Photo exhibit opens soon"Looking Back" a youth documentary photography exhibition, will have an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Roger J. Wyan Photography Studio & Gallery, 1812 Canal Street, 2nd floor.
Early Empires set to playMerced-based rock band Early Empires is scheduled to perform at 9 p.m. Aug. 24 with Fresno's Dirty Limbs at The Partisan, at 432 W. Main St. Ages 21 and up. Tickets are $5. For more, visit www. thepartisanmerced.com.
'Les Miserables' nearingPlayhouse Merced's production of Boubill and Schonberg's musical "Les Miserables" runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 15 at the theater, 452 W. Main St. The play runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information, call (209) 725-8587.
Moon Trent to performSinger Moon Trent is scheduled to perform a free show at 8 p.m Aug. 30 at Coffee Bandits, 309 W. Main St. For more information, call (209) 383-1200.
Merced ShakespeareFestMerced ShakespeareFest will present Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It," on Sept. 14-15 and 21-22 at Applegate Park, 26th and N streets, in Merced. The free performances are Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Sundays at 5 pm. For more information, call (209) 723-3265 or visit www. mercedshakespearefest.org.
Barbecue competitionThe John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation will hold the seventh annual Blazin' Hog Bar-B-Que Competition and Zydeco Music Festival from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. Individuals, groups and clubs are welcome to compete. First-place prize is $500; second, $250; third, $100. There also will be a $100 People's Choice award. Food, beverages, arts and crafts, beer, wine and music will be available. For more information, visit www.blazinhog.com or call (209) 966-3994.
Comedy stars rolling inPerico Productions presents Comedy All-Stars at the Merced Theatre on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. Performers include Darren Carter, Manny Maldonado and Justin Worsham. Master of ceremonies is Phillip Medina. Tickets are $20-$25. For more information call (209) 381-0500 or visit www.mercedtheatre.org.
Big Bad Voodoo DaddyDust off your zoot suit and fedora — this year marks the 20th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band that helped jumpstart the swing revival. This 9-piece, high-energy, big-band-style ensemble will have you swinging in the aisles. The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. October 4 at the Merced Theatre. Tickets are $15-$35. For more information, visit http://arts.ucmerced.edu or call (209) 381-0500
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