The passionate music and dance of Argentina comes to Modesto with “Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango.” The production has appeared on Broadway three times and includes 14 dancers, a vocalist and an onstage 11-piece orchestra. The show was conceived by director, producer and composer Bravo and tells the story of the birth of the dance in 19th century Argentina.
Six-time Grammy Award-nominated folk musician John McCutcheon returns for his 13th annual benefit concert for the Modesto Peace/Life Center. The multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and author has created a dedicated fan base in the area over the years. His 36th album, “22 Days,” was released last year. It is an homage to his friend, the cellist Vedran Smailovic, who played for 22 days in a row at a Bosnian bombing site where 22 of his countrymen were killed. He began writing the album on the 20th anniversary of Smailovic’s action.
‘Cash and Carter’
The Modesto Community Concert Association brings country music’s royal couple to life in the show “Cash and Carter.” The Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show tells the musical story of the famous pair’s life. Neil and Jamie Morrow portray Johnny and June, and the show emphasizes the couple’s chemistry. The event features classic songs like “Jackson,” “Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man” and “It Ain’t Me, Babe.”
The Science on Screen series continues at the State Theatre. The series, which combines movies with interactive activities and educational lectures, will screen the Oscar-nominated film “Whale Rider.” The story follows a 12-year-old Maori girl in New Zealand who wants to become the chief of her tribe. The speaker for the event is Kimberly Stevenot, a noted Miwuk traditionalist, basket weaver, artist and teacher, who will discuss tribal customs and cultures. There also will be native regalia, jewelry and baskets on display in the lobby. The Miwuk are American Indians indigenous to Northern California, predominantly in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Science on Screen series is funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation given to only 20 theaters across the country.
These are your last few days to see the “Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics From the Rosenbaum Collection” exhibit at Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center. The show features some 45 works, including plates, bowls, pitchers, vases and plaques, that were painted by the legendary Pablo Picasso. The exhibit will be on view this weekend and closes Wednesday. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Carnegie director and curator Rebecca Phillips Abbott will lead a lecture on “The Picasso Women.” The free event is part of the center’s monthly Sunday Arts Lectures series. The illustrated talk will examine the relationships that Picasso had with women – as wives, lovers, models and muses.
‘Perfect’ at Playhouse
The relationship musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” begins a three-weekend run on the Playhouse Merced stage Friday. The four-person cast plays various characters throughout the show about love, marriage and everything in between. It is the second-most-popular show in Off-Broadway history. Playhouse Merced’s production is directed by Jim Kocher, musically directed by Joel Scott Shade and features a Merced-based cast that includes Matt Capron, Colton Dennis, Bethy Harmelin and Dianne Kocher.