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Five things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

1 Hum along to "Forever Plaid," a humorous musical sendup of clean-cut 1950s boy bands. Today, 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. Fallon House Theatre, Columbia State Historic Park, off Parrotts Ferry Road. $15 to $28. 532-3120.

2 Catch the Modesto Area Music Organization's final show of the outdoor concert series for the season with the return of contemporary jazz duo Willie and Lobo, on their farewell tour. Today, 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. music. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $35 to $45. 491-7185.

3 Enjoy the sounds of Solid Blues as soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, right, heads a lineup including blues harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite, piano and Hammond B-3 organ player Joe Krown and the North Mississippi Allstars. Today, 8 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $20 to $55. 338-2100.

4 Hear the Golden Valley Chorus, a Central Valley men's barbershop chorus, as it presents the original musical "How the West Was Nearly Lost." Today, 8 p.m. Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $25 to $40. 338-2100.

5 See the Spanish art of dance with Noche Flamenca, one of Spain's most successful flamenco companies. Sunday, 7 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $18-$45. 338-2100.

FREE FUN: Come experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the 31st annual Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition. The outdoor street fair will feature more than 300 vendors, entertainment, children's activities, and cheese and wine tastings ($35 fee for tastings). Today and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa Fe Street, Riverbank. 863-9600.

-- Marijke Rowland


75 YEARS AGO: Another old Merced landmark was being razed to make room for a modern office building. The landmark was the old triangle block building, at 16th and N streets. It had been constructed more than 60 years earlier and had been used as a storage building by an ice company for the previous few years.

25 YEARS AGO: The Modesto City Council voted to ease restrictions on the placement of political signs on city rights of way. The city, which had banned the signs on city property, changed its rules to conform with a court order that cities may regulate, but not prohibit, political signs on city property. Campaign directors were asked to obtain free encroachment permits from the Planning Department and were notified that signs on city property had to be removed within 10 days after the election or the city would remove them and bill the campaigns.

-- Karen Aiello