1 Mexico orchestra
The State Symphony of Mexico was founded in 1971 with the purpose of using music to create union and identity among Mexicans. The orchestra has performed throughout the country as well as in Europe and Asia. The group performs here with guest guitarist Alfonso Moreno.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
2 Tango time
Buenos Aires tango masters Hugo "Gato" Valdez and Andrea Monti return to Modesto for a performance with Modesto Tango. The event includes a pre-dance class as well as a traditional milonga, an Argentine dance party. Valdez and Gato have danced together since 1998.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. class, 8:30 p.m. dance today
WHERE: Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto
TICKETS: $5 milonga, $10 class
3 New hall
Come celebrate the opening of the new Gottschalk Music Center Recital Hall. The recital hall is in the same building and adjacent to the music center in Modesto. To commemorate the opening, the hall has music throughout the day. Guests enjoy a hot dog roast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Performers: New Horizons Jazz Band, New Horizons Woodwind Quintet, Central Valley Brass, Camaraderie, The Horn Club, Sauerkraut Seven, MYSO Clarinet Choir, Gottschalk Concert Band and Bucio's New Orleans Band
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Gottschalk Music, 1502 E St., Modesto
4 Folk music
Hear an old-timey mix of country, blues and mountain music by singer/songwriter Diana Jones. Her latest CD, "My Remembrance of You," features 11 songs and made many several critics' lists of the top CDs of 2006. It was named the No. 1 country record for the year by the Chicago Tribune.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman
TICKETS: $14 general, $17 reserved
5 Peruvian rhythms
Come experience the unique rhythms of Perú Negro, which for almost 40 years has been the ambassador of the Afro-Peruvian sound. The group's music is based in the slave culture of Spanish-colonized Peru. The Spanish had banned the slaves from using drums, so they improvised with wooden crates, donkey jaws and tithing boxes as instruments instead. Now more than 30 musicians strong, the the Lima-based music and dance ensemble has earned two Grammy nominations.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today
WHERE: Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive
6 Beautiful blooms
Enjoy the beauty of the Camellia Society of Modesto's 47th annual Camellia Cavalcade. Each year, hundreds of camellia growers, from novices to experts, enter the open event. The show has a number of competition categories, including two artistic divisions for children: one for those under age 10 and one for ages 10 to 14.
WHEN: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: E.&J. Gallo Winery administration building, off Yosemite and South Morton boulevards
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