Exhibit of classic rockers takes stage at Deva
Check out photographs of rockers including the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir at an exhibition at Deva Cafe in Modesto. The photographs were shot by Mike Frankel of Flagstaff, Ariz., who followed bands in the 1960s and 1970s. Raised in New Jersey, Frankel photographed The Beatles' first American tour in 1964. His photos were featured on numerous album covers and box sets for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, and he has worked with Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Humble Pie and others. A reception with live music is at 7 p.m. Saturday; Frankel will attend, and his photos will be on display through June 5.Deva is at 1202 J St.; 572-3382.
Berkeley composer Gabriela Frank spent the past year learning about the valley as the Modesto Symphony Orchestra's composer-in-residence. The orchestra and its chorus will perform the two pieces she wrote as a result of the experience at 8 p.m. today and Saturday in the Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. Hear what Frank has to say about her compositions "San Joaquin" and "Two American Portraits" at videos.modbee.com. Tickets to the concert are $30-$65; 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.
Art walk week
The Third Thursday Art Walk returns for May with several galleries participating in the downtown Modesto area. Enjoy painting, jewelry, sculpture and more by area artisans and music at the State Theatre. Most venues also offer refreshments. The free event is 5-9 p.m. Thursday at dozens of downtown Modesto galleries and businesses. 529-3369.
Golden oldies show
The Gaslight Revival Band performs classics of the 1950s through the 1970s plus original compositions Saturday in Denair. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Denair Gaslight Theater, 3908 N. Gratton Road. The band consists of singers/songwriters Rod Washburn and Phil Rojas, singer Joni Valponi and bassist Paul Danielson. They will be joined by guest artists Scott Turner of Modesto on harmonica and Pete Parkinson of Sonoma County on guitar, mandolin and vocals. Tickets are $10; 664-9514.
Former Modestan Adrian Wise's choral work "Isaiah 12" will be performed May 18 by the Sonora Master Chorale in Sonora. The concert begins at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way. Inspired by the Bible verse "The Lord is my strength and my song," Wise's piece is described by the chorale as "a work of strength, joy and quiet, inner delight." Wise attended Modesto High School and Modesto Junior College and served as worship minister at Ripon Grace Brethren Church from 1983 to 1987. The Sonora Master Chorale also will perform Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 in advance and $5 for children under 12 and are available at Sonora Music and The Mountain Bookshop. For more information, call 984-0704.
Singer/songwriter Danny DeLeon performs Sunday in Modesto as part of the Serenades on Sundays concert series. The program begins at 3 p.m. in the McHenry Museum auditorium, 1402 I St. DeLeon plays indie/folk/rock music on his guitar and piano and with a band. Tickets are $7 for adults and $1 for students and children; 558-8628.
Chinese dance class
Lily Cai, a former principal dancer of the Shanghai Opera House Dance Troupe and artistic director of the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, will give a lecture/demonstration on her dance technique in Modesto on Monday. The free 90-minute class begins at 7 p.m. in the Modesto Junior College Cabaret West Dance Studio off Blue Gum Avenue. The program will include a film preview and talk about the "Silk Cascade" show Cai's group is performing May 24 at the Gallo Center for the Arts. For more information, call Lori Bryhni at 575-6303.