News & Notes

Gallo Center for the Arts

Seven businesses are sponsoring the arts center's grand opening concerts Sept. 27 through Oct. 2: AT&T, Cadillac, the DoubleTree Hotel, Bob & Marie Gallo, E.&J. Gallo Winery, Wells Fargo and Wine Spectator Magazine. Opening performers are Patti LuPone and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra (Sept. 27), Cirque-Works Birdhouse Factory (Sept. 28-30), Los Tigres Del Norte (Sept. 28), Tony Bennett (Sept. 29, sold out), Rosanne Cash (Sept. 30) and the Joffrey Ballet (Oct. 2).

The Gallo Center for the Arts, at 10th and I streets in Modesto, will have its grand opening gala Sept. 27. The center has two theaters: the 1,252-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater and the 444-seat Foster Family Theater. www.galloarts.org, 338-2100.

Out & About

Three things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

1 Double your Fab Four fun as two accomplished Beatles tribute bands come to play on the same day: the Classical Mystery Tour at Picnic at the Pops and Revolution for the Turlock Concert Association. Today, Classical Mystery Tour performs at 7 p.m.; Revolution performs at 7:30 p.m. Classical Mystery Tour plays at E.&J. Gallo Winery, 600 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto. Revolution plays at Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. $12 to $47 for the Modesto show. Admission to the Turlock show is by season subscription; subscriptions are $55 to $115 for five concerts. 523-4156 for the Modesto concert; 632-4692 or 634-1142 for the Turlock concert.

2 Hear the instrumental mastery of violinist/fiddler Jamie Laval and mandolinist Ashley Broder as they perform traditional Irish, Scottish and bluegrass music. Today, 8 p.m., West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $14 general, $17 reserved. 862-4490.

3 Laugh along at the return of the Latino Comedy Jam with comics Joey Guila, Key Lewis and Marcella Arguello. Today, 9 p.m., State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $25. 527-4697.

FREE FUN: Catch the swan song for popular Modesto band Transport as it plays its farewell show along with Aaron Durr and Not An Airplane. Today, 7 p.m., Queen Bean Coffee House, 1126 14th St., Modesto. Free. 521-8000.

-- Marijke Rowland


25 YEARS AGO: A pain-crazed Brahman bull ran berserk through east Turlock neighborhoods, pursuing numerous residents before being shot and killed. The full-grown bull had escaped from the Turlock livestock auction yard at Johnson Road and East Avenue. -- Karen Aiello