September 12, 2013

In brief: Slackers bring Jamaican rock to Fat Cat

The Slackers, a band that has been performing Jamaican rock ’n’ roll for more than 20 years, comes to the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge in Modesto on Saturday.

The Slackers, a band that has been performing Jamaican rock ’n’ roll for more than 20 years, comes to the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge in Modesto on Saturday.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. The Slackers’ sound combines old blues, country, ’60s soul, reggae and rocksteady sounds.

“It’s as if the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds had grown up on Bob Marley as well as Muddy Waters,” said the group’s press release.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The show is open to all ages. The Fat Cat is at 930 11th St., Modesto. Visit www.ticketweb.com or www.jmaxproductions.net.

Jazz at Mistlin Gallery features Slim Man

Focus On, a new nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the arts in Modesto and Stanislaus County, is starting a new music series at the Mistlin Gallery in downtown Modesto.

The first concert, scheduled 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 28, features smooth jazz singer Tim “Slim Man” Camponeschi and his band. The show will include wine, dessert and an art exhibition. Tickets are $45 VIP and $35 general from www.focus-on.org.

The next concert will be “Celtic Folk Meets Celtic Rock” featuring Golden Bough and Tempest, on Oct. 26. Ticket prices are not yet available for that show. The Mistlin Gallery is at 1015 J St. Call (209) 543-4261.

‘Central Valley Threads’ exhibit in Merced

“Central Valley Threads: Life and Art in the Central Valley,” a multimedia art exhibit exploring poverty, poetry, work, music, fashion and food, runs Sept. 21-Oct. 4 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center.

One wall will be devoted to Modesto country singer Rose Maddox with photos featuring her elaborate cowboy fashions designed by her tailor, the Polish-Jewish immigrant Nathan Turk. Maddox performed from the 1940s through the 1980s and was known as “Queen of the West.”

Another wall will be devoted to information on poet Wilma McDaniel, who moved to Merced from Oklahoma in 1936. She wrote about working in the fields and imagining life beyond the farm.

There also will be a video display with interviews of truckers and a photography exhibit on hunger and homelessness in the Central Valley.

The exhibit kicks off with a reception at 6:30 p.m., which will start with a lecture by Bakersfield-born writer Gerald Haslam on Central Valley literature, a screening of the movie “Open Country” – about the politics of country music – and live performances by musicians Lance Canales and the West Nile Ramblers.

The exhibit was put together by five professors from University of California campuses in Merced and Davis. The goal was to explore “the way people create different art forms to make meaning in a working class life,” said Jan Goggans, a UC Merced literature professor, who is one of the show’s organizers. The show is sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute.

The Merced Multicultural Arts Center is at 645 W. Main St. Admission is free. Call (209) 388-1090.

Turlock nurse becomes novelette writer

Ruth McLeod-Kearns, a Turlock resident, has created a “30 Minutes or Less” series of short digital novelettes that can be read in a half-hour or less.

Her first five novelettes have sold more than 1,000 copies through Amazon Kindle Direct since she published the first one in June. Her story “Carnations Never Wilt” has been licensed by the production company New Show Studios from Pennsylvania.

Her latest e-book, “Perfect,” is set in the Central Valley and is about a gay couple dealing with a dying estranged mother.

McLeod-Kearns studied in the University of California, Los Angeles, Extension Writer’s Certificate program and has worked all over the U.S. as a trauma nurse, including at Emanuel Medical Center. For more about her, visit www.facebook.com/

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