The Stockton Asparagus Festival returns with every incarnation of the vegetable spears possible, as well as music, entertainment, demonstrations, cook-offs and much more. This year’s live headliners include Soul Asylum, Berlin Featuring Terri Nunn, and War. The Asparagus Alley remains one of the festival’s biggest draws, offering up everything from deep-fried asparagus to asparagus pasta and even asparagus ice cream.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today-Sunday
WHERE: Stockton Asparagus Festival, 221 N. Center St.
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TICKETS: $13 general, $8 seniors/teens/students/military, children free with paying adult
CALL: (209) 644-3740
Voted funniest female comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards, Elivra Kurt comes to the Gallo Center for the Arts. The Second City alum has had specials on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CTV and more. She is host of the game show “Spin Off” on CHCH in her native Canada.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100
“Church Basement Ladies 2”
Sierra Repertory Theatre brings back the Church Basement Ladies after their successful run last season. The musical comedy sequel “Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping” returns with three of the first production’s cast to play the Lutheran women from small-town Minnesota who work in the church kitchen. The second installment starts up in 1969 at the cusp of a decade of change. The ladies keep up their good-natured antics through it all.
WHEN: Premieres 7 p.m. today , with shows at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday through June 8
WHERE: Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia State Historic Park
TICKETS: $26-$32 general, seniors $2 off (except Wednesdays), students $20, children $18
CALL: (209) 532-3120
“Modesto Design” exhibit
The city’s design heritage is celebrated in “Modesto Design,” an exhibition of objects and designs sponsored by the Modesto Art Museum. The works, created by people who live or have lived in Modesto, opens Tuesday and runs through June 8. There will be a reception for the exhibit from 1 to 3 p.m. May 10. The exhibit covers everything from fashion and machinery to plants, equipment and more. It features six designers: tattoo artist Charlie Cartwright, auto designer Gene Winfield, font designer Jim Parkinson and furniture and interior designers Craig Leavitt, Steven Weaver and Michael Taylor.
WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, through June 8
WHERE: Modesto Art Museum and McHenry Museum, 1402 I St.
CALL: (209) 236-1333
Gold Country Peddler’s Faire
The Knights Ferry Gold Country Peddler’s Faire features more than 100 dealers with antiques, collectibles, crafts and more. The 23rd annual event is sponsored by the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates and held near the covered bridge and Army Corps of Engineers park.
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Knights Ferry, 17968 Covered Bridge Road
CALL: (209) 480-3602
St. James Concert Series
The St. James Concert Series brings pianist Rudolf Budginas in to close its 2013-14 season. The Lithauanian-born artist has played internationally and been called a “young, hip Victor Borge-like entertainer” in reviews. His program will include works by Vivaldi, Bach, Brubeck and others. The series will begin again for 2014-15 in November.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Country Cowboy Church, 14888 Peaceful Valley Road, Sonora
TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students under 18
CALL: (209) 536-0825