The Columbia Jazz Series will present blues singer Barbara Morrison.
Morrison is known for her tours with Ray Charles and years with Count Basie. She has performed with a who’s who of other stars, including Carlos Santana, Dizzy Gillespie and Doc Severinson. Her repertoire includes romantic ballads and standard hits from the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. She will be backed by the 20-piece Columbia Big Band. She will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the College Dogwood Theater in Columbia. Tickets are $20 and all seats are reserved. Call (209)588-5126.
MJC fall choral concert
The Modesto Junior College Concert Choir presents its fall choral concert.
The 35-member choir, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, will be conducted by longtime MJC professor Stephen Stroud and accompanied at the piano by staff accompanist Yan Yan Chan. The program includes works by Stephen Foster, Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and more.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. today in the main auditorium on the east campus, 435 College Ave. The event is open to the public, and parking and admission are free.
The Mother Lode Quintet
Enjoy an afternoon of music in the foothills at the St. James Concert Series.
The series presents the Mother Lode Quintet at 3p.m. Sunday at the Church of the 49ers in Columbia. The group brings together musicians from Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties. Formed in 2011, it features flutist Janet Telford, oboist Jane Buzzard, clarinetist Hank King, bassoonist Gail Buzzard and French horn player Bill Minkel. The concert will include compositions from various periods and by composers from around the world.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students under 18. Call (209) 586-0825 or visit www.sjconcertseries.org.
Juline Dance fundraiser
The Juline Foundation for Children holds its annual fundraiser this weekend.
The foundation, which helps children express themselves through dance, celebrates An Evening Under the Stars starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ripon Community Center. The event will include a wine tasting, auction, raffle, dinner and more. There also will be performances by the Juline Regional Youth Ballet and its Outreach Dancers. The group, now in its 11th year, reaches students through school visits, its outreach program and the Juline Regional Youth Ballet.
Tickets are $45. Call (209)529-2264.
Studio open house
Central West Ballet invites the public to an open house of its new studio space.
The company’s second studio space, the Liz and Royal Robbins Studio, will be dedicated at 6 p.m. Thursday. The festivities will include refreshments, live music and dance rehearsal excerpts. The studio is at 5033 Pentecost Drive, Suite 3, in Modesto.
Mistlin Holiday Show
The Mistlin Gallery Holiday Show kicks off Thursday.
The Central California Art Association event features artists displaying jewelry, ceramics, photography, fabric art and fine art and more at the downtown Modesto Mistlin Gallery from Thursday through Dec. 19. Selected artists will display gift items during the Third Thursday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The gallery hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Admission is free. The Mistlin Gallery is at 1015 J St. Call (209) 529-3369 or visit www.ccartassn.org.
The Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour for 2014 is looking for submissions. Artists residing or working in Stanislaus County and the surrounding communities of Ripon, Escalon and Manteca are invited to apply by Dec. 1. Artists must be 18 and older. The 2014 Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour will be April 12-13. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://stanislausaos.wordpress.com.