Mark your calendars for the fourth annual ITSA Film Festival in Sonora on Nov. 1-3.
The ITSA (Imagination Talent Shorts Animation) Film Festival celebrates short films and animation from up-and-coming and established filmmakers. The event opens with a Dia de los Muertos-themed gala at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Sonora Opera Hall. It continues with a slate of shorts, as well as appearances by filmmakers and actors.
“Supernatural” and “Felicity” star Rob Benedict will be in attendance promoting his film “The Sidekick.” Benedict wrote and stars in the short about a superhero sidekick, which also features Ron Livingston of “Office Space” and Lizzy Caplan of the new Showtime series “Masters of Sex.” On Nov. 2, the festival will feature an evening of horror films with its “Reel Scary” presentation.
Tickets to the festival are $7 for a one-day pass, $25 for a two-day pass, $40 for the gala and $60 for an all-access pass. Reel Scary tickets are $7. For more, visit itsafilmfestival.com.
Music in the Air
Spend an evening enjoying contemporary and traditional gospel at the “Music in the Air” show at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Foster Theater at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
Keyboardist, songwriter and producer Glen Stovall, who arranged vocals for the Gallo Center’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” production, hosts the production which includes gospel music, instrumental pieces and interpretative dance. Organist Michael Mitchell, singing evangelist Gwenn Amey and recording artist Shuntavia are among a variety of artists performing.
Tickets are $8-$15. For more call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.
PTP Reader’s Theater
The Prospect Theater Project continues its Readers’ Theater series with “The Duck Variations” by David Mamet.
Performers for the two-man play will be David Barbaree and David Keymer. The series offers free staged readings of various plays. In “The Duck Variations” two old men sit on a park bench and talk about everything from the possibility of happiness to, yes, ducks.
The free show is at 2 p.m. at Prospect Theater, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto. For more call (209) 549-9341 or visit prospecttheaterproject.org.
Picasso birthday bash
Come celebrate the birthday of legendary artist Pablo Picasso tonight with the Carnegie Arts Center. The Picasso Birthday Bash will be part of the Turlock gallery’s Family Friday program.
The festivities will include making cubist collages, abstract faces and blue-period paintings and birthday cake. The program is being held in conjunction with the museum’s ongoing exhibit of Picasso ceramics which runs through Jan. 15.
The bash kicks off at 7 p.m. today at the Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway and is free to the public. For more call (209) 632-5761 or visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org.
MJC alumni art exhibit
The Modesto Junior College Visual Arts Club presents the “Return of the Masters! – Alumni Art Exhibition” through Thursday.
The free exhibit features the work of former students, some of whom now make a living as practicing artists or teach at the college level.
The display is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the MJC Art Gallery East Campus, 435 College Ave. For more call the MJC Art Gallery at (209) 575-6819.
Stockton-native Joni Morris has been traveling nationally for the past 15 years.
Her show is a tribute to the music of country legend Patsy Cline. Morris’ show features her and her four-piece band performing such hits as “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “My Happiness” and “Where the Boys Are.”
She brings her show to Newman’s West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 general, $28 reserved. Call (209) 862-4490 or visit www.westsidetheatre.org.