, Manteca. $25. (209) 275-5639.
ODD FELLOWS BREAKFAST
Every month on the second Sunday. 7-11 a.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2128.
6TH ANNUAL RIB COOK-OFF
Fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Century 21 M&M and Associates, 331 E. Main Street, Turlock. $10. (209) 668-5098.
Dinner will include a presentation by Dave Connery, docent at Railtown 1897. 5:30 p.m. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. $35. (209) 532-1317. www.tchistory.org
7TH ANNUAL TASTE OF CALAVERAS
Food and wine experience featuring area wineries and chefs. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp. $30-$55. (209) 754-0127. www.angelscampbusiness.com
BACK TO THE BASICS BENEFIT DINNER
Dinner, dance, raffle and silent auction. Benefit for Denair High School athletics programs. 6 p.m. Denair Community Center , Main and Gratton streets. $30. (209) 262-7344.
OMELET BREAKFAST FUND-RAISER
Proceeds benefit American Legion Girls State program. 7-11:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, Modesto, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. $7. (209) 668-9710.
Proceeds benefit local charities. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sylvan Improvement Club, 2545 Sylvan Ave. $4 youth, $7 adult. (209) 526-9445.
ALL YOU CAN EATBREAKFAST
Proceeds benefit disabled veterans in hospitals. 8-11 a.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Turlock, 1405 E. Linwood Ave. $6. (209) 668-9710.
PARA LOS NINOS PROGRAM
Every Saturday morning, bilingual stories, Songs and Rhymes for Preschoolers and their families. Presented by the Cesar Chavez Committee. 10-11 a.m. Los Banos Library, 1312 7th St. Free. (209) 826-5254.
MODESTO BANQUET HALL
School Night featuring teen dances for 18 and under with school ID. Local bands and DJs. 4-10 p.m. Fridays. Modesto Banquet Hall, 810 N. 9th St., Modesto. $5. (209) 222-8802.
SCIENCE ON SATURDAY
"Flower Power" 10-11 a.m. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. $13. (209) 575-6196.
Nature themed story and activity hour. 10 a.m., first and third Fridays. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 575-6196.
DIA DE LOS NINOS
Multicultural event featuring bilingual story time, games, crafts and a performance by the Ballet Folklorico y Los Falcones dancers. 1 p.m. Salida Regional Library, 4835 Sisk Road. Free. (209) 543-7353.
DISCOVERING SHAKESPEARE PLAYSHOPS
Youth workshop offered by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturdays. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7810. www.stanislauslibrary.org
Ukulele band will present a family friendly show. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7814. www.stanislauslibrary.org
YOUTH EARTH DAY
Kids 3-6 are invited to celebrate Earth Day by planting flowers and painting flowerpots. 5:15 p.m. Merced Civic Center, 18th & N streets, Merced. $7, registration required. (209) 385-6298. www.cityofmerced.org
ACTIVATED STORY THEATRE
Multicultural folk tales will be presented by this national touring company. Kids may sign up for the theater workshop prior to the performance to be included in the show. 11:30 a.m., workshop; noon, performance. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7814.
DIA DE LOS NINOS
Multicultural event featuring bilingual story time, games, crafts and a performance by the Ballet Folklorico y Los Falcones dancers. Noon-4 p.m. Patterson Library, 46 N Salado Ave. Free. (209) 892-6473.
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Turlock Library , 550 Minaret Ave. (209) 664-8100. www.stanislauslibrary.org
DIA DE LOS NINOS
Multicultural event featuring bilingual story time, games, crafts and a performance by the Ballet Folklorico y Los Falcones dancers. 1 p.m. Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe. Free. (209) 869-7008.