In Briefs: Arts events across the Modesto region

03/13/2014 12:00 AM

03/12/2014 3:43 PM

ArtsThe Downtown Modesto Third Thursday Art Walk returns for its spring and summer season.

The art walk begins again Thursday at galleries and businesses throughout downtown. The free community event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

The eight participating venues are the Barkin’ Dog Grill, The Chartreuse Muse, C’est joli, Crow Trading Co., Gallery 909, Mistlin Gallery-Central California Art Association, Peer Recovery Art Project Gallery and Preservation Coffee.

Each location will showcase a diverse array of artwork and give people the opportunity to meet local artists, purchase artwork and experience the area’s art scene. A printable map is available for download online at

New York Film

Critics Series

Downtown Modesto’s State Theatre has partnered with the New York Film Critics Series to present screenings of pre-release movies along with simulcast Q&As with the stars and filmmakers.

The film and Q&A series begins March 25 with the film “Breathe In.” After the screening, a captured-live Q&A appearance by the film’s star, Felicity Jones, and director Drake Doremus, as well as co-stars Guy Pierce and Amy Ryan joining remotely, will be shown.

Show starts at 7:15 p.m. at the theater at 1307 J St. Tickets are $12. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit

Focus On ... presents romance

Modesto nonprofit arts organization Focus On … presents “Amore, Amour, Amor” on March 22 at Jacobs Fine Dining.

The night of romantic melodies from around the world will be performed by tenor Roy Stevens and soprano Annalisa Winberg with Zachary Sheely and Christina Capsuto. Ron Brickman will accompany on piano.

Also featured in the evening’s performances will be performers from The Dance Academy, Townsend Opera and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

The program will include pieces made famous by Placido Domingo, Renée Flemming, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman and Josh Groban.

Tickets are $35-$55. Call (209) 402-6092 or visit

Bluegrass series

at West Side

The Central California Bluegrass Series returns to the West Side Theatre in Newman on Friday.

Red Dog Ash and the Central Valley Boys will take the stage for the third show in the series. Shows will be held each month through May at the Newman venue at 1331 Main St.

The Central Valley quintet Red Dog Ash, specializing in original compositions and tight harmonies, and the Central Valley Boys, a group dedicated to the old-time country sound of Ray Park, the Maddox Brothers and Rose, Vern Williams and more, will perform. Musicians can bring their instruments for an open jam after the concert.

Tickets are $12 general and $15 reserved. Show starts at 8 p.m. Call (209) 862-4490.

El Mundo

at Gallo Center

The Gallo Center for the Arts joins with Modesto Junior College in presenting El Mundo as part of the MJC Music Lives Recital Series. The show will be offered Thursday in the center’s Foster Family Theatre.

The chamber group plays 16th through 19th century Latin American, Spanish and Italian chamber music. El Mundo was formed in 1999 and is made up of period instrument performers and singers including Celine Ricci, Jennifer Ellis Kampani, Nell Snaidas and Paul Shipper.

Tickets are $15-$35. The Gallo Center is at 1000 I St., Modesto. For more, call (209) 338-2100 or see

‘Singin’ in the Rain’

at State Theatre

The Modesto Film Society’s March presentation is the Gene Kelly classic “Singin’ in the Rain,” on screen at the State Theatre on Sunday.

The 1952 musical, starring Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, is set at the moment in the late 1920s when the movies first started to talk. Filled with comedy, sight gags and dance, the film’s music includes the title number along with “Make ’Em Laugh” and “Moses Supposes.”

The screening begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the State, 1307 J St., Modesto. Tickets are $8. Call (209) 527-4697 or see

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