By Chris Murphy

The landscape for performing arts has been changing a lot over the last few months. It looks like, dare I say it, we are starting to have normal events again. To be able to be in a crowd is so fun. BUT, you know how this goes, stay safe, get vaxxed and keep each other safe. I am so very excited for some big events this month. First off, on April 1st, my band Third Party and the Vibes will be doing an all Beatles benefit for CASA at the State. Tix are only $10 so please come out and rock with us for a good cause.

But this month, the big news is OPERAAAAA!
Opera Modesto is not your grandfathers Opera company. They play in many different venues, to many different crowds and this month, they present one of the greats La Boheme! Of course you remember Frank Oz, emptying Louis Winthorp III’s pockets as he is booked in Trading Places, speaking precisely “La Boheme – It’s an Opera”

Opera Modesto – La Boheme
In the City of Light, love blooms in the dark. Two young lover’s hands touch in the dark and romance instantly blossoms. They are torn apart by jealousy, but love brings them together again, only to be separated forever by illness and death. A classic romantic tragedy you must see and hear. – April 29 & May 1 at Gallo Center

The State Theatre is bringing the blues. I remember the 1st time Robert Cray played here, he marveled at the amazing acoustics of the State. You won’t want to miss this show, and hear Smoking Gun and many more.
Robert Cray – April 16 – State Theatre

West Side Theatre
April 2, 8 pm
It’s been a “Long Time” since the Boston Tribute band Long Time has been here. Don’t miss this show and dig the Boston hits. $25 7 pm $20 and $25

Savannah Sipping Society
April 22 – May 1st
In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate.
Fri – Sat: Apr 22- May 1 Tix $15 & 20

Prospect Theatre Project
April 9, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
“Shadow of a Doubt” is a 1943 American psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Lux Radio Theater adapted it in 1944 with William Powell substituting for Cotten and Teresa Wright recreating her original role.

Gallo Center for the Arts
Don’t miss this fun presentation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Join Modesto Christian Performing Arts for a fantasmagorical musical production of the adventures of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, everyone’s favorite magical car, as it sails the seas and flies through the air! Get a sneak peek at the car at the Graffiti USA Museum on April 2, 1 pm – Free
Performances will be April 8, 9, 10 at the Gallo Center

Also on stage at the Gallo Center:
April 22, 23 – La Fille mal Gardee
The Juline Foundation for Children presents La Fille mal gardee, a comical story ballet performed by the Juline Regional Youth Ballet. Join us for a beautiful and funny ballet with chickens and all the farm animals.

Coming up soon
Red Tie Summer Season – Opening show – Heartless – June 4 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.