Out and About


Third Thursdays feature local art

Downtown Modesto art galleries invite area residents to enjoy the talents of local artists and crafts people during Third Thursdays Gallery Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. each month.

Artists works are featured at The Chartreuse Muse, 1217 H St.; The Edge (next door); Richard's Custom Framing and the Anderson Gallery, 1323 J St.; Picasso Deli and Gallery,  10th/J St.; and the Mistlin Gallery, Tenth Street Place. Most galleries offer hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

For info, call 522-0935 or 579-9913.


Classic Films for 2008

The Modesto Film Society announces their 2008 lineup:

Sunday, July 20:  WEST SIDE STORY: (1961) Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s music drives this updating of “Romeo and Juliet,” set in the conflict between two rival New York street gangs. (155 Minutes).

Sunday, September 21:  WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION: (1957) Billy Wilder directs Agatha Christie’s courtroom drama in which Charles Laughton, ignoring the advice of his physician, defends a drifter accused of killing a wealthy widow.  Print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.  WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION: Preservation Funded by the Film Foundation.  (116 Minutes)

Sunday, October 19:  ARSENIC AND OLD LACE:(1944)  Frank Capra’s black comedy about an odd Brooklyn family with a basement full of grisly secrets.  Memorable performances by Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, Priscilla Lane and Josephine Hull. (118 Minutes)

Sunday, November 16:  THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD: (1937) Errol Flynn steals from the rich to give to the poor, romances Olivia de Havilland and duels with Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains in this colorful classic, partially filmed in Chico.  (103 Minutes)


Music in Modesto--a rich scene

The music scene in Modesto has really evolved, and there are many places to hear your favorite tunes and styles live, almost any night of the week. Of course, we now have the Gallo Center for major acts, and they have a fantastic first season going.  But don't overlook the downtown restaurants for a more intimate and clubby experience.  Eric Benson is bringing music to Clayton's--he posts a schedule on http://www.e-artsnews.com/ about halfway don the page, updated weekly.  Jazz and blues orinted.  Barkin' Dog Grill on 11th Street focuses on local, community-based performers and dinner and music there is a lot of fun.


Tenth of each month. Submit peace, justice and environmentally friendly event notices to P.O. Box 134, Modesto, CA, 95353, or call 522-4967 or 575-4299, or email to Jim Costello. Free listings subject to space, availability and editing.