June 19, 2014

Arts Briefs: Events across the Modesto region

Arts Briefs

The Carnegie Arts Center presents its annual Garden Party on Saturday.

The 22nd annual fundraiser will be at downtown Turlock’s The Greenery Nursery and is open to the public. The evening will feature live jazz music with food and wine from local restaurants. Guests can browse artwork for sale from regional artists during the event, and there will be a raffle with a grand prize of a Linda Knoll original watercolor.

For tickets, visit CarnegieGardenParty.Eventbrite.com or the Carnegie Arts Center office at 250 N. Broadway.

Gin Blossoms

Perpetual 1990s hitmakers the Gin Blossoms are coming to the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The multiplatinum rockers will be added to the 2014-15 season with a show Oct. 17. The band is known for such hits as “Follow You Down,” “Until I Fall Away,” “As Long as It Matters” and “Hey Jealousy.”

Tickets will be $29-$69 and go on sale to Gallo Center Friends & Friends+ members Monday and to the general public June 30. For more, call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

Melissa Manchester

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester is coming to Turlock Community Theatre on Aug. 16.

The newly added show will feature the artist behind such hits as “Midnight Blue,” “Whenever I Call You Friend” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” In 1980, Manchester became the only artist ever to be nominated for two Academy Award movie songs in one year: “Through The Eyes of Love” from “Ice Castles” and “I’ll Never Say Goodbye” from “The Promise.”

Manchester last performed at Turlock Community Theatre in 2005. Tickets for her new show are on sale now from $38-$58. Call (209) 668-1169 or visit turlocktheatre.org.

‘Dance Magic’

The Dance Factory brings its production of “Dance Magic” to the stage Friday and Saturday at Modesto Junior College.

The performance is a benefit for the Memorial Hospital Foundation’s cancer fund. The show will feature students ages 4 through adult performing dance routines in ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. Guest performers will include magician Shawn Durham, longtime dancer and teacher Betty Bilson and alumni from The Dance Factory Ensemble.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights at the MJC auditorium on College Avenue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under. Call (209) 523-1032.

European guitarist

Classically trained medieval and Spanish blues guitarist Claude Bourbon performs Thursday at Cafe Deva.

The French/Swiss musician now lives in the United Kingdom and is on tour throughout the West Coast. His music fuses classical and jazz with Western folk, Latin and Eastern sounds.

The show Thursday is at Cafe Deva, 1202 J St. Also on the lineup are country and Southern rock artist Chris Farris of Oakdale and touring folk songwriter Jen Hajj. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the cost is $5.

Sierra Rep open house

Sierra Repertory Theatre will open its doors for an all-access open house June 28.

The free event will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the company’s East Sonora theater. Visitors can take part in informal tours and Q&A sessions with staff and crew. The scene, prop and costume shops, as well as the “Pump Boys and Dinettes” stage, will be open for a special behind-the-scenes look at how Sierra Rep creates the different worlds it portrays in its productions.

This year, Sierra Rep celebrates its 35th anniversary and the launch of its new SRT Jr. youth program. The season, which started with a successful run of “Les Misérables” earlier this year, continues with “Pump Boys and Dinettes” through July 27.

For more information call (209) 532-3120 or visit www.sierrarep.org.

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