The reggae sound of Na'an Stop comes to the State Theatre next week. The band is touring following the April release of its debut EP, "It's All In The Cheese."
The concert is a hometown stop for member David Halvorson Jr., and a near-hometown stop for band members and Sacramento natives Tom Huber (guitar, bass, vocals) and Joe Pesa (drums). Halvorson (vocals and trumpet) now resides in Boulder, Colo., and is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado.
Na'an Stop's sound is a rock base with hip-hop and dub. Opening for the band is local band Muir.
Doors open May 24 at7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 at the box office, $15 online. For more, call (209) 527-4697 or see www.thestate.org.
Bay Area native Alex Ramon brings his Illusion Fusion to the Gallo Center. The family show promises a fresh approach on magic by a modern-day showman. Ramon has performed the show in Lake Tahoe this past year and has appeared in the Disney Live Mickey's Magic Show.
The show, which promises audience interaction and a stage appearance by Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh, according to a press release, begins at 7 p.m. May 22 in the Foster Family Theater at the Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. Tickets are $25. Call (209) 338-2100.
The Modesto Art Museum will host a walking tour next weekend. Starting from the Building Imagination Center downtown, the tour will be led by Ilsa Craane and is geared to introduce participants to the city's architectural heritage.
The Building Imagination Center is at 1009 J St., and the walking tour runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more, see http://modestoartmuseum.org/pages/tours.htm.
The 1945 film "Mildred Pierce" is the final offering in the Modesto Film Society's current season and will be shown on Sunday at the State Theatre in Modesto.
According to a press release, the film noir story acted as a piece of social control for women and stars Oscar winner Joan Crawford. "Mildred Pierce" will be shown at 3 p.m. at the State, 1307 J St., Modesto. Tickets are $* general, $5 Film Society and Cinema Club members. For more, call (209) 527-4697 or see www.thestateorg.
Sunday Arts Lecture
The Sunday Arts Lecture at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock will feature winning artists from the center's Spring Juried Art Show, who will speak about their works.
The admission-free lecture is at 2 p.m. at the Carnegie Center, 250 N. Broadway. For more, call(209) 632-5761 or see www. carnegieartsturlock.org.
Music in the Parks
The free Music in the Parks series returns this summer at a variety of town parks throughout Calaveras County from June 12 through Aug. 14. The lineup:
June 12, Mokelumne Crossing. Americana with a foothill twist, at Town Square in Copperopolis.
June 19, Rupert Duncan Country Band. Country western, in Utica Park.
June 26, B-Sides. Sounds of the '60s, Community Park in Mountain Ranch.
July 3, Grover Anderson. Original folk and rock folk, Turner Park in San Andreas.
July 10, James Faifua & the Jukes. Blues at Valley Springs Ball Field.
July 17, Route 88. Classic rock at Shutter Tree Park, Mokelumne Hill.
July 24, Bill Welles. Folk music at Murphys Community Park.
July 31, Cantamous. Acoustic folk, jazz, blues and Latin. Camps Restaurant at Greenhorn Creek Resort.
Aug. 7, Dyemusica. Rock and reggae at Rail Road Flat Elementary School.
Aug. 14, Gillette Brothers. Cowboy minstrels at Cedar Center in Arnold.
Audience members are welcome to take picnic meals, lawn chairs and blankets to the concerts. For more information, see www.calaverasarts.org or call (209) 754-1774.