Backstage Academy of Dance in Turlock will present its annual production of the timeless holiday ballet “The Nutcracker.” The full-scale staging will have three performances this weekend, with complimentary Sugar Plum Parties after each one to meet the performers and enjoy refreshments. This year, the production will feature 60 dancers. The studio has been putting on the production for almost 30 years.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive
TICKETS: $20 adult, $12 children ages 4-12 and students
CALL: (209) 667-8511
Vietnamese Christmas show
Enjoy a night of music and culture at the Vietnamese Christmas family show “Peaceful Night.” The event will feature dinner, live entertainment and dancing. Performers will include Ho Hoang Yen, Mai Thanh Son and Thien Kim. Santa Claus will have presents for the children in attendance.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m. show Sunday
WHERE: Modesto Banquet Hall, 810 N. Ninth St.
TICKETS: $70 VIP, $50 general admission
CALL: (209) 204-3264
Black Irish Band
It may be winter, but the Black Irish Band is already planning for “This Summer.” The popular foothills group celebrates the release of its 24th album in as many years this weekend at Black Oak Casino. The music for the concept album harkens back to the members’ childhoods, mixing the original with the traditional with songs about their heroes growing up, from author Jack London to frontiersman Davy Crockett and World War I fighter ace Frank Luke Jr. Band members Patrick Karnahan, Rick Restivo, Jim Nelson and Steve McArthur will play a mix from the new album and their past favorites at the show with special guest David Rainwater.
WHEN: 9 p.m. today
WHERE: Willow Creek Lounge, Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne City
CALL: (877) 747-8777
McHenry Mansion tours
Step back into Victorian life during the holiday season with the annual McHenry Mansion Candlelight Tours. Visitors will see docents in period costume and the downtown Modesto mansion decked out in full Christmas splendor. Watch popcorn garlands and gingerbread houses being made and listen to musicians during the room-by-room tour. Seasonal sweets and beverages will be served.
WHEN: 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 549-0428
Holiday Light Bike Ride
Your night will be merry and bright at the Holiday Light Bike Ride through downtown Modesto. All riders are welcome to the free event. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles with lights, tinsel, ornaments, ribbons and more. Battery-powered holiday lights and glow sticks are encouraged; festive holiday spirit is a must. The route will take riders from Roseburg Square through the Virginia Corridor pike bath to downtown Modesto, with stops at various downtown bars. Must be 21 or older to participate in the pub crawl portion.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Roseburg Square, 801 W. Roseburg Ave., Modesto
CALL: (209) 595-6532
Hero’s Rocking Christmas
Rock into your holidays at the Hero’s Rockin’ Christmas Party and Toy Drive. The Rockabilly Cruise Nights event will feature the bands Jail Break, Darlin’ Clementine, The Thirsty Three, Miss Michelle, Rockin’ Rick & the Rhythm Wranglers, Geronimo & the Scalpers and Betty Ann & the Lonesome Three. The toy drive will benefit Sierra Vista Child & Family Services.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Hero’s Brewhouse, 821 L St., Modesto
TICKETS: $10, or $6 with unwrapped toy
CALL: (209) 524-2337