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7 things to do this weekend in and around Modesto

Children dance and entertain as guests eat in 2007 during the annual Greek Food Festival.
( Bart Ah You / The Modesto Bee )
Children dance and entertain as guests eat in 2007 during the annual Greek Food Festival. ( Bart Ah You / The Modesto Bee ) Modesto Bee

 1  Jazz dance

Dance students from Modesto Junior College, Johansen and Central Catholic high schools, 5,6,7,8 Dance Studio and Backstage Dance Company perform to jazz music in "Jam n' Jive '08 — Blue Smoke Cafe." The numbers are performed to the music of the Glenn Miller Band, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall and Peggy Lee.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Auditorium, MJC Performing and Media Arts Center, 435 College Ave., Modesto

TICKETS: $8-$10

CALL: 575-6776

 2  Body & Soul

Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter joins the Modesto Symphony Orchestra for its "Body & Soul" concert. Musical selections are Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 "Organ" and Malcolm Arnold's Tam O'Shanter Overture.

WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday

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

TICKETS: $30-$70

CALL: 338-2100

 3  Dance theater

Founded by Jacques Heim in Los Angeles in 1992, Diavolo performs movements that create metaphors for the challenges of relationships, the absurdities of life and the struggle to maintain humanity in a technological world.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Saturday

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

TICKETS: $18-$37

CALL: 338-2100

 4  Celebrate culture

Learn about the Assyrian culture at the newly relocated Assyrian Chaldean Festival. The event, which has been held the last 17 years in San Jose, has now moved permanently to the Central Valley. Festivities include Mediterranean food for purchase, folk dancing, children's games and more.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

WHERE: St. Matthew's Church, 3005 Sixth St., Ceres

ADMISSION: Free

CALL: 988-5661

 5  Peppery sounds

Students at California State University, Stanislaus, are coming back to a peppery event. Associated Students Inc.'s annual Welcome Back Students show features Hawaiian reggae-ska-rockers Pepper and Florida's pop-punkers The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Nationally touring act Pepper is an area favorite having played sold-out shows at X-Fest and the Fat Cat Music House Lounge. Pepper also has shared billing with superstars like 311 and Snoop Dogg.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Amphitheater, CSU Stanislaus, Turlock

TICKETS: students $15; public $30 advance, $35 door

CALL: 667-3833

 6  Alabama singer

Randy Owen came to fame as lead singer of the country band Alabama, which racked up a slew of hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including "Tennessee River" and "You've Got the Touch." Now, he's embarking on a solo career with the album "One on One," due out in November.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday

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

TICKETS: $35-$80

CALL: 338-2100

 7  Greek fest

Immerse yourself in Greek culture at the 44th annual Greek Food Festival. Enjoy a dine-in or carry-out Greek dinner, as well as live traditional music and dancing. The popular event draws close to 9,000 people each year. Festivalgoers also can browse a Greek coffeehouse and bakery, go on church tours and shop at the Agora (marketplace).

WHEN: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto

TICKETS: Adult advance $12, adult gate $15, children 12 and under $7.50

CALL: 522-7694

& 2 to plan ahead for

 Chris Botti, Sept. 27, Turlock Community Theatre

 Bonnie Raitt, Oct. 4, Ironstone Vineyards

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