August 7, 2014

In Brief: Arts and entertainment across the region

Arts briefs

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester returns to the Turlock Community Theatre on Aug. 16.

Manchester won the Grammy Award for best female pop vocal performance in 1983 for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Her career has spanned music and film and she even scored two Academy Award nominations in 1980 for best song. Her hits include those Oscar-nominated songs – “The Promise” and “Through the Eyes of Love” – as well as “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Midnight Blue” and “Walk on By.”

She has previously performed at the Turlock venue and the State Theatre in Modesto. Her Aug. 16 show in Turlock begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $38-$58. Discounted Dealsaver tickets are also available starting at $28. For more, call (209) 668-1169.

Turlock Youth perform

Turlock Youth Performing Arts presents “Seussical Jr.” this weekend.

The nonprofit musical theater company for children and young adults brings the works of Dr. Seuss to the stage. The abbreviated production is based on the Broadway show “Seussical,” which pulled from the popular works of children’s book writer and illustrator Theodor Geisel.

The musical features plots and characters from “Horton Hears a Who!” “The Cat in the Hat” and “The One Feather Tail of Gertrude McFuzz.” The production will feature 55 students ranging in age from 8 to 18.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E Canal Drive. Tickets are $10 adult, $8 children and seniors. For more, call (209) 537-5227.

‘Moonlight’ opening party

Celebrate the Modesto opening of the new Woody Allen film “Magic in the Moonlight” with a special “Opening Night on the Côte d’Azur” party Aug. 15 at the State Theatre.

Set in the 1920s on the French Riviera, the film stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone. The themed premiere party will include champagne cocktails and French-inspired hors d’oeuvres. Period dress is encouraged and there will be a photo booth for guests. The lobby will be decorated from the period and food will be catered by executive chef John Surla.

Party starts at 6 p.m., screening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Previous premiere parties have sold out in advance. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.


Mark your calendars for Symphomania from Modesto Unplugged Music on Aug. 16.

The event will feature accomplished string performers including the Bay Area’s Dirty Cello, Sierra Foothills duo Saul Rayo and Elena Powell and Tianjin Conservatory of Music graduate Xin Zhang.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music will start at 7 p.m. at the Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., in Modesto. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Call (209) 543-5306.

Black Irish Band

Veteran foothills group the Black Irish Band returns to close out the Calaveras Arts Council summer concert series Wednesday.

The show will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Murphys Community Park as part of the Music in the Park series. Known for its Celtic and California Gold Rush ballads, the Black Irish Band has been performing together for a quarter-century and recorded 24 albums.

The concert is free and open to the public.

‘Hot August Nights’

The female illusion and variety show “Hot August Nights” will be held Saturday in Merced.

The event will be hosted by performers Tequila St. James and Destiny Diamond and will include drag performances and a raffle. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show following at 7 p.m. at the Merced Women’s Club House, 707 W. 22nd St. Tickets are $15, $10 for students with ID.

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