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BigView – Fall Season Preview

The BigView
By Chris Murphy

It is football season! About time huh? The ViewCrew loves this time of year and we especially love the fun and the spirit of high school football games. But, where and when are they? The ViewCrew is here to help and have compiled a handy-dandy cheat sheet so there is no reason to miss a game. So get your blankets and seat cushions and get ready for the season and cheer on your fave local team. Don’t forget your local watering hole for your college and NFL football needs. Check out our BarView articles at for a variety of options to enjoy and stay up to date on great places to hang out. ModestoView will bring Friday Night Lights to life this year as our intrepid MJ Mangano will be covering the Friday night games and will post a gallery of the action at Make sure you share these pics and tag your friends.

Download our Local Modesto High School Schedule so you don’t miss a game at

Clip and Save. Keep this handy so you can check out a game.

But wait, there’s more. The fall sports are a blast and you can’t miss the Water Polo action as we see our local teams compete in the water. Cross-country is one of the best fall sports and the high school runners fight it out a Legion Park on the traditional 5 K course. School sports are a great way for a kid to stay in shape and focus their minds for a good education.

The Performing Arts Season!
September is the time of year when we the new line-ups are announced! Just like the new fall line-ups on TV, or the fall sports, the arts are getting ready to show their stuff. There is still time to get season tickets for this season, so get the good seats and plan your shows. There is a crazy good line up of events from the Gallo Center to the school drama presentation.

Gallo Center
The Gallo Center has changed the cultural landscape of our community bringing performers from all over the world to Modesto and drawing visitors to the center from throughout California and beyond. Here are just a few of the highlights for the 2018/19 season. It is going to be really cool. One of the most legendary songwriters Burt Bachrach, kicks off the season with his huge library of hits and this season is sure going to please featuring performances from Three Dog Night, Paula Abdul, Beach Boys, Gabriel Iglesias, Ronnie Specter, Spamalot, Don Felder and more. Check out the whole season at

Townsend Opera Players
Modesto’s own Opera company is celebrating a big milestone this year as they present their 35th Anniversary Gala Celebration – October 28, 2018 in the Fosters Theater and later in the season, Georges Bizet’s Carmen – May 3 & 5, 2019 in the Rogers Theater. Opera is fun, you need to check it out. for tix.

Central West Ballet
Our local ballet company is truly a local treasure as the quality and the innovation of performances gets better all the time under the guidance of Rene Develuy and Leslie Larson. The annual performance of the Nutcracker is not to be missed. I was lucky enough to be selected to play Mother Ginger last year and I can’t wait to see who does it this year. Their other interpretive shows like Nutcracker Jazz, Creations and the Secret Garden are really special. Tix are available at
Dracula – Begins October 19
Nutcracker – Begins December 7
Nutcracker Jazz – December 13
Creations – March 22
Secret Garden – May 18

Modesto Community Concerts
This local organization had some cool eclectic an interesting shows this year that will really please. You can get more information about this organization at Tickets are sold through the Gallo Center at
Aidan James – Sept 16
Josh Coleman and Meagan Tayler – Jan 13
Madeline Olson – Feb 24
Henneke Cessel Band – Mar 31
Jeremy Stolle – April 7 Modesto Native and Broadway star singing his hits.

Sunday Afternoons at CBS
Congregation Beth Shalom features some of the most interesting and ecclectic musical performances in our area. Check out their line up for this season
Oct 14 – Tom Regney & Flambeau
Nov 4 – Chris Pucci
Jan 13 – Redwood Tango Ensemble
Feb 10 – Christine Capsuto
Mar 10 – Voena
Apr 14 – Incendio
Learn more at

Modesto Symphony Orchestra
The symphony is getting ready to present a really inventive season. From the pops, to the traditional holiday to the amazing with conductor David Lockington and Pops conductor Ryan Murray, there is something for everyone this season with a special Disney treat of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Explore the classics:
Picnic at the Pops – Music of Queen – Sept 8
Symphony Fantastique – October 12/13
Holst the Planets – November 9/10
Holiday Pops – November 30/Dec 1
Holiday Candlelight – December 13
Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Norman and Lockington – Feb 1/2
Disney in Concert – Pirates of the Caribbean – March 8/9
Sibelius & Tchaikovsky – April 12/13
Stravinsky – Rite of Spring – May 10/11
Hollywood Sings with Michael Krajewski & Lori Zabka– May 31
Tix at

Turlock Community Theatre
The Turlock Theatre is really reaching out and has delivered a really amazing season. All of the seats are great and there is really no reason not to check out this cool line up. Tix go fast here so you really want to check out the availability for the some great music.
Daughtry – Sept 11
Night Ranger – Octover 28
Righteous Brothers – November 17
Air Force Band of the Golden West Holiday – December 5
Felipe Esparza – January 26
Peter Cetera – February 12
Tam Tam Talent Show – April 6

High School Drama Presentations
Davis High delivers the hits. Their annual Harry Potter Murder Mystery Dinner is 9/14 and 9/15 at 7 p.m. These tickets are presale only (sells out every year). People can email<> to get tickets or at the school: $12 for students, $15 for adults.

Their fall show, Bamboozled! is a commedia dell’arte show October 5-6 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre. Tickets are $7 students, $9 adults and will be available at the door!
Davis High School 1200 Rumble Rd, Modesto 209-574-1668

Modesto High School Theatre will produce Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol in the MHS Auditorium opening on November 30 and continuing December 1, 7 & 8.
The house will open at 7:00 PM with the curtain at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are 7.00 and available at the door.
Modesto High Auditorium 18 H St Modesto 209-574-1776

You can get more info at
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Keep Your Head Up
What do you see when you look around? What places inspire you? Are there murals you love, open spaces that draw you in, a logo on your favorite T-shirt or do you simply enjoy looking at all of the interesting places when you are riding your bike around? Maybe you have even locked your bike to one of the art bike racks? Some of greatest buildings have been tragically torn down, some were abandoned, and some just got the wrecking ball in the name of “progress”. With the creation of Mo.De our design community is linking up to do even better things and MADWEEK is coming Sept 18 -24 so we will be much smarter about the future. But wait, there’s more! There is so much around us right now that you can enjoy. Let’s look around

Can you find it?
How much detail do you see? Do you notice the small things?
Well in the words of John Lennon in Glass Onion, “Here’s another clue for you all”.
The ViewCrew has found a really cool design element. Can you find it?
Here’s the best part, the 1st person to 1) Find it 2)Take a Picture 3) Post it to Instagram #modestoview will win dinner for two at Ralston’s Goat. So look sharp and get searching.

Cool buildings
Everyone has their favorite. The bank at the corner of I and 10th is a hall of fame. It has been the subject of many of our covers and events. We are hoping that there is new life coming to this soon. But there are cool old buildings on 10th like Chris Reed designs, many mid century modern homes, The Heckendorf House, Cressey Building, the Old Post Office, the First Title building or even cool places like the big grain elevator by 9th St. We have lost many of our old classic buildings, so lets save the rest we have. What’s your favorite? Learn more at



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.