In brief: Community concert series kicks off

September 19, 2013 

The Modesto Community Concert Association kicks off its 2013-14 season Sunday with the quartet Festival of Four at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Rogers Theater at Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St.

The group blends guitar, flamenco guitar, flute and mandolin to create folk and traditional sounds. The MCCA’s 63rd season will feature five shows, running through April.

Subscriptions are $75-$100 for all five concerts. Individual tickets to Festival of Four are $15-$30. For more, call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

Modesto Sound fundraiser

The nonprofit recording studio Modesto Sound will hold its annual fundraiser event Sept. 28. The studio provides youth training and mentoring as well as sound services.

The fifth annual Tropical Garden Concert will include performances by Carlos Caro, Francesca Bavaro, Madie Boyd, Liisa Davila and more. The event will also feature a dinner and silent auction to benefit the Modesto Sound Youth Music Program.

Performances begin at 5 p.m. at 3440 Wycliffe Drive, Modesto. $5 suggested donation. Call (209) 573-0533 or visit www.modestosound.org.

MJC Fall Film and Lecture Series begins

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project kicks off its Fall Film and Lecture Series with a presentation of the documentary “Bully,” about bullying in schools, on Thursday.

The series presents a new movie or lecture every other Thursday night at Forum 110 on the Modesto Junior College East Campus through November. Other films in the series will be “Mother: Caring for 7 Billion” on Oct. 10, Oscar-nominated documentary “The Invisible War” on Oct. 24 and “The Meth Epidemic” on Nov. 7.

The series wraps up with a panel of local religious leaders discussing the faith-based perspective on environmental challenges and solutions Nov. 21. All events begin at 7 p.m. and are free to students and the public.

‘American Bandstand’ dance celebration

Modesto Junior College’s annual Jam ’n Jive Jazz Dance Concert featuring the Off-balance Dancers will celebrate “American Bandstand” this year with performances based on the iconic show.

The event, which features guest dancers from local high schools and dance studios, will feature its own Dick Clark and mini studio. Dancers will perform to music from the bandstand era.

The show has a student preview night on Wednesday and opens to the public Thursday. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sept. 28 and 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the MJC East Campus Auditorium. Tickets are $10 general, $8 for students and senior citizens. The student preview night is $5. Call (209) 575-6776 or visit http:// mjc.tix.com.

Country and blues at Black Oak Casino

The Black Oak Casino has two shows this weekend to make you tap your toes. First up Friday is country-rock singer Jessica Caylyn. Then on Saturday hear blues rock slide guitarist Roy Rogers.

Both shows are free and will be from 9 to 11:30 p.m. at the Willow Creek Lounge in the Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne City. Call (877) 747-8777 or visit www.blackoakcasino.com.

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