Happy 35th birthday, "American Graffiti"!
To celebrate, a group of volunteers is throwing a special party and an oldies concert at the State Theatre on Saturday.
When George Lucas asked, "Where were you in '62?" he was talking about Modesto. To promote the Central Valley center of cruisin', we are inviting residents to recognize our hometown hero and support this year's opening event of the Graffiti Summer festival.
The free portion of the program begins at 11 a.m., including classic cars, presentations, celebrity appearances (actress Candy Clark and famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler), car and film memorabilia and book signings. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. ($2.50) and at 4 p.m., a re-creation of the great soundtrack by three groups at "The Best Oldies Concert You Will Ever See" ($15 in advance from theater).
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We will look back at Modesto's car culture with famed car designers/racers Gene Winfield and Bart Bartoni, plus members of the Faros Car Club.
When Harrison Ford sang "Some Enchanted Evening," it was about hot summer nights in Modesto, not Petaluma or Reno. Let's keep Modesto on the Graffiti map.
BRUCE E. JONES