In Brief: Arts events across the Modesto region

September 5, 2013 

Carolina Stevens, Joshua Palafox, Jon Cates, Katie Brokaw, Kyle Duval and Roni Espinoza star in Merced Shakespearefest’s “As You Like It.”

MERCED SHAKESPEAREFEST

Merced Shakespearefest concludes its 12th summer season with “As You Like It,” running Sept. 14-22 at the Merced Open Air Theater in Applegate Park. Performances are 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays.

The play is about aristocrats who have been banished into the forest of Arden. Among their number is the young, charming Rosalind, who disguises herself as a young man and has to fend off the affections of a shepherdess.

Applegate Park is at 26th and N streets. Call (209) 723-3265 or visit www.mercedshakespearefest.org/.

October Sonora Bach Festival tickets on sale

Sonora Bach Festival tickets are on sale. The festival features four events in October: a youth concert Oct. 6 at Church of the 49ers; duo violas de gamba featuring Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey on Oct. 12 at a private home; a local concert Oct. 20 at Church of the 49ers; and Bach’s Brunch on Oct. 27 at Twain Harte Golf Club.

Tickets range from $5 to $35 depending on the event, and can be purchased at Mountain Bookshop at the Junction Shopping Center and Sonora Music on Washington Street in downtown Sonora, by visiting www.sonorabach.org, or by calling (209) 536-6330.

Afroman bringing show to downtown’s Fat Cat

Afroman, known for the hit “Because I Got High,” performs with the Beach Bum Alcoholics on Saturday at the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge in Modesto.

The show begins at 9 p.m. Afroman was nominated for a 2002 Grammy Award for best solo rap performance for “Because I Got High.” The comic song is about everyday tasks being derailed because of drug use.

Fat Cat is at 930 11th St. Call (866) 468-3399 or visit www.ticketweb.com.

Performers sought for Sandy Hook concert

Longtime Modesto music educator Ginger Colla seeks singers and instrumentalists to perform in a memorial concert Dec. 14 for the 26 victims of last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

Rehearsals begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. The concert will begin with a performance of John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” followed by a photo montage and reading of the victims’ names to the tolling of handbells. There also will be performances of Vivaldi’s “In Memoria Aeterna” and Gawthrop’s “Sing Me to Heaven.”

Trinity’s chancel choir will be the core choir and Johansen High School’s Valkyrie Voices will serve as the youth chorus. Community singers and instrumentalists who want to participate should call Colla at (209) 523-8941.

Tango class planned at Jacobs Fine Dining

Eduardo Saucedo, a tango teacher from Argentina, will give two workshops Saturday at Jacobs Fine Dining in Modesto. He will first give a workshop on musicality at 2 p.m., followed by a class on the milonga style of tango at 3:30 p.m.

The charge is $25 for one class or $40 for both. A milonga (tango party) is scheduled at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Dinner is available to order through 10 p.m.

According to a press release, Saucedo “considers tango an art form that expresses body, mind spirit and soul.”

Jacobs Fine Dining is at 2501 McHenry Ave. For more information, contact Mary Menz at (209) 522-1571 or marymenz44@gmail.com.

Arts, movement classes at Carnegie in Turlock

The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock is offering a variety of arts and movement classes for children and adults this fall.

Classes for children include instruction in modern dance, improv, ballet and movement. Classes for adults include drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic paint, Latin dance, basic knitting, flower painting and more.

Tuition is $40-$100. For class descriptions and to register, visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org or call (209) 632-5761.

Sheatherfest Music Fest in Oakdale, Knights Ferry

The third annual Sheatherfest Music Festival runs Friday through Sunday in Oakdale and Knights Ferry. Bands include Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, the Harmed Bros., Drew Landry, Tom Vandenavond, Willy Tea, the Pine Box Boys and more.

The festival kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cow Track, 850 Yosemite Ave., Oakdale (age 21 and up). On Saturday, the music will start at noon at the River’s Edge, 17525 Sonora Road, Knights Ferry (all ages). On Sunday, the festivities begin at noon at Rick’s Saloon, 17701 Main St., Knights Ferry (age 21 and up).

Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for all three shows. Kids 10 and under are free on Saturday. Call (209) 450-6361.

‘Dirty Dancing’ back on big screen at the State

Dance and sing along to the 1987 classic film “Dirty Dancing” on Saturday night at the State Theatre in Modesto.

The film begins at 6:30 p.m. Patrick Swayze plays bad boy dance teacher Johnny Castle, and Jennifer Grey plays Frances “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” Houseman as his young dance student at a Catskills resort. The film is set in 1963 and includes the hits “I Had the Time of My Life,” “Be My Baby,” “Hungry Eyes,” and “She’s Like the Wind.”

Tickets are $5. The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

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