arts and culture
By Anne Marie Bergthold “Alphonse Mucha is one of those artists who, for a long time, flew under the radar,” says Lisa McDermott, Director of the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. While people might not recognize the name, many will recognize what McDermott describes as “elegant, beautiful, swirling compositions” as the
by Alex Cantatore Don’t settle for a plain, saw-toothed Jack-o-Lantern this year. It’s easier than you think to have the best carved pumpkin on your block. 1. Use the Right Tools If you’re using a pumpkin carving kit with orange plastic tools, that’s your first mistake. Try using X-Acto Knives, linoleum cutters, and
An Evening with Audra McDonald – Sept. 5, 8 p.m. $39 -89 With six Tony Awards to her name, unprecedentedly awarded in all four acting categories, Audra McDonald is one of the greatest stars Broadway has ever seen. She’s renowned for her enchanting soprano, and for her dramatic performances in plays such as “Carousel,” “Ragtime,” “A
By Alex Cantatore WAY BACK IN 2010, almost on a whim, Modestoan Lindsay Pearce decided to enter a talent show — the first ever Valley’s Got Talent. Now, Pearce is an up-and-coming Hollywood actress on the verge of breaking out. She’s been on “Glee,” in films with Kevin
BY ALEX CANTATORE The young career of Modesto native Emily Kay Shrader has already come full circle. The talented stage actress will return to Modesto on March 26-27, taking center stage at the Gallo Center for the Arts as a member of the national tour of the musical “Sister Act.” An Enochs High
BY JACQUI D. SINARLE “Bacchus & Brew is a well established and entertaining event with something for everyone,” said Keenon Krick, who co-chairs the event with Gary Boudreaux. “Every year we have a terrific mix of approximately 20 wineries and ten breweries from all over the Central Valley that bring
Quilting is on the rise. So says Sue Siefkin from the Country Crossroads Quilt Guild of Modesto. And with the large display of traditional and art quilts on display recently in Modesto’s Mistlin Gallery and on deck for a major exhibit at Modesto Center Plaza this January, Siefkin definitely has some persuasive proof.
Kids and adults alike will marvel at the mental gymnastics of Dr. Arthur Benjamin, whose self-proclaimed “Mathemagical” talents are coming to the Gallo Center for the Arts on January 15 at 7 p.m. By day, Benjamin is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. But by night, he uses his love of stage magic and his prodigious mathematical talents to create one-of-a-kind shows that demonstrate his seemingly-superhuman powers of addition and multiplication.
BY JUSTIN SOUZA You might not know his name, but you already know Brett Nichols. When Nichols’ star turn in Pittman High School’s talent show this May went viral on YouTube, more than 17 million people saw the redhead bust out one of the world’s best ever Michael Jackson impersonations.