Modesto Camellia Show
The Camellia Society of Modesto’s 53rd annual Camellia Show is in bloom this weekend. The community event is free to spectators. The exhibit features thousands of the flowering plants on display, with hundreds also for sale.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
Comedy legend Steve Martin is joined again by the bluegrass group the Steep Canyon Rangers. Martin and the band began collaborating in 2009 and have been playing together since. Their collaborative record “Rare Bird Alert” was nominated for a Grammy in 2011. The pairing opened the 2012-13 Gallo Center for the Arts season and return to the region for a show filled with humor and bluegrass at Stockon’s Bob Hope Theatre.
Tony Award-winning dancer, choreographer and actor Savion Glover brings each one of those out in his new show, “STePz,” at the Gallo Center for the Arts. The production is a celebration of stair dancing. The tap concert features Glover, Marshall Davis Jr. and three female dancers showcasing what has become a lost art form. The performance includes choreography set to a range of music, from jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis to modern musicians Prince and Stevie Wonder, and even some classical and cinematic selections.
Pat Travers and Chris Cain
Expect a night of rocking guitar when the Pat Travers Band, featuring guitarist Chris Cain, plays the State Theatre. Canadian guitarist Travers had hits in the 1970s, including “Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights),” “Is This Love” and “Crash and Burn.” Joining Travers and company will be San Jose native and master blues guitarist Cain.
Tickets are $20-$35. Call (209)527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.
The Commanders, a newly revived ensemble from the Air Force Band of the Golden West, play a free community show in Turlock. The group, formed by 18 airmen, carries on the tradition of American big bands. The ensemble plays jazz, swing, Broadway favorites and patriotic tunes.
The Modesto Junior College theater department and the Gallo Center for the Arts join forces for their first full-length production, Thornton Wilder’s classic American play “Our Town.” Spanning 13 years in the fictitious small town of Grover’s Corners, the play takes on marriage, family and death in a homespun way that has delighted audiences for decades. The MJC and Gallo production includes a cast of student and community actors.
St. Patrick’s festivities
Celebrate the Irish spirit at two popular events this Saturday. The family-friendly Murphys Irish Day features a parade, more than 100 vendors, live music and children’s activities. The 21-and-over Lucky Fest features 25 custom-built pubs, live music, entertainment and other shenanigans. Both promise attendees a sea of green and a good time, no luck required.