One of the first openly gay stand-up comedians to appear on television, Suzanne Westenhoefer brings her show to the Gallo Center for the Arts this weekend. Westenhoefer has made appearances on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” HBO, Bravo, Logo and GSN. She has performed across the country in popular theaters and clubs, and at fundraisers. For an additional $25, patrons can attend a post-show reception and meet the comedian in the Gallo Center’s Carnation Room.
Jazz ensemble the Yellowjackets play a show at the Gallo Center for the Arts in downtown Modesto today. Among the most honored jazz ensembles of the past 30 years, the Yellowjackets released a self-titled debut album in 1981. The group’s latest release is this year’s “A Rise in the Road,” which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart. Today’s incarnation of the Yellowjackets includes Russell Ferrante on keyboards, Bob Mintzer on sax, Felix Pastorius on bass and William Kennedy on drums.
Fire and bubbles will open the Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s 83rd season with Latin Fire, a show featuring Music Director David Lockington and the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet. A special ticketed champagne reception called Bubbly Bash will be held tonight and Saturday before the shows. The show will celebrate the Latin spirit and feature the world premiere of a new composition by Brazilian American composer Raimundo Penaforte. The piece, “Concertice for Brass Quintet & Chamber Orchestra,” was created specifically for Axiom Brass and the Modesto orchestra and will be presented by him on stage.
Stephen Curtis Chapman
Christian singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman will return to the Gallo Center with The Glorious Unfolding Tour next week. He’ll bring two guest artists with him – singer-songwriter Laura Story (“Indescribable,” “Blessings”) and Jason Gray (“Nothing Is Wasted,” “Remind Me Who I Am”). He is the most-awarded artist in Christian music, with 57 Dove Awards, five Grammys, 47 No. 1 singles and nearly 11 million albums sold.
Bob & Larry and the entire Veggie Tales crew arrive at the Gallo Center next week to put on the biggest birthday party ever celebrating VeggieTales’ 20 years of stories, songs and fun. The show is filled with silly song favorites and memorable family entertainment.
The Opera in Cinema Series continues at the State Theatre as “Rigoletto Teatro Antico” is shown on the big screen. The love between a deformed court jester Rigoletto and his daughter Gilda is pushed to the limit in Verdi’s dark tale of betrayal and vengeance. In honor of Verdi’s bicentennial, director Enrico Castiglione sends the audience on a dramatic journey of passionate love and sacrifice in the film. In Italian.