In brief: Arts events across the Modesto region

Children participate in a Sierra Repertory Theatre Jr. workshop.
Children participate in a Sierra Repertory Theatre Jr. workshop. Sierra Repertory Theatre

The public is invited to a forum to discuss “How Should We Balance Access and Excellence in the Arts?” with local artists and advocates Thursday at the McHenry Museum.

The event is sponsored by the Zócalo Public Square and the James Irvine Foundation. Bee Editor Joseph Kieta will moderate the panel, which will feature MoBand director George Gardner, Modesto street performer Dellanora Green and local singer-guitarist Patty Castillo Davis. After, there will be a free beer and wine reception.

Zócalo Public Square is a nonprofit project by the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University, which sponsors live events and humanities journalism. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free and open to the public. Make a reservation at www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

SRT Jr. Workshops

Sierra Repertory Theatre Jr. will offer its first summer camps this July and August for area children.

The camps are open to kids 4 and up, and will be divided by age. No theater experience is needed to enroll, and up to 15 students can attend each workshop. The sessions will be led by Sierra Rep Education Director Ralph Krumins, and participants will learn lines, songs, dances and more as part of the experience.

The age 4-6 camp will be July 14-18; age 7-9 July 21-25; and age 10 and up July 28 - Aug. 8. The summer workshops run $75 to $200, depending on age. SRT season ticket holders receive a discount. For more information, call (209) 532-0502, ext. 123. Enrollment forms are available on the education page at www.sierrarep.org.

N.Y. Film Critics Series

Modesto’s State Theatre continues its partnership with the N.Y. Film Critics Series with a sneak-preview screening of the new Rob Reiner romantic comedy, “And So It Goes,” on Wednesday.

The film by the “When Harry Met Sally” director stars Academy Award winners Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas. The monthly movie series presents screenings of pre-release movies along with simulcast Q&As with the stars and filmmakers. Previous screenings have included “Breathe In,” “Locke” and “Chef.” This month, director Reiner will take part in live in the screening broadcast.

The film follows a curmudgeonly Realtor (Douglas) who is unexpectedly charged with looking after his granddaughter and turns to his neighbor (Keaton) for help. It will open in theaters nationwide July 18. Tickets are $12, and the screening starts at 7:30 p.m.

Carnegie ROCKS! half price

Keep on rocking after Turlock’s Fourth of July parade today with half-price admission to the Carnegie ROCKS! exhibit.

Tickets to see the collection of rock ’n’ roll guitars, costumes and memorabilia will be $6 for general admission (instead of the normal $12). Seniors, students and members will be $5. The downtown art center’s Ferrari Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to coincide with the parade and street fair. The exhibit will run through Aug. 17.

For more, visit the Carnegie Arts Center at 250 N. Broadway or go online to www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

Black Oak Casino

The Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne has two new reasons to celebrate this month.

The hotel at the casino recently received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The worldwide accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Also, earlier this month, the casino raised $10,000 for cancer research as part of its Play for the Cure slots tournament. The proceeds for the event were donated to the American Cancer Society.

For more on the casino and its live entertainment, visit www.blackoakcasino.com.