Arts Briefs: Events across the Modesto region

December 19, 2013 

Singer Michael McDonald and comedian Carlos Mencia have been added to the Gallo Center for the Arts’ 2013-14 schedule.

Blue-eyed soul singer McDonald will appear at 7:30 p.m. March 19. The former Doobie Brothers member made a name for himself as a solo artist, as well. His hits include “What a Fool Believes” and “I Keep Forgettin’.” He last performed at the Gallo Center in 2011 and played Turlock Community Theatre in 2009. Tickets will be $29 to $89.

Mencia makes his Gallo Center debut at 8 p.m. June 21. The comic and Honduras native has appeared on numerous TV shows and specials and landed his own series, “Mind of Mencia,” on Comedy Central. Tickets will be $29 to $69.

Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit

State Theatre

digital campaign

Downtown Modesto’s State Theatre is more than halfway to its goal of raising money for its digital conversion campaign.

In October, the theater’s board of directors launched a fundraising effort to raise $200,000 to complete the theater’s switch from celluloid film to digital projection. The theater needs to convert in order to be able to receive movies from distributors; most studios have stopped or are in the process of stopping 35 mm print distribution to theaters.

General Manager Sue Richardson said some $115,000 has been raised so far from community and business donations. But an additional $85,000 is needed by the end of the year to pay for the project.

“We have been amazed at the generosity of our community members,” she said. “It’s validating and gratifying to have hundreds of people chip in to help us make this transition. The board is thrilled with the level of support we’ve received, but we’re not there yet, and now we’re appealing to donors who may want to consider making an end-of-year, tax-deductible contribution.”

The theater is in the middle of an Indiegogo online fundraising campaign to help raise money for the conversion. So far, $13,000 has been raised online via the site. To donate online, visit

Call (209) 527-4697 or go to

Mistlin Gallery

to close for month

The downtown Modesto Mistlin Gallery will be closed today through Jan. 20 for renovations.

The gallery is run by the Central California Art Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the visual arts and art education and providing cultural opportunities for the community.

The gallery will reopen Jan. 21 with its “Art in the Family Show,” which will run through Feb. 28. The display will celebrate the sharing of skills within families and across generations. Multigenerational family groups will display arts such as stained-glass windows, paintings and children’s art.

The Mistlin Gallery is at 1015 J St. It can be reached at (209) 529-3369, and its website is

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