In brief: Arts events across the region

December 5, 2013 

DN Opus Handbell

Some of the handbells used in the Opus Handbell Ensemble.

DEBBIE NODA — Modesto Bee Buy Photo

Ring in the holidays, literally, with the Opus Handbell Ensemble on Tuesday at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The 15-member community handbell choir has been performing in the Modesto area for several years and often plays with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

This is the first time the ensemble will perform a full solo program on its own. Song selections will include selections from “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” to “O Night Divine” and “St. Nick Boogie.”

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Foster Family Theater. Tickets are $8 to $15. For more call (209) 338-2100 or visit

Songs of the Season

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present its annual Songs of the Season event Tuesday at the East Sonora Theatre.

The fundraiser show will feature cast members from this season’s productions including “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”

Other performers will include Julie and Michael Ludlum and former Sierra Rep company member John C. Brown. The night will also preview songs from Sierra Rep’s 35th Anniversary, which opens March 1, 2014, with the epic musical “Les Miserables.”

The show will be at 7 p.m. at the East Sonora theater, 13891 Mono Way. Tickets are $30 and include complimentary desserts and champagne with the performers after the show. Call (209) 532-3120 or visit

The Elves and the Shoemaker

California Theatre Center presents two showings of its annual holiday production of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” Sunday.

The children’s production follows two elves who come to a small village in the Black Forest and help a poor shoemaker and his wife. The production has come to the Gallo Center every year since it opened. Shows are at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Foster Family Theater.

Tickets are $8 to $15. For more call (209) 338-2100 or visit

Big Band Christmas

The Columbia College Jazz Series brings “It’s a Big Band Christmas” Sunday at the Dogwood Theater.

The concert features guest artists Bob Secor on piano and trumpet, Ken Taylor on trombone and Mario Flores on congas. The jazzy show will include singers and holiday songs.

Show starts at 3 p.m. and tickets are $15. Call (209) 588-5126.

Hands in Clay

Internationally recognized sculptor John Toki will discuss “Hands in Clay” as part of a free lecture series Sunday at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock.

Toki will discuss his own work and the ceramic process, as well as cover Pablo Picasso’s impact on contemporary Northern California ceramists and sculptors. The lecture runs in conjunction with the Carnegie’s ongoing exhibit of Picasso’s ceramics.

The lecture starts at 2 p.m. and is free. Call (209) 632-5761 or visit

Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit

Indie Americana band the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit plays a show on Saturday at the Willow Creek Lounge at Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne.

The group of local musicians have been together since 2005 and released its latest album, “Old Excuses” in 2012.

The Black Oak show is free and begins at 9 p.m. The casino is seven miles east of Sonora, off Highway 108, in Tuolumne. For more call (877) 747-8777 or see

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