March 6, 2014

6 Things To Do This Week

Things to Do This Week including Shrek The Musical, Tommy Castro and Imagination Movers.

Imagination Movers

Children’s music group Imagination Movers return to the Gallo Center for the Arts. The popular group sold out two shows at the center in 2011 thanks to its throngs of young fans, called Gearheads. The band has a popular show on the Disney Junior Channel by the same name. Its live shows include dancing, games, audience interaction and more.

WHEN: 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $10-$30

CALL: (209) 338-2100

ONLINE: www.galloarts.org

Tommy Castro

Hard-touring bluesman Tommy Castro returns to Modesto with a new group, the Painkillers. The Bay Area blues guitarist brings a smaller band, but still promises big sound. The new group forgoes horns to focus more on Castro’s guitar work. The new band has a lean, looser feel with bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist James Page and drummer David Tucker.

WHEN: 8 p.m. today

WHERE: The State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto


CALL: (209) 527-4697

ONLINE: www.thestate.org

Chonda Pierce

The “Queen of Clean” comedy, Chonda Pierce, comes to the Gallo Center for the Arts. A pastor’s daughter raised in South Carolina, the Christian comedian brings a Southern twang and quick wit to her shows. Pierce got her big break working at a theme park in Nashville, where she performed as Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl. Pierce has eight DVDs that have gone gold and four that have gone platinum. She also has five Daytime Emmy nominations for her work co-hosting “Aspiring Women,” a talk show on the Total Living Network and her first television special, “This Ain’t Prettyville!” on CMT.

WHEN: 8 p.m. today

WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $15-$45

CALL: (209) 338-2100

ONLINE: www.galloarts.org

Perla Batalla

Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla returns to the Sunday Afternoons at CBS series. The singer first gained international attention as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen. The world music singer last appeared in the concert series in 2008. This appearance will emphasize the work of Cohen.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 seniors and students, and $7 for children

CALL: (209) 571-6060

ONLINE: www.cbsmodesto.org


Shrek: The Musical

Everyone’s favorite green ogre gets his moment in the footlights in Playhouse Merced’s production of “Shrek The Musical.” Based on the popular 2001 animated movie, the musical first came to Broadway in 2008. The story follows Shrek as he tries to regain the deed to his swampland. He is joined on his adventure by a wise-cracking donkey and feisty princess. The production premiered last week and continues through March 16.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 16

WHERE: Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St.

TICKETS: $22 general, $20 seniors, $12 students, and $10 children

CALL: (209) 725-8587

ONLINE: www.playhousemerced.com

Dennis Johnson

Slide blues slinger Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers bring New Orleans-style sounds to Newman’s West Side Theatre. Johnson’s sound has been compared to that of fellow guitarists Robert Johnson and Roy Rogers. Real Blues Magazine has called his music “highly recommended.”

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman

TICKETS: $15 general, $18 reserved

CALL: (209) 862-4490

ONLINE: www.westsidetheatre.org

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