In brief: Arts events across the region

03/20/2014 12:00 AM

03/19/2014 1:49 PM

The Femme Flutale Trio comes to play as part of the St. James Concert Series on Sunday.

The trio, flutists Sandra Betti and June Diggle and pianist Andrea Marks, will perform classical and semiclassical music at the Red Church in Sonora. They’ll play three different-size flutes: the standard C flute, the alto flute and the smaller piccolo. Music begins at 3 p.m.

Also performing will be three recipients of the Sierra Music Scholarships: Jonathon Bermea, Nathan Clark and Lillian Fox. A reception will follow the performance. Tickets for the concert are $12 for adults and $5 for students under 18. Call (209) 536-0825 or visit

‘Cyrano’ at Center Stage

Center Stage Conservatory presents “Cyrano” beginning this weekend.

The Center Stage Youth Spring Conservatory production will run through March 30, with an opening-night reception after the show tonight. It is based on “Cyrano de Bergerac,” by Edmond Rostand.

Traci Sprague directs the cast of youth performers ages 10 to 18. The play follows witty Cyrano, whose long nose prevents him from declaring his love for Roxanne. So he helps a handsome but tongue-tied suitor woo her instead, using his own words.

Shows are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Center Stage Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St., Modesto. Tickets are $10 general, $5 youth and students. Call (209) 846-0179 or visit

Lydia Loveless at Hero’s

Check out up-and-coming singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless at The Brewhouse at Hero’s on Thursday night.

The Ohio-based alt-country artist’s new album, “Somewhere Else,” was named one of the “50 Albums to Hear in 2014” by Spin magazine, and Rolling Stone called her one of “10 New Artists You Need To Know.” She is joined on the bill by The(Secret)Hitchers.

Show starts at 7 p.m. at Hero’s, 821 L St., Modesto. Tickets are $7.

At Home in Turlock

Get three views of what it means to be “At Home in Turlock” in the new Carnegie Arts Center exhibit at the Hilmar Cheese Co.

The exhibit has an artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today. The artists, Joanne Benedict, Gity Miller and Hope Werness, all have strong ties to Turlock. Santa Barbara resident Benedict has family in the area and painted some of the city’s most recognizable homes in watercolors. Turlock resident Miller used black-and-white photography to capture some of the city’s architecture. Retired California State University, Stanislaus, art history professor Werness has created digital images of some of the town’s historic landmarks.

The exhibit will be up through May 4. Admission to it and the reception are free and open to the public.

Murphys Creek Theatre

Murphys Creek Theatre opens its 2014 season with the Neil Simon farce “Rumors” at the Black Bart Playhouse starting today.

For its 20th anniversary season, the company will present five shows and two special events. The shows will all be popular favorites from its two decades of productions, starting with “Rumors,” the first play the company put on. It continues with Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in June, the spoof “I Hate Hamlet” in August, the hit “Escanaba in da Moonlight” in September and the holiday favorite “A Christmas Carol” starting in November.

The special events will be “The Mirror Project” from its educational program this summer; “The Mirror Project Alumni Show” this July; and “The Rocky Horror Show” in October.

For more information call (209) 728-8422 or visit www.murphys

The Babes Of Babel

Enjoy an evening of music in foreign tongues at the Babes of Babel show today.

The event at the Peer Recovery Art Project in downtown Modesto features four singer-songwriters with international flair. The lineup includes Finnish folk duo Vellamo, South African Rozanne Gewaar, Valley’s Got Talent winner Francesca Bavaro singing in Italian and French and Modesto country-rock singer Patty Castillo Davis performing in Spanish and Latin.

Music starts at 7 p.m. at 1222 J St. and cover is $10.

Sierra Rep Theatre Jr.

Sierra Repertory Theatre Jr. will offer a spring break workshop from March 24-28 based on its current production of “Les Misérables.” Participants will learn and perform appropriate selections from the popular Broadway musical.

Sierra Rep invites participants and families to see the full production after the workshop’s youth performance on Friday. Enrollment fee is $98 and includes price of admission for one ticket to Sierra Rep’s “Les Misérables” at its East Sonora Theatre.

Call (209) 532-0502 or visit

Youth Art Month Show

High school students from across Stanislaus County will take part in the Youth Art Month Show, which runs through Wednesday at Modesto Junior College.

An awards reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Modesto Junior College Art Gallery, east campus, 435 College Ave.

Works including drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, ceramics and more will be presented. Admission is free.

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