The winner of NBC’s reality competition show “Phenomenon,” Mike Super is one of magic’s newest stars. Super uses illusions, predictions and other skills to wow audiences. Super began practicing magic at age 6 and in 2007 won the live magic competition on NBC. He last appeared at the Gallo Center for the Arts in 2012.
Two members of the British rock hitmakers Dire Straits are back together with a new band. Dire Straits’ original keyboardist Alan Clark and saxopohinist Chris White have reunited and are touring the U.S. for the first time in 20 years. Called The Straits, White and Clark are joined by drummer Steve Ferrone from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and other musicians. The group will perform classic like “Sultans of Swing,” “Money for Nothing,” “Walk of Life” and more.
Singer-songwriter Paul Thorn brings his distinctive mix of blues and rock to the Gallo Center for the Arts. The son of a Pentecostal minister, Thorn sings about what he knows after growing up in Tupelo, Miss. He worked at a furniture factory and fought as a professional boxer before turning his attention full-time to music.
Modesto nonprofit arts organization Focus On … presents “Amore, Amour, Amor,” a night of romantic melodies from around the world. Performing will be international tenor Roy Stevens and soprano Annalisa Winberg. Also performing will be Zachary Sheely, Christina Capsuto and members of 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, Josh Groban and more.
‘Cesar Chavez’ premiere
The Latino Community Roundtable and Brenden Theatres team up to bring the red-carpet premiere of the feature film “Cesar Chavez,” about the founder of the United Farm Workers. The film follows the life of the civil rights leader and labor movement activist and stars Michael Pena as Chavez, along with America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich. Half of the proceeds from each ticket sold will go toward the maintenance and cleanup of Cesar Chavez Park. The film premieres nationally next Friday.
Calaveras Gem & Jewelry Show
Calaveras Gem & Mineral Society presents its popular Gem & Jewelry Show. The event features world-class dealers selling gems, minerals, jewelry, beads, fossils, petrified wood, fluorescents, lapidary material, equipment, books, supplies and more. There will be demonstrations of the making of lapidary and jewelry items, children’s activities, raffles and prizes and exhibits. There is a free shuttle service from parking lot to Mark Twain Hall.