Oct. 18--East meets West at the next Sunday Afternoons at CBS show. The 22nd season of the music series at Modesto's Congregation Beth Shalom continues with the Murasaki Ensemble. The group blends traditional Eastern music with Latin American rhythms, as well as improvisational jazz. Each Sunday Afternoons at CBS show will feature a high tea service at intermission, compliments of Cupps Tea and Cupcakes. The show is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students and $7 for children. Call (209) 571-6060 or visit www.cbsmodesto.org/concerts.php.
Merced Art Hop
Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Merced Art Hop on Saturday. The event features local art, live music, interactive activities and a special Zombie Walk. The quarterly downtown Merced event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be a raffle with prizes. For more information, visit www. mercedarthop.org.
The Modesto Junior College Friends of Music series will present the faculty guitar trio Tritarra! in concert Wednesday. The guitar trio features David D. Chapman, director of guitar studies at MJC; Guy Powell, director of guitar studies at Columbia College; and Travis Silvers, director of guitar studies at San Joaquin Delta College. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. in the MJC East Campus music recital hall, 435 College Ave. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors. For more, call (209) 575-6776.
Great Valley Bookfest
Bibliophiles and literati will gather for the Great Valley Bookfest on Saturday in Manteca. The festival celebrates books and their authors. Visitors can meet and mingle with some 50 authors, savor cooking demonstrations, enjoy live performances and more. Authors will speak on six stages, and would-be authors can attend mini-workshops. Festivities will kick off with a costume parade for which attendees are encouraged to dress as favorite characters from books. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, at the Bass Pro Shop complex, on Highway 120 at the Union Road exit. Admission is free. For more, visit www. greatvalleybookfest.org.
San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes
San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes chorus will hold its annual fall concert and dance Saturday. The 32-member mixed chorus will perform several traditional songs from Switzerland while dressed in colorful Swiss attire. After the concert, there will be a dance featuring a schwyzer rgeli (Swiss accordina) trio. Dinner will be served before the show from 6 to 7 p.m. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the SJV Swiss Hall, East Main Street at Manley Road, Ripon. Concert and dance tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Dinner is $12 for adults, $6 for children. For more, call (209) 668-2760.
"The Pink Room" screening
Join the Peer Recovery Art Project for a screening of the documentary "The Pink Room" on Wednesday. The film is an in-depth look at the global child sex slave industry. The documentary follows a young girl and others like her from a small Cambodian village to help fight child sex trafficking. The movie will screen at 7 p.m. at the Peer Recovery Art Project, 1222 J St., Modesto. Admission is free.
Prospect Theater Project artistic director Jack Souza will host a forum Sunday on theater. The 90-minute informal conversation will include information and anecdotes on the process of creating theater. The event is open to the public and intended for directors, designers, technicians, actors and others to participate in a dialog on theater. There is a $5 donation at the door. The event starts at 2 p.m. at Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto.
Saxophonist Rod Harris returns to center stage at Stage 3 Theatre in Sonora on Sunday. The show will feature Harris and "Friends" LeRoy Bumgarner, Clinton Day and David Hawkes, along with Johnny Valdez on guitar and the college vocal jazz quartet. The show starts at 2 p.m. at the Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St. Tickets are $15. Call (209) 536-1778.
The Modesto Junior College theater department will bring the classic horror tale "Frankenstein" to life for its upcoming production. The work of mad genius Victor Frankenstein is chronicled in the story of life, death, science and grave robbing. The show is written by Victor Gialenella and directed by Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1. A special Halloween night showing will be at 10 p.m., and a matinee will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 3. A special $5 student preview showing will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10 general, $8 students. For more, call (209) 575-6621 or visit http://mjc.tix.com.
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