PerformingView – New Stagings

By Chris Murphy

It is a new strange time in our local performing arts. We are trying to open up, we are trying to get larger audiences and yet we hang on the door step. Many venues in the larger cities are requiring vaccination proof or a fresh negative COVID PCR test. This is the first step to protect our audiences. The Gallo Center will be implementing these rules beginning September 20. Currently masks are required as there are rules for venues with 1000 + seats. Other venues like the State and Prospect are following current guidelines requiring unvaccinated people to wear masks and anyone who needs additional protection. Regardless of all this, get your shots or tests and lets go see the shows. I will see you at the show and we can enjoy our events and have fun.

This month, the Prospect Theatre Project is losing their underpants.
From Steve Martin, the comedian and the author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile comes this exquisite adaptation of a classic German farce. Louise and Theo’s bourgeois existence is shattered when Louise’s wardrobe malfunction becomes the talk of the town. September 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26

On September 14, Second Tuesday reading, it’s a POETRY LOCALPALOOZA on Zoom at 7 pm, all local poets reading where everyone can get in on the action. Get your pen or typewriter out and start writing. Join us!

Gallo Center season is go!
There is a huge line up this month, including Marie Osmond, Chris Botti, Boz Skaggs,

Napoleon Dynamite live and one of my faves, comedian Frank Caliendo, with a hilarious Charles Barkley. On stage this month, the Gallo Repertory Theatre is presenting Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. This will be a very cool presentation based on the iconic film written by William Rose, adapted by Todd Kriedler. This is a witty, insightful reflection on two families confronted by their prejudices. Directed by Heike Hambley
Sept 25 @ 7 pm, Sept 26 at 2 pm
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Central West is going steam punk!
There is a special exclusive preview to the October presentation of a Steampunk Night of Outlaws & Pirates at the Central West Ballet Royal and Liz Robbins performance stage. This will be a great way so experience this show in a small scale and will be cool to be up close and personal with the performers. Tix are $50 and plan on attending in costume as a pirate, cowboy, damsel or general retro outlaw.
Sept 24 – RSVP by Sept 22 6-9 pm
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Tortilla Soup is coming to the State Theatre on September 18th. Based in San Jose, CA Tortilla Soup was founded in 2003 by Trumpet Player Robert Payne featuring the talent of musicians who played with Tower of Power and MALO. Tortilla Soup performs with an emphasis on groups such as Tower of Power, Tierra, Malo, Santana, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, The Gap band and Michael Jackson just to name a few. Tickets are available now 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.