The Modesto chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays’ annual film festival returns after a three-year hiatus. MoFest! 7 will showcase nine short films, with a total running time of just over two hours, at the Gallo Center for the Arts. PFLAG organizers said they felt it was important to bring back the festival this year in light of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year.
“Going Attractions” documentary
During their heyday, there were some 5,000 drive-ins across the country, but today fewer than 400 remain. The documentary “Going Attractions” looks at the effect drive-ins had on popular culture since their inception in 1933 and why they’ve been dying out. Filmmaker April Wright took seven years and traveled to every state except Alaska to interview people and visit drive-in locations. The award-winning, independent writer, director and producer will be on hand for the showing to introduce the documentary and lead a discussion after the screening.
Central Valley Threads exhibit
Explore a rich multimedia exhibit spanning the region’s poverty, poetry, work, music, fashion and food with “Central Valley Threads: Life and Art in the Central Valley.” The display will pay tribute to the likes of Modesto country singer Rose Maddox, who came up in the 1940s and was known as the “Queen of the West,” and Merced poet Wilma McDaniel, who moved to the area in 1936 from Oklahoma and wrote about life in the fields. The display was a collaboration between five professors from University of California campuses in Merced and Davis. The exhibit kicks off 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.
Greek Food Festival
Celebrate with tasty treats at the annual Greek Food Festival. Enjoy a full Greek dinner or sample pastry items. Visitors can browse the vendor marketplace or go on church tours. Enjoy live Greek music and entertainment throughout the weekend.
StanFest at CSU Stanislaus
Hip-hop trio Travis Porter will play the annual StanFest concert, as part of an annual fall welcome back and community celebration on the California State University, Stanislaus, campus, sponsored by the Associated Students Inc. The Georgia-based group’s hits include “Aww Yea,” “Go Shorty Go,” “Bananas” and “Ayy Ladies.” The event also includes a Battle of Northern California and Bay Area DJs. Tickets are available to CSU, Stanislaus, students and community members age 18 and older.