In brief: Arts events across the Modesto region

January 9, 2014 

The Central California Art Association at Mistlin Gallery will present its “Art in the Family Show” Jan. 21 through Feb. 28.

The exhibit will display and celebrate the sharing of skills within families and across generations. Family groups will display works such as stained-glass windows, paintings and children’s art.

A reception is planned during the monthly Third Thursday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20, with refreshments. Selected artists will display jewelry, ceramics and gift items as part of a trunk sale.

Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and parking is validated at the 11th Street garage. Mistlin Gallery is at 1015 J St., Modesto. For more, call (209) 529-3369 or see www.ccartassn.org.

‘Let’s Dance’

at Central West

Central West Ballet dancers will offer two special performances in February of works by three major American choreographers: George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli and Ronn Guidi.

In addition, the “Let’s Dance! A Creative Evening of Styles” program will include dance to classic rock music and works by CWB house choreographers.

The two evenings of dance are made possible in part through a James Irvine Foundation Grant, providing an interactive dance initiative for Central West’s outreach programs.

“Let’s Dance” will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7-8 in the Foster Family Theater at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. For more, call (209) 576-8957 or see www.centralwestballet.org.

‘Mother Courage’

takes Center Stage

Regional stage veteran Heike Hambley will direct Center Stage Conservatory’s upcoming presentation of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” a play written by Bertolt Brecht and adapted by David Hare.

“Mother Courage and Her Children” is both a black comedy and a statement against war, according to press materials from Center Stage. Set during the Thirty Years War, the play follows Mother Courage, trailing the armies back and forth across Europe, shadowing the destruction as she sells provisions to whichever side will pay her. Brecht pits human virtue against the business of war in his story written in 1939.

David Hare’s critically acclaimed version weaves spirited music and dark comedy into a the parable. The play includes coarse language.

“Mother Courage” will be presented at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Jan. 17-Feb. 1; there will be a one-time Thursday show at 8 p.m. Jan. 30. Tickets are $12.

Center Stage Conservatory’s Lower Level Studio is at 948 11th St., Suite 1. Call (209) 846-0179 or see www.centerstagemodesto.com.

Art and music presentation

The Acoustic Rock Society presents “Art & Music at The Lower Level” on Saturday evening at the Center Stage Conservatory in Modesto.

Art will be on display by local artists including Jen Coffey, Jim Christiansen, Nadine Barret, Kristy Tribuzio, Mark Holden and others. Music will be provided by Tony Trevino and The Stagecoach Drifters featuring Tiffany Rose, The Dust Bowl Children and The Old Refrain.

Tickets to the all-ages show are $5. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show beginning around 7.

Center Stage Conservatory’s Lower Level Studio is at 948 11th St., Suite 1. Call (209) 846-0179 or see www.centerstagemodesto.com.

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