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Haven wants supporters to Kick Up Your Heels at fundraiser

Men wear high heels in support of raising awareness of sexual abuse during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event led by the Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus County on April 16, 2016, in downtown Modesto.
Men wear high heels in support of raising awareness of sexual abuse during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event led by the Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus County on April 16, 2016, in downtown Modesto. Modesto Bee file

The Mistlin Gallery hosts the Kick Up Your Heels event, a partner fundraiser for the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes anti-sexual and domestic violence campaign.

Kick Up Your Heels will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the downtown gallery. The reception will include live music, wine, hors d’oveuvres and raffle prizes. The event also will offer the unveiling of the Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus Walk a Mile 2017 calendar. Haven has sponsored the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march each April for the last three years. Hundreds of men have taken part, walking through downtown Modesto in high heels to show support for domestic and sexual violence prevention.

Tickets are $25 presale, $30 door. For more information, call 209-524-4331 or visit www.havenwcs.org.

The Big Bad & Sexy Comedy Tour

XL Entertainment presents back-to-back shows of the Big Bad & Sexy Comedy Tour this weekend at the State Theatre.

The show was created by Herman “Big Worm” Romero and Lou Pizarro from the reality TV series “Operation Repo.” The tour features headliner Romero as well as other comics Susan Maletta, Rudy Ortiz, Hannibal Thompson and Kabir Singh. The show is for mature audiences only. Must be 18 or older to attend.

Shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. General admission tickets are $22. For more information, call 209-527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

Don Friesen

Award-winning comic Don Friesen comes to Patterson for a benefit show.

The star of the 2012 Showtime comedy special “Ask Your Mom” will perform Friday, Oct. 21, for Red Dragonfly Productions. Friesen, the only two-time winner of the San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition, was born in Fresno, appears frequently on XM Sirius satellite radio and has been on television shows from “Live at Gotham” to “Surviving the Holidays With Lewis Black” and “The Best of Comics Unleashed.”

The living room show starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at 1027 Sparrow Hawk Lane in Patterson. Suggested donation is $20 with a portion of the proceeds going to H.O.S.T. House, a faith-based group helping the homeless. For more information, call 707-747-0320.

Merced Kids Art Classes

The Merced Art Hop has started up Kids Art Classes this fall.

The classes are open to youths ages 3 to 5 and run every Thursday through Nov. 17. Classes will cover a new topic each session from printmaking to robot puppets, art books and self-portrait shadow boxes. Classes will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Merced Art Hop Epekel Gallery in downtown Merced. Parents must be present during the classes. Registration donation is $5 per class and includes supplies and a snack.

Fore more information, call 209-658-0661 or visit www.mercedarthop.org.

Noises Off

The Downey High School performing arts department presents “Noises Off” starting this weekend. The comedy by English playwright Michael Frayn is a farce-within-a-farce about a company getting ready to open a fictional comedy called “Nothing On.”

John Armes, new Downey director of choirs and theater arts, helms the production. The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and runs 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, though Oct. 30 at the Downey High auditorium. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 students/seniors.

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