6 Things To Do This Week

December 19, 2013 

Turlock ‘Nutcracker’

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

ONLINE: www.backstageacademy.net

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

ADMISSION: Free

CALL: (877) 747-8777

ONLINE: www.blackirish.com

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

TICKETS: $5

CALL: (209) 549-0428

ONLINE: www.mchenrymansion.org

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

ADMISSION: Free

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

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