Townsend Opera takes us on a trip back to the Roaring ’20s with its Opening Night Gala this weekend.
The event celebrates the opening of the Modesto opera company’s 2016-2017 season. Festivities will include a special cabaret performance from opera composer Ricky Ian Gordon and soprano Carrie Hennessey, who appeared as Blanche DuBois in the company’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” last year. The evening will include a 1920s-themed party complete with a champagne fountain, period cocktails, dinner and dancing. Attendees are invited to come in period costume.
The upcoming Townsend Opera season includes productions of “Our Town” in January and “Of Mice and Men” in April. The Opening Night Gala starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at 940 11th Street in downtown Modesto. Dinner will follow at 7:30 p.m., and then performances at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $100. Call 209-523-6426 or visit www.townsendopera.com.
Modesto Gospel Mission Gala
The Modesto Gospel Mission hosts its annual Gala with a concert by Christian group Unspoken at Gallo Center for the Arts. The Christian pop-rock group is known for its spiritual hits including “Start a Fire,” “Good Fight” and “Call It Grace.” The act has toured with other Christian artists including Sanctus Real and Big Daddy Weave. The event will include a pre-show reception with appetizers, silent auction, local entertainers and more.
The Modesto Gospel Mission provides food, shelter and services to poor and homeless men, women and children in Stanislaus County. The Gala fundraiser begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with the concert following at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Tickets are $25-$30. For more information, call 209-338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.
NY Film Critics Series
The New York Film Critics Series continues at the State Theatre with sneak preview screening of “Silver Skies” next week.
The film follows a group of eccentric retirees whose apartment complex is sold to make way for condos. The movie stars George Hamilton, Mariette Hartley, Barbara Bain and Jack McGee. The actors will all Skype in for a post-film discussion with Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers that will be shown on screen. The monthly NY Film Critics Series is shown at select independent theaters throughout the United States and features first-run films that have yet to be released theatrically.
Air Power History Tour
The Commemorative Air Force is hosting an Air Power History Tour in Modesto this weekend.
The event from the CAF’s Central Valley Squadron will feature “Fifi,” billed as a world-famous flying B-29 superfortress, as well as other World War II aircraft and cockpit tours. Ramp pass access is $10 adults; $5 children ages 10-17; and under 10 free.
The tour runs from through Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Modesto Airport in Hangar 1-S. Cockpit tours will be given from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ride flights are also available. Call 209-605-4313 or visit www.airpowertour.org.
50 Plus Club Dinner
The 50 Plus Club of Stanislaus County invites the public to attend its annual dinner this weekend.
The event is open to all long-time residents who have lived in Stanislaus County, their spouses and their guests. The 50 Plus Club of Stanislaus County held its first meeting in 1941 at the Hotel Modesto. The original members passed a resolution to clarify eligibility of membership that read: “All male citizens born in Stanislaus County 50 or more years ago or who have been identified with Stanislaus County since prior to the turn of the century are eligible for membership in the 50 Plus Club of Stanislaus County.” In 1957, the group voted to allow women into the club. The 50 Plus Club now welcomes all longtime residents of Stanislaus County. This year’s annual dinner will include a musical revue by The Sensations celebrating U.S. veterans.
The annual dinner begins with a social at 5 p.m., with food served at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the SOS Club. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 209-523-1420.
Get your howl on at the annual Coulterville CoyoteFest celebration this weekend.
The annual event in downtown Coulterville includes live music, horseshoe contest, food and vendors, kids activities, car show and parade. But its main event will be the 31st annual Coyote Howling Contest. The family festival runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, along the historic Main Street. Admission is free. For more information, call 209-878-3015 or visit www.coyotefest.org.