Six things to do this week in, around Modesto

Jeffrey Siegel
Jeffrey Siegel

 1  Jeffrey Siegel

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Gallo Center for the Arts to begin a new season of Keyboard Conversations. The kickoff is on the "Power & Passion of Beethoven." The program covers the woman behind "Für Elise" and the story behind the Moonlight and Farewell sonatas.

WHEN: 8 p.m. today

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

TICKETS: $18-$42

CALL: 338-2100

 2  Bayou sounds

Enjoy a lively night of Cajun and zydeco music with Creole Belles. The five-piece group plays a high-energy style of traditional Cajun music. Joining it for the performance is guest artist and Louisiana native Andrew Carriere (on rubboard, accordion and triangle). His father was Creole fiddler Bebe Carriere.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

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

TICKETS: $14 general, $17 reserved

CALL: 862-4490ONLINE: www.creolebelles.com

 3  Pure country

Country music traditionalist Randy Travis brings his catalog to his Gallo Center for the Arts debut. The five-time Grammy winner has charted 22 No. 1 hits, including "On the Other Hand," "Three Wooden Crosses," "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" and "Whisper My Name."

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday

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

TICKETS: $35-$75

CALL: 338-2100

 4  Piano jazz

A chief architect of the modern piano trio and a formative influence on Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal is considered one of the last living giants of jazz's "Golden Era."

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday

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

TICKETS: $18-$45

CALL: 338-2100

 5  Film fest

Enjoy the fourth annual MoFest!, PFLAG Modesto's annual gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender film festival. Short and feature films highlighting the GLBT community are screened in afternoon and evening sessions. The matinee session includes the feature "Tru Loved," about a teenage girl moving to a conservative suburb with her lesbian mothers, and the evening session culminates with the award-winning feature "Were the World Mine," a musical written and directed by Tom Gustafson. For more, visit www.pflagmodesto.org.

WHEN: 2 p.m. matinee, 6 p.m. evening Saturday

WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto

TICKETS: $10 per showing, $15 entire day

CALL: 527-0776

 6  Funny guy

Comic Frank Caliendo brings his slew of famous impressions to Turlock. Known for his TBS show "Frank TV" and his appearances on "Fox NFL Sunday," Caliendo has impersonated everyone from John Madden to George W. Bush and Jack Nicholson.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive

TICKETS: $39-$70

CALL: 668-1169

& 2 to plan ahead for

 Cajun Fest 12, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Oct. 18

 Film “Man on Wire,” State Theatre, Oct. 17-21