Townsend Opera kicks off its 2013-14 season with the TOP Opera Remix.
The event will feature a casual barbecue dinner, drinks, dessert and a performances by area opera singers and a chamber orchestra. The opera and show-tune performances will include arias and songs from “The Magic Flute,” “La Traviata,” “Les Misérables,” “Rigoletto,” “West Side Story” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
The event begins at 3 p.m. with a barbecue and continues at 4 p.m. with the concert Sunday at the home of Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh. Tickets are $25 general admission and $50 for a VIP package. The VIP tickets include reserved seating and a private reception and photo opportunity with Marsh and cast at 2 p.m.
Visit www. townsendoperaplayers.com or call (209) 523-6426.
Film Fest Twain Harte, which was canceled Labor Day weekend because of the Rim fire, returns this weekend. The rescheduled and downsized event will run today through Sunday. The event will include screenings of feature, short and documentary films from around the country.
The festival will include appearances by Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Kirkland, who stars in “Posey,” a festival entry about a woman facing Alzheimer’s disease. Jon Lindstrom, an actor, writer and director whose credits include “As the World Turns,” “Port Charles,” “General Hospital” will present his new film, “How They Got Away with It.” The event also will raise money for visual arts scholarships and recovery from the Rim fire.
Screenings start at 7:30 p.m. today with “Posey.” The awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Telele Lodge, 18995 Twain Harte Drive. Admission is $10 general, $8 students; an all-access pass is $40. Visit www.filmfesttwainharte.com or call (209)586-6301.
The Acting Company of New York will return to the Gallo Center for the Arts with William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” on Sunday. The company was last at the Gallo Center in 2012 with a production of “Of Mice and Men.” This is the 40-year-old company’s first staging of “Hamlet,” the Bard’sstory of murder, revenge, corruption and mortality. The Acting Company has performed 137 productions for more than 3 million people in 48 states and 10 foreign countries.
The show will be at 4 p.m. in the Foster Theater of the Gallo Center. Tickets are $25 to $40. Visit www.galloarts.org or call (209)338-2100.
The Mother Lode Art Association celebrates the 61st annual Fall Art Show & Exhibit starting this weekend.
The juried fine art show displays works from local and regional artists. A public reception will open the event Friday evening and will include appetizers, refreshments and a raffle grand prize donated by Timothy Milligan, last year’s Best of Show winner. The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Sonora Opera House, 250 S. Washington St. The exhibit will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday at the Sonora Opera House. The display will be open until 8 p.m. Saturday for the Sonora Saturday Art Walk.
The 37th annual Sonora Bach Festival continues with its Salon Concert on Saturday evening. The concert is at 6 p.m. at the Hoffman-Gordon home in East Sonora. Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey, duo violas da gamba, will perform. The event begins with a casual diner and local wines. After the show, desserts will be served and guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists. Admission is $35. Visit www.sonorabach.org or call (209) 536-6330.
The public is invited to a free lecture at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock on “Innovation & Invention: The Art of Picasso” by Robert Flynn Johnson.
The illustrated lecture will explore the constantly evolving creativity of Picasso over his long career. Johnson is the curator emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He will discuss Picasso’s groundbreaking experiments in the fields of sculpture, printmaking and ceramics in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit of Picasso’s ceramics at the center. “Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics” will be on view at the Carnegie through Jan. 15. The lecture will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway in Turlock. Admission is free. Admission to “Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics” exhibit is $12 with discounts for seniors and members. Visit www.carnegie arts turlock.org or call (209)632-5761.
The Cambodian-American community of Modesto invites the public to enjoy a monthlong cultural art exhibit. The “Cambodian American Experience” exhibit will have an opening reception at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Peer Recovery Art Project, 1228 J St. in Modesto. The showcase is hosted by Khmer Youth of Modesto (KYOM). Artwork in the gallery will include sketches by local Cambodian-American artists, paintings from Cambodia, traditional Cambodian clothing and textiles, poetry and more. The showcase also will feature poetry readings, live traditional music, oral history and cultural dance performances. An opening reception will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday and will be followed by dance and poetry performances. A meet-the-artists panel discussion will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more visit facebook.com/khmeryouth ofmodesto or www.peer recoveryartpro ject.org.