April 17, 2014

In brief: Arts and entertainment across the region

Arts briefs.

Canadian comic Elvira Kurt brings her brand of comedy, often about what her Hungarian mother calls “da gays,” to the Gallo Center for the Arts on April 25.

With specials for Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CTV and more under her belt, as well as appearances on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” the lesbian comic is a popular touring act across North America.

In Canada, the Second City alum hosted “PopCultured” on The Comedy Network and currently is host of the game show “Spin Off” on CHCH.

Tickets for the Foster Theater show are $25-$45. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

MJC spring concerts

Modesto Junior College presents a series of spring concerts from its various bands and orchestras this week.

The week kicks off Monday with the Symphonic Band in Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium on the east campus, 435 College Ave. The event is free and open to the public. The MJC Symphonic Band, conducted by director of bands Erik Maki, will perform all-original literature for the modern wind band. The concert features the music of Anthony Iannaccone, Jim Curnow, Q.C. Hilliard, Joseph Willcox Jenkins and Frank Ticheli.

Then Tuesday, the MJC Community Orchestra will play at 7:30 p.m. in the east campus main auditorium. Tickets are $5 general admission and $1 for students and senior citizens. The concert, directed by professor Anne Martin, will feature works by Rossini, Brahms, Gershwin, the film “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and more. The concert also will feature a special guest appearance by the Lone Ranger.

Finally, on Wednesday, the Community Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the east campus main auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. The MJC Community Concert Band, conducted by Maki, will perform all-original literature as well as transcriptions of great classic works for the modern wind band. The program will feature composers including Ron Nelson, Gustav Holst, Reinhold Glière and Rex Mitchell.

‘Big Band Goes Latin’ concert Saturday

The Columbia College Jazz Series presents its season finale concert, “Big Band Goes Latin,” on Saturday.

The 7 p.m. show at the College Dogwood Theater will feature the Mario Flores Latin Jazz Band along with the college Big Band. Together they will create a 28-piece salsa orchestra.

The performance will include songs by Santana, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Chano Pozo and more. The concert also will feature the college vocal jazz quartet of Caroline Walsh, Sheryl Max, Andrea Hayes and Joel Acker.

Reserved seating tickets are $15. Call (209) 588-5211.

Valley’s Got Talent applications due May 2

Valley’s Got Talent, the popular community talent contest that debuted in 2010 as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Gallo Center for the Arts, is accepting contestant applications for the fifth annual event.

The live talent contest, modeled after the reality shows “America’s Got Talent” and others, is open to any nonprofessional performer who is at least 10 years old and resides in Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Tuolumne or Mariposa counties. Interested applicants can download the Valley’s Got Talent schedule, rules and application form at Galloarts.org. There is no cost to enter and the deadline for applications is May 2.

The finals of Valley’s Got Talent will be presented in the Gallo Center’s Mary Stuart Rogers Theater on Aug. 29 and 30. Audience voting will take place during the Friday show and the winners will be announced at the Saturday performance. Cash prizes are awarded to the grand prize winner, as well as to competitors in vocal, dance, instrumental, band and specialty categories

Questions can be sent to vgt@galloarts.org.

Stanislaus County Fair talent search

The Stanislaus County Fair is seeking local talent to perform on the Community Stage during the 2014 fair. Fair officials are looking for martial arts demonstrations, dance and music, as well as drum performers and cultural performances from local clubs and groups. The fair opens July 11 for a 10-day run. Interested parties can contact Jan Rudolph at jrudolph@stancofair.com or by phone at (209) 668-1333, ext. 305, for consideration.

Los Banos Arts Council

The Los Banos Arts Council presents cowboy singer-songwriter Terry Brown, who performs Saturday. The Los Banos resident, who previously lived and worked in Nashville, Tenn., will perform along with his wife, trick roper Hilda Machado-Brown. The event will be a release party for his new album. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show at the Ted Falasco Arts Center, 1105 Fifth St., are $20. Call (209) 826-6022.

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