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Performing, Visual Arts Events Set To Take Stage In Modesto
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The Arts Modesto, A Collaboration, is a shining example of community arts organizations working together. Once a month, Opera Modesto, The Mistlin Art Gallery, Prospect Theater Project, Modesto Unplugged, Red Tie Arts, Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry (MoSt) and The State Theatre will send out an email featuring information regarding upcoming events presented by all seven organizations.

Here are just a few entries of scheduled programs, with February shaping up to be a busy month for entertainment.


Prospect Theater Project

My Favorite Wife

By Bella Spewack and Sam Spewack

Saturday, Feb. 12 at7:30 p.m.

Based on the 1940 film, Screen Directors’ Playhouse radio adaptation featured original cast members Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Ellen Arden arrives seven years after being given up for dead in a shipwreck only to find her husband Nick just remarried to Bianca. The overjoyed Nick awkwardly tries to break the news gently to Bianca. But before he can do that, an unpleasant surprise – news that Ellen has spent the seven years on a deserted island with fellow-survivor Burkett. Nick’s jealously tries to find out the truth. Hilarious confusion reigns before Nick chooses his favorite wife.



Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center

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The next Second Tuesday Reading will be on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Featured poets are Kelly Cressio-Moeller and John Sibley Williams and an open mic will follow the featured poets.

The Poetry On Sunday Series Reading will continue on Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. Join host Gary Thomas and featured readers Heather Altfeld and Troy Jollimore.

MoSt Poetry Book Club will meet Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Dust Bowl Venus by Stella Beratlis. You may borrow a copy of the book at the circulation desk of the Modesto Stanislaus Library.

MoSt will host its annual workshop on Feb. 26. The featured poet and workshop facilitator will be poet Danusha Lameris. More information is coming, but definitely note this day in your calendar.


Mistlin Gallery

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Discourse of Silence

Open Feb. 1 - 26

Internationally known Iraqi artist, Saadi al Kaabi, states “In my artwork, elements of form and symbols intertwine with earth colors, creating the balance among intellectual, rationalistic and physical values within a central core, which is the human being.” Al Kaabi was born in Iraq in 1937. The characters presented in Al Kaabi’s artworks are complex and provocative images that have witnessed the deep compassion of a desert man who has held on to the values and principles of his own beliefs while suffering aggressions, sieges, plunders and oppression, all of which have threatened his human existence. Join Saadi for an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. or at Art Walk on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Family Open Art Studios resume each second Saturday, Feb. 12, noon to 4 p.m. The studio will have paper-making and other materials to create your own valentines. Any age is welcome. Drop in for $5 each person.

Student Exhibition coming in March; get those student works ready for the show. Receiving of art will be Feb. 25 and 26. Prizes will be awarded in seven age and media categories. Information at