5 Things To Do in and around Modesto

May 9, 2013 

Modesto Symphony

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra presents an iconic piece of classical music tonight and Saturday, "Carmina Burana." Recognized by its opening "O Fortuna," Carl Orff's composition is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana. The orchestra and guest conductor Simon Phipps will be joined by more than 200 voices from the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus and California State University, Stanislaus, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, guest soprano Jessica Siena, tenor Daniel Ebbers and bass-baritone Joseph Wiggett, along with choruses from Downey and Johansen high schools and the Expressions Children's Chorale. The concert will open with Bernstein's Chichester Psalms conducted by Daniel R. Afonso Jr.

WHEN: 8 p.m. today-Saturday

WHERE: Gallo Center for the Arts, Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $15-$80

CALL: (209) 338-2100

ONLINE: www.modestosymphony.or

Art Walk

If it's the third Thursday of the month, then it's time to hit the sidewalks outside the galleries of downtown Modesto for the monthly Third Thursday Art Walk. The Art Walk features art galleries, businesses and organizations that display works and host artists for the evening. A printable map is available at www.modestoartwalk.com to help guide you on your self-guided tour.

WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Various downtown locations


ONLINE: www.modestoartwalk.com

LemonAID concert

A concert featuring band Papa Do Run Run will be tonight at the State Theatre in Modesto, a pre-event to this month's citywide Lemonade Day event. Sponsored by the Leadership Modesto Class of 2012, the concert will raise funds for a sports and activities field at the United Cerebral Palsy Connections Family Center in Modesto, a youth and family program for children both with and without disabilities that offers day camps, after-school programs and youth sports, among other classes.

WHEN: 7 p.m. today-Saturday

WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto

TICKETS: $40 for adults, $15 students; VIP $80

ONLINE: www.thestate.org

David Knopfler

Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler brings his rock music to the Black Oak Casino this week.

Born in Scotland, Knopfler was a vocalist and rhythm guitar player for Dire Straits, formed with his older brother Mark Knopfler. The band scored major radio hits in the 1980s with songs including "Walk of Life," "Sultans of Swing," "So Far Away" and "Money for Nothing."

WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Black Oak Casino's Willow Creek Lounge, 7 miles east of Sonora, off Highway 108, Tuolumne


CALL: (877) 747-8777

ONLINE: www.blackoakcasino.com

Science On Screen

This month's Science on Screen event at the State Theatre features the film "Jurassic Park," Steven Spielberg's blockbuster about dinosaurs running amok in a theme park where the beasts are on exhibit after being cloned from prehistoric DNA. Guest speaker will be geologist and Modesto Junior College instructor Garry Hayes, who will talk about paleontology. As a special Mother's Day bonus, moms get in free.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto

TICKETS: $8; free for moms

CALL: (209) 527-4697

ONLINE: www.thestate.org

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