Expect a crowd tonight when Modesto native George Lucas returns as grand marshall of the annual parade that kicks off the Graffiti Car Show and Festival. Lucas, whose Oscar-nominated film "American Graffiti" paid homage to teen crushes and cruising in Modesto, will usher in the weekend-long fest that the film inspired, presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis Club. The festival Saturday and Sunday includes a classic and custom car show, food and music. For more on Graffiti Summer events, see Page E-18.
WHEN: Parade, 7 p.m. today; festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Parade begins at 10th and I streets, downtown Modesto; festival at Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
TICKETS: Festival $7; free under age 12
CALL: (888) 746-9763
The Gallo Center for the Arts gets into the Graffiti Summer spirit this weekend. Hits of three beloved doo-wop groups whose songs were at the top of the charts in the 1950s and 1960s will be performed by tribute entertainers in this show. Among the recognizable hits from the groups were "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "Only You," "My Prayer," "The Great Pretender," "Yakety Yak (Don't Talk Back)," "Charlie Brown," "Love Potion #9" and "Please Mr. Postman."
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100
Join the music-loving masses at Graceada Park on Thursday as MoBand's 94th season continues. Music from "The Big Show" will be performed, a selection of stage and movie tunes, ranging from "The Sound of Music" and "The Phantom of the Opera" to "The Avengers" and "Captain America." As always, guests are invited to spread out their blankets and bring along picnic dinners.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Graceada Bowl at Mancini Hall on Tuolumne Boulevard, Modesto
A tribute to Johnny Cash, the band Cash'd Out celebrates the music of The Man in Black tonight at the State Theatre. The band's authentic performances have won endorsement from the Cash family, according to the State Theatre website, and performs from Cash's vast repertoire, including his recordings from the Folsom and San Quentin prisons. Opening for Cash'd Out is local band Bad Medicine.
WHEN: 9 p.m. today
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
The fourth annual John Muir Festival offers hands-on nature activities for families, presentations from experts, live music, artisans, food and more this weekend in Coulterville. This year's "On the Trail with John Muir" theme takes visitors on a family friendly journey sharing all things Muir with a full day of activities.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Coulterville Park, intersection of highways 49 and 132, Coulterville
TICKETS: $3 age 12 and older, $10 family of four
CALL: (209) 878-3501
Funny man Dana Carvey known best for his stint on "Saturday Night Live" and cast of comical characters returns tonight to the Gallo Center for the Arts. Carvey sold out the Gallo Center in 2009 and there were less than 100 tickets left at press time for this outing. There may be some edgier fare in his show, along with nods to some of the characters audiences love, like the Church Lady and Garth from "Wayne's World."
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. today
WHERE: Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto