By Chris Murphy

It is game on for the arts this month. First. Modesto Opera is back, fresh off their award-winning film debut and we coming out with a legendary winner, Mozart’s Magic Flute. If you ever thought you wanted check out opera, this is the opera to get you started. It is like Mozart’s greatest hits and a really fun libretto and one of the greatest arias of all time. Do NOT miss this event. There will be amazing special effects and projection too, I have heard from Modesto Opera director Roy Stevens. Get tix at the Gallo center for the October 15 and 17. Get tix at

Live “radio”
It’s a creepy month at the Prospect Theatre Project as they go all Hitchcock. Check out the brilliant “Suspicion” radio play from the 1941 film. In this play, a shy young heiress meets a handsome gambler on a train while trying to travel in a first-class car with a third-class ticket. He begins to court her, and before long, they are married. It is only after the honeymoon that she discovers his true character, and she starts to become suspicious when his friend and business partner is mysteriously killed. Showtime October 30. 7:30 pm

Also, make sure you check out their presentation of The Humans.
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Karam’s Sons of the Prophet was an audience favorite during PTP’s 2018-2019 season, and this uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play won the 2016 Tony for best play.

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If you need some poetry, join the MoSt for Coffee, Tea, and Poetry, a poetry chat where you can share a book of poetry you are currently reading. You may also share the screen to show a few of the poems if you’d like. Oct 9, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Please check out for more information.

This is the cosplay night of the month! The Central West Ballet takes a journey aboard for high seas romance and swashbuckling adventure! Brush off your cowboy hat and loop your lasso! Dress up in your favorite Halloween steampunk, buccaneer or western attire! From the wild west to treasure caves, Pirates, Cowboys and Damsels is a night of dance spectaculars! October 22, 23 at 7:30 Get tix 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.