In Brief: Arts events across the Modesto region

05/08/2014 12:00 AM

05/07/2014 5:06 PM

Modesto Design Week presents a special screening of “Tattoo Nation” on Saturday at the State Theatre.

The week of activities spanning Saturday to May 17 includes the film, which tells the story of some of the talented artists who helped change the world of body art. The film includes Charlie Cartwright, the owner of Modesto’s End of The Trail, who is recognized in the film as one of the nation’s foremost tattoo artists. Cartwright will be on hand at this screening to talk about his art and greet patrons.

Doors open at 6 p.m., movie at 7, at the downtown theater. Tickets are $8. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit

Design Week reception

The Modesto Design Week festivities continue with a reception for the “Modesto Design” exhibition Saturday by the Modesto Art Museum.

The exhibit covers everything from fashion and machinery to plants, equipment and more created by people who live or have lived in Modesto. 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.

The reception will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the McHenry Museum. Admission is free. Call (209) 236-1333 or visit

Ukulele concert

Tiptoe through the tulips of ukulele love with Victoria Vox on Thursday at the Carnegie Arts Center.

The ukulele artist, who has performed for a decade across Australia, Europe, Canada and the U.S., began writing songs at age 10. The show is done in association with Turlock Uke Jamz, a monthly, community-based ukulele strum and sing-along at the Carnegie. Vox will also give an hourlong pre-concert workshop at 5:30 p.m.

Vox will perform at 7 p.m. at The Loft at the Carnegie Arts Center. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for Carnegie members. Workshop registration is $10. For more, call (209) 632-5761 or visit

The Acoustic Rock Society

The Acoustic Rock Society presents a country and Americana show Saturday at the Lower Level Studio at Modesto’s Center Stage Conservatory.

The event features Keith Davis and Jason Winfree of Red Dog Ash, Dr. Blue & Bad Medicine and Thin Black Line. Thin Black Line is a rising country group from Oakdale that has collaborated with the Los Banos-based national act Moonshine Bandits.

The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $5. There will be beer, wine and other concessions. Call (209) 648-1259.

Spring Choral Concert

The California State University, Stanislaus, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers reprise the show “A Musical Journey Through Latin America” for their Spring Choral Concert.

A similar show, also titled “A Musical Journey Through Latin America,” was performed last weekend as a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Gallo Center for the Arts with the Cantare Con Vivo’s Chamber Ensemble and Bay Area Latin Jazz Fusion group Quijeremá. The university concert will feature a wide variety of music from Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico and more.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Snider Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $12 for general, $8 for students, faculty/staff, seniors and the military. Call (209) 667-3959.

Poetry prize

Modesto poet Lynn Hansen took home the grand prize at the 88th annual Poets’ Dinner in Oakland recently.

Hansen, a former longtime Modesto Junior College instructor, won for her poem “Coso Petroglyphs.” The March event was sponsored by the Ina Coolbrith Circle of Orinda. Hansen’s poem was selected from 260 entries from authors in California and beyond. Other local poets who took home awards at the event include Cleo Griffith, Linda Gordon Sawyer, Louise Kantro and Linda Marie Prather.

Hansen is president-elect of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Modesto Chapter. Members of the group have received numerous local, regional, state and national prizes recently for their work.

Paula Poundstone

Mark your calendars for the return of comedian Paula Poundstone.

The Emmy-winning comic, author and humorist brings her one-woman show back to the State Theatre on May 16. Poundstone is one of the regulars on NPR’s weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me” and has had her own comedy specials on HBO, Bravo and more. She was the first woman to perform standup at the prestigious White House Correspondents Dinner

Tickets are $32-$42. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit

Modesto Art Walk

Don’t forget, the Downtown Modesto Art Walk is in full swing this spring. The popular monthly event features artwork, music and more at several downtown galleries, venues and eateries on the third Thursday of each month. The Art Walk is back Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. for May. Admission is always free. Visit for more.

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