June 5, 2014

Arts Briefs: Art and entertainment news across the region

The slapstick play within a play “Noises Off” begins a three-weekend run at Playhouse Merced Friday.

The slapstick play within a play “Noises Off” begins a three-weekend run at Playhouse Merced Friday.

The play, written by Michael Frayn, follows a director and his dysfunctional cast as they attempt to produce a farce called “Nothing On.” “Noises Off” is directed by Dusty Guthier and stars Connie Stetson as Dotty Otley/Mrs. Clackett, Stephen Mouillesseaux as director Lloyd Dallas, Robert Hypes as Garry Lejeune/Roger, Melissa Beckwith as Brooke Ashton/Vicki, Laura Hopp as Poppy Norton/Taylor, Ron Daily as Frederick Fellowes/Philip, Noelle Chandler as Belinda Blair/Flavia and Dan Hong as Selsdon Mowbray/Burglar.

The production opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 22. Tickets are $15-$22 general, $15-$20 seniors, $12 students and $10 children. Call (209) 725-8587.

Gallo Center tickets

Individual tickets for the Gallo Center for the Arts 2014-15 season go on sale to the general public starting Monday.

Following a subscription period that Gallo Center officials call “among the best in (its) seven-year history,” individual tickets will be available for all of the scheduled shows next season.

The new season opens with Natalie Cole on Sept. 20. The rest of the slate includes Beach Boys great Brian Wilson, comedian George Lopez, Latin superstar Pepe Aguilar, classic rockers Chicago, classical duo 2Cellos and more.

For more, call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

Graffiti Summer

In addition to the big classic-car parade and festival this weekend, other events also are keeping the spirit of Graffiti Summer going.

The Central California Art Association continues its American Graffiti Art Show at the Mistlin Gallery through July 12. The free exhibit is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. There will be extended hours today until 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Funstrummers Ukulele Band plays music from the ’50s and ’60s in honor of Graffiti at the Barkin’ Dog in downtown Modesto. The public is invited to join in with voices or instruments. The free show runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Spring Tea and Hat Parade

River Lights Chorus holds its third annual Spring Tea and Hat Parade on Saturday.

The high tea event includes food, hats and entertainment by the local chorus, which is a member of Sweet Adelines International. The fundraiser allows chorus members to hold area workshops in barbershop style for with young female singers.

The event starts at 2 p.m. at Grace Spirit Center, 617 West Orangeburg Ave., Modesto. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger. Call (209) 576-7010 or email n2singn@gmail.com.

ShakespeareFest auditions

Merced ShakespeareFest will hold auditions for its upcoming production of the romance “Cymbeline” on Saturday.

More than 15 performers are needed, as well as several musicians. The audition will include a cold read from the text and possibly singing. The play will will be staged Sept. 6-14 for the ShakespeareFest’s 13th summer season.

The auditions will be at noon Saturday at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. Call (209) 723-3265 or visit www.mercedshakespearefest.org.

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