What you’ll love about Sunday is having heard Craig Morgan on Saturday. The country singer famous for such chart hits as “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Redneck Yacht Club” and “Almost Home” returns to the region. An Army veteran, Morgan began his musical career in 2000 and hit No. 1 five years later. By 2008, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. This September, he released his latest album, “The Journey (Livin’ Hits).” The compilation includes his new single, “Wake Up Lovin’ You,” as well as eight of his top hits. Morgan was last in the area in 2010 for the KAT Country 103 Listener Appreciation Concert in Turlock.
Portuguese fado star
Portuguese singer Mariza brings melodic melancholy of fado to the Gallo Center. The traditional music from Portugal blends elegant, emotional lyrics into sparse, haunting ballads. The singing style dates back to the 1830s, and the word comes from the Latin for “fate.” Mariza is one of the genre’s biggest stars and has sold more than 1million albums internationally. She has played shows at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and London’s Royal Albert Hall, among others.
ITSA Film Festival
The best in short film and animation comes to the ITSA Film Festival in Sonora. The Imagination Talent Shorts festival will feature works by up-and-coming and established filmmakers. The event opens with a Dia de los Muertos-themed gala Friday at the Sonora Opera Hall. “Supernatural” and “Felicity” star Rob Benedict will be in attendance promoting his film “The Sidekick,” which also stars Ron Livingston of “Office Space” and Lizzy Caplan of “Mean Girls.” Saturday evening will feature a lineup of horror films with the “Reel Scary” presentation.
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”
See what is considered one of the greatest horror films of the silent era with the Carnegie Arts Center’s screening of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” The 1920 silent film was part of the German Expressionist movement. Movies in the movement were highly stylized and often featured deep shadows and asymmetric angles. Other iconic German Expressionist films include “Nosferatu” and “Metropolis.” “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” follows murder, abduction and other twists after friends go see a somnambulist at a circus attraction. California State University, Stanislaus, English professor Arnold Schmidt will present the film, and local musicians will accompany the screening.
“The Ugly Ducking”
Cutting edge doesn’t often get associated with fables. But the two will meet at the production of the Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Ugly Duckling” and the Aesop fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The collaboration of New Orleans-based Lightwire Theatre and Corbian Visual Arts and Dance uses electroluminescent puppetry, moving sculpture and dance to bring the characters to life. The mix of moving sculpture, dance and lights is open to all ages and recommended for children ages 5 to 8.