7 Things to do this week in and around Modesto

 1  Pow wow

Celebrate American Indian culture by attending Modesto Junior College’s 12th annual Pow wow. The intertribal program includes traditional dancing accompanied by drum groups as well as vendors selling arts, crafts and jewelry. Indian fry bread and tacos will be be available for sale. The event is sponsored by Modesto Junior College, the Associated Students of Modesto Junior College and the MJC Pow wow Committee.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Modesto Junior College quad, 435 College Ave. (if it’s raining, the event will move to the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center, west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.)


CALL: 818-6160

 2  Earth Day

Modesto’s 21st annual Earth Day in the Park Festival features “green” education booths, food, arts and crafts, belly dancing, musical entertainment and children’s activities. There will be a free bike corral in the pool area for people to lock away their bicycle for a day. There also will be free paper shredding and free electronic waste and bottle recycling.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Graceada Park, Needham Street and Sycamore Avenue, Modesto


CALL: 577-5495

 3  Zane Lamprey

Comedian Zane Lamprey, host of the cable TV drinking show “Three Sheets,” returns to the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge for a repeat engagement. He will perform in Modesto two nights as the kick-off for his 53-city national “Drinking Made Easy” tour. Lamprey’s book “Three Sheets: 6 Continents, 15 Countries, 190 drinks and 1 Mean Hangover,” was released through Random House last month. His TV show, previously on the Fine Living Network, just moved to the Travel Channel. Lamprey last performed at the Fat Cat in December.

WHEN: 7 p.m. today and Saturday

WHERE: Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto

TICKETS: $15 in advance, $20 in the door

CALL: 524-1400

 4  Monterey Jazz

The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour was one of the hits of the Gallo Center for the Arts’ first season in 2007-08. The tour is returning, this time featuring The Kenny Barron Trio featuring Barron on piano, violinist Regina Carter, singer Kurt Elling and guitarist Russell Malone.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday

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

TICKETS: $27-$55

CALL: 338-2100

 5  Nick Rockwell

DJ Nick Rockwell of Chicago comes to town to mix house and techno music. With a Middle Eastern background, Rockwell grew up listening to a variety of ethnic and American music. He started DJing when he was in his teens at house parties and clubs in Chicago.

WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto


CALL: 524-1400

 6  Bluegrass

Cliff Wagner & The Old #7 has performed at bluegrass festivals in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. In 2007, the group was chosen out of more than 6,000 bands to perform as one of the top 12 bands on the Fox TV show “The Next Great American Band.”

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman

TICKETS: $12 general, $15 reserved

CALL: 862-4490

 7  Brian Regan

Comedian Brian Regan has been selling out theaters nationwide since 2005 even without the exposure of his own TV show. He has starred in two hourlong Comedy Central specials -- 2008’s “The Epitome of Hyperbole” and 2007’s “Brian Regan Standing Up.”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton

TICKETS: $39.50

CALL: 337-4673

& 2 to plan ahead for

 Gin Blossoms, April 29, State Theatre

 Quetzalli de Veracruz, May 5, Gallo Center