In brief: Arts events and activities across the Modesto region

May 22, 2014 

Jennifer Jolliff

2012 Hughson High graduate Jennifer Jolliff at the Young Artist Awards. She was nominated for best leading actress in a Short Film.

JENNIFER JOLLIFF

Hughson High alum and actress Jennifer Jolliff was nominated earlier this month for the 35th annual Young Artist Awards.

Jolliff, a 2012 Hughson grad and former member of The Bee’s Teens in the Newsroom program, was nominated in the category for best performance in a short film, leading young actress. She was honored for her work in the short film “On Becoming a Man,” by Kevin Resnick.

The short was selected for showing at the Cannes International Film Festival and won best comedy short at the IFS Film Festival in Los Angeles and best short film at the Athens Jewish Film Festival.

Jolliff was up against 10 other young actresses in her category, and the award went to Chanel Marriott at the May 4 ceremony. Locally Jolliff has performed with the Sierra Repertory Theatre, Turlock Youth Performing Arts, Denair Gaslight Theater, Playhouse Merced, YES Company and Center Stage Kids.

Since graduating and moving to the Los Angeles area Jolliff has appeared in three other short films and was a guest star on the TV series “Switched at Birth.” She is currently filming a web series called “Living With My Brother” and the feature film “Cloudy With a Chance of Sunshine.” She is also in pre-production for the TV pilot “Call Back.”

The nonprofit Young Artist Association honors stars under the age of 21 in the entertainment world for feature films, short films, TV shows, voice-overs and live theater.

It’s a Beautiful Day

The sunny-sounding It’s a Beautiful Day brings its good vibes to the State Theatre on Saturday.

The Uncle Lonny presents show features the San Francisco band, famous for its 1969 single “White Bird,” to perform.

The band is led by violinist and vocalist David LaFlamme. The current lineup features original members Linda LaFlamme and drummer Val Fuentes, along with Rob Espinosa on guitar and Gary Thomas on keyboards. The group’s sound ranges from folkys to jazzy, psychadelic and rock ’n’ roll.

Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $20. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

Poetry reading

The Poetry on Sunday series continues at Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center.

The Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center (MoSt) event presents the third in a quarterly poetry reading.

Regional poets Cleo Griffith, Dana Koster, Roberta Bearden and Jesse Wolfe will all present readings of original work. Their readings will be followed by a poetry open mic.

The event starts at 2 p.m. Sunday and admission is free.

Double bill

Los Lonely Boys and Kenny Wayne Shepard join forces at the Bob Hope Theatre on July 28.

Los Lonely Boys have won multiple Grammy awards with their unique “Texican” rock sound and their hit “Heaven.”

Shepard is a five-time Grammy nominee for his blues sound. Tickets for the double bill are on sale now and are $47 to $69.

For more visit www.StocktonLive.com.

“Out of Africa” at State

The Modesto Film Society’s Cinema Club presents the 1985 film “Out of Africa” on Sunday at the State Theatre, the latest film in its monthly series.

The film is the true story of Karen Blixen, a woman trapped in a loveless marriage, who finds happiness with an adventurer. The winner of the best picture Oscar stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

Screening begins at 2 p.m. at the State, 1307 J St., Modesto. Tickets are $8. For more, see www.thestate.org or call (209) 527-4697.

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