The Arts In Brief

Women round up Western art

The Women of Western Art's 16th annual Western Art Show will be held April 11-13 in Oakdale. Featured artists include Trudi Erickson, Cali Roberson, Loni Flowers, Sue Forrest, Christie Asai, Debi Bonsack, Cassidee Dermond, Vonnie Muniain, Rebecca Harvey, Cheri Martin, Ceri Noto, Brad Keith, Eva Williams and Dana Gookin-Owens. Children ages 1-18 also are invited to enter the show at Bianchi Community Center, 122 S. Second Ave. There's an entry fee of $1 per piece, with a two-piece limit. Opening reception is 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 11, with a children's reception at 1 p.m. April 13. Show and sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. Tickets can be purchased at the show or beforehand from the artists. For more, call 845-0252. For more on the children's division, 576-4346.

Poets win accolades

Three area poets received honorable mentions at the 82nd annual Poets' Dinner contest last month in Oakland. Ed Beardon of Modesto took first honorable mention for "The Song of the Meadowland" and second honorable mention for "A Sense of Place." Linda Prather of Modesto took second honorable mention for "A Difference," and Linda Sawyer of Waterford took second honorable mention for "Memory Tree."

MJC spring concert

The Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra, directed by Anne Martin, will perform its spring concert April 8 at the Gallo Center for the Arts. On the program are the "Lord of the Rings Suite" by Howard Shore, "Night on Bald Mountain" by Musorgsky, "The Russian Sailor's Dance" by Gliere and the last movement of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. The concert will feature two soloists, soprano Michelle Fernandez and double bass player Kyle Wong. Fernandez will perform the Alleluja from Mozart's "Exultate, Jubilate." Wong will perform "Kol Nidrei" by Max Bruch. The concert is dedicated to the memory of Gilbert Boyne, principal trumpet player of the MJC Community Orchestra for many years. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Foster Theater, 1000 I St., Modesto. Tickets are $3. For more, 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

'Tall Tales' to be told

"America's Tall Tales" will be offered as a world première today through April 20 by the Playhouse Merced Conservatory Program. Written and directed for the program by its education director, Noelle Chandler, "Tales" is a high-energy family show that uses television as a storytelling device for five favorite folk tales. Opening-night theatergoers will enjoy appetizers, meet the cast and meet Scoopy from The Modesto Bee. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. Tickets are $12-$19. Call 725-8587 or see www.playhousemerced.com.

On April 12, Playhouse Merced hosts Free Theatre Day for families, featuring performing-arts workshops. Sign-ups are 9:30 a.m. The day includes a 2 p.m. matinee performance of "America's Tall Tales." Attendance is limited to the first 150. Call 725-8587.

Program on Chopin

A piano concert by Jeffrey Siegel with commentary on "The Passion and Poetry of Chopin" will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts Foster Theater. Siegel, who has been a soloist with several orchestras, will use a commentary-plus-concert format in which he speaks to the audience about each piece before performing it. The program includes Cat Waltz, Op. 34; No. 1; Fantasy Impromptu; Etude in E major, Op. 10, No. 3; Waltz in A-flat, Op. 42; Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39; Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3; Barcarolle, Op. 16; Polonaise in A-flat, Op. 53. Tickets are $30-$45. Call 338-2100. www.galloarts.org

'Midsummer' at MHS

The Modesto High School Theater Department will present William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the school's auditorium, First and H streets, today through April 13. Tickets are $7 and available at the door. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and April 11-12; 2 p.m. April 13.