Comedy legend Bob Newhart brings his signature buttoned-down style to the Gallo Center for the Arts. From stand-up to successful runs on his self-titled shows “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart” to Emmy-winning guest appearances on today’s No. 1 comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” the 85-year-old shows no signs of slowing down. He told The Bee his comedy philosophy since he started has been, “Isn’t this a weird world we’re in? Let’s all huddle together and maybe we can make it out.”
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
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CALL: (209) 338-2100
Nine short films will screen as part of MoFest! 8, Modesto’s only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival. The event is a fundraiser for the Modesto chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). This year’s event will feature nine short films, from six to 19 minutes each. Organizers said the films will largely focus on youth, coming out and lighter themes than in years past.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100
MoPRIDE in the Park
The Modesto LGBT community and allies are invited to the city’s annual pride celebration in Graceada Park. This year, the event has a new organizing nonprofit and leadership, with hopes of offering year-round services instead of just the singular event in the future. The festivities will include live entertainment, information and merchandise booths, a beer garden and more. New this year are a series of sporting events including a doubles tennis tournament, 5K run/walk and women’s flag football exhibition.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Graceada Park, Modesto
Taste of the Valley
Get a Taste of the Valley at the 12th annual wine and cheese event at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on Thursday. The event benefits the California State University, Stanislaus, agricultural studies department. Food will be provided by Hilmar Cheese and 15 other restaurants and caterers in the area. Twenty wineries and an assortment of breweries will also provide tastings.
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock
CALL: (209) 668-1333 ext. 303
Fiddle & Bango Contest
Bring a lawn chair and watch dueling fiddles, banjos and more at the 32rd annual Fiddle and Bango Contest. Musicians will compete in the all-day affair for cash prizes in six categories: fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocal and miscellaneous. The event includes a chili cook-off where spectators can sample cups of the contestants’ concoctions for $5. And, yes, the “Bango” in the title is right – it comes from a misprint on T-shirts at the first-ever event in 1983.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Columbia State Historic Park
TICKETS: Free to spectators, $12 for contestants
CALL: (209) 536-1672
Jamestown Pioneer Days
Enjoy family games and street vendors at the Jamestown Pioneer Days. The event features a “Guns of the Chosen Few” Western re-enactment and anvil shoot at high noon presented by Promotion Club of Jamestown.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Main Street, downtown Jamestown
CALL: (209) 984-0888