American Graffiti Parade & Festival
Graffiti Summer drives into town this weekend with the North Modesto Kiwanis Classic Car Parade tonight. This year, the route has been expanded to include downtown Modesto and then a cruise up McHenry Avenue to Orangeburg Avenue and back. More than 1,000 classic cars, hot rods and more are expected to take part. Then, the 16th annual American Graffiti Car Show & Festival runs Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy food, booths and live music while strolling among hundreds of classic cars. During the festival, the Great Valley Museum of Modesto Junior College will open the Planetarium for a laser and light show about the universe. Proceeds go to local charities.
WHEN: Parade 7 p.m. today; festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Parade, downtown Modesto; festival, Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
TICKETS: Parade free; festival $7 general, 12 and under free; Planetarium $5
CALL: (888) 746-9763
Dead on Live
The note-for-note tribute show Dead on Live comes to the West Coast for the first time and swings into the State Theatre. The East Coast band will re-create the The Grateful Dead’s classic albums “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” in their entirety for the tour. The production is directed by multi-instrumentalist Marc Muller, who has worked with Shania Twain, Bruce Springsteen and Tommy Shaw.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 527-4697
Center Stage Conservatory
Center Stage Conservatory brings the timely comedy “Detroit” to the stage. The production examines the collapse of the middle class during the course of new neighbors meeting each other at a backyard barbecue. The play by Lisa D’Amour was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2013 Obie Award for Best New American Play.
WHEN: Opens 8 p.m. Saturday, runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through June 22.
WHERE: Center Stage Conservatory, Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St., Modesto
TICKETS: $12 general, $6 students
CALL: (209) 846-0179
Kilt up and head out to the Modesto Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans. The 33rd annual family festival brings together live music, Celtic merchandise, Renaissance re-enactors, children’s activities and more. The games include events like the caber toss, Scottish hammer and putting the stone.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Tuolumne River Regional Park, 1200 Tioga Drive, Modesto
TICKETS: $13 general, 10 and under free
CALL: (209) 529-9430
Crass With Class Comedy Tour
The Crass with Class Comedy tour roars into The Brewhouse at Hero’s. Spend an evening with comics Tommy Lucero, Russell Brock, Brian Simpson and Reza Asgari. Lucero has performed with Bryan Callen of “The Hangover” films and and professional WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam. The evening will be hosted by area comic Hannah Hosford.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today
WHERE: The Brewhouse at Hero’s, 821 L St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 524-2337
Country music star Ty Herndon comes to Black Oak Casino. The singer has had No. 1 country hits with “What Mattered Most,” “Living in a Moment” and “It Must Be Love.” Herndon has charted 17 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Last October, he released “Lies I Told Myself,” his first country album since 2007. Before that, he put out the contemporary Christian album “Journey On” in 2010.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Willow Creek Lounge, Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne
CALL: (877) 747-8777