May The Force be with the MJC Community Orchestra as it celebrates “Return of the Jedi”

11/28/2013 12:00 AM

11/26/2013 10:18 AM

The Force will be with the Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra as it celebrates “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”

The orchestra will give a special concert commemorating the film’s 30th anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Main Auditorium on the MJC East Campus. Storm troopers from the Central California Garrison, a division of the 501st Legion nonprofit Star Wars costuming group, will make an appearance at the concert.

The concert, directed by MJC professor Anne Martin, will include works by Wagner, Mozart and others as well as a rendition of Star Wars Imperial March and a medley from “Return of the Jedi.” Tickets are $5 at the door, $1 for students/seniors.

Warren Miller Entertainment

Warren Miller Entertainment returns for the annual ode to skiing fundraiser.

The event will screen the latest Warren Entertainment Release, “Ticket to Ride,” to raise money for the Society for Handicapped Children & Adults. The Thanksgiving weekend event at the State Theatre has been a Modesto tradition for more than 25 years.

The 64th film from Warren Miller Entertainment features world-class skiers like Sean Pettit, Ted Ligety, Seth Westcott and Jess McMillian in terrains ranging from Alaska’s Tordrillos to Iceland’s Troll Peninsula and the fjords of Greenland. Filmgoers will receive one free Bear Valley lift ticket with each movie ticket purchased.

There will be four screenings: 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday and 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the State Theatre. Tickets are $20. For more visit www.skinet.com/warrenmiller.

Modesto Film Society

The Modesto Film Society has no intention of shooting your eye out.

But, the group will kick off the holiday season with a screening of the perennial holiday classic “A Christmas Story” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the State Theatre. The story is about an Indiana boy who dreams of nothing more than getting a Red Ryder carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle from Santa, despite the warnings from everyone around him that he’ll shoot his eye out.

Tickets are $8. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

Rim Fire painting

Sonora artist Michael Karnahan is exhibiting an original oil painting of California’s recent Rim Fire.

Karnahan worked as a firefighter for the United States Forest Service during the wildfire which burned some 257,000 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park this summer. The piece depicts U.S. Fire Service Hot Shots from Twain Harte and DC-10 from 10 Tanker Air Carrier Service. Karnahan will produce some 1,500 signed fine art posters of the piece.

He will have a meet-the-artist signing from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at The Backspace Gallery in Sonora and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 7 at All That Matters in Twain Harte.

Handel’s “Messiah”

The Ripon Oratorio Society celebrates the Christmas season with its 68th presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday.

Singers have been practicing since the beginning of November for the concert. The event will be at 3 p.m. at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, at 4th and Orange streets in Ripon. Attendance is free. For more call (209) 599-6163.

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