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“But you can’t start. Only a baby can start. You and me – why, we’re all that’s been. The anger of a moment, the thousand pictures, that’s us. This land, this red land, is us; and the flood years and the dust years and the drought years are us.” —John

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  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

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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

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BY ALEX CANTATORE In the 1940s and 50s, it was the center of Modesto’s social scene. But for the past few decades, few have visited this historic Modesto place. The McClure Country Home is one of Modesto’s oldest and grandest mansions. It’s nearly as old as Modesto itself, with a

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BY ALEX CANTATORE You grow accustomed to certain landscapes, growing up in the central valley: freshly plowed fields with even mounds of dirt, orchards with row after row of identical trees, and golden foothills golden foothills punctuated by deep green trees. It’s those landscapes that are brought into focus at a new exhibit in Turlock’s Carnegie

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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

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Part science, part art and part heart, the role of sign language interpreter requires a special person who possesses unique skills, talents and compassion.

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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.

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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.

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By Dana Koster It’s difficult to pin down Modesto artist Nicole Slater’s work in just a few words— her art runs the stylistic gamut from old world to contemporary, her media from oil paints to vibrant plexiglass masterpieces to geometric creations on unconventional forms like cardboard and rubber. The two

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