In brief: Arts events across the Modesto region

Mark Lowry brings his songs and comedy to the Gallo Center for the Arts.
Mark Lowry brings his songs and comedy to the Gallo Center for the Arts. Submitted by Gallo Center for the Arts

Get a preview of the Northern California Women’s Music Festival at the Riverbank Cheese & Wine Expo. The music festival is presenting a stage at the Riverbank event Saturday and Sunday featuring some of its roster of area artists. Hear music from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for free at the downtown expo.

The Northern California Women’s Music Festival will be from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Prospect Theater on K Street in Modesto. The show will feature about 20 female musicians from across the region and highlight art and poetry by local women. Some proceeds will be donated to Haven Women’s Center in Modesto. Tickets are $10. For more, visit www.northerncaliforniawomensmusicfestival.com.

Chris Van Cleave

Catch Chris Van Cleave and friends perform a special show at the Fallon House Theatre in Columbia on Monday. Van Cleave, who is starring in the Sierra Rep production of Mark Twain’s “A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage,” will present an evening of acoustic music along with some of his cast mates. The show will feature light rock, folk and country music, including an original song being debuted by Cleave and inspired by the region. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children and are available for purchase online at www.sierrarep.org or by calling (209) 532-3120.

Mehling & Le Jazz Hot

Enjoy gypsy jazz music at the Paul Mehling & Le Jazz Hot at the Carnegie Arts Center on Tuesday. Le Jazz Hot (the quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco led by Mehling) has been performing in the region, and around the world, since 1989. Featuring acoustic guitars, bass and violin, the group performs swing music in the style pioneered by gypsy jazz great Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 general, $20 members. Call (209) 632-5761 or visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

Modesto Tango

Modesto Tango brings in the Redwood Tango Ensemble to perform at its milonga Saturday. The San Francisco tango quintet will be the first live band to perform for one of the group’s dance parties. The ensemble performs music from tango orchestras from the 1930s to 1950s. The milonga will start with an introductory dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., and then the band will play at 8:30 p.m. at Jacobs Fine Dining in Modesto. There is a $15 fee for introductory lessons and $15 for the milonga only. For more, visit modestotango.blogspot.com.

Sonora Bach Festival

Enjoy the Sonora Bach Festival Musical Soiree concert with renowned violinist Corina Stoian on Saturday. The 38th annual Sonora Bach Festival Musical showcases classical baroque. Also performing will be Hank King on recorder, Alice Williams on cello, twin sisters Jane and Gail Buzzard on oboe and bassoon, respectively, Sandra Betti on flute and Ron Brickman on harpsichord. Romanian-born violinist Stoian has performed extensively throughout Europe. In 2006, she moved to California and has appeared as soloist with several orchestras. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Country Cowboy Church in Sonora. Tickets are $25. Call (209) 536-6330 or visit www.sonorabach.org.

Signs Thru Our Times

The art and craft of sign painting will be spotlighted during Celebrate ART: Signs Thru Our Times festivities this weekend in Sonora. From Friday through Sunday, see showcases of the fine art of lettering, sign painting and pinstriping at the Sonora Historic Opera Hall. Saturday events also will celebrate the fourth anniversary of Sonora 2nd Saturday ART Night. There will be demonstrations, plus art and photography exhibits throughout the weekend. The film “Sign Painters” will screen at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event benefits the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance and Mother Lode Arts Association. For more information and schedules, visit http://letterheadmeetsonora2014.weebly.com.

Mark Lowry

Christian singer, storyteller and humorist Mark Lowry returns to Modesto for a show Tuesday at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Lowry is on the road with his Unplugged & Unplanned tour, promising an evening of comedy and testimony. He performed a sold-out show at the Gallo Center in 2012. Show starts 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19-$59. Call (209) 338-2100 or go to www.galloarts.org.


The Christian Life Center Church in Merced will present a show by contemporary Christian singer and evangelist Carman on Friday. Carman was Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year in 1980. The performer has sold more than 10 million albums, won several Dove Awards and garnered three Grammy nominations. Show starts at 7 p.m. at Christian Life Center Church. Tickets are $18-$25, $100 VIP, and are available at the church or online at www.itickets.com. Call (209) 383-2273.

Metropolitan Opera’s Live

See the opening of the ninth season of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD with a performance of Verdi’s Shakespearean drama “Macbeth” in local theaters Saturday. The live transmission goes out to 2,000 movie theaters in 69 countries and will play at 9:55 a.m. at the Galaxy Theatres in Riverbank and AMC Showplace in Manteca. The Met Opera Live series show will feature soprano Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth and Zeljko Lucic as Macbeth. For more, visit www.metopera.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx.

El Mundo

The Modesto Junior College recital series brings in the Latin chamber group El Mundo. The group will perform Friday at the Gallo Center for the Arts. El Mundo plays 16th- through 19th-century Latin American, Spanish and Italian chamber music. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more, visit www.galloarts.org.