Arts briefs

June 13, 2014 

Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center brings in a rock ’n’ roll expert for its free monthly lecture series Sunday.

Bay Area author and journalist Richie Unterberger will discuss the careers and styles of many of rock ’n’ roll’s guitar greats in conjunction with the gallery’s ongoing “Carnegie ROCKS!” memorabilia exhibit. The Sunday Arts Lectures on “Guitar Legends” will be at 2 p.m. at the center at 250 N. Broadway.

The lecture will reference some of the guitars in the exhibit, as well as include video footage of greats like Les Paul, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Carl Wilson and others. Unterberger began his career as a DJ in Philadelphia and has contributed to music publications like Mojo, Record Collector, Rolling Stone and AllMusic. His books include “Unknown Legends of Rock ’n’ Roll,” “The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film” and, most recently, “Won’t Get Fooled Again: The Who From Lifehouse to Quadrophenia.”

The center’s “Carnegie ROCKS!” exhibit continues through Aug. 17. For more, call (209) 632-5761 or www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

Movies in the Pines

After an extended absence, Movies in the Pines returns to Twain Harte Friday.

The free weekly outdoor movie event stopped for several years due to lack of funds. But it has now returned thanks to local business sponsorship. The movies run Friday nights through Aug. 15 from 8:30 to 10:30 at the Eproson Stage area in Twain Harte, on Meadow Lane.

The schedule: Friday, “Frozen”; June 20, “Lego Movie”; June 27, “Free Birds”; July 4, “Man of Steel”; July 11, “Despicable Me 2”; July 18, “The Lone Ranger”; July 25, “Iron Man 3”; Aug. 1, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”; Aug. 8, “The Nut Job”; and Aug. 15, “Smurfs 2.”

Movies in the Pines is sponsored by local businesses, the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce and Twain Harte Rotary. Call (209) 586-4482.

First Fridays in Murphys

The First Fridays in the Park neighborhood concert series in Murphys kicks off a week late for its summer season Friday.

The event, sponsored by the Murphys Community Club, features local musicians performing in monthly shows from June to September in Murphys Community Park. The first show will be Americana music featuring Bill Welles on guitar, Ray Price on drums, Fred Treece on guitar and Ron Schaner on bass. Dinner is available for purchase on site.

Dinner starts at 5 p.m., music at 5:30 p.m. each Friday until September at Murphys Community Park, 505 Algiers St. The concerts are free, dinners $10. Call (209) 728-8183.

Miner Laugh improv group

Check out the second show for the newly formed Miner Laugh improv group from Sierra Repertory Theatre Jr.

The youth improv group was founded earlier this year and had its first live show last month. Shows include games and audience participation. Sierra Repertory Theatre Jr. was launched late last year as an educational offshoot of the professional foothills theater group.

The improv show will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. Tickets are $5 adults, $2 students. Call (209) 532-3120 or visit www.sierrarep.org.

Film Fest scholarship

Film Fest Twain Harte has awarded a filmmaking scholarship as part of its outreach program.

Summerville High School Connections Academy Senior Reed Holland was given a $1,000 scholarship to assist in his studies at Brigham Young University, where he will pursue a filmmaking curriculum. Last year, the nonprofit Film Fest Twain Harte held a scaled-down event in October following the cancellation of the Labor Day event due to the Rim fire.

Film Fest Twain Harte is planning this year’s Labor Day weekend event and is seeking quality films for presentation. For more, visit www.filmfesttwainharte.com.

The Thoughts

Seattle-based duo The Thoughts and others play a show Wednesday at the Peer Recovery Art Project. The orchestral folk group features singer-songwriter Ian Williams and multi-instrumentalist arranger Katie Mosehauer. Also performing will be local musicians Mattéa Overstreet and Boscoe’s Brood.

The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Modesto gallery, 1222 J St. A $5 donation is suggested at the door.

The Valley/El Valle exhibit

The “Valley/El Valle: Photo Essays From California’s Heartland” exhibit starting in San Francisco this week will feature images of Modesto.

The exhibit at San Francisco City Hall will include a photograph taken in Modesto by Thomas Ovalle of a Teamster rally and by Lou Demmatteis of a UFW march on the Gallo headquarters in 1975. The free exhibit runs Tuesday through Sept. 19.

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