In brief: Arts events across the Modesto region

07/24/2014 12:00 AM

07/23/2014 5:25 PM

Three comedians “of a certain age” come together for a night of stand-up in the “Baby Boomer Comedy Cooldown” on Aug. 1.

Comedy veterans Will Durst, Richard Stockton and Dan St. Paul are set to “dish up observations that target those of us who have been around the block once or twice,” according to a press release from St. Paul. “We promise to have you home at a decent hour.”

The comics individually have performed on Showtime, “Late Night With David Letterman,” A&E, VH-1 and Comedy Central.

They’ll perform Aug. 1 at the Charity Ballroom, 645 Charity Way beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 in advance online at and at Charity Way Ballroom, $27 at the door. A barbecue dinner will be available beginning at 6 p.m. for $14. For more, call (209) 544-8156.

‘Dead Man’s Cell’

Pick up the “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” presented by the Merced College Theatre Society this weekend.

The play by MacArthur Grant winner Sarah Ruhl is a “surrealistic” comedy about morality, redemption and connection in this technological world. The Merced College Theatre Society production will be staged at the Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, in Turlock.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 general, $8 students/ seniors/Carnegie Members.

Call (209) 632-5761 or visit

Mistlin Gallery fundraiser

Help the downtown Modesto Mistlin Gallery Light Up the Night on Saturday.

The fundraiser for the Central California Art Association will raise money for a new lighting system at the gallery. The event will include live music, refreshments and a silent auction. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. at the gallery.

Tickets are $25 tickets available at the Mistlin Gallery. For more, call (209) 529-3369 or visit

Hughson park concerts

The city of Hughson’s Concerts in the Park series presents SUN Fest Round II on Saturday at LeBright Park.

The concert comes after the success of the city’s Concerts in the Park debut in June with SUN Fest. The event is a collaboration by the city of Hughson, the Hughson Chamber of Commerce, Citizens for a Healthy Community and local partners Josh Dickinson and Megan De Vasure. The event will feature music and art while encouraging community involvement.

More than 200 people attended the first event. The follow-up event also will be free and have local restaurants and art vendors on hand. Performing will be local groups Soap Box, Myosin, Nik Jackson and Indian Runner. The concert will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the park, 6937 Fox Road. Bring chairs and blankets. For more, call (209) 883-4054 or see

In the Round Series

Modesto singer-songwriter Patty Castillo Davis brings back her In the Round Series to the Barkin’ Dog Grill today. This show will include the adult-contemporary artist Marirose and Friends. Original songs will be presented in the Nashville songwriter round-robin style. The show is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barkin’ Dog, 940 11th St., Modesto. Cover is $10; reservations are suggested.

The Delta Wires

Spend an evening with award-winning harmonica and horns blues band The Delta Wires on Saturday at the Black Oak Casino. The group has been inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame and was voted “Best Band” in Oakland Magazine’s annual readers poll. The show is at 9 p.m. at the Willow Creek Lounge and free to the public. Call 877-747-8777 or visit

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