In Brief: Arts and entertainment events in the region

01/23/2014 3:39 PM

01/23/2014 3:40 PM

Grammy-winning Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas is bringing his solo tour to the Gallo Center for the Arts in April.

The singer’s monthlong North American tour will pull into the Gallo at 7:30 p.m. April 8. Tickets go on sale Friday. With Matchbox Twenty, Thomas has sold more than 19 million albums. As a solo artist, he won three Grammy Awards for his collaboration with Carlos Santana on “Smooth.”

Thomas last played the area in 2006 when he came to Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. Tickets will range from $69 to $139 for the Modesto show. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit

Roman Loranc exhibit

Polish-born photographer Roman Loranc will be celebrated as part of the Carnegie Arts Center Distinguished Artist series.

The artist, who lived in Modesto for more than 20 years and photographed the Central Valley extensively, will have a retrospective exhibit of his work Thursday at the Turlock gallery at 250 N. Broadway. The opening reception is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

Loranc’s images are part of the California landscape tradition of Ansel Adams, whose family has praised Loranc’s work recently.

The exhibit includes more than 60 photographs, including many images of the Central Valley and some from his travels through Europe. It closes March 23. General admission is $5. Call (209) 632-5761 or visit

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