San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center brings the West Coast Pride on Tour presentation of "The Bus" to the Gallo Center for the Arts tonight. "The Bus," written by James Lantz, is for mature audiences; it includes explicit language and mature themes. It's the story of two boys caught between their confusing and emerging sexual attraction, their families and their religious faith.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: Foster Family Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100
The classic Bard tragedy of "Macbeth" gets an apocalyptic retelling in the California State University, Stanislaus, production for the annual free Shakespeare Under the Stars. Shakespeare's 400-year-old work is placed in the a date-nonspecific, post-industrial, quasi-apocalyptic world.
WHEN: Through Sunday, gates open 6:30 p.m., pre-play entertainment 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: CSU Stanislaus Amphitheatre, One University Circle, Turlock.
CALL: (209) 667-3959
The 54th Columbia Fireman's Muster reels in participants tonight beginning with a hospitality night and two days of firefighter-type competition events this weekend. Among the events are a parade, along with activities andchallenges that include bucket brigades, hose-cart races and more. The event includes a tri-tip dinner Saturday.
WHEN: 6 p.m. today, hospitality night; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, muster
WHERE: Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, Columbia State Historical Park
The State Theatre transforms into a speakeasy tonight for a Gatsby-era party. The evening will feature champagne, light hors d'oeuvres and the glitz and glamour of the roaring '20s, along with a screening of the 1974 film "The Great Gatsby," starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Partygoers are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire. The speakeasy will be open only from 6 to 7 p.m., when the film starts.
WHEN: 6 p.m. today
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 527-4697
Colorful wings will be all aflutter this weekend at the annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival. The two-day event includes butterfly releases, a parade, an art show and entertainment.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
WHERE: Downtown Mariposa, Highway 140 at Highway 149
CALL: (209) 966-3232
Congregation Beth Shalom's annual food festival and cultural event returns this weekend. The 43rd annual Café Shalom features everything Jewish, from music to dance to vendors and, of course, plenty of food. Along with items for sale, there will be a brunch, included in the ticket price, at the event, which is part community outreach and part fund-raiser for the congregation's youth.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Congregation Beth Shalom is at 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto
TICKETS: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, or $8 for children
CALL: (209) 571-6060