In Brief: Arts events in and around Modesto

08/22/2013 12:23 PM

08/22/2013 12:24 PM

The Central California Art Association has signed a 10-year lease to stay at the Mistlin Gallery in downtown Modesto.

The Tony Mistlin and Family Private Foundation has agreed to donate enough funds annually to cover the entire rent for the gallery.

The Mistlin Gallery is at 1015 J St. The CCAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the visual arts and art education, and providing cultural opportunities for the community.

West Side Theatre announces September shows

The West Side Theatre in Newman has announced three shows coming in September:

•  Sept. 6, 8 p.m. – Metal Shop plays rock and metal hits of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, including songs of Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Foreigner, Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses and Metallica. The musicians perform in “authentic costumes.” $15 general, $18 reserved.
•  Sept. 14, 8 p.m. – Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours perform country, rockabilly, swing and jazz. McClain is known for his poetry, heartfelt ballads and humorous tales. $24 general, $28 reserved.
•  Sept. 28, 8 p.m. – Diego’s Umbrella are San Francisco’s ambassadors of gypsy rock, polka and ska. $15 general, $18 reserved.

The West Side Theatre is at 1331 Main St. Children are admitted at half price for all shows. For more information, visit

Inspiracy Arts folds

Stanislaus County theater group Inspiracy Arts is folding two years after it received its nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, allowing it to seek grants and tax-deductible donations.

The group was founded in 2009 and staged several events, including the Central Valley Playwrights Festival and the 24-Hour Play Fest series. Co-founder Jeff Carnegie, who now lives in Georgia, wrote on Facebook that the group is dissolving “due to a lack of leadership.” He said he regrets ending it, but “it seems to be the best choice at this point.”

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