In brief: Arts events across the Modesto region

July 17, 2014 

Abe Lagrimas Jr. will play jazz, Hawaiian, pop, rock and original ukelele music Thursday at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock.

CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER

Modesto’s Center Stage Youth Summer Conservatory presents its production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” starting this weekend.

The summer theatrical program, now in its fifth season, will stage the Bard’s romantic tragicomedy opening Friday and running through July 27. CSYSC is for youths age 10 to 18. Classes include acting, theater history, voice and movement, improvisation, stage combat, dance, music, clowning and more. Participants learn all aspects of theatrical production.

Earlier this summer, the 15 students in the program also put on the “Shakespeare in a Day” fundraiser for the CSYSC.

Shows of “The Tempest” are 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center Stage Conservatory, Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St., Modesto. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. Call (209) 846-0179 or visit www.centerstagemodesto.com.

Jazz ukulele concert

Hawaiian multi-instrumentalist Abe Lagrimas Jr., known primarily known as a jazz percussionist, has a separate career as an ukulele player and will perform at the Carnegie Arts Center on Thursday. He performs at ukulele and jazz festivals throughout the world and released multiple albums in the United States, Japan and Korea. His ukulele repertoire includes jazz, Hawaiian, pop, rock and original music.

The show, which starts at 7 p.m., is in collaboration with the Carnegie and Turlock Uke Jamz. The group will hold a preconcert workshop with Lagrimas from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $25 general, $20 Carnegie members. The workshop is an additional $15 per person. Joint tickets are $35 general, $30 members. Call (209) 632-5761 or visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

Mistlin has two-man show

Award-winning artists Dan Petersen and Stan Holtz will combine their talents in a two-man exhibition at the Mistlin Gallery starting Saturday.

Prints by Petersen, a retired art professor with more than 40 years of teaching experience, and ceramics by Holtz, who also has more than 40 years of experience teaching pottery and drawing, will be on display through Sept. 20. Petersen is known for his watercolor landscapes. Holtz creates high-fire ceramic designs in functional to decorative shapes.

The Mistlin Gallery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Call (209) 529-3369 or visit www.ccartassn.org.

Merced Art Hop

The Merced Art Hop returns Saturday for its summer outing with live music, art and live performances. The free quarterly downtown Merced event will have more than 20 businesses and more than 40 artists participating. Highlights include a fashion show by Amy Bianchini and a performance by Dance Saute. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at various downtown Merced locations. Call (209) 560-6241 or visit mercedarthop.org.

Dan Hicks

Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks come to Black Oak Casino on Thursday. Hicks combines jazz, country, bluegrass and swing in his music and is known for songs like “I Scare Myself” and “Hot Music,” as well for putting humor in his songs like “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free. Call (877) 747-8777 or visit www.blackoakcasino.com.

Teddy and Edith Roosevelt

Covenant Village of Turlock invites the public to see a production of “Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking” on Tuesday. The performance will have host writers and actors William and Sue Wills portray Teddy and Edith Roosevelt for a historical peek into the life of the 26th president of the United States. The duo use authentic period dialect and costumes and have performed at several presidential libraries and historic sites. The show is at 1 p.m. at 2125 N. Olive Ave., and admission is free. Call (877) 834-1238 or visit www.covenantvillageofturlock.org.

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