MERCED For one night only, the award-winning Beatles musical "In My Life" will play Sunday at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre. The musical retells The Beatles' story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and features the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road.
MERCED Auditions for Merced Shakespearefest's production of "As You Like It" are scheduled for 10 a.m. May 11 at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. The play will be directed by Colton Dennis, and organizers are looking to fill at least 22 roles.
MERCED The creative works of local writers take the stage in "Merced Born and Raised: One Act Plays by Local Writers" opening at Merced County Arts Council this weekend. Presented by Playhouse Merced, the event features seven one-act plays written by local writers, directed by local directors and performed by local actors.
MERCED Downtown Merced came alive Saturday as film lovers and comedy fans alike came out for the third-annual MiddleState Independent Comedy Film Festival.Carolla, 48, took the stage after 9 p.m. and shared life experiences, personal philosophies and his interactions with other celebrities all with his blunt style of comedy that people have come to love him for. Some of his humor was even localized to this region, and many in attendance Saturday night were excited to have a well-known performer in Merced.
MERCED In the five-plus years of writing this column, I have received at least a dozen letters from beer drinkers. Almost all said something like, I like reading your wine column, but I still prefer beer.
Hundreds of art lovers converged on downtown Merced last Saturday for the city's Art Hop.
MERCED Adam Carolla's known worldwide for his matter-of-fact, average-Joe demeanor and his ability to ruffle some feathers along the way. However, the road to comedy wasn't laid out in the stars for 48-year-old Carolla. It's something he had to work at. He worked in construction in his 20s, but knew he was "pretty good" at comedy and decided to give it a try. "I've always wanted to do something, I just didn't know what to do," he said.
MERCED Auditions for Merced Shakespearefest's production of "As You Like It," are scheduled for 10 a.m. May 11 at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. The play is directed by Colton Dennis, and organizers are looking to fill at least 22 roles.
MERCED A performance by Merced College's Guitar Ensemble is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday inside the campus' theater. Tickets may be purchased at the college bookstore and theater box office. The event will feature solos, duets, small group performances and selections from a full orchestra.
MERCED Tom Price's forays into the universe of producing comedy film festivals had somewhat unlikely origins, at least to the outside observer. Then again, Price understands good comedy isn't just about making people laugh, but causing audiences to ponder, reflect and maybe push a few buttons along the way. Four years ago, Price was in the midst of producing what he now refers to as a "way serious film festival."
MERCED The restored Merced Theater will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday with an open house and tours of the facility that's free to the public. The open house is from 2 to 5 p.m. Members of the foundation board will be on hand to answer questions.
MERCED Modesto reggae band A La Lune is scheduled to perform Saturday at The Partisan in downtown Merced along with local band ASunsetAtOakhurst.Tickets are $5 and the show is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.