The Gallo Center for the Arts has added two shows to its 2014-15 season.
Grammy-winning Mexican artist Ramón Ayala will perform Nov. 21, and yoga superstar MC YOGI will appear April 11.
Tickets for Ayala and his band Sus Bravos del Norte are $49-$99 and go on sale to the public Saturday. The norteño music superstar’s career spans 50 years. An accordionist, vocalist and songwriter, he helped create modern conjunto music.
Tickets to MC YOGI and guest DJ Drez are on sale now for $20-$35. The event is in collaboration with a new yoga and Pilates studio in McHenry Village from Dr. Michael and Michaela Purnell. An afternoon yoga workshop with MC YOGI will be held before the show. Tickets to the workshop are $25.
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For more call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.
Visitors are welcomed into creative spaces at at ninth annual Calaveras Artists Studio Tour this weekend.
The free tour has artists opening their studios and homes to the public to see and purchase their work Saturday and Sunday. Artists will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days for questions and to discuss their work.
The tour takes viewers to nine sites to see the work of more than 20 artists. Free maps to the artists on the tour are available for download or can be picked up from the Calaveras Arts Council in San Andreas and other locations.
For more, call (209) 754-1774 or visit www.calaverasarts.org.
The Los Angeles-based Cornerstone Theatre Company brings the touring production “California: The Tempest” to the Grayson and Westley communities.
The show will be held at the United Community Center and Park, 8900 Laird St., Grayson. The production’s Stanislaus County stop will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and runs each night through Oct. 4. A $10 donation is asked, though not required.
“California: The Tempest” was created as part of the Cornerstone Institute Summer Residency program. The show started in August, embarking on a yearlong tour through 10 communities from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
The piece is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by playwright Alison Carey and focuses on issues facing California. The touring cast features 2014 Patterson High School graduate Francisco Martinez.
For more, visit cornerstonetheater.org or call 800-578-1335 to reserve seats.
The Tuolumne Writers Retreat in Columbia State Historic Park is this weekend.
The event runs Friday to Sunday and will include workshops, writing classes, featured speakers, local storytellers, poetry open-mike sessions and a lantern-led Ghost Walk. There also will be authors and book signings, poetry readings, music and dance.
Some events are free and open to the public. Enrollment fee for the class is $145.
For more call (209) 743-8097 or visit www.sonorawriters.org.
Modesto’s Star of David Ministries invites the public to Unite Fest on Saturday at Tenth Street Plaza.
The family-friendly festival will have vendors, live music, children’s activities and refreshments from 3 to 7 p.m. Star of David Ministries has congregations in Modesto and San Jose. For more on the free event visit www.starofdavidministries.org.
Women’s Music Festival
The Northern California Women’s Music Festival is accepting submissions for its Songwriting Contest.
The festival is Oct. 18 at Prospect Theater Project in downtown Modesto. Female singer-songwriters from Northern California can submit original songs until Wednesday. Festival Songwriting Division Chairwoman Patty Castillo Davis is overseeing the entries.
Send compositions in CD format, include three copies of typed lyrics and $10 per entry to: NCWMF Songwriting Contest, P.O. Box 541, Ceres, CA 95307. The winner will receive a cash prize and studio time courtesy of Modesto Sound.
For more, visit northerncaliforniawomensmusicfestival.com.