Marijke Rowland

Scene Stealers: We’ve changed our look, but not our mission

Welcome to the new Scene.

At face value, we might not look terribly different from your old Scene. But what you can expect (besides our shiny new column head shots) is more great arts and entertainment coverage of our community both in print and online.

Oh, you haven’t been checking out Scene online? Well you can, and you should. Each week, we post all of our local content online at In fact, stories from the Friday Scene section actually publish early on the site. So if you want to jump-start your weekend, pop on over to on, say, Thursdays and you’ll find everything from my Scene Stealers column to the Arts Briefs and 6 Things To Do This Week already posted.

And if you keep checking through the week, you’ll also find extra content, such as videos and other multimedia options, that you can’t see in the print version. Plus we’ll be posting other local entertainment stories there throughout the week. You’ll also find archives of both my column and Scene editor Pat Clark’s Scene & Heard column online.

So now it’s your turn. We always like to take the pulse of our readership. What other things would you like to see in the Scene section? What would you like to see less of? Know of some great artists, actors, entertainers, events in the area we should be writing about? Please let us know. You can always reach me at or through my Twitter account @marijkerowland.

Elsewhere around the Scene:

If you caught the series finale of “Criminal Minds” earlier this month, you caught a glimpse of Sonora Union High graduate Molly Culver.

Culver appeared in the Season 10 finale of the crime drama as FBI Agent Canning. Culver’s screen credits include roles on “V.I.P.” and “Heist,” as well as the Meryl Streep/Alec Baldwin comedy, “It’s Complicated.” The episode also made mention of Modesto as the hometown of one of the victims in a case. It’s a small criminal world, after all. ...

Tracy-bred singer-songwriter Megan Slankard is back with new music.

Now based in San Francisco, Slankard has a new album, “Running on Machinery,” to be released Tuesday. The disc is produced by Alex Wong, who has worked with Delta Rae and Vienna Teng. The 11-track album is available for order on iTunes. Slankard is touring California and then the East Coast in support of the new music.

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Modesto country act the Lauren Rene Band has released a new album on the independent record label Tate Music Group. The self-titled, eight-track debut came out in March and is available through iTunes, Amazon or directly from Singer-songwriter Lauren Rene got her start singing in area talent shows and church. ...

And finally, if you missed the Stanislaus Audubon Society screening of its documentary, “Wings Over Our Two Counties,” last month, you can catch it on YouTube.

The group has uploaded the project about the various kinds of birds that can be spotted in Stanislaus and Merced counties. The hourlong movie was filmed over the past five years by Stanislaus Audubon Society member David Froba. So feel free to enjoy the documentary from the comfort of home with a few clicks.