Classic rock band Foreigner returns to the Central Valley along with its slew of radio staples from the ’70s and ’80s. The band, known for chart hits like “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “I Don’t Want to Live Without You,” “Say You Will” and “Cold as Ice” still features original member Mick Jones. At each show it brings a local high school chorus up on stage to sing “I Want to Know What Love Is” with them. This year the Patterson High School choir won the contest to appear with group at the Turlock show.
James Broughton centennial
The life and essence of Modesto native and counterculture icon James Broughton will be feted with film, poetry and more. The James Broughton Centennial Celebration is being hosted by the Modesto Art Museum and will include screenings of a new documentary about the influential artist. Broughton, who was born in Modesto in 1913, became famous for his poetry and movies. He was one of the original Radical Faeries, a counterculture movement that began in San Francisco, and is known for his mantra of “Follow your own weird.” The film “Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” will screen together with his own autobiographical film “Testament” at the event. There also will be readings of his poetry by the Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center.
Johnny Cash tribute
Pay tribute to The Man in Black with “The Cash Tribute Show” featuring James Garner. The concert celebrates the life and music of Johnny Cash. Garner and his band have played more than 200 shows. The production is not an impersonation, but a celebration of the country music icon’s life and most popular songs.
The Science on Screen film series continues with a showing of the independent sci-fi drama “Another Earth.” The series, which is funded through a grant of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, pairs films with the real science behind the scenes. The film explores the possibility of parallel universes, as will the accompanying scientific presentation. University of the Pacific professor Jim Hetrick, the chairman of the university’s physics department, will be on hand to discuss the physics and astronomy in the film as will faculty from Modesto Junior College.
‘A Christmas Carol’
Modesto Christian School gets you into the holiday spirit early with its production of “A Christmas Carol.” The Charles Dickens classic will be performed by students in the school’s performing arts department. The story follows a miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge who is haunted by three spirits – the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come – and must find a way to find his lost Christmas spirit.