A celebration of the arts seen through Modesto


The Arts Modesto, A Collaboration, is an example of community arts organizations working together. Several organizations are represented in this collaboration: Opera Modesto, Prospect Theater Project, State Theater, Modesto Unplugged, Mistlin Gallery, MoSt (Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center) and Red Tie Arts. Each month, the group publishes a list of available opportunities to broaden your entertainment horizons, learning about the many incredible local creative initiatives that Modesto’s vibrant arts community has to offer.

Mistlin Gallery (http://www.ccaagallery.org) is hosting “Creating Meaning,” an exhibition of inspiring art, writing and photography created by cancer survivors and caregivers, until November 12. The annual home for the holidays show begins Nov. 16. The Third Thursday Art Walks will feature additional art vendors inside the gallery on November 18 and December 16, as well as small businesses on Saturday November 27. The Mistlin Gallery is located at 1015 J St., Modesto.

Prospect Theater Project (www.prospecttheaterproject.org) presents “The Humans” by Stephen Karam.

Scheduled November 12-21, the show will be presented at the Prospect Theater, 1214 K St., Modesto and tickets are $ 25.

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake brought his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside, the Blake Clan’s deepest fears and follies are laid bare. The Sons of the Prophet of Karam were an audience favorite during PTP’s 2018-19 season, and this tumultuous, hopeful and heartbreaking play won the 2016 Tony for Best Play.

For more information visit: http://prospect.vbotickets.com/event/the_humans/55799

The Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center (www.mostpoetry.org) organizes some special events in November.

The second Tuesday reading series will continue on November 9 at 7 p.m.

Stella Beratlis will host star readers Manny Moreno and Cristina Sandoval. An open mic will follow star readers.

Also participate in the conservation of Laure-Anne Bosselaar’s most recent poetry book, Ces Petites Chambres. They will read some of his poetry during a Zoom Together moment on November 17 at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Janette Jameson.

Join Gary Thomas and featured readers Gerald Fleming, Michael Meyerhofer and Melchor Sahagun III for the November 21 edition of MoSt’s Poetry On Sunday series readings on Zoom, starting at 2 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public; links to all events are available on the MoSt Poetry website.

The State Theater (www.thestate.org) will be the site of a special musical evening on November 20.

The State Theater is proud to promote an evening of classical and original music by some of Stanislaus County’s most talented musicians. Big Earl & The Cryin ‘Shame is a West Coast blues band from Modesto. Having built their sound on a solid foundation of 1950s Chicago-style blues infused with infectious funky beats, this group has been filling the dance floors since 2007. Gravel & Grace is a six-piece Blues & R&B group that plays a wide range of classic covers. and original songs. The group also includes Big Earl Matthews on vocals, as well as Ava Grace. Gravel & Grace got their first glimpse of the nationwide tour before the pandemic and plan to hit the road again in 2022. Get off at The State, 1307 J St., Modesto, on November 20 to enjoy a night of the blues which is sure to entertain. Doors open at 5 p.m. show at 6 p.m. Go to www.thestate.org to purchase tickets.

Modesto Unplugged (http://www.modestounplugged.com/) will be in the Valley Music Institute building on J Street in Modesto for a special blues / bluegrass performance by Dirty Cello, scheduled for Sunday afternoon on November 14th. The 2021 Modesto Area Music Award nominated groups True South and Float On opened with country-rock, classic rock and more. Be there for a moving and energetic afternoon of music; the doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m.

Valley Music Institute is located at 1220 J St., Modesto; cost is $ 20 (cash only) at the door or reserve seats at [email protected]