In brief: Arts events across the Modesto region

03/28/2014 12:00 AM

03/27/2014 10:19 AM

Two of the area’s premier arts agencies join forces for the Central California Art Show beginning Wednesday.

The first-ever joint venture by the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Central California Art Association’s Mistlin Gallery in Modesto will be on display through May 11.

The event will replace each institution’s annual spring juried art show and showcase new work in a variety of artistic media.

The judges for the 2014 Showcase will be Oakland resident and curator Phillip Linhares, artist and curator Debra Neese Lehane of Glen Ellen in Sonoma County, and sculptor John Toki of Berkeley.

An award ceremony and reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. April 4 at both galleries.

For more information, visit the Mistlin website at or the Carnegie website at

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Check into Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with its première April 4 at Modesto’s State Theatre. The opening-night festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the film screening at 7:30.

The downtown Modesto theater lobby will be decked out with period antiques and artifacts from the 1930s era.

Guests can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from executive chef John Surla of Surla’s Restaurant, and the no-host Lutz Lux Cocktail Bar will be open.

A concierge will announce guests’ entrance. Reservations and period evening attire are recommended. Tickets are $13. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit

Unplugged Music Festival

Mark your calendars for a weekend of unplugged music in Modesto. The Modesto Unplugged Music Festival (MUMfest) runs April 4-6 at various downtown locations. More than 25 local and regional artists will play an array of musical styles for the event, from bluegrass and folk to country and rock. Individual tickets range from $10 to $15, and a weekend pass is $40.

Tribute to Sinatra

Enjoy an evening celebrating a tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Harry James Orchestra featuring the Don Clarke Big Band on Sunday at the Gallo Center for the Arts. The show will feature performances by the Four Lads, comedian, singer and impressionist Paul Boland, Mary Lou Metzger of “The Lawrence Welk Show” fame and Sebastian Anzaldo in a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Show starts at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are $19 to $69. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit

Cowboy singer Dave Stamey

Cowboy singer Dave Stamey is coming to perform for the Calaveras Arts Council’s Ovations 2014 Performing Arts Series on Sunday. The show begins at 3 p.m. at the Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center at Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, in Angels Camp. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and younger. Call (209) 754-1774 or visit

‘The Sound of Music’ auditions

Sierra Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for all youth parts for its summer production of “The Sound of Music” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Director Scott Viets will also partner with Sierra Rep Jr. and Education Director Ralph Krumins to lead a special pre-audition workshop the day before. The free workshop for children ages 5 to 18 Monday will feature theater games, singing and dance. The workshop will be at 6 p.m. for children 5 to 9 and 6:30 p.m. for children 10 to 18.

Participation in the workshop is not required to attend the official open call auditions the following day. Both the workshop and auditions will be at the East Sonora Rehearsal Annex, 13891 Mono Way.

Runway for Reading Show

The Stanislaus Library Foundation will hold the Runway for Reading Fashion Show on Sunday. The event will feature library fans from throughout the county, each holding a favorite book, modeling women’s, men’s and children’s wear from local stores. Guests will also be treated to dessert and champagne. The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Petersen Center, 720 12th St. Tickets are $35. For more, visit

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