Modesto Junior College hosts the 37th annual Celebration of the Humanities this month, featuring ceremonies, exhibits and the annual New Music Concert.
The event began earlier this week with the Writing and Humanities Awards Ceremony and continues this weekend with the concert and opening of the art exhibit today.
The MJC department of music New Music Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the east campus, 435 College Ave. The program features performances of original music compositions by student, faculty and local composers. The award-winning compositions from the MJC Celebration of the Humanities student arts award contest will be performed in the categories of classical music, popular music, electronic music composition and music solo performance.
The concert is open to the public, and admission is free. A reception will be held in the lobby during intermission and following the performance.
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Then, beginning Thursday, the MJC dance department will present the annual Choreographer’s Showcase at 7 p.m. each night through April 18 in the Cabaret West Dance Theatre of the El Capitan Building on the west campus. The showcase of student choreography will feature dance styles in contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and belly dance. The Celebration of Arts and Humanities awards in Dance will be presented with a reception following the concert.
The remainder of the Celebration of the Humanities schedule includes the art exhibit opening at 1 p.m. today at the MJC East Campus art gallery and a storytelling evening at 5:30 p.m. April 29 in the east campus little theater. All the events are open to the public and are free, with the exception of the Choreographer’s Showcase. Tickets for the showcase are $8.
Ironstone Amphitheatre shows
Music is coming back to Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys this summer. Richter Entertainment Group has announced shows by country hitmakers Lady Antebellum for June 13 and rock superstars ZZ Top and Jeff Beck on Aug. 15 at the venue on the Ironstone Vineyards grounds.
Tickets for both shows go on sale 10 a.m. today through Ticketmaster. Lady Antebellum seats range from $48 for lawn to $140 for reserved. Tickets to ZZ Top and Beck start at $48 lawn up to $153 reserved. Add-on buffet dinner options are available for both shows.
R&B singer Maxwell
Fresh off the sold-out success of the John Legend show last month, the Gallo Center for the Arts has booked R&B star Maxwell for a June 24 show. Tickets to the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter’s Modesto performance will range from $69-$119 and go on sale at noon Saturday. The smooth singer rose to fame as part of the neo-soul movement of the late 1990s. He has earned 12 Grammy nominations and won twice in 2010, for best R&B album (“BLACKsummers’night”) and best male R&B vocal performance (“Pretty Wings”). Call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.
Fresno rapper Baeza, who became a viral hit with his video for “Far From Ready,” comes to the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge today. The Nok’N Out The West Tour will also feature DJ Young One, Giuseppe Caccia, MC Big D and DJ Tag. The show will be Baeza’s 22nd birthday bash. Tickets are $20 general, $50 for a meet-and-greet. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call (209) 524-1400 or visit www.fatcatmodesto.com.
Fly Fishing Film Tour
The Stanislaus Fly Fishers and Rivers of Recovery host the sixth annual Fly Fishing Film Tour on Thursday at the State Theatre. The event raises money for Rivers of Recovery, a nonprofit group that helps disabled veterans through rehabilitative fly fishing adventures across the country. The group also raised money for the “Let’s Arm Our Veterans With Fly Rods” campaign. It will provide 100 rods, reels, lines, leaders, loaded lanyards and flies to local Rivers of Recovery alumni and those selected for this year’s trips. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and show starts at 6:15. Tickets are $20; veterans with ID get in free. Call (209) 544-9555 or visit www.thestate.org.
Acoustic Rock Society
Spend a night immersed in local art and music at the Acoustic Rock Society show Saturday at the Center Stage Conservatory’s Lower Level Studio. Performing will be local groups Marirose & the Gypsies, the Rob Hill Band and Indian Runner. Local artists Mark Holden, Nadine Barret and others will be showing and selling their artwork at the event. Show starts at 7 p.m. for the all-ages event. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call (209) 648-1259.
Central California Art Showcase awards
The Central California Art Showcase, a collaboration between the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Central California Art Association’s Mistlin Gallery, handed out the awards for its first-ever joint exhibit. The best-of-show winner was James verDoorn for his digital print “Small Treasures.” Awards of excellence went to Tyler Abshier’s oil painting “North and Dakota, The Great Tree” and Leslee Adams’s photograph “Free Speech.” Awards of merit were given to Bill Conrad’s watercolor “A Canal for Schiaparelli,” Christine Johnson’s wood and metal “Focus,” Ernest Shook’s digital photograph “Peeled Back” and Nic Webber’s untitled piece. Honorable mentions went to Sergio Cuarenta, Mark Knize, Linda Sawyer, Sue Siefkin, Marilyn Wear and Hui Ye. The exhibit at both the Carnegie and Mistlin galleries is free and open to the public and runs through May 11.
Steinbeck in Vietnam
The California State University, Stanislaus, department of theater presents “Steinbeck in Vietnam: The Last Published Works of John Steinbeck” today. The work, adapted by department head John Mayer, is based on Steinbeck’s reports for Newsday during the Vietnam War. The performance features Mayer, Tony Carreiro, Dan Gately, Bo Henry and Laura Dickinson-Turner. The show opened Thursday and closes at 8 p.m. today. Tickets are $15 for general and $12 for students, seniors, kids under 12 and CSU faculty and staff. Call (209) 667-3959.
Playhouse Merced “Musketeers”
“The Three Musketeers” ends its run at Playhouse Merced this weekend. The story of fellowship and swordplay, based on the classic novels by Alexandre Dumas, is directed by Micah Chandler and stars Ethan Hennes as d’Artagnan, Chris Battisti as Aramis, Kenny Pernett as Athos, Trevor Blondin as Porthos, Haley Paulissian as Constance and Melissa Beckwith as Milady. The show is at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22 adults, $20 seniors, $12 students and $10 children. Call (209) 725-8587.