In brief: Arts events across the region

Kenny Rogers performs in concert during the Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem at Pier Six Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Baltimore.
Kenny Rogers performs in concert during the Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem at Pier Six Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Baltimore. The Associated Press

Fans of country music superstar Kenny Rogers shouldn’t gamble away their chance to see him Thursday at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre.

The Gambler will swing into Merced on his Through the Years Tour. The Merced Theatre Foundation event is a fundraiser for the historic downtown venue. Tickets range from $49 to $99.

Instantly recognizable by his trademark silver hair and beard, Rogers is a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee who has crossed over from his genre into the worlds of pop music, film and television. Now 76, the Texas native recently released a gospel album, “The Love of God.”

Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, logged 24 No. 1 singles and earned three Grammy Awards. His greatest hits include “Lady,” “Lucille,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Coward of the County” and “The Gambler.”

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more, call (209) 381-0500 or visit www.mercedtheatre.org.

CSU Stanislaus arts

California State University, Stanislaus, has two arts events this week.

The department of theater continues the production “I and You,” by playwright Lauren Gunderson, through Sunday. The play is about two high school students who connect while exploring a copy of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” Shows are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Studio Theatre. Tickets are $9 general and $7 for students, seniors, children under 12, faculty and staff.

Then, the department of music presents its fall choral concert Tuesday. The show will feature the University Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale performing works by Melgás, Haydn, Hindemith, Bárdos, Diemer and others. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Snider Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $12 general, $8 for students/seniors/children under 12, faculty and staff.

For more information call (209) 667-3959.

Little Joe y La Familia

Tejano music pioneer Jose Maria DeLeon Hernandez – known as Little Joe – and his La Familia band return to the Gallo Center for the Arts on Oct. 10.

Little Joe made his Gallo Center debut in 2011. Throughout his career, the Texas native has released more than 50 albums and been nominated for a Grammy Award three times.

Tickets to the show show are $19 to $59. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

Robin Williams tribute

Downtown Modesto’s State Theatre will present a doubleheader tribute to the late comic and actor Robin Williams.

His films “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Good Will Hunting” will play back to back at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. In the former, Williams plays an Armed Forces Radio Service DJ during the Vietnam War. In the latter, he plays a therapist to an undiscovered math genius in Boston. Williams was nominated for Oscars for his acting in both films, and took home the trophy for best supporting actor for “Good Will Hunting.”

Tickets to each film are $8. For more, call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

Ripon Arts League

The Ripon Arts League continues its 2014-15 concert season with a little Dixieland jazz on Thursday.

The Midnight Rose Jazz Band will perform as part of the series. The traditional jazz band has been performing together for nearly 25 years and plays music festivals and clubs across the West Coast.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Ripon High School, 301 N. Acacia Ave. You must be a member to attend, and membership starts at $30. For more information, call (209) 599-7876 or (209) 599-3476.

Comeback Comedy Co-Op Show

Comic Dillon Garcia headlines the Comeback Comedy Co-Op Show on Friday in Riverbank.

Dillion has appeared twice on the Comedy Central show “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-up Revolution.” Also performing will be Eddie S., Ric James, Gloria Magana and Ill List slam poet Do Dirty. Show starts at 8 p.m. at the 108 Sports Lounge in Riverbank. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

For more, call (209) 204-1893 or visit www.ricjames.com.

Paul J. Kim

Youth speaker, vocalist and beat boxer Paul J. Kim will perform at the Our Lady of Fatima Church Fall Festival on Saturday.

Kim will give two concerts, one at 11 a.m. for youth only, ages 12 to 18, and one at 7 p.m. for the general public. Concert tickets are $9 per person plus two cans of food. The festival will include a blessing of the animals at 10 a.m. in the back parking lot. All animals on leash are welcome.

The events will be in the Our Lady of Fatima gymnasium, 505 W. Granger Ave., Modesto.

‘In Your Dreams’

The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock opens the “In Your Dreams” exhibit Wednesday in its Turlock gallery lobby.

The juried exhibition will coincide with and complement the center’s ongoing Joan Miró exhibit, “Fantastic Universe,” which runs through Jan. 11 in the Ferrari Gallery. “In Your Dreams” features some 45 pieces, including paintings, drawings and photographs. The work is meant to express the artists’ dreams and will be on display until Feb. 1.

The lobby exhibit is free and open to the public during gallery hours. Call (209) 632-5761 or visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

Tuolumne River Woodworkers

Wonder at the fine crafts from the Tuolumne River Woodworkers Association on display at downtown Modesto’s McHenry Museum.

The group’s annual show begins Saturday and runs through Oct. 12. The exhibit includes everything from bowls and vases to clocks and pens. The exhibit is free. The McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free.