6 Things to do in and around Modesto this week

May 15, 2013 

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Prospect Theater Project bills its "Pygmalion" as " 'My Fair Lady' for people who don't like musicals." The upcoming production of the play the Lerner and Loewe musical is based on is a quieter version — the one playwright George Bernard Shaw intended. The story is of British phonetics professor Henry Higgins, who claims he can transform a Cockney flower girl into a well-spoken woman within a six-month time frame. When Eliza Doolittle appears at his home seeking English lessons, Higgins takes on the challenge — with some surprising and romantic results.

WHEN: 8 p.m. today through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; through May 25

WHERE: Gallo Center for the Arts' Foster Theater, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $12-$20

CALL: (209) 338-2100

ONLINE: www.galloarts.org

Cycling fun

Modesto's Family Cycling Festival and Harvest Moon Criterium features BMX stunt shows, obstacle courses and races, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Organizers, as always, also are giving away bicycle helmets. The criterium will include a variety of race categories, from beginner/children to pro.

WHEN: Saturday, festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; criterium, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: I Street between 11th and 12th streets, Modesto


CALL: (209) 571-5193

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers is turning 80 in June, but the touring comic, TV host, reality star, fashion critic and all-around Hollywood institution is still going full speed ahead and loving every second of her nonstop life. She'll take some time out of her hectic schedule to return to Turlock Community Theatre tonight. She first performed at the venue in 2011.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive.

TICKETS: $49-$69

CALL: (209) 668-1169

ONLINE: www.turlocktheatre.org

Greg Kihn

Rock 'n' roll hit maker and novelist Greg Kihn brings his Greg Kihn Band to the State Theatre. Kihn is best known for the '80s hits "The Breakup Song" and "Jeopardy." He has released two box sets of music in the past two years, was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame last fall and just had his fifth novel, "Rubber Soul," published.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto

TICKETS: $28-$35

CALL: (209) 527-4697

ONLINE: www.thestate.org

Frogs a-jumping

The frogs are jumping this weekend at Frogtown in Angels Camp. One of the longest-running events in the state, its roots date to 1893 in Copperopolis. Entertainment, exhibits, livestock, arena events and food are all included. And, of course, there will be the frogs, which will vie against one another in a series of jumping competitions, culminating in the grand finals Sunday. Both professional and novice frog teams will compete.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to midnight today and Saturday,7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp

TICKETS: $5-$12

ONLINE: www.frogtown.org

Chocolate fest

The 21st annual Chocolate Festival — dubbed Cowboys 'n Chocolate — returns with an abundance of sweet treats and activities. More than 200 vendors are expected to peddle arts and crafts, food and more. The signature Chocolate Avenue is filled with fudge, truffles, ice cream, cheesecake and other items. Also on tap are a fun run, 5K and 1-mile run on Saturday and a classic-car show both days. Community groups will perform.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Oakdale

TICKETS: $6 adults, $5 seniors and free for children younger than 12

ONLINE: www.oakdalechamber.com

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