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Modesto celebrates Chinese New Year

MODESTO - The 5th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center located at 211 Bodem Street.

The free event for all ages, presented by the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department's Maddux Youth Center, Modesto Chinese Culture Club and the Stanislaus Chinese Culture Society, will celebrate the "Year of the Rabbit."

Revelers will enjoy cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese calligraphy, musical entertainment and special performances by the Yao Yong Dance Studio from Fremont, Fantasia Performing Arts Center from San Ramon, and Master Wei Ding's Champion Wushu team from Fremont.

For more information, contact Bruce Lockard at (209) 341-2950 or via email at blockard@modestogov.com.

Storytellers celebrate Black History month at Gallo Center

MODESTO - Renowned storytellers Diane Ferlatte and Awele Makeba will speak at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., in celebration of Black History Month. These acclaimed artists will take viewers on an inspiring journey through the history, struggles and triumphs of African Americans.

Ferlatte is known for her dynamic and expressive storytelling style coupled with tales about the South and personal stories collected from her travels around the globe. She has wowed audiences from Europe to Australia and performed in almost every state in the U.S.

Makeba is an award-winning actor, emerging playwright and educator. A "truth-teller" and an artist for social change, she researches, writes and performs hidden African American history.

Tickets range from $8 - $15 and a 15 percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For ticket information, call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

'A Chorus Line' Broadway musical comes to Modesto

'A Chorus Line' Broadway musical comes to Modesto

MODESTO - The Gallo Center for the Arts, located at 1000 I Street, presents the Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" on Friday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.

The Broadway classic has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976 and nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Tickets range from $39 to $99 and can be purchased at www.galloarts.org or by calling (209) 338-2100. A 15 percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more.

"A Chorus Line" is described as a musical for anyone who has ever had a dream and put it all on the line. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete.

Amy Dickenson coming to Gallo Center

Amy Dickenson coming to Gallo Center

MODESTO, CA –- The Gallo Center for the Arts will present an inspiring evening of discussion and advice from author and columnist Amy Dickinson in a program titled “Second Chances, Fresh Starts and New Beginnings” on Friday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m.  Dickinson has been a successful writer for such publications as the Chicago Tribune and TIME Magazine and her column “Ask Amy” is featured in over 200 newspapers nationwide, including The Modesto Bee.