Picnic at the Pops
Beatles tribute act Classical Mystery Tour performs with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra for its season kick-off Picnic at the Pops concert. Four musicians who look and dress like the Fab Four will perform Beatles’ hits, including “Hey Jude,” “Let it Be” and “Eleanor Rigby” with full orchestra. Audience members are invited to bring picnic dinners or pre-order them from Green’s, Tresetti’s or O’Brien’s. The show ends with a fireworks finale.
WHEN: Grounds open at 4 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: E.& J. Gallo Winery grounds, 600 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100
Summer Opera in Cinema series
Watch a filmed version of the classic opera “Carmen” as performed by the famous La Scala theater in Milan, Italy. “Carmen” tells the story of a fatal attraction between a hot-blooded gypsy and a corporal in the Spanish army. The performance is sung in Italian with English subtitles.
WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 527-4697
‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
Stage 3 Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “A Streetcar Named Desire.” First presented in 1947, the explosive play centers on Blanche (Modesto’s Traci Sprague), a fading Southern belle who is forced to move in with her working-class sister in New Orleans (Modesto’s Krista Serpa) because she has nowhere else to go. The arrangement gets off to a rocky start immediately because of Blanche’s clash with her brutish brother-in-law Stanley (Joe Conn).
WHEN: 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 13.
WHERE: Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora
CALL: (209) 536-1778
Tribute band Metal Shop performs rock hits of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. This group performs the hits of Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses and more. Plus the musicians wear authentic costumes.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St, Newman
TICKETS: $18 reserved, $15 general
CALL: (209) 862-4490
Summer’s not over but it’s already time for the second annual Christmas Boutique. This event will have homemade crafts and direct sales companies that will help customers choose the perfect gifts. There also will be face painting and free balloons for children.
WHEN: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Seasons Multicultural Event Center, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto
ONLINE: Search “2nd Annual Christmas Boutique” on Facebook
‘References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot’
Center Stage Conservatory presents Jose Rivera’s imaginative abstract play “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.” The play takes place in the imagination of lonely housewife Gabriella. When her husband, Benito, comes home from the field, she struggles to relate to him. The play deals with the war in the Middle East, domesticity and the definition of marriage.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Through Sept. 22.
WHERE: Center Stage Conservatory’s Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St., Modesto. Enter on J Street
TICKETS: $10 general, $5 students
CALL: (209) 846-0179