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6 things to do this week

'Menopause'

Why not laugh about hot flashes, memory loss and fatigue? "Menopause the Musical" focuses on four very different women who commiserate about the change in life. All the songs are parodies of hits from the 1960s through the '80s. This touring production was last at the Gallo Center in March.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $40-$45

CALL: 338-2100


Block party

Los Angeles fashion designer Ed Hardy is sponsoring a block party featuring a fashion show with 40 models and a concert. Stevie B, best known for the 1990 pop hit "Because I Love You (Postman Song)," headlines the entertainment. Other entertainers are R&B singer Colby O'Donis ("What You Got"), 1980s band Exposé ("Point of No Return") and graffiti artist and DJ Lady Tribe.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday. Party goes until 2 a.m.

WHERE: Copper Rhino, 927 10th St., Modesto

TICKETS: $25

CALL: 577-4776


Film series

The Heritage & Hope Merced Film Series shows works by independent filmmakers that tell stories relevant to Merced's diverse community. Feature films to be shown are "Santa Mesa," about a Filipino boy who falls into a gang after moving in with his grandmother, and "Slingshot Hip Hop," about young Palestinians who discover hip-hop. Several short films also will be shown. The event is free thanks to a contribution from the James Irvine Foundation.

WHEN: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday. "Santa Mesa" will be shown at 1 p.m. and "Slingshot" will be shown at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Lakireddy Auditorium, University of California at Merced, 5200 North Lake Road

ADMISSION: Free

CALL: 761-5862


On the Marx

Frank Ferrante stars as legendary comedian Groucho Marx in "An Evening with Groucho." Known for his caustic wit, ever-present cigar and mustache, Marx was a comedian who worked with a zany troupe of brothers. The 90-minute show is performed with piano accompaniment and includes such songs as "Lycia, the Tattooed Lady."

WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $18-$40

CALL: 338-2100


Andrews Sisters

Sierra Repertory Theatre presents the California première of the musical revue "Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters." Big-band stars LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews were known for the songs "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." The group recorded more top 10 hits than either Elvis or The Beatles.

WHEN: 7 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Thursday. Through June 28.

WHERE: Fallon House, Columbia State Historic Park, off Parrotts Ferry Road, Columbia

TICKETS: $18-$28

CALL: 532-3120


Car show

The Central Valley Knights Car Club holds its annual Memorial Day weekend car show. There will be live music, a raffle, food booths, trophies and more. Proceeds benefit the Veterans Counseling Center on Carpenter Road.

WHEN: 5-9 p.m. today

WHERE: Regal Cinemas, 3969 McHenry Ave., Modesto

TICKETS: Free admission; entry fee for cars or motorcycles is $20

CALL: 544-1442

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