The Gallo Center for the Arts houses two state-of-the-art theaters that showcase an abundance of theater, music, dance, and lectures throughout the year. Colorful spins and stiletto-sharp swirls seize the stage in a dizzying display of Argentinean culture with Tango Buenos Aires, and advice aficionados will revel in the clever contemplations of Ann Landers successor Amy Dickinson, whose column is published in more than 200 newspapers nationwide. Music mavens, meanwhile, will bask in the artistic prowess of the Philharmonic of Poland, a powerful acoustic experience helmed by the wand of sonic sorcerer Boguslaw Dawidow that massages eardrums with works by Strauss, Lehar, and Mozart. More hands-on classical connoisseurs will be privy to a fully educational musical experience with Jeffrey Siegel's informative keyboard conversations, which are half witty lecture, half virtuosic performance, and half lesson in remedial fractions.
The dazzling, art-deco exterior of The State Theatre sends moviegoers back in time to Hollywood’s heyday. The elegant 1934 theater eschews the big-budget productions and 3D infomercials of today’s movie industry and instead screens classic films and indie features. On opening nights, The State Theatre often hosts Skype Q&A sessions with the directors and other filmmakers.
The Future of Rock Music Fest’s lineup of established Modesto performers and youthful up-and-comers tests the integrity of the stage with an amp-rattling evening of rock 'n' roll. Steely Dan tribute Kid Charlemagne, accompanied by local cover-band masterminds Johnny and Kelly, regales audiences with lively renditions of songs by their inspiration. Hari Kari, meanwhile, will whisk aural synapses back in time, exposing ears to an eclectic selection of hits from the ‘80s like a disco crystal ball. Fresh-faced teen group The High Voltage Band takes the stage to show off their precocious musical talents before California rockers Offshore coalesce around the soaring vocals of lead singer Genesis, essaying a program of original songs and punk covers of such bands as Taking Back Sunday and Blink 182. Finally, Neil Buettner and Matt Harrington band together and eschew modern electric-rock innovations in favor of acoustic guitars and steam-powered amps.
Bob & Tom Show regulars, Ms. Pat and Dan St. Paul team up for an adult-oriented night of comedy. If her four children are lucky, Ms. Pat will stop short of literally airing their dirty laundry during her in-depth description of topics ranging from her eldest's intimate football gear to her 6-year-old daughter's ambitious designs on the drive-thru menu. Dan St. Paul is perhaps best known for his car-endangeringly hilarious broadcast of a baseball game made up of Biblical all-stars, and is wont to wax sarcastic on his freakishly large son and money-saving healthcare tips such as getting your x-rays done at the airport. Charity Way Ballroom at the Elks Lodge will be fitted with a full bar for the evening of entertainment.
Grammy– and Tony–nominated actor, singer, and musician Michael Cavanaugh binds the American rock 'n' roll songbook in his magnetic charm and munificent voice during a festive salute to the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. Labeled “the amazing Michael Cavanaugh” by the New York Times, the charismatic crooner rose to fame when Joel handpicked him to play the lead role in the Broadway smash Movin' Out and to take his place in jury duty. Since then, the surrogate Piano Man and his ace band have marveled music fans nationwide with their wily interpretations of rock staples. Live, Michael rivals his heroes and steals their vocal DNA in Billy Joel jams such as “You May Be Right” and “Just the Way You Are” and Elton John romps such as “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and “Crocodile Rock.” The dapper singer’s jukebox brain also holds songs ranging from AC/DC to ZZ Top, so expect a grab bag of cuts to reverberate in Turlock Community Theatre’s acoustically friendly auditorium.