In brief: Arts events across Modesto-area region

May 2, 2014 

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Rocco Bowman, an intern from UC Merced, puts together the latest exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” at the Merced County Courthouse Museum

THADDEUS MILLER — tmiller@mercedsunstar.com

The Turlock Concert Association ends its season with the cool music of Jesse Lynch Jazz 101 on Tuesday.

Jesse Lynch Jazz 101 is a multimedia tour of jazz through the ages, featuring the Jesse Lynch Trio. Jazz 101 was created by New York jazz artist Lynch as a production to chronicle the history of jazz.

The show spans New Orleans classics through Lynch’s own compositions. Lynch is accompanied in his trio by fellow New York jazz artists Joe Michaels on bass and Matt Smallcomb on drums.

The final show of the association’s 2013-14 season starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the historic Turlock Community Theatre. Tickets are $25 general, $15 students. Call (209) 668-1456 or (209) 667-5874 or visit www.turlockconcert.org.

State Theatre concerts

Set your alarm so you won’t miss Asleep at the Wheel when it comes to Modesto’s State Theatre on May 9.

The six-time Grammy-winning country group is known for cranking out upbeat Western swing and roots music for nearly 40 years. One of the Austin, Texas, outfit’s founders, Ray Benson, remains with the group along with new vocalist Elizabeth McQueen. Tickets are $28-$38.

But before they arrive, spend this weekend with Oakdale’s own Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit on Saturday. Also playing will be The Pine Box Boys, The Sumner Brothers and Cole Thomason. Tickets are $13 in advance, $18 at the door.

Call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org for more on either show.

VMI Rocks

The Valley Music Institute (VMI) returns with its spring show Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Modesto.

The VMI Rocks show will feature 22 student bands from 1 to 7:30 p.m. Performing will be GirlStarz, Laundry Detergent, Barracuda Deathwish, Seven Second Delay, Malfunction, Arcane Voltage, Toxic, Rebel G, On Edge, All American Heartbreakers, Bad Reputation, Groove Monkey, Forgiven Souls, Sparkling Spotlight, Uncaged, Paranoid D, Scaphism, Indecision, Perfect Nightmare, Breaking Chainz, Uprooted and The Hype.

VMI works with musicians (from beginners to veterans) and groups them into bands based on compatibility to rehearse, record, make videos and play shows. Tickets are $4 in advance, $7 at the door. Call (209) 543-2066.

Turlock Youth Performing Arts

Turlock Youth Performing Arts swings into action with Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids” starting Friday.

The show is adapted from the classic Disney film and includes many of its songs. Founded in 2005, the Turlock Youth Performing Arts is a nonprofit musical theater company for children and young adults in Turlock.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Turlock Community Theatre. Tickets are $10 general, $5 children and seniors. Call (209) 537-5227.

Smithsonian exhibit

The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “The Way We Worked” stops in Merced.

The exhibit celebrates 150 years of workers in the U.S., from miners to homemakers and child labor to unions, with photos from the National Archives. The exhibit opened this week at the Merced County Courthouse Museum and will be on display through the end of May. The display is interactive, with moving parts, film and music.

Admission is free. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call (209) 723-2401.

Congressional Art Competition

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, honored the local winners of the 2014 10th District Congressional Art Competition last week.

The grand prize went to Madison Tessera, a West High School student from Tracy, for her micro pen and colored pencil piece “The Cuckoo’s Nightmare.” Second place went to Neha Singh, another West High School student from Tracy, and third place to Perla Garcia, a Ripon High School student from Manteca.

Tessera’s artwork will hang in the halls of the United States Capitol building for the next year as one of the district winners. She will also travel to Washington, D.C., this summer to attend a winners reception for students whose work took first prize in congressional districts across the country and receive a scholarship. Singh and Garcia’s artwork will hang in Denham’s Modesto office.

The annual visual art competition, which is sponsored by the Congressional Institute, recognizes and encourages artistic talent across the nation and in each congressional district.

Modesto Library book sale

The popular Friends of Modesto Library used book sale returns Saturday.

The annual sale offers bargains on thousands of used works of fiction, history, biographies, travel, spiritual, children’s books and more.

This year a $4,000 matching grant is being offered courtesy of the Beard Family Companies.

Hardbound books sell for $1 apiece, and paperbacks are 50 cents.

Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Modesto library’s east portico at 1500 I St.

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