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6 things to do around Modesto

Franc D'Ambrosio
Franc D'Ambrosio

 1  'Phantom' star

Franc D'Ambrosio, named the "World's Longest Running Phantom" for playing the starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" more than 3,000 times, returns to the valley for his one-man show. He performs the final show in the Modesto Community Concert Association series.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $20-$25

CALL: 338-2100

 2  Rock and soul

Marirose and the Gypsies perform a combination of rock, soul, blues and country. Marirose describes herself as a singer, songwriter and musician with "a powerfully deep and sultry voice" that grabs the attention. The band will be joined by Lisa Gallego, The Gitanos, Odessa and The Mundaze.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto


CALL: 524-1400

 3  Peddler's Faire

Sponsored by the Knights Ferry History & Museum, the 18th annual Gold Country Peddler's Faire features antiques, collectibles and handmade craft items. Visitors can walk through the 146-year-old covered bridge -- the longest of its type west of the Mississippi River.

WHEN: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Covered Bridge Road, in front of the old flour mill on the south side of the historic covered bridge, Knights Ferry


CALL: 881-3217 or 881-3314

 4  A month of '80 Days'

Ty Smith stars as Phileas Fogg and Phillip D'Amore plays his servant Passepartout in Sierra Repertory Theatre's staging of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." The pair races across seven continents, facing stampeding elephants, runaway trains, typhoons and an inquisitive detective.

WHEN: 7 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Thursday; through May 24

WHERE: Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora

TICKETS: $18-$28

CALL: 532-3120

 5  Mucho Mariachis

Mariachi Mexicanisimo, Mariachi Los Tapatios Del Puerto and mariachi vocalist Berta Olivia perform at the 15th Mariachi Scholarship fund-raiser sponsored by the Hispanic Leadership Council of Stanislaus County. The money goes to scholarships and school programs for Hispanic Youth Leadership Council students.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Today; doors open at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock, 2618 N. Golden State Boulevard


CALL: 480-1648 or 575-1303

 6  Argen-tunes

Los Pinguos, Argentine musicians who cross musical boundaries, brings their party-starting sound to Newman. The group takes its inspiration from the Gipsy Kings, Manu Chao and The Beatles and has a catchy style that extends beyond a Spanish-speaking audience.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m.

WHERE: West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman

TICKETS: $10, under age 13 $5

CALL: 862-4490

& 2 to plan ahead for

Day of the Child fest,

Gallo Center, May 2

11th Street Jazz Fest,

May 16-17, Modesto