The Sunday Afternoons at CBS concert series heralds its 25th anniversary season this year, kicking off with a gala after the first show of the season.
Held at Congregation Beth Shalom, the first concert features the world beat sounds of Dirty Cello on Sept. 25, followed by the 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration Dinner at the home of former Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $25.
All concerts in the six-part series begin at 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Subscriptions to the entire series are $75-$85, single tickets $20-$25. Online ticketing is available through Brown Paper Tickets, at the CBS office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or at the door.
Here’s a look at the rest of the series and the anniversary events:
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▪ Oct. 30, Clive Carroll, guitar master from the United Kingdom who opened for Tommy Emmanuel at Modesto’s State Theatre. A celebration that afternoon features a special beer tasting.
▪ Nov. 13, Alan Arnopole and California Zephyr, followed by a pasta dinner prepared by Tom and Linda Gough.
▪ Jan. 22, Patty Castillo Davis Y Compadres in a celebration of women featuring Jewish, Latin American, American pop, jazz, rhythm and blues.
▪ Feb. 12, Grace Lieberman and Friends Valentine Concert, followed by Valentine Tea catered by David Bradford.
▪ March 19, Season 25 finale with Genticorum from the French Canadian Eastern Seaboard.
Symbiosis set for return
The annual Symbiosis Gathering returns to Woodward Reservoir on Sept. 22-25, this year dubbed a Family Tree event.
The four-day camping and consciousness festival features music, art installations, dance, performers, workshops, vendors and activities for children alongside the water of the Oakdale reservoir. Music will include artists performing techno, global, indie, pop, progtrance and world folk.
A host of speakers will offer programs on ecology, multicultural democracy, democracy, spirituality, permaculture, herbs, feng shui, traditional Chinese medicine and more.
“Experience passes” are $120-$695. For more, see symbiosisgathering.com.
Colossus Con hits Merced fairgrounds
Merced hosts its first comic con on Saturday, Sept. 17, bringing Colossus Con to the Merced County Fairgrounds.
The event will feature celebrity guests, cosplayers, artists, vendors and a classic 1980s arcade. The celebration of all things pop culture will fete everything from comic books to movies to fantasy and sci-fi.
Actor Gil Gerard, who played Captain Buck Rogers on the TV series “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” and his co-star Felix Silla will be at the event. Silla also had roles in “Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” and “Battlestar Galactica.”
Also appearing at Colossus Con will be actors Jimmy Hunt, Jeffrey Weissman and Stephen Costantino. Comic book artists Chris Marrinan, John Heebink, Ethen Beavers, Mark Badger and Steve Sherman will appear, as will underground cartoonists Bruce Simon and Tobe Daranouvong.
Doors open 10 a.m. at the Merced fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Tickets are $20. For more, see www.colossuscon.com.
Artists in benefit
Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez will perform a concert on Saturday, Sept. 17, at a private residence in Patterson with 10 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Modesto Community Concert Association.
Based in Los Cabos, Mexico, Jones sings along with Ramirez on piano and perform jazz, soul, pop and Latin music.