Merced Arts Wrap (2/28/14)

Weaver Performing Arts presents “Aladdin Jr”

The colors, sights and sounds of a Disney classic will take center stage this week at the Merced Theatre, as students with Weaver Performing Arts present their production of “Aladdin Jr.”

The students, who range from fourth- through eighth-graders, will perform the musical for the general public 7 p.m. today and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Weaver Performing Arts has been staging musicals since 2003, and “Aladdin Jr.” is its ninth large production.

Admission is $8. The Merced Theatre is located at 301 W. Main St. For more information or reservations, call the Merced Theatre at (209) 381-0100.

Early Empires at The Partisan

Early Empires is scheduled to perform 8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Partisan in downtown Merced. Also scheduled to perform is Kowhoon, along with Little Johnny and the Sleepwalkers. The Partisan is located at 432 W. Main St. in downtown Merced.

Flashback at the Star Club

Flashback is scheduled to perform at the Star Club from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. today and Saturday. No cover, ages 21 and up only. The Star Club is located at 1331 W. Main St. in downtown Merced.

UC Merced Black Arts Movement Conference this weekend

An international conference on the Black Arts Movement will draw world-renowned scholars, musicians and artists, and offer new scholarship and perspectives on the 1960s and 1970s movement.

The International Conference on the Black Arts Movement and Legacies is scheduled tonight through Sunday. It will provide opportunities to hear and appreciate the elders, activists and artists who proclaimed “black is beautiful” in their art, music, poetry and writings, while also shedding light on recent assessments of the movement, according to a UC Merced news release.

The event kicks off with a reception beginning 6 p.m. today at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. in downtown Merced. The conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at UC Merced, 5200 Lake Road.

Askia Toure, Ishmael Reed, Marvin X, Eugene Redmond, Umar Bin Hassan, Nathan Hare, Emory Douglas, Judy Juanita, Avotcja and other key writers, musicians and artists from the Black Arts and Black Power movements will discuss their work and perform at the conference, according to a campus press release.

Scholarly panels, poetry, art, theater presentations and workshops on a wide variety of topics from the state of black studies in America to the impact of the black arts movement past and present are on the agenda, according to the release.

The conference is free for UC Merced students and Merced County youths, and $40 for the general public. To register or for schedules or information, visit or email

Merced Symphony Chamber Concert

Melodious sounds by some of Northern California’s most talented musicians will fill the halls of the Merced Mulitcultural Arts Center on Saturday, as the Merced Symphony presents its annual chamber concert.

The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for full-time students. Sacramento-based group Divertissement will perform during the program, which was arranged by Gary Dilworth, principal trumpeter for the Merced Symphony.

Musicians scheduled to perform at the show include Joe Gilman, Charles “Chase” Spruill, IV, Shelley Denny and Michael Bayard. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced Floral, Christina’s Fine Clothing, Big O Tires and in Atwater at Goldsmith Jeweler. For more information call (209) 383-3277 or visit

Alison Rush and Joey No-Knows

at The Partisan

Singer-Songwriters Alison Rush and Joey No-Knows are scheduled to perform 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. March 17 at The Partisan. Ages 21 and up only. The Partisan is at 432 W. Main St. in downtown Merced.