CHICKEN RANCH• (800) 752-4646
16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown. (209) 984-4806. www.chickenranchcasino.com/
THUNDER VALLEY• (877) 468-8777
March 29, G. Love and Special Sauce. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com
CHUKCHANSI GOLD• (866) 794-6946
April 12, LOL Comedy Series. 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
JACKSON RANCHERIA• (800) 822-9466
April 5, Johnny Winter; April 18, Jefferson Starship; May 4, Amador Wedding Faire; May 8, Ashanti. 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com
RED HAWK CASINO• (888) 573-3495
March 28, Brodie Stewart Band; March 29, The Spazmatics; March 30, Lace & Lead; April 4-5, Clean Slate. 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
March 28, Voz de Mando; March 30, Film Ratapoom; April 5, IBA Championship Boxing; April 6, Jason Latimer. 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
March 28, Tempest; March 29, Left of Centre; April 3, Comedy Underground; April 4, Bo Bice Acoustic Tour; April 5, Cover Me Badd. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne .
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000
First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
TURLOCK COMMUNITY THEATRE• (209) 668-1169
April 11, Jim Breuer. Standup comic performs his “Something for Everyone” tour. 7:30 p.m. May 17, famed stand-up comedian, Don Rickles, performs. For mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $69-$129. www.turlocktheatre.org
DANCE CONCERT• May 16-17
Directed by Kitsy Olson. 8 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959. www.csustan.edu/soa
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
18TH ANNUAL CESAR E. CHAVEZ FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION• March 29
City of Modesto presents a celebration for the life and legacy of Cesar E. Chavez. Speeches, poetry, cultural dances and community resources. Light refreshments provided. Noon-3 p.m. Cesar Chavez Park, 619 Sierra Drive, Modesto. Free. (209) 341-2950.
OAKDALE TESTICLE FESTIVAL• March 31
Oakdale Rotary and Oakdale Cowboy Museum presents 33rd annual testicle festival honoring Bushwacker the bull. 6 p.m. bar; 7 p.m. dinner. F.E.S. Hall, 190 N. Lee , Oakdale. $65 advanced; $75 door. (209) 847-7049. www.oakdaletesticlefestival.com
MODESTO UNPLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014• April 4-6
Artists from around the country and the region will share the stage over three days, with an array of bluegrass, folk, Americana, country, jug band, acoustic rock and more. Various locations
CEP SPRING FILM AND LECTURE SERIES• Through April 17
April 3, “Precious Knowledge”; April 17, “Chasing Ice.” All presentations are held in Forum 110. 7 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6180. www.mjc.edu
“PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE”• April 3
Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project presentation of the screening of “Precious Knowledge.” Discussion to follow film. Campus parking fee of $1 in student lots. 7 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Forum 110, 435 College Ave. Free.
FOOD & FUN
SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAIN• Ongoing
Murder Mystery Trains, Sunset Dinner and Wild West trains, Sunday brunch trains. Call or check website for times and prices. Sierra Railroad Golden Sunset and Daylight Trains, 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. 800-866-1690. www.sierrarailroad.com
VFW BREAKFAST• Ongoing
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $7. (209) 537-3360.
VFW DINNER• Ongoing
Friday night dinner hosted by the VFW Post 3199. 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. Small donation. (209) 537-3360.
HISTORY CENTER BREAKFAST• Ongoing
Presented by Northern Mariposa County History Center. Eggs, ham or sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes and fresh fruit. 8-11 a.m. second Sundays. Coulterville School House, Broadway and Cemetery. $5 adults; $3 children.
RIPON VFW FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS• Ongoing
Hosted by Ripon VFW Post 1051. 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars - Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
RIPON VFW WEDNESDAY LUNCH• Ongoing
Hosted by VFW 1051 of Ripon. Chicken strips, burgers, fish or shrimp with fries. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Veterans of Foreign Wars - Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
TURLOCK VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS• Ongoing
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. 5-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Turlock, 1405 E. Linwood Ave. $2-$6.50. (209) 668-9710.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS• Ongoing
Livingston VFW monthly Hamburger night. 5-7 p.m. Last Thursday of each month. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4.50. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com
MODESTO VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS• Ongoing
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 4-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6-$7. (209) 668-9710.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• Ongoing
8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th and N Streets, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
FOE BREAKFAST• Ongoing
Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. First Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $6. (209) 577-2298.
STEAK NIGHT• Ongoing
Steak dinner, salad bar, no-host bar. Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner. First Friday. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $12. (209) 577-2298.
LA GRANGE ODD FELLOWS AND REBEKAH BREAKFAST• Second Sundays
7 a.m.-1 p.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2128.
KNIGHTS FERRY BREAKFAST• Ongoing
First Sunday of the month. 8 a.m.-noon. IOOF Hall, 5030 Broadway, Coulterville. $5.
TURLOCK SONS IN RETIREMENT• Ongoing
Monthly luncheon. 11:15 a.m. third Wednesday. Denair Community Center , 3850 N. Gratton Road, Denair. (209) 632-0011. www.sirinc.org
OPEN AIR MARKET• Ongoing
First Saturday of every month. Noon-5 p.m. The Yogurt Station, 1214 W. F St., Oakdale. Free. (209) 845-8113.
PRAYER CIRCLE POTLUCK• Ongoing
Mondays, weekly potluck gathering. 5-7 p.m. Unity Church, 2467 Veneman Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 634-8059.
FISH FRY• March 28-April 11
6 p.m. March 28 and April 11 SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $15 members; $17 non-members. (209) 578-5801.
BRUNCH AND FASHION SHOW• March 29
Annual fundraising brunch and fashion show. Theme is “Day at the Forum.” Benefits the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County. Brunch, raffle and fashion show included in ticket. 10:30 a.m. Del Rio Country Club, 801 Stewart Road, Modesto. $45. (209) 529-5581. www.chs-ca.org
ELEGANT EDIBLES• March 29
Weston Elementary School PFA food and spirit tasting event. 21 years and older event featuring local vendors with entrees, appetizers, side dishes, beer/wine/spirits and desserts. 6 p.m.-midnight. Ripon Community Center, 334 W. Fourth St. $35 advance; $40 door. (209) 607-7224 or (209) 232-7777.
VIETNAM VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BREAKFAST• March 29
Vietnam Veterans of the Los Banos community host Vietnam Veterans Memorial Breakfast. All veterans and their families are invited to attend. Vietnam veterans may wear hats, patches and uniform items. RSVP to Ken Cain. 9 a.m. Country Waffles, 845 W. Pacheco Blvd., Los Banos. (209) 675-5111.
YESTERYEARS TREASURES FASHION SHOW• March 29
Fashion show features vintage furs, purses, jewelry and more. The event begins with a social hour, followed by lunch and then the fashion show. 11 a.m. Stockton Golf and Country Club, 3800 Country Club Blvd., Stockton. $30-$55; by March 15. (209) 932-1160.
BUILD YOUR OWN OMELET DINNER• April 5
Seventh annual build your own omelet dinner including omelet, potatoes, biscuits, fruit and beverage. 4:30-7 p.m. Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon. $7 adults; $3.50 children. (209) 838-2792.
SENIOR CITIZEN FUNDRAISER• April 5
The senior citizens of Standiford Place are holding a fundraiser in support of the McHenry Museum and Historical Society. Waffle breakfast, tribute to seniors with testimonials, stories and videos, reception with silent auction. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Standiford Place, 3420 Shawnee Drive, Modesto. $5 donation for breakfast. (209) 521-7000.
SPRING FLING• April 5
Modesto High School Sports Boosters Spring Fling. Dinner, dancing, live and silent auction. Must be 21 years and older to attend. All proceeds benefit sports program. 5:30 p.m. Old Fisherman’s Club , 10800 Maze Blvd., Modesto. $30. (209) 321-1769.
SPRING SWING• April 5
A big band dance party presented by the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation to raise funds for the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program. Features buffet dinner and dancing, live auction, treasure chest key raffle and more. 6 p.m. Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys. $75. (209) 736-7706. www.calaverasmentoring.org/springswing
MODESTO CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• April 5-Dec. 20
Local farm produce vendors and more. 8 a.m-1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.
ODDS & ENDS
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS• Ongoing
Antique aircraft display. Sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Saturdays. Modesto City County Airport, 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1. (209) 526-5868. www.cafvalleysquadron.org
AIRCRAFT DISPLAY• Ongoing
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturday. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. (209) 620-6312.
AIRPLANE EXHIBIT• Ongoing
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youth 6-17; free age 5 and under. (209) 723-2178.
REO SPEECH TRAIN, TOASTMASTERS• Ongoing
Every Wednesday. 6:30 a.m. Perko’s Cafe, 2120 Patterson Road, Riverbank. (209) 342-7358.
UKULELE PLAY AND SING-ALONG• Ongoing
Funstrummers ukulele lessons. 5 p.m. beginners, 6 p.m. play-along Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. (209) 505-3216.
CAMELLIA SOCIETY• Second Sundays
Second Sundays through mid-May. 1:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-0147 or (209) 576-0831.
SWEAT SENIOR FITNESS• Ongoing
Aerobics, strength and step classes. Monday-Friday. Centenary Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave. $1-$2 donation. (209) 988-5655. www.centenarychurch.net
TURLOCK UKE JAMZ• Ongoing
Second Saturdays, ukulele group open to all ages and skill levels. Other acoustic instruments welcome. Download and print out the song list online. 10:30 a.m. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free; donations accepted. www.turlockukejamz.org
2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays, Toastmasters club Daybreakers #1388. 6:15-7:20 a.m. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. www.toastmasters.org
DAFFODIL HILL• Through March 30
McLaughlini’s Daffodil Hill open for the 74th season. Picnic tables available for use. Soroptimist club provides food for purchase. Dogs not allowed. Season ends March 30. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Daffodil Hill, 18310 Ram’s Horn Grade, Volcano. Free. (209) 223-0350.
61ST ANNUAL FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA FIELD DAY• March 29
More than 1,500 high school students from more than 100 high schools compete for top award in 17 agriculture career development events. Awards ceremony held in MJC gymnasium, 4 p.m. 7:30 a.m. Modesto Junior College , East and West Campuses, Modesto. (209) 575-6200. www.mjc.edu
COUTURE FOR A CURE FASHION SHOW• March 30
Relay for Life Team “One Step at a Time” hosts fashion show with raffle, silent auction and free swag bag. All proceeds go toward Ripon’s Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. 3 p.m. Ripon High School multi-use building, 304 N. Acacia Ave. $10. (209) 602-0635.
RUNWAY FOR READING FASHION SHOW• March 30
Library fans from throughout the county will model children’s, women’s and men’s fashion while holding his or her favorite book. Show raises funds for Stainslaus County’s 13 public libraries. 2-4 p.m. Peterson Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. $35. (209) 204-9360. www.stanislauslibraryfoundation.org
BONSAI TREASURES DEMONSTRATION• April 5
Calaveras Bonsai Club meeting and free public demonstration presented by Joan Scorggs, club sensei. Open to the public. 10 a.m. Calaveras County Water District Office, 423 E. St. Charles Street. Free. (209) 786-3264.
KNIGHTS FERRY CLASSIC• April 5
Knights Ferry classic car show sponsored by the Knight’s Ferry Community Club as a fundraiser. Entrees limited to 120 vehicles. Free shuttle service provided from parking areas to show locations. Food and drink offered. Early registration is recommended. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, 17968 Covered Bridge Rd. $25 until March 22; $30 after. (209) 402-9831 or 559- 679-4337.
MODESTO PEACE/LIFE CENTER RUMMAGE SALE• April 5
Rummage sale fundraiser for the Modesto Peace/Life Center. To donate articles, take them to the church Friday, April 4, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. or before 9 a.m. April 5. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. College Avenue Congregational Church, Orangeburg and College avenues, Modesto. (209) 765-3813.
NATIVE PLANT SALE• April 5
Presented by California Native Plant Society, NSJV Chapter. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto.
SOBER GRAD COMMUNITY WIDE SALE• April 5
Gregori High School’s Sober Grad program is hosting a parking lot yard sale and boutique. Event will proceed rain or shine. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Gregori High School, 3701 Pirrone Road, Modesto. 510- 219-5041 or (209) 480-9007.
SPRING BOOK SALE• April 5
Friends of the Tuolumne County Library spring book sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sonora Library, 480 Greenley Road. (209) 694-0288.
34TH ANNUAL ORCHID CARNIVAL• April 5-6
Orchid and tropical plants on exhibit for the annual show and sale. Potting demonstrations during the day. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 6. Stanislaus Union School, 1931 Kiernan Ave., Modesto. Free.
ORCHID SHOW AND SALE• April 5-6
Tropical Plant Society 34th annual Orchid Show and Sale. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Stanislaus Union School, 1931 Kiernan Ave., Modesto. Free.
SPRING TOURS• April 5-26
Guided tour of the museum’s collections of wagons and carriages. Saturdays, 1-2 p.m. Angels Camp Museum, 753 South Main St., Angels Camp. $5 adults; $2.50 children; free 4 and younger. (209) 736-2963. www.angelscamp.gov
LA GRANGE RODEO• April 6
Full rodeo events including bull riding, bareback and saddle bronco riding, team roping, calf roping and breakaway roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Rodeo Clowns. Goat scramble for kids 8 and under. Food and refreshments. 8 a.m. La Grange Rodeo Grounds, East of La Grange on Highway 132, La Grange. $15 adults; $10 kids 6-12; 5 and under free. (209) 988-7079.
TANGO DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
Modesto Tango social dance and practice. 7-9 p.m. Mondays. Jacob’s Fine Dining , 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-1571.
RIVERBANK GOLDEN AGERS• Ongoing
Wednesdays, dancing and socializing. Different themes monthly. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $4 members; $6 nonmembers; $12 annual membership. (209) 534-7663.
TURLOCK SENIOR CENTER DANCE• Ongoing
7:30-10 p.m., Wednesdays. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill.
FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
The Forever Young Senior Dance Club meets every Tuesday morning and the second Friday of each month for an evening dance. First-time guests are free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7-10 p.m. second Friday night each month. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Day: $4 members, $6 nonmembers; Night: $5 and $7. (209) 534-7663.
MANTECA SENIOR DANCE• Ongoing
Rock ’n’ Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Second and fourth Sundays. Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. $4. (209) 825-0116.
USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCING• Ongoing
Second Saturdays, monthly dances. 7-10 p.m. Second Saturdays. Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave., Hughson. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. (209) 614-8048.
MODESTO BALLROOM DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
Ballroom dances and lesson. 7-10:30 p.m. Third Fridays. Senior Center, 211 Bodem St., Modesto. $5 members, $10 for nonmembers. (209) 814-6701. www.modestoballroomclub.org
ROUND ROBINS• Ongoing
7-8:30 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $4. (209) 526-4452.
ESCALON SENIOR DANCE• Third Sunday
Featuring rock ‘n’ country band. 1-4 p.m. Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Bellota Road, Escalon. $4. (209) 534-7663.
TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDS• Ongoing
Wednesdays, square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. American Legion Hall - Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. (209) 996-0844. www.facebook.com/turlock.steppinpards
SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCK•
Potluck meal with prizes. 6 p.m. second Fridays; 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Hughson Senior Center, 2307 Fourth St. $2 door; $8 membership. (209) 538-0362.
SKIRTS N’ FLIRTS SQUARE DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
Workshop is open to singles, couples and children ages 10 and up. Dance will be held on the third Saturday of the month. 7 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall , Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. (209) 477-4756. www.singleskirtsnflirts.ccsda.org
FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK DANCING• Ongoing
7:30 p.m., beginners lesson; 8 p.m., intermediate lesson, 8:30 p.m., mixed dance. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $7 adult, free children and students. (209) 480-0387.
MERCED SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE• Fourth Sundays
Sunday dances featuring waltz, Latin, swing, polka and foxtrot. Refreshments available. 2-5 p.m. Merced Community Center Ballroom, 755 W 15th St. $8. (209) 723-0839.
CAROUSEL DANCE CLUB• April 4
Music by the Knight Sounds. Reservations due by March 29. 6 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner; 8-11 p.m. dancing. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $46 members; $56 nonmembers. (209) 529-0965.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “12 YEARS A SLAVE”• Through April 3
Academy Award winner for Best Picture, this film is based on a true story depicting one man’s fight for survival and freedom.
ANTHONY JESELNIK• March 29
Live Nation presents a standup comedy event featuring Anthony Jeselnik. 7 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show. $30.50.
OZOMATLI• March 30
A collision of hip-hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican and Indian music. 7 p.m. $22-$35.
“SCIENCE ON SCREEN” SERIES• March 31-April 13
March 31, “Avatar; “April 13, “Physics and Fastballs.” There will be an hour of interactive activities before the presentation and films and a Q&A following the films. $6-$8.
FILM: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL• April 4-18
Wes Anderson’s new comedy recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous hotel set in the fictional Eastern European republic of Zubrowka in the 1930s, and Zero Moustava, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. April 4, Grand opening night party.
FILM: “ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME”• April 11-21
Hilarious and poignant portrait, of Tony and Emmy Award-winner Elaine Stritch.
FILM: “THE LUNCHBOX”• April 11-23
A romantic drama in which a mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man.
STANISLAUS COMMUNITY BAND• Ongoing
A college-community concert band looking for experienced woodwind, brass and percussion players to join. 7 p.m. Mondays. California State University, Stanislaus music building, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-2421.
“VALLEY’S GOT TALENT” TALENT SEARCH• Through May 2
Now accepting applications for the fifth annual talent show. Open to any nonprofessional performer who is at least 10 years old and resides in Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Tuolumne or Mariposa counties. Applicants can download the schedule, rules and application online. The finals of “Valley’s Got Talent” take place Aug. 29-30. Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I Street, Modesto. Free. www.galloarts.com
CALL FOR ARCHITECTURAL MOVIE ENTRIES• Through June 3
7th annual Modesto International Architecture Festival seeks entries of short movies 3-25 minutes about architectures, architects, landscape, public art and urban design. Only one entry per person. Three awards will be given. All entries must be online. No DVDs. email@example.com. www.modestoarchfest.com
AUDITIONS FOR “PETER PAN”• Through April 1
YES company holds auditions for grades 7-12 to be actors, singers, dancers and crew for “Peter Pan” production performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts. YES company alumni also asked to volunteer. No experience or preparation necessary. All audition materials will be provided. Contact for audition venues and times. Various locations (209) 238-6855. www.yescompany.org
OPEN AUDITIONS• March 29
Center Stage Youth Conservatory is holding open auditions for their June production of “Detroit.” Roles for 5 actors in this dark comedy. Two men and two woman from their mid-20s through late 30s and one male two generations their senior. Auditions will consist of a cold read from the play. Call for time. Lower Level Studios, 948 11th St., Suite 1. (209) 846-0179.
AUDITIONS FOR CHILDREN’S PRODUCTION OF “ROBINSON CRUSOE”• March 31
Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Robinson Crusoe. Performance on April 5. 3:30 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org
AUDITIONS AND WORKSHOP• March 31-April 1
Sierra Repertory Theatre is holding auditions and a theater workshop for “The Sound of Music.” Workshop will be Monday, March 31 for children ages 5 to 18, participation not required for auditions. Auditions, Tuesday April 1. No previous theatrical experience necessary. Rehearsals and performances will run June 17-Aug. 31. All roles require singing, movement and strong stage presence. 6 p.m. March 31; 6-8 p.m. April 1. East Sonora-Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. (209) 532-3120.
PARA LOS NINOS PROGRAM• Saturdays
Every Saturday morning, bilingual stories, Songs and Rhymes for Preschoolers and their families. Presented by the Cesar Chavez Committee. 10-11 a.m. Los Banos Library, 1312 7th St. Free. (209) 826-5254.
BACKYARD BOOKWORMS• Ongoing
Nature-themed story and activity hour. 10 a.m., first and third Fridays. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 575-6196.
ANIMAL TALK• Ongoing
Fourth Fridays of the month. 10 a.m. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. (209) 575-6196.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME• Ongoing
Stories and songs for ages 3-6. Storytime is followed by “Stay and Play, Play and Learn.” 10 a.m. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.
WIGGLE WORMS• Ongoing
Wednesdays, stories and songs for children under 3. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.
SRT SUMMER WORKSHOPS• July 12-Aug. 8
Summer camp: July 14-16 Ages 4-6; July 21-25 Ages 7-9; July 28-Aug. 8 Ages 10 & Up. Sierra Repertory Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Sonora. $98. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.sierrarep.org
RACE TO KIDDIELAND TRAIN• March 29
Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced hosts Race to the Kiddieland Train. KABX will be live from the event with Dave Luna. All proceeds benefit Kiwanis Project Eliminate. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Applegate Park, West 25th and R streets, Merced. $5 preregistration; $10 door. www.cityofmerced.org
DIA DE LOS NINOS/DIA DE LOS LIBROS• April 10
Crafts, bilingual story time and snacks and light refreshments. Event sponsored by donations to the Friends of the Keyes Library. 3 p.m. Keyes Library, 4420 Maud Ave. Free. (209) 664-8006.
SUMMER STORY TIME AND ART ACTIVITY SERIES• April 4-June 26
April 24, frogs; May 22, Mark Twain; June 26, barns and farming. Activities for preschoolers and parents. 10-11 a.m. Angels Camp Museum, 753 South Main St., Angels Camp. Free. (209) 736-2963. www.angelscamp.gov
FOR THE ARTS
LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO• March 28
Company of professional male dancers presenting classical ballet in parody form. 8 p.m. $15-$50.
“DRIVING MISS DAISY”• March 28-29
Alfred Uhry’s play about growing old, relationships and loyalty. 7:30 p.m. March 28; 2 p.m. March 29. $25-$45.
JOHN LEGEND: THE ALL OF ME TOUR• March 29
R&B/Soul singer-songwriter John Legend performs. 7:30 p.m.
TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA• March 30
A “Tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Harry James Orchestra featuring the Don Clarke Big Band,” performed by The Four Lads, comedian, singer and impressionist Paul Boland, Mary Lou Metzger of “The Lawrence Welk Show” and Sebastian Anzaldo. 2:30 p.m.
“LIVE IT UP”• April 2-3
Central Catholic High School performs a showcase of student and professional works with variations in lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary dance styles and more. 7 p.m.
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: LED ZEPPELIN IV• April 4
Classic Albums Live crew performs one of the most popular Zeppelin albums. 8 p.m. $15-$45.
SENSATIONS AND HOME GROWN• April 6
Modesto Community Concert Association presentation of Modesto’s own Sensations!, a girl group singing feel-good music from the 1950s and 1960s. Also featuring Homegrown, three voices, two guitars, and a lot of percussion. 3 p.m.
ROB THOMAS• April 8
Known for his work as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his solo work and collaborations with other artists, contemporary singer performs. 7:30 p.m.
MSO: BOCCHERINI AND BACH• April 11-12
Modesto Symphony Orchestra presentation. Maestro David Lockington conducts 22-year-old cello prodigy Julian Schwarz and select members of the orchestra in a program of baroque favorites. 8 p.m.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.
THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY• Ongoing
Third Sundays. Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
GREAT VALLEY SONGWRITER SERIES• Through June 20
April 18, Jay Howlett and Friends; June 20, Caroline Aiken. 7:30 p.m. Central Grace Community Church, 918 Sierra Drive, Modesto. $10 donation. (209) 524-5461.
OVATIONS 2014 PERFORMING ARTS SERIES• March 30
Dave Stamey, cowboy entertainer. Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, Angels Camp. $25 adults; $10 18 and younger. (209) 754-1774. www.calaverasarts.org
AL JARREAU• March 28
An Evening of Music. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. (209) 337-4673. www.ticketmaster.com
CHORAL AND OPERA WORKSHOP CONCERT• March 28
Dido and Aeneas Opera in three acts. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snyder Recital Hall, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. (209) 667-2421. www.csustan.edu/soa
JULIE-N-FRIENDS• March 30
Julie Eichelberger presents an evening of gospel music. With The Henry Family, the Evidence Quartet, Bridge of Grace, Larry Martin, Rain Jones and more. 6 p.m. Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave., Merced. Free. 559- 304-1102.
GUEST ARTIST SERIES• April 3
Friction Quartet. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snyder Recital Hall, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. (209) 667-2421. www.csustan.edu/soa
ROBERT DANZINGER MEMORIAL CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT• April 5
5th annual Robert Danzinger Memorial concert. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snyder Recital Hall, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. (209) 667-2421. www.csustan.edu/soa
CONCERTO FOR FLUTE, HARP AND ORCHESTRA• April 5-6
April 5, Mariposa High School Fiester Auditorium; April 6, Ahwahnee Hotel. 7 p.m. April 5; 2 p.m. April 6. (209) 966-3155.
WILLIE NELSON AND FAMILY• April 6
Willie Nelson performs country music. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $56-$106. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org
VOLBEAT• April 8
Grammy-nominated rock band performs their signature rock/metal music. 7 p.m. Centre Plaza, 1159 Ninth St., Modesto. $37.50. www.volbeat.dk
FACULTY RECITAL• April 10
Jamie Dubberly, trombone. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snyder Recital Hall, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. (209) 667-2421. www.csustan.edu/soa
BLUE GRASS SERIES• April 11
Host Red Dog Ash presents the Rock Ridge Bluegrass Band. Audience members encouraged to bring instruments for open jam after the show. 7 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show starts. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $12 general; $15 reserved; children and students admitted for half-price. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org
CARAVANSERAI • April 12
Caravanserai performs a tribute to Santana. All the instruments used by Santana are present. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $19 general; $22 reserved. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org
LOS BANOS ARTS COUNCIL CONCERT SERIES• April 12-26
April 12, Terry Brown; April 26, Tom Russell. 7:30 p.m. Ted Falasco Center for the Arts, 1105 Fifth St., Los Banos. $20-$30. (209) 826-6022.
“CYRANO”• Through March 30
Center Stage Conservatory presents “Cyrano,” adapted from “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Lower Level Studios, 948 11th St., Suite 1. $10 adults; $5 youth/students. (209) 846-0179. www.centerstagemodesto.com
“WEST SIDE STORY”• Through March 31
Downey High School performs American musical, a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Reserve tickets or buy at the door. 6 p.m. March 21-22, 29-30, 2 p.m. March 31. Downey Auditorium, 1000 Coffee Road, Modesto. $10 adults; $7 students. (209) 576-4213. www.tix4u.com
“YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN”• Through April 13
Broadway musical based on the comic strip by Charles M. Shultz. March 20, special benefit performance for Tuolumne County Humane Society. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Angelo’s Hall, 22760 Main St., Columbia. $20 general; $18 senior; $16 children. (209) 728-8072. www.footlighttheatre.org
“RUMORS”• Through April 19
Farcical production about gossip and misdirection. Call for times. Black Bart Playhouse, 580 Algiers St., Murphys. (209) 728-8422. www.murphyscreektheatre.org
“LES MISERABLES”• Through May 4
Musical epic set in 19th century France. April 6, director’s brunch and matinee performance. For brunch reservations, contact (209) 532-0502, ext. 111. Sierra Repertory Theatre-East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.org
“THE GLASS MENAGERIE”• March 28-April 5
The Orestimba Drama Club presents Tennessee Williams’ drama. Recommended for ages 13 and older. 7:30 p.m. March 28-April 5; 2 p.m. March 29 and April 5 Hurd Barrington Elementary School, 838 Eucalyptus Ave., Newman. $7 adults; $5 students/seniors.
“ANNIE”• April 4-5
Presented by Modesto Christian Performing Arts. Visit www.modestochristian.org to purchase tickets. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday Modesto Junior College, Performing Arts Auditorium, 435 College Ave., Modesto. $10-$20.
“NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH”• April 4-5
Production by Turlock Christian High School Drama. Friday and Saturday’s 6 p.m. performances will be dinner theater. 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday. Crossroads Church-Turlock, 1360 N. Johnson. $10 regular; $25 dinner theater performances. (209) 632-2337.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS• April 4-13
An adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas book set in 17th Century France about d’Artagnan and his musketeers of the guard. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. (209) 725-8587. www.playhousemerced.com
“STEINBECK IN VIETNAM: THE LAST PUBLISHED WORKS OF JOHN STEINBECK”• April 10-11
Featuring John Mayer, Tony Carreiro, Dan Gately, Bo Henry and Laura Dickinson-Turner. 8 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959. www.csustan.edu/soa
C’EST JOLI• (209) 324-7111
Ongoing art by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, GALLERY• (209) 667-3186
Through April 15, Mohammad Reza Tahmasbpour: Surveilling the Naked City; April 28-May 2, Turlock Regional High School Art Show; May 8-June 2, BFA/BA Graduating Senior Exhibition. Gallery hours: Noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays. 1 University Center, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER• (209) 632-5761
Through May 4, At Home In Turlock: Three Perspectives; April 2-May 11, Central California Art Showcase; May 24-Aug. 17, The Carnegie Rocks; Sundays, poetry. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $5 General, $4 Members, Children 12 and under free.. www.carnegieartsturlock.org
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY• (209) 529-3369
Through March 29, Young at Art; April 2-May 11, Central California Art Showcase. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. www.ccartassn.org
CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY AND ART SCHOOL• (209) 522-0935
Through March, “Oceana”; Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com
DOWNTOWN MODESTO• (209) 529-9303
April 17, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.• (209) 667-7332
Through March 30, Roman Lorance. Ongoing, paintings and photographs. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; By appointment, Sunday. 226 N. First St., Turlock. www.firststreetgalleries.com
GALLERY 909• (209) 667-3959
Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students. 909 Tenth St., Modesto.
MCHENRY MUSEUM• (209) 236-1333
Through April 27, Modern Art Kimono. Tuesday-Sunday Noon-4 p.m. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free. www.modestoartmuseum.org
OAKDALE COWBOY MUSEUM• (209) 847-5263
Through Feb. 2015, “The Tales of the Yosemite Back Country, Mather Saddle and Pack Station, operated by the Barnes Family since 1929.” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 355 E. F St. , Oakdale. $1. www.oakdalecowboymuseum.org
REMEMBER WHEN• (209) 544-1385
Ongoing artists exhibit. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3012 McHenry Ave., Modesto.
SONORA JOE’S GALLERY• (209) 533-4455
Through March 30, Ireland, the Rugged Beauty. Gallery hours: daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 140 E. Washington St., Sonora.
ARTIST STUDIOS• (209) 241-7130
April 12-13, Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio Tour. Featuring 64 artists in 42 studio and gallery locations. Maps available for purchase at Carnegie Arts Center, Mistlin Gallery and Oakdale Museum and History Center. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. , Mariposa. $10 for map; students 18 and under free with map holder. www.stanislausaos.wordpress.com
STANISLAUS CLERK-RECORDER OFFICE• (209) 869-4804
Ongoing, Carol Earle and Eva Williams. Exhibit hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 1021 I St., Modesto. Free.
STEVE LEONTIE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY• (209) 586-7632
Through April 20, George Leontovich and Phillip Showen. Wednesday-Sunday by appointment. 22997 Joaquin Gully Rd., Suite F, Twain Harte. www.leontie.com
TREWIN FRAMERY• (209) 818-6004
Ongoing, Rodney Lough Jr., Tom Pickurel, Chella, Edward Mendes. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 5170 Pentecost Drive, Suite 1, Modesto.
UNIQUE BOUTIQUES• (209) 523-3000
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 4459 Spyres Way, #A, Modesto.