In brief: Merced ShakespeareFest returns

ShakespeareFest presents free performances of “Henry V” this month in Merced.
ShakespeareFest presents free performances of “Henry V” this month in Merced. Merced ShakespeareFest

Merced ShakespeareFest presents the historical play “Henry V,” the Bard’s drama about a hero king, the battle of Agincourt and the wooing of a French princess.

This is the 14th season for the free outdoor Shakespeare productions. Shows this year are 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19, and 5 p.m. Sept. 13 and 20 at Applegate Park, 1045 W. 25th St., Merced.

Free performances also will be offered at 7 p.m. Sept. 16-17 at the UC Merced Amphitheatre.

For more information call 209-723-3265 or see www.mercedshakespearefest.org

Local artists join Monterey Bay exhibit

Five local artists participated in “Big Blue Live – The Artist View,” a painting exhibit of Monterey Bay and its marine life.

Tamara Keiper, Rhett Regina Owings, Barbara Gill Salerno, Henrietta Sparkman and Cindy Wilbur, members of the Monterey Plein Air Painters Association, painted along the Monterey Trail coast as part of the event.

Earlier this week, PBS and BBC Earth presented the documentary “Big Blue Live,” a three-part live television event showcasing West Coast marine life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In conjunction, the Arts Council of Monterey County, Museum of Monterey, Aquarium and Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters collaborated for the exhibit of original paintings.

Art is on display 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30 at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza.

Jazz musicians at the Barkin’ Dog

Jazz musicians Amy LaVere and Will Sexton perform Thursday, Sept. 10, at at the Barkin’ Dog Grill in downtown Modesto.

The duo released a new album – “Hallelujah I’m A Dreamer” – earlier this year. They spent six weeks touring Eastern Europe this summer and continue on the road through October.

The show is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Barkin’ Dog, 940 11th St., Modesto. Call 209-572-2341.

Calaveras Labor Day show

The Calaveras Community Band will present a Labor Day concert directed by Mic Harper at Murphys Community Park on Monday, Sept. 7.

Music will range from Latin, jazz, swing and marches to patriotic tunes and oldies, all to celebrate the end of summer. Admission is free, and people can pack a picnic meal to enjoy the holiday concert; no food or drink will be available at the park.

Music begins at 6:30 p.m. at Community Park on South Algiers Street in Murphys.

West Side art scholarships

Students living in Stanislaus County’s West Side can audition for the West Side Takes Stage Scholarship contest.

West Side Takes Stage is a competition for socioeconomically disadvantaged West Side youths, according to its website. The group has partnered with West Side Theatre to judge participants and select three winners in instrumental composition and art to receive college scholarships.

There are two divisions: junior for grades sixth through eighth, and senior for grades ninth through 12th. All West Side students can audition on Oct. 3 and Nov. 14. For details, see www.westsidetakesstageperformingartsscholarship.com.